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Total War: Shogun 2

Nobunaga's Ambition Sphere Of Influence review

Japan's equivalent of, er, Shogun: Total War

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10 months ago

Total War: Three Kingdoms tackles the turbulence of 3rd century China

Total War has been enjoying its time among the greenskins and the undead, but we've been waiting to see exactly which period it'd land in when it returns to its historical roots for its next major installment. Now the answer is here. Total War: Three Kingdoms. The year is 190CE. China is in turmoil. The Han Dynasty crumbles before the child-emperor. He is but a…

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1 year ago

Historical hints from the Total War teams

Total War might have been away in the land of elves and orcs for a while now, but it hasn't forgotten its historical roots. In fact, Creative Assembly are working on three historical Total War games: one is an expansion to an older title, one is a spin-off of sorts called a Saga, and the biggest of the lot is set in an entirely new…

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3 years ago

Feature: We've put them in order from best to worst

The Best And Worst Total War Games

At its best, the Total War series casts a spell over you. Your empire rises from nothing, surrounded by enemies who are poised to trample it into the dust. Each decision on the strategic level is a gamble on the immediate future, where "one more turn" isn't just a stepping-stone to a new upgrade, but a perilous step onto thin ice. Each time you take…

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Feature: Japan's equivalent of, er, Shogun: Total War

Nobunaga’s Ambition Sphere Of Influence review

Love of history starts with a love of good stories. The complexity and doubt come later, when you have heard the same stories so many different ways that the veneer of the Great Men narrative starts peeling away from the foundations of messy, conflicting fact. But that love of a good story never really goes away. Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence [official site] succeeds or…

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6 years ago

Totally Teutoburgic: Tons Of Rome II In-Game Footage

You've been told plenty about Total War: Rome II, but you haven't seen all that much of it. Not in living colour, full motion, high-resolution video with digital sound and smellovision. How the heady scent of historical battle fills my nostrils! It's just like my office is filled with sweaty Roman loincloths. But then again, when isn't it? These narrated 11 minutes of man-stabbing cover…

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Dying Total War Fan Immortalised As Rome 2 Unit

The videogames industry isn't all sexualisation, lies and Doritogates, you know. Sometimes nice things happen because they are nice things. Case in point, the Creative Assembly giving a fan with not long to live a chance to play pre-alpha Rome 2 code, advise on its development and be recreated as a proud soldier of the Roman empire in-game. Tragically, the chap did not survive his…

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Feature: Better than kings: mods

Creative Assembly’s Moddessy: Shogun 2 Unbound

Creative Assembly invited key members of its modding community to its Horsham based headquarters last month for a secret meeting. Seated around a conference table, modders looking over at developers whose work we had been rummaging around in for years, one question was on everyone’s mind: Why? We now know what they were planning to announce: the Assembly Kit for Shogun 2, a full modding…

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Total-er War – Shogun 2 Now On Steam Workshop

Modding's been a bit of a sore spot for Total War fans in recent times, but Creative Assembly - to its credit - has spent the past few months fixing up that rather glaring crack in its series' armor. And certainly, Total War: Shogun 2's dedicated (and not-entirely-uninituitive) map editor was a nice start, but people demanded more. More breadth, more tools, more tiny virtual…

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David Icke’s Total War

"The world is so crazy that it is considered 'controversial' to call for an end to people killing each other, but not to make money from selling video games about Total War." This is why former TV sports pundit and nemesis of the giant lizards that secretly control society, David Icke, is very cross that he's not been allowed to use a piece of music…

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Feature: A Lot Of Gaul

Hail CAesar! A Chat With Total War: Rome II’s Lead Dev

I came, I saw, I previewed Total War: Rome II. I also chatted to Total War series lead designer James Russell about the enduring appeal of the Roman Empire, how it's possible to control a wargame on this kind of scale, introducing a human element to the game's soldiers and politickers, and branching storylines on the campaign map. This is part one of a two-part…

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Feature: The Empire strikes back

Surprise! Eyes-On With Total War: Rome II

Most of the internet knew the nature of the Creative Assembly's next Total War game as of last week, but as a man of honour I have ignored the leaks and waited to mention it until I could tell you about it properly. Onwards then, and to battle... 'Big' would be the obvious word. "Enormous" is probably a slightly better one. "Bugger me, what an…

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Total War: Shogun 2 Map Editor Totally Out Now

It's apparently DIY Day in the gaming industry. First, ShootMania came down with a case of BetaMania and indulged in TrailerMania to celebrate. And now, Creative Assembly's seen fit to lunch Total War: Shogun 2's long-awaited map editor. (Yes, two semi-related events apparently qualifies them for "day" status. It actually makes perfect sense because... shut up.) Simply titled The Editor - which has somewhat amazingly…

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7 years ago

Feature: They’ve got cannons

Shogun 2: The Rise And Fall Of Reginald Samurai, Part 3

Dan fights against the inexorable tides of history to bring traditionalism back to the the Japanese archipelago. Part One. Part Two. And now: Months have passed. Togichi and Fukushima have become relative havens of tranquility - but Hitachi is a permanent wreck; I’ve fought at least a battle there every month, the first three months recapturing it from another rebel force I bribed into existence…

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Feature: A Total War: Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai diary

Shogun 2: The Rise And Fall Of Reginald Samurai, Part 2

Dan Gril returns to continue his inevitably doomed attempts to restore traditionalism to an increasingly modernised Japan in Total War: Shogun 2: Fall of The Samurai. Here's part 1 in case you missed it. It’s misty out there. A thick old pea souper soaking into the old Japanese wood. Did you know that a Japanese wood called Aokigahara is the world’s second worst suicide hotspot…

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Feature: A Total War: Shogun 2: Fall of The Samurai diary

Shogun 2: The Rise And Fall Of Reginald Samurai, Part 1

Dan has been playing through Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai for us. Here’s the first diary of his attempts to restore traditionalism to an empire heading towards modernisation: a tale of betrayal, Fukushima and Project Gutenberg.

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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…

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BAFTAs 2012: Portal 2 Takes The Prize

The British Academy Video Game Awards took place on Friday night and Portal 2 was awarded highest honours, taking home little gold faces not only for Best Game, but also for Story and Design. Congratulations to Valve, who by this point must be making plans to put up some new shelves of award-bearing load strength. The popular vote went to Battlefield 3, which also won…

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Feature: The Way of the Gun

First Look: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai

Fall of the Samurai, a standalone expansion for Shogun 2, is the most modern Total War game yet – and quite possibly one of the most fascinating. It’s the tale of what happened when Japan met the West – where the industrial revolution and social turmoil that had been brewing in other nations for centuries was suddenly played out in the space of twenty years.…

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Obscured: Total War Shogun 2 Expandalone

Videogames can expand now? Whatever is going on? And they can do it alone? I shall call this... EXPANDALONE! (You know, the last time I went on about how utterly brilliant that word is, the guy who coined it got in touch. He is my hero.) Shogun 2: Total 2 War Shogun is doing this some more, with the addition of Fall Of The Samurai:…

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Feature: "Five GoooOOOold rings!"

The Games Of Christmas ’11: Day One

What kind of game would be appropriate for the first day of Christmas on a gaming site dedicated to PC gaming? Something intelligent. Something with a modicum of resource management? Perhaps! But certainly something with a sense of history. Let's peek behind the first door on our Amazing™ Advent Calendar and found out what the first of our favourite games of 2011 actually is...

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