The Tsu Faction Pack adds a new playable faction to Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Fall of the Samurai, previously only available in the Steam Special Edition, for use in single or multiplayer Campaign modes and Custom and Multiplayer Battles
Rising from humble roots, the people of Tsu are wise, artful and astute strategists. Their use of Ninja is unsurpassed on the battlefield and in covert operations.
History of the Tsu
The Todo clan, rulers of the Tsu domain, cannot claim a proud samurai lineage like many of the other great clans of Japan. Their beginnings are actually rather humble: Todo Takatora was an ashigaru, a peasant footsoldier, during the great wars of the Sengoku Jidai. So what? So too was the mighty general Toyotomi Hideyoshi, revered as one of the three great unifiers of Japan! Todo Takatora was wise enough to side with the Tokugawa clan at Sekigahara, and he was rewarded with the fief of Tsu, comprising a good part of the provinces of Iga and Ise.
Historically, the Tsu chose to play a "long game", apparently supporting the Shogunate until the very last moment. At the Battle of Toba-Fushimi they sided with the Choshu and Satsuma domains, and therefore with the Imperial forces. They then provided the Imperialists with a strategic position to continue the drive towards Kyoto. Their central position on the mainland, in what is now Mie Prefecture, lay between Edo and Kyoto, and this allowed them enviable flexibility and options in their loyalties. Such flexibility goes some way to explain why they have such excellent shinobi at their command.
Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai Tsu clan pack will introduce you to a new Japanese clan called Tsu, also known as the betrayers. And as one of my fellow reviewers said, they resemble the Hattori clan from Shogun 2 Grand Campaign, since their ninja are by far the strongest in FOTS campaign. Even though the traits aren't very attractive and seem uninteresting, since they only provide more melee defence for units, cheaper shinobi actions, more ninja units and a small bonus in allegiance conversion, the clan is - in my opinion - fun to play. I really enjoyed the campaign with them and I think buying this DLC was worth it.
Tsu faction is nice to play, it is quite similar to hattori in my opinion as they start on the center of Japan main island and the first moves are quite difficult. If you're looking for some additional fun with FotS, it can do the trick ! However, I recommend to wait for sales as shogun's dlc tends to be overpriced.
Tsu Faction, much like the Obama and the other 2 faction packs, bring in a new faction (Who would have guessed?), with new units and traits for each of those factions. Also, all of the new factions from the faction packs are usable in both multiplayer, and singleplayer, depending on what you prefer. 5$ for a faction, however, may be a pretty steep, or it's just that I am cheap, but I would wait for a sale, and get it then.
The Tsu Faction Pack for the Shogun 2: Total War expansion - Fall of the Samurai - contains the Tsu Faction, which are really usual, as they do not really have interesting Traits. If you REALLY need a new faction, and for some reason would pay 5 dollars for it, go ahead, but otherwise - no.
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