News Archives: 2011

An early Christmas Present…

First up, I owe an apology for anyone who’s submitted an article and I’ve been slow to react this year. It turns out going to uni doesn’t automatically make you a basement dweller. Who’d of thought?

In order to start making it up to you, our finest and fairest, we’ve got a lovely little article by Awesome Eagle with a couple of pointers on how to play scotland. You can read it here. You can practically hear a scottish Brian Blessed typing it. Don’t forget to give feedback!

Total War: Pacman

Every year on Halloween, weird forum skins pop up at random all over HG. This year, TWH has been hit by an extra festive invasion of Pacman ghosts. Enjoy while it lasts!

Total War sale on Steam

This weekend only, SEGA is having a sale of their games on Steam, including the entire Total War franchise! Shogun 2 is 50% off, while the Total War Mega Pack including all games and DLC released before Shogun 2 has a 66% reduced price. A good chance to fill the holes in your Total War collection, so grab it while it’s hot!

Limited Edition spotted at low-ish prices

So, you’re expecting for Shogun 2 to stay around the £30 mark until after Christmas, aren’t you? The special edition with the fancy figures and everything will be even worse, at about £50.

Worry no more! Zavvi has been spotted flogging the limited edition for pre-order at £27.85, while Amazon is quoting £29.69– both cut from £39.99, so you save over a tenner. That’s the version with the extra faction, folks, so if you’re thinking of pre-ordering this may be worth a gander.

Shogun 2 pre-order incentives

SEGA has announced the pre-order incentives.

Players who pre-order at GameStop (online or in-store) will unlock and take part in The Historic Battle of Kawagoe. Set in 1545, the Battle of Kawagoe saw the Hõjõ clan launch a successful night time counter-attack against the besieging Uesugi, eschewing heavy armor and the collection of heads in favor of speed and stealth.

Those who pre-order at Best Buy (in-store only) will unlock 1,000 Koku, the currency used in Total War: SHOGUN 2. Player’s campaigns will begin with 1,000 Koku, allowing them to purchase new buildings, train new units and upgrade their towns.

An extra battle sounds nice, but the money bonus sounds like a game-spoiler to me as it’ll make the early campaign easier. What do you think? Share your thoughts on the forums.

Faction Feature 3: Uesugi

CA has released a new faction feature, detailing the religious Uesugi clan:


The mon of the Uesugi clan.

The Uesugi are proud of their Buddhist faith. They can recruit and maintain warrior monks far more cheaply than any other clan. They can also recruit much better fighting monks and more effective monk agents than any other clan. Despite this religious solidarity, the history of the Uesugi is not tranquil. The current Uesugi leaders were originally the Nagao clan of Echigo, and were vassals to the Yamanouchi faction of the Uesugi clan. The Nagao fought alongside their masters against the Ogigayatsu, another part of the Uesugi clan, in a bitter dispute.

Find the full feature here and join the discussion on our forums.

Shogun 2 system requirements

Yes, they’re in!

Minimum Specs

  • 2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor / 2.6 GHz Intel Single Core processor , or AMD equivalent (with SSE2)
  • 1GB RAM (XP), 2GB RAM (Vista / Windows7)
  • 256 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card (shader model 3)
  • 1024×768 minimum screen resolution
  • 20GB free hard disk space

Recommended Specs

  • 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 processor (or greater), or AMD equivalent
  • 2GB RAM (XP), 4GB RAM (Vista / Windows7)
  • AMD Radeon HD 5000 and 6000 series graphics cards or equivalent DirectX 11 compatible graphics card
  • 1280×1024 minimum screen resolution
  • 20GB free hard disk space

Can you run it? Share your thoughts on our forums.