Defend your positions
The single player game is based around leading your clan to victory by conquering your neighbours. This is a very complex game and those who haven't played before should start with the robust tutorial that brings you up to speed.
Quite a rave
You’ll need dominance in warfare, economy, technology and politics to be victorious. You start by choosing your clan out of the nine available. I chose the Shimazu clan because of the easily defendable position of their island, and clan traits of recruiting cheap and hardcore Katana samurai. Starting the game you are greeted by a helpful but badgering advisor, "You need more bloody roads!". But don’t get complacent if you’ve played the game before the campaign map has changed adding new challenges to even experienced players.
The game is divided into two parts; a turn based campaign mode and a battle mode where you take control of thousands of troops. You start in the turn-based mode and you are given a mission to take over certain territories. In a short campaign you would have to take control of around 15 territories.
Don't get cross
The first thing to do is to start your economy running by developing trade routes. Admittedly, I didn't prioritise this and that's what lost me my first game. Next thing you need to spend some serious time procuring massive armies, but take care not to piss off the neighbours, as they will come in handy. Indeed, a spare daughter to marry for an alliance will stop you being attacked by other clans in the early stages of the game. As you conquer you collect clan influence, which brings your clan to the shogun's attention. But beware if your influence gets too high the shogun and his loyal clans will attack you and that means total war.
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This review is really impressive and a colossal improvement over your Rift review. Plenty of useful info and helped to give me a broad overview of the game despite having never played Total War before. Might even have to snag myself a copy from my local Game....
mostly liked. Biggest dislike is realm divide. urghh. A mod sorts this out "kind of" so at least my vassals and trusted allies (from the first turns) dont stab me in the back (I mean turning from very friendly with a clan marriages to hostile because i'm now the shogun?). Unit card colours helps too.
Needs a little polishing but it is mighty good fun.
Shame you didn't mention the Legendary mode, which is pretty frickin' hard:
- Autosave only, and it autosaves every time an opponent takes a turn or your troops are engaged
- No radar
- No enemy moral indicators
I've just reached the Realm Divide, which means that every clan is now at war with me. They're launching amphibious invasions way behind my lines. They have ridiculous economic boosts, so they have all-samurai armies, and I have mostly ashigaru. And I've got 100 turns left and only hold 25 out of 60 provinces.
This is a bitch.
been playing it for a week now.
Although "Black Ship/s" historically refers to the American ships that bullied the Japanese into opening trade ports, that was 200 years after the game is set. The Europeans (Portugese and Dutch originally I believe) were around during this period, so I guess CA decided to use a bit of artistic license.