See Through Time: Shogun 2: Fall Of The Samurai Video

I did a double-take on seeing there was ‘reveal’ footage of Total War Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai, because my brain had told me that Sega’s standalone expansion of their awesome historical war game was already out. I had a check and there are other lies in there, too. Lie #1: Corey Feldman is dead. Lie #2: Squid are not alive. Lie #3: Donkeys are extinct. Lie #4: Egyptians came before dinosaurs. Lie #5: Twin towns are exact copies of each other. While you tell us in the comments about the lies your brain has told you, readers, why not buffer this five minutes developer lead chit-chat about Fall Of The Samurai?

Two of those are real. Although, in my defense, one was more of a childish misconception that just keeps lodging in there. You know, like believing that the past was actually black and white, or that my dad loved me.


  1. Palindrome says:

    The voice over is shocking.

    • Tams80 says:

      Hear, hear! Far too American for my tastes, though the main problem is that is bad in general.

    • Ginger Yellow says:

      A shameful display, you could say.

    • maldoror says:

      I got some American you can taste.

    • Tams80 says:

      American pancakes? Why yes please!

    • ulix says:

      I actually really like that style of trailers, as pioneered by Rockstar with RDR (and continued with Max Payne 2), has an almost “Infomercial” kind of flavor.

      Sure, the voice-over dude could’ve been someone British, or someone with a fake Japanese accent, but it gets the job done.

      I’d like more trailers to be like this, please.

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  2. Sardonic says:

    Trains? This just became a day 0 preorder.

  3. somini says:

    But the world were actually black and white, colours were only invented in the 50’s. Old paintings have colours because the artists were insane. I though even a 10-year-old would know this.

  4. Unaco says:

    Lie #6: The Cake.

    • EOT says:

      Unaco, that’s below you and you know it.

    • Unaco says:

      It was too easy! And I thought I’d get it out of the way early on, to allow others a freer hand.

  5. westyfield says:

    Lie #7: everything your eyes ever tell you, apparently.

    Seriously, each week I read of some new way in which your mind deceives you and makes you think that everything’s fine.

    • Askeladd says:

      Lie #8: everything is fine.

    • somini says:

      You can stop reading Cracked…

    • westyfield says:

      I don’t actually read Cracked. It’s mostly idle curiosity leading to four-hour Wikipedia binges.

    • somini says:

      How do you think Cracked articles are written? You are just skipping the middleman.

    • westyfield says:

      Yeah, but it requires slightly more effort and allows me to avoid Cracked’s hideous layout.

  6. Duffin says:

    Is this the most modern Total War game ever? YES IT IS!

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      Aerothorn says:

      Now if only we could have a *postmodern* Total war game…

    • The Innocent says:

      In case you missed it, this is the most modern Total War game yet.

    • dontnormally says:

      This takes place in the most modern era of any Total War game.

    • BioSnark says:

      Far from a selling point, imo. Much rather be going back to Rome, medieval Europe, or unifying China. Lining up orderly units of rifles just isn’t the same as throwing bloodthirsty melee hordes into each other under a rain of flaming arrows and catapulting boulders.

      While they’re at it, CA can reinstate good mod support for another romp through the gates of Mordor.


    • Vinraith says:



    • BioSnark says:


      Yes, that huge setting just next door to Shogun 1/2 that CA has yet to try… and I don’t mean an even more modern Total War with the Japanese empire vs Communists vs KMT :S

    • The Innocent says:


      I think Vinraith’s question was due to you saying:

      “Much rather be going back to… unifying China.”

      Which implied that CA had done that setting before.

    • BioSnark says:

      @The Innocent

      Right. I meant “back” to mean “back in time period”


  7. DogKiller says:

    Is it true that you can take control of certain units in first person and aim their guns yourself?

    • Askeladd says:

      Where did you hear that? I certainly wouldn’t like it.

    • Zenicetus says:

      Yep, it was mentioned in this First Look that you can take personal control of a Gatling gun:

      link to

      Sounds like something that would be fun the first time, but will be ignored after that, unless you can have an AI that steps in and commands your army in the meantime.

    • GenBanks says:

      Yes it’s true but I imagine it would be a gimmick similar to the way in which it’s possible to direct control a tank in Company of Heroes: Tales of Valo[u]r

  8. the intricacy says:

    Dear gaijin gamemakers– It’s really not too hard to pronounce “samurai” correctly. It’s not “SAM-urai”, like “Sam-I-am”. It’s “SA-murai”, like “Saw V”. I mean, really, it’s not going to confuse your customers to actually pronounce your own title correctly, and you’ll sound less… ignorant.

    • Boosterh says:

      Well, actually, according to, the English word “samurai” is correctly pronounced
      SAM – u – rai. I don’t know anything about how the Japanese root word is pronounced, but insofar as the clip was done in English, I’d say their pronunciation is perfectly valid.

    • Cinnamon says:

      You must be some sort of expert on Nippon and it’s ways.

    • the intricacy says:

      @ Boosterh, heh, I stand corrected: That is apparently how you pronounce “samurai” in english, I guess. ENGLISH, not nihongo. Anyway, listen to RotS’s first trailer’s in-game narrator, which they pronounce it correctly. It just seems odd to mispronounce your own game’s title in adverts. also mangles karate and karaoke too, btw.

      edit: you know, this trailer’s narrator also mangles “Shogun” too, pronouncing it “Sho-Gun”, like “ray-gun”, instead of “goon-squad”, so… whatever.

    • Mattrex says:

      The Japanese language is exclusively composed of a finite syllabary, and except for a few unusual syllables (chi, sho, tsu, n), they all take the form of either a plain vowel or a consonant-vowel phoneme. All of the vowels are short except for the O (ah, ee, oo, eh, oh). So this makes “correct” Japanese (at least romanized Japanese) extremely easy to pronounce from sight, though some words have been used enough in English that the pronunciation has changed somewhat to reflect English rules of use.

      So the words above:

      Samurai is SA-MU-RA-I, so the first syllable is in fact “sah” as in “sorry” and not “sam”. Of course, this is the native Japanese pronunciation, so in English we use the pronunciation “sam-ur-eye”.

      Shogun is SHO-GU-N, so the middle syllable and last syllables together are indeed pronounced as “goon”. Again, this is primarily in the native Japanese.

      This is also why sometimes you’ll see self-professed otaku using the pronunciations “ah-nee-may” or “mahn-gah” for their favored pastimes, as the words do break down to A-NI-ME and MA-N-GA.

      Bottom line is that it’s not really wrong to pronounce the words like we’ve been pronouncing them, even if it’s not how native speakers pronounce them. It’s just how they end up sounding when they’re spoken with a different language’s phonetic rules. After all, Japanese people love English words too, and we would probably have a hard time recognizing some of theirpronunciations of English, too.

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    Lie #10: Everything is true, nothing is permitted.

  12. Aximili55 says:

    I think this is the first Step to Moving to Total War: American Civil War.

    • SiriusDawn says:

      I wouldn’t play that. Too isolated, little significance. Though it would make a nice mod or dlc for Empire or Napoleon because of the first ironclads.

    • Soulstrider says:

      On the other hand

      Total War: Russian Civil War


  13. Teronfel says:

    @1:21 the guy says it’s the “closest any TW has been to the modern day” lol what about empire and napoleon then?

    • Mattrex says:

      The Revolutionary War took place between 1775 and 1783. The Napoleonic Wars occurred between 1803 and 1815. The events that touched off the Meiji Restoration, on the other hand, began in 1853 and concluded in 1869.

  14. RogB says:

    surprisingly interested by this, I didnt realise it was going to be so many years (300?) on from Shogun.

    so its TW: The Last Samurai? quick, someone mod Tom Cruise in there!

    • Goomich says:

      No, war from Shogun takes place couple years before rebellion from Last Samurai.

  15. Goomich says:

    I hope they do something with load times. Waiting 2-3 minutes jut to see a menu is ridiculus.

  16. Aemony says:

    “Reimagined and redesigned” seems to be thrown around quite extensively these years when it comes to sequels, expansions or DLCs to games.

  17. John Brindle says:

    Suggested name for those in charge of RPS: “The Shotgunate”.

  18. Wut The Melon says:

    My dirty mind read that as “See-through time : D”

    I guess I’m on the wrong site…