Reviews by CISphil
Very Enjoyable, not without flawsCISphil | Nov. 18, 2013 | Review of Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai
Fall of the Samurai is a great addition to Shogun 2. It takes place during the Boshin war in Japan between the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Emperors forces (imperialists). Typically, the campaign will progress with the imperials being mostly gun armies and Shogunate forces mainly traditional (melee) armies. When you select a clan, they will already have pledged allegiance to either the Shogun or the Emperor but you may change this decision at any time or, when powerful enough, make your own power play and seize Japan for yourself. Sea battles are quite fun too but can end quite abruptly/explosively sometimes in ways that seem to make no sense. There are also more historical battles which I found very enjoyable.
There are some problems that arise in the campaign such as traditional clans not accessing some higher level units making them easier to defeat or many clans of one allegiance turning to another making the game either painfully difficult or ridiculously easy (barring being forced to betray an ally just to meet the territory requirements for winning).
Overall, the gunplay is a nice change of pace and the campaign is worth fighting again even if it is more focused than regular Shogun I highly recommend this DLC.