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New game play features.
Fun figuring out the strategies required to maximize army efficiency.
Modern era units add more bang to the Total War formula.
Off shore bombardment breathes new life into navies.
The occasional movement and grouping bugs during the game.
Too easy economy management.
Units seem slightly too fast.
AI squanders cavalry and still can't assault a fortress.
Limited replay value.
Long load times.
Railroads have limited utility.
By TechSmart.co.za on April 16, 2012
This stand-alone expansion is amazingly entertaining and a great addition to the franchise.Pros: New game play features; new units; fun figuring out the strategies required to maximize army efficiency.Cons: The occasional movement and grouping bugs...
By GameSpy on April 12, 2012
I've never controlled this kind of firepower in a Total War game before. I could feel it when delivering a point-blank broadside with a Warrior-class ironclad, all 20 guns reducing an enemy corvette to a fireball, while hostile return fire plinks...
By GameSpot on April 11, 2012
Fall of the Samurai, the first stand-alone expansion for Total War: Shogun 2, is set during Japan's Boshin War of the 1860s, a civil war that began as an ideological struggle over the shogunate's pro-Western policies. Clans opposed to these...
By GamePlanet on April 10, 2012
The Creative Assembly return with their most modern Total War release yet. As can be expected, Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai is an exemplary title that offers armchair generals plenty of opportunities to practise the art of...
By New Game Network on April 10, 2012
The making of an expansion that improves upon one of the most seamless strategy games of the last several years is no easy prospect. Any major changes might upset the careful balance that Creative Assembly established with last year's phenomenal...
By IGN Gear on April 03, 2012
Yes, Fall of the Samurai is an expansion, but like any good expansion – even standalone expansion – it doesn't just add things to the original, it changes them. You'll get an experience much more like a Civil War-era wargame with...
By NZGamer on March 26, 2012
Creative Assembly seem to have a knack when it comes to extending their games. Given the phenomenal size and depth of their strategy titles, it's a testament to their development that they keep churning out new add-ons and additions for strategy...
By HardwareHeaven on March 23, 2012
It's not often we review an expansion pack but we make an exception when the new content is a standalone game which offers a largely different experience to the original.Â This is the case with Total War: Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai which is...
By Cheat Code Central on March 23, 2012
Last year, Total War: Shogun 2 managed to reunite the Total War faithful after a series of controversial games in the franchise. And now there's been a welcome development: Those who didn't get enough of Shogun 2 can try out a new expansion,...
By Strategy Informer on March 20, 2012
To say that Fall of the Samurai, (the latest content expansion for Creative Assembly's highly successful Total War instalment Shogun 2), didn't meet expectations would be wrong. Play it, and you'll find a well-crafted experience, that's...
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