Posted: December 24
I acquired this game because I wanted a Samurai: Total War game. It fulfills that requirement and more. The campaigns can be tough, especially since you seem to be beset by enemies, and you have a limited amount of time to fulfill your ambition of ruling Japan. This is especially true if you are at the far end of Honshu and need to march all the way to Kyoto to secure the Shogunate.
And that's just the base campaign. There is a Rise DLC which puts you in the same situation about 400 years before the base one. And then there is Fall, which adds a LOT of gunpowder weaponry and modern tactics, and deals with a short period that lead to the modernization of Japan (and indirectly to the Japanese Empire of WWII).
There is also a multiplayer game that can be fun, though challenging in a different way. As hard as the AI can be, other players are often craftier and less prone to being trampled underfoot by cavalry. And since those with Fall can use their weaponry it can sometimes lead to quality versus quantity matchups.