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Total War: Shogun 2 - Rise of the Samurai

by shalcar

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Original Thread: A wolf, crane and tiger walk into a bar- Lets Play Total War: Shogun 2 RotS



A wolf, crane and tiger walk into a bar...: Let's Play Total War: Shogun 2 - Rise of the Samurai

What is Total War: Shogun 2?

Shogun 2 is the latest game from Creative Assembly in the Total War series. It's a remake/sequel of their very first Total War game, which is a turn based strategical game with real time battles. In the campaign map you create armies, improve provinces, levy taxes and use agents, while in the real time battles you fight the opposing forces on land and sea using a spectacular combat engine. Your goal is to own a certain number of provinces as well as specific ones, the one all clans have in common is to have siezed power in Kyoto, home of the Emperor. The base game occurs within the Sengoku Jidai (The Age of the Country at War) which happened during the 16th century. The player takes control of a clan inside Japan during this period and must use military might and diplomatic cunning to lay claim to enough of Japan that all other clans concede to their leadership.

Rise of the Samurai?

This campaign is the first campaign DLC released for Shogun 2 and takes place in an earlier time, the Genpei War. This war in the 12th century took place at a time when Japan was significantly less developed, with a totally different philosophy towards warfare than the later period of the Sengoku Jidai. It contains all new units, buildings, technologies and agents. As such, even veterans of Shogun 2 will have a lot to see and the game plays out quite differently.

What about this LP?

This LP will be conducted in a hybrid format, with screenshots for the turn based campaign map and videos for the real time battles. I plan to update on a roughly weekly schedule due to the time it takes to prepare an update and each update will be roughly 1 game year in length, although the earlier ones may be longer as there is less to cover and the later ones shorter due to the intense finish that realm divide causes. Trivial battles will be autoresolved in order to keep things interesting.

I'll quite happily explain things as we go along for anyone with questions about the game and anyone interested should check out the Total War Megathread where they can answer more general questions.

Want to play along with the LP?
Shogun 2 is available on Steam here!
Rise of the Samurai DLC is available on Steam here!

Rise of the Samurai Introduction (HD)

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Fan Art

my dad demonstrates the best way to take a castle.

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