Win! An Alienware M11x Laptop & Total War Games

It’s a weekend, it’s sunny, and that means you should stay indoors playing videogames. Or reading about videogames. Either really, just stay indoors no matter what. Another way you could do that is by entering our competition to win an Alienware M11X R3 gaming laptop, courtesy of the men of war at The Creative Assembly. They’ve just this week released expandalone Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai, which moves the setting 400 years on from the original game and brings semi-modern weaponry as well as America, Britain and France into the fray, and they’d jolly well like to celebrate it by giving one RPS reader one of these 11″ ultraportable gaming notebooks. It comes equipped with an Intel Core i5 brain, 4GB of remembering power and GeForce GT 540M graphicsability. Four runners-up can have a Steam key for a Total War game of their choice.

To enter, we want lovely (or brutal) pictures from you. The Samurai, Shogun and their similarly legendary chums/foes were all about nobility and honour, so it’s your job to provide an authentic screenshot from either Total War: Shogun 2 or Fall of the Samurai in which honourable units are behaving as dishonourably as possible. That’s the overview brief – the execution is up to you. We’ll pick a winner at random, but have a good old giggle/sneer in the process. If you don’t own either game, you can grab a demo of Shogun 2 from Steam for no-pennies.

Ensure your screenshot is less than 200 kilobytes in size (or our poor inbox will weep), and mail it here before 6pm Central European Time on Tuesday 27 March. This is a worldwide competition, by the way. Hooray!

Usual rules apply. Here’s a trailer to put you in the mood for WAR.


  1. ColOfNature says:

    I don’t have either of those games. Maybe a local purveyor of such things could be conned into ronin me a copy for the weekend.

    • JB says:

      They’re naginata just lend it to you, you’ll have to rent it at least.

      • Coccyx says:

        I’m not that interested, most of my Shogun games are lost in the first few turns to my enemy – game set and match(lock)

    • Navagon says:

      There’s a Daimyo on Steam you can try.

    • awickedone says:

      Make sure you bring an obnoxious camera, and while trying to convince the proprietor take photos as he/she gets more and more frustrated, this will ensure he/she even angrier. Until the point you get thrown out, or you convince him/her to give you the game, either way you will have an entry into the competition, just make sure the box of the game is in the pictures of the proprietor.

      • Quasar says:

        I think the joke went right Hokkaido-ver your head.

        • awickedone says:

          Maybe… or maybe I didn’t want to continue the joke that two other people have and wanted to create another side track conversation by taking his comment from another viewpoint, but I see that alternate paths get bombed just as hard as Nagasaki.

    • yurusei says:

      Geisha self a copy, You’re Shogunate love it eventually.

  2. Navagon says:

    Yay! I’ll see what dishonourable shenanigans I can instigate right away!

  3. jimmm25 says:

    They picked a great time to have a competition, just when they release a 5GB patch for the game which means I cant run the game to take a screenshot until it is downloaded!

  4. brulleks says:

    Hang on – the runner up prize is Steam keys of any Total War game, and yet the competition requires the latest Total War game to enter?

    • razgon says:

      Yeah, I fnd the competition a bit…strange in that regard?

    • Navagon says:

      It seems it’s pretty much exclusively for people who haven’t bought Fall of the Samuri yet.

      • JB says:

        Or people who would like to win one of the other Total War games, of course.

        • Navagon says:

          Anyone who doesn’t own those, even after the stupidly cheap prices they’ve been sold at, simply isn’t interested in them. Fall is the only one that hasn’t been sold at a cheap as chips price.

          • Unaco says:

            Or, they missed those super cheap sales. Or, they didn’t know about those games and are interested in them now, since finding out about them. Or, they took a blow to the head in Summer of ’85 and have been in a coma since then, awakening a few months ago to a strange world with these new fangled vidya games. Or they’d be happy to get Napoleon or Medieval 2 if it were for free. Or, they have FotS, and it’s their first TW game, and they’d like to check out what the fuss is about previous games, like Shogun 2. Or… or… or…

            There are plenty of reasons why this isn’t just open to people who want FotS.

  5. AgamemnonV2 says:

    I was excited until…

    “…so it’s your job to provide an authentic screenshot from either Total War: Shogun 2 or Fall of the Samurai…”

    I own every other Creative Assembly game except Shogun 2 because the graphical requirements are ridiculous if I want to play it on anything but “Final Fantasy VII graphics look better than what I’m looking at now” settings.

    How nice of them to offer a laptop I could actually play Shogun 2 on. : \

    • awickedone says:

      Maybe a picture of the horrible graphics will get you a pity win, you never know…

  6. Syra says:

    The lols of a giveaway for a game which requires you to have the game.

    Also known as marketing trick.

    • Unaco says:

      The lols of someone who didn’t read the article… Prizes are the Netbook/Laptop systems, and runners up get Steam keys to any Total War game they desire. And you can enter with screens from Shogun 2 or Fall of the Samurai. And there’s a Demo for each on Steam.

  7. Dana says:

    Yo dawg, I heard you like Fall of the Samurai, so we made a contest where you can win Fall of the Samurai, so you can Fall of Samurai while you Fall of Samurai.

  8. chunkynut says:

    So … none of the people here with problems with the competition have any friends they would like to gift them to?

    And I can’t imagine that a demo screenshot would be a problem.

  9. wodin says:

    Sadly don’t own any of the games needed. Though I’ve never won anything in my life. I doubt it would change even if I did have the games and tried for it.

    • Navagon says:

      “Sadly don’t own any of the games needed.”


  10. MistyMike says:

    The Last Samurai was in 2003. Isn’t 2012 a little late to ape that idea?

    • JB says:


      (*translated from ape – “No”)

      • MistyMike says:

        Ook ooka oo oo oouk ba-ooka!

        (translation: “No, really. The gatling-gun-vs-samurai scene was purely symbolic. Here the devs try to read it literally and make it into a tactical conundrum. That’s very not-apelike.”)

        • Andrew Dunn says:

          It’s hardly as if The Last Samurai was high art that should never be tainted by portraying a similar situation in a game.

          Anyway, they might be pushing the OLD VERSUS new angle pretty hard in the marketing but having played a full campaign of Fall of the Samurai now and modernising the hell out of my infrastructure and army, I’d say that 90% of my battles were against similarly modernised troops. The only time I had a Gatling gun massacre of traditionalists fighting in a 16th century fashion was a late-game samurai rebellion in my province, and it’s not really a ‘tactical conundrum’. Gatling guns are only available very late in the day, they’re expensive to train and maintain, and they’re extremely potent whether against samurai or rifle-armed line infantry. They’re the game-changer that they should be regardless of whether they’re used on traditionalists or modernisers.

          That said, I’ve now started a game as a faction specifically geared to being traditionalists and it’s a much harder thing. Someone has to take those first volleys so I’m finding that I need spear levies as rifle fodder to soak up the damage so my better troops can close in. Even traditionalists find themselves having to modernise somewhat to compete, though – there’s a balancing act to be had.

    • nearly says:

      The Last Samurai came 23 years after Kagemusha. Do you mean it’s too late to use thematically similar materials, or not long enough?

      • Cinnamon says:

        But Kagemusha was genuinely good, not a piece of over hyped trash that comes with a sell by date.

        • nearly says:

          Over hyped? Over hyped?! It had Tom Cruise in it! Those two things do not go together.

  11. Coccyx says:

    Is there a limit on the number of entries per person? I’m having a hard time choosing.

  12. Jim9137 says:

    No! :D

  13. SkittleDiddler says:

    Smallest size screenshot I could get was 600Kb, so I had to shrink the one I sent in for the contest and as a result it’s been emasculated. I hope the people looking at it don’t make too much fun of me.

  14. ezekiel2517 says:

    I don’t want to download the whole 20gb of Shogun 2 again. Shame.

  15. Erik Aurum says:

    Oh look, a chance to win a good laptop in which I can play recent games that will otherwise melt my outdated PC.
    Let’s see what’s required to enter this competition…

  16. acenck says:

    What a great oppurtunity to get back into PC gaming, I thought, seeing as my PC died a while back. Oh, I need a PC to enter – but like I said, that poor bastard’s dead.

    Oh well. I wish the best to the winner.

  17. Bitrayahl says:

    Given the current state of my PC, this screenshot will look like its from a gameboy.

    “We’ll pick a winner at random…”

    Oh, then I have a shot!

  18. nihor says:

    How many screenies can we send? Just one?

  19. RUN msdos.exe -DMC says:

    I’d just like to mention the irony of sending in a screenshot to win a beefy rig but needing a decently specc’d rig to win it. Integrated laptop GPUs with shared memory. Yay!

  20. fionny says:

    Any word on a winner?