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SEGA released Total War: Shogun 2 with great acclaim and Creative Assembly still showed who held the chops for real-time and turn-based strategy computer games. Their latest series went back to Total War's roots in the Sengoku period, with medieval Japan split among numerous clans vying for the ultimate seat of power: the Shogunate.
One thing that stands out to me (in both Shogun 1&2) is how the programmers were able to model their A.I's strategy after Sun Tzu's the Art of War, to give the A.I. a degree of realism to simulate actual tactics that might have been employed at that time. Plus, Creative Assembly really aimed for realism and hired Stephen Turnbull, an East Asian military historian specializing in Samurais.
|Kicking ass on both the battlefields of Japan and video game reviews.|
Well, Creative Assembly just announced that they'll be releasing a new DLC for Shogun 2, titled "The Fall of the Samurai" and you can catch their release trailer here:
The trailer reminds me of Tom Cruise's Last Samurai flick (and I am still miffed that Cruise had to be the ultimate hero), and this new DLC has really grabbed my interest. Supposedly, the West will be represented by 3 factions, the U.S., the British, and the French...and after seeing the Gatling gun's awesomeness, I bet a good number of us would want to be on Uncle Sam's side!
Some Warhammer Musings...
Shogun 2 is a game that really makes me wonder: should GW really explore releasing more armies or maybe units of the rest of the world? The units and rules used in Shogun 2 have equivalents with WFB, such as deployment and archer skirmishers, making an army list for Nippon wouldn't be hard at all...but making them unique from Bretonnia or Empire will take some imagination and play testing.
|Art from the unofficial WFB Nippon supplement, by M4cRII3n of battlereporter.blogspot.com|
|Ready to stomp on Skaven or batter through Goblin lines? (photo: happymall.com)|
Expanding WFB's universe into the rest of the world may deviate from "traditional" fantasy, but it might generate more interest in the game...and perhaps ensure the relevance of WFB in the coming few decades.
PS: In WFB there is the Echin clan of Skaven who apparently had received training in Nippon, sounds familiar? :P
PPS: You might have read earlier that JQ and I had a close friend in Qamarul who passed away recently and had a super super super interest (or even obsession) in Japan's martial culture. Qamarul delved into Aikido (earned a black belt) and was a geek of all things Bushido and Samurai...and I still recall how he cried in ecstasy when he saw Samurai sword chopsticks! This post is in honor of the Bushido spirit he so nobly expressed.