Total War: Shogun 2 - Rise of the Samurai

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Total War: Shogun 2 - Rise of the Samurai
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About Total War: Shogun 2 - Rise of the Samurai

About this DLC

Rise of The Samurai is a brand new, independent campaign for Total War: SHOGUN 2.
Set 400 years before the dramatic civil war depicted in SHOGUN 2, the "Rise of The Samurai" campaign is based on the Gempei War, a conflict between six legendary clans of the Taira, Minamoto and Fujiwara families. It culminated in the first Shogunate, and the rise of the Samurai as the ruling class.

Key Features

  • Play a brand new and independent campaign for SHOGUN 2 set in 12th century Japan.
    • The Rise of The Samurai campaign can be played in single-player mode as well as multiplayer versus or co-op modes.
  • 3 new families divided into 6 playable clans
    • Each clan has its own unique set of traits, giving it a distinctive feel and play-style.
  • 16 new land units spread across swordsmen, spearmen, archers, and cavalry. These include:
    • Foot Samurai – Masters of bow and sword, these Samurai are deadly at range or in melee. They may not be the most numerous units, but they are perhaps the most effective. Also protected by distinctive Gempei-period armour which gives excellent protection at range and in melee.
    • Sword Attendants – Armed with huge two-handed swords, these fearsome warriors can carve a bloody path in melee.
  • 4 new Hero units – the Naginata Warrior Monk Hero, the Tetsubo Warrior Monk Hero, the Mounted Samurai Hero and the Onna Bushi Heroine.
    • Onna Bushi Heroine – Armed with Naginata and bow, these female Samurai are versatile cavalry units who excel in melee. Do not doubt the courage of a woman…
    • Tetsubo Warrior Monk Hero – armed with iron-studded clubs, these Monks are devastating in melee as they bash their way through their foes.
  • 10 new naval units and 3 new naval special abilities ("Banzai!," "Whistling Arrows" and "Rally")

  • 4 new agent types with their own unique skill trees:
    • The Shirabyoshi uses seduction to convince her target to join her family’s cause, and to distract enemy armies. She is also able to entertain the nobles of friendly towns in order to boost their growth and entertain friendly generals in the field, which increases their loyalty to the family and counteracts the efforts of enemy agents attempting to bribe or seduce them into changing sides.
    • The Junsatsushi can request the allegiance of neutral and enemy castle towns, along with any forces garrisoned there. He ensures loyalty and obedience from friendly generals, increases income by preventing corruption, and keeps your castle towns and armies safe from enemy subterfuge when stationed there. He can also pay off rival agents.
    • The Monomi acts as an assassin, spy, saboteur and scout. He can establish spy networks within your castle towns, which increases the chances of discovering any rival agents and armies that may be hiding within a province.
    • The Sou can inspire a friendly army or pacify an angry populace with his enlightened rhetoric. Likewise, he can demoralise an enemy force, reduce the chances of successful bribery, indoctrinate enemy agents and cause them to retire, or incite an enemy population to revolt.
  • New historical scenario – the Battle of Anegawa (1570)

DLC details

Release Date:
September 26, 2011
Developers:
The Creative Assembly
SEGA
Publisher:
SEGA
Rating:
PEGI rating of 16
Supported Languages:
English +
Franchise:
Total War
Genre:
Strategy
Feature:
Downloadable Content

Product Requirements

Steam account required for game activation and installation
This content requires the base game Total War: SHOGUN 2 on Steam in order to play.

MINIMUM:
OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor / 2.6 GHz Intel Single Core processor, or AMD equivalent (with SSE2)
Memory: 1GB RAM (XP), 2GB RAM (Vista / Windows7)
Graphics: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible card (shader model 3)
DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
Hard Drive: 32GB free hard disk space
Screen Resolution: 1024x768 minimum

RECOMMENDED:
OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
Processor: 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 processor (or greater), or AMD equivalent
Memory: 2GB RAM (XP), 4GB RAM (Vista / Windows7)
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 5000 and 6000 series graphics card or equivalent DirectX 11 compatible card
DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
Hard Drive: 32GB free hard disk space
Screen Resolution: 1280x1024 minimum

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Critic Reviews

77 / 100
"Rise of the Samurai is a great excuse to return to Medieval Japan."
86 / 100
"A generous, history-respecting rethink that adds weeks of fun to one of 2011's finest strategy titles. [Holiday 2011, p.70]"
71 / 100
"Same game has different name. Only die-hard fans should buy this DLC, because it doesn't add much to the experience. Samurai units are too powerful making other new units...
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A very interesting and different time period of Japanese history, explored in a very mechanically similar fashion. It's not a bad DLC by any stretch, but keep in mind it's just more of the same as the base game, with only minor differences. Worth it with a discount or if Shogun 2 has consumed your life and want more of that.
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