New Total War Coming, Has A Taste For The Orient

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Deciding that E3 was simply too far away to wait, Creative Assembly today took the wraps off the latest game in the Total War series: Shogun 2: Total War. Or, going by this video, Okami: Total War.

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Returning to the setting that got the series its start, Shogun 2 is just like the recent-ish Medieval 2, in that it's basically a remake of an older Total War game, dragging its technology and gameplay into the present day.

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Because Japan isn't as big as well, half the world, the scale the game loses in comparison to Empire: Total War is compensated for by a return to "story", with the relationships between warring Shoguns of great importance, along with the addition of "hero" units. It also marks a return to the days of you directly entering the game, as your character can be moved around the map, which can be both an influence and a danger.

All that work that went into naval battles in Empire and Napoleon is also being retained, with ship-to-ship combat featuring.

Most striking to me, however, is the game's art direction, which eschews the "classical" paintings of recent games in favour of a crisp, Japanese style.

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Shogun II: Total War at IGN.com


Shogun 2: Total War First Look [IGN]

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lukeplunkett
Luke Plunkett

It's fascinating to see how split the fanbase of this series is between those who liked where Empire was going and those wanting a total reboot.

Strange they went for Shogun, though. Surely Rome 2 would have been a safer bet.

Then again, the temptation with Rome would have been to make it BIG, something they're obviuously trying to get away from with this game.