If you don't have an iOS device, you may not have heard of The Creative Assembly's mobile take on Total War. How on Earth do you fit the scale and spectacle of a Total War campaign onto a smartphone? Well, you can't, so Total War Battles tries to offer an entirely different take. It merges building and combat onto battlefields overlaid by grids of hexes. You can channel your troops down lanes drawn across the map and harvest resources with structures placed nearby. It's designed to be quick and easy to jump into, two qualities that Total War titles have traditionally lacked.
Sega's blurb boasts a ten hour campaign with bonus challenge missions. The visuals have been spruced up for the big screen and the PC version will come with bonus concept art showing off TWB's loud, colourful style.
Total War Battles is available now on Steam for $7.99 / £4.99 / EUR 9.99. Find out more on the Total War Battles site, and get a feel for how it plays in this here trailer:
Lead your clan to battle through more than 10 hours of story-driven campaign. Total War Battles: Shogun delivers quick-fire, tactical combat balanced with strategic building and unit management. All set in a beautifully illustrated Medieval Japan.
Shakespeare knew what he was doing, which is why, when he penned the first lines of Mark Antony's most famous speech from Julius Ceaser, he didn't write "friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your eyeballs," which leaves it to me to make that demand. Come on now, your eyeballs, please. All of them.
I'll use them well, I promise. Let me just gather them all up in arms, like so, and saunter into the depths of this post, where four new screenshots for the tremendously exciting Total War: Rome 2 await, showing a bit of close combat and some epic snapshots of the Battle of Carthage.
For more on Rome 2, here are our video interviews with Creative Assembly with details on Rome 2's battles and campaign game, and here's lead designer James Russell on ancient warfare, modding, DLC and the importance of building community. You may also want to check out the live action announcement trailer, which sets the scene quite nicely, except hang on a minute, let me give you these eyeballs back.
Fix for Co-operative Multiplayer Campaign victory conditions. The campaign will end when the victory conditions are met. Increased the variant texture cache size on low, medium and high graphics settings to prevent bodies from twitching on the battle map. Added DLC requirement string to Saints and Heroes unit tool tips in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Czech, Russian and Polish on the veteran selection screen. The download bar will now show for clients when downloading user generated multiplayer battle maps. Unit names will now appear correctly above the selected units in the unit stats roster in the battle lobby. Desynchronisation / desync fix for Multiplayer Campaign.
If you reckon there simply aren't enough spiked war clubs in Total War: Shogun 2, the Saints and Heroes DLC pack might be for you. It adds nine new elite units including Tadakatsu's Tetsubo warriors, owners of said spiked clubs, the mounted Spears of Shizugatake, a bold new form of cavalry, and elite ninja warriors, Hanzo's Shadows. They're masterful murderers, and pretty good at climbing walls, too. Take a closer look in the DLC announcement trailer and screenshots below.
The DLC is available now for £1.99 / $3.25 through Steam. Here's the list of new units contained in the DLC.
Kiyomasa’s Katana Cavalry Katana cavalry hero These heavily-armoured cavalry wield their blades with a brutal expertise. Excellent in melee Slower than other cavalry Excellent morale Vulnerable to Yari, Naginata and Matchlock
Yoritomo’s Yabusame Cavalry Bow cavalry hero Precise and quick, these men can snipe at enemies, and hold their own if cornered. Fast moving Can move and fire Excellent accuracy and range Excellent morale Weak against massed foot missile-units Average in melee
The Spears of Shizugatake Yari cavalry hero Masters of the spear, these expert horsemen boast a devastating charge, and resolute morale in the face of counter-attack. Fast and very powerful charge Excellent against other cavalry Excellent morale Vulnerable to Yari and Naginata
Benkei’s Blades Naginata Hero The long-bladed Naginata is effective against all-comers – doubly so in the hands of an expert. Versatile: very good against cavalry and other infantry Excellent armour high resistance to arrows Excellent morale Weak against Matchlock
Gozen’s Hime Heroines Naginata Heroine In the hands of a great heroine, the Naginata becomes a graceful whirl of steel and bloody death. Versatile: very good against cavalry and other infantry Excellent armour high resistance to arrows Excellent morale Weak against Matchlock
Tokitaka’s Tanegashima Matchlock Hero Armed with a beautifully crafted rifle, these heroes put their marksmanship to deadly use. Good range Devastating damage Very good accuracy and reload Excellent morale Vulnerable to cavalry Good in melee against infantry
Seigen’s Swordmasters Nodachi Hero Carrying the fearsome two-handed Nodachi, these heroes strike terror into the hearts of those they charge. Devastating charge Excellent morale Average in prolonged melee Vulnerable to cavalry and missiles
Tadakatsu’s Tetsubo Warriors Tetsubo Hero As strong as Oni, these mighty warriors are masters of the brutal Tetsubo, or war club. Excellent in melee Excellent morale Vulnerable to missiles and massed enemy units
Hanzo’s Shadows Ninja Hero Masters of stealth, Ninja heroes are the ultimate dealers of swift and silent death. Excellent at hiding Can climb walls very fast Devastating ranged attack Very limited ammunition
Change Log: • Lighting shader tweaks to improve lighting in battles throughout the game. • A Multiplayer crash on host machine when searching for a 4v4 Set-up team siege battle has been fixed. • Fixed crash when attempting to play Fall of the Samurai Historical Battles when players owns the stand alone Dragon War Battle Pack and not Total War: SHOGUN 2 Fall of the Samurai. • Fix for players becoming stuck during the Avatar Multiplayer Tutorial after searching for a Match Made battle. • The "Season" drop down list should now display correctly after changing map in a multiplayer Battle List battle. • Wako pirates now have the correct banners in naval battles via the Campaign. • Fix to prevent AI trade fleets grouped around occupied trade nodes in Campaign mode. • Fix to prevent Mixed Avatars being able to join Battle List battles with 'Mixed Avatars' option turned off. • Fix for bug in Avatar Conquest mode where players receiving a clan promotion were shown a message telling them they have been relegated. • Desynchronisation (desync) message has been localised to French, Italian, German, Spanish, Czech, Russian, Polish. • Fix for multiplayer campaign desynchronsiation (desync) when playing between German and Czech players. • Improved compatibility with AMD Radeon HD 7 series graphics cards. • Fixes to prevent desynchronisation (desync) in Multiplayer Campaign mode. • Improved combat animation blending for cavalry. • Added localisation to the multiplayer lobby for the status of TEd created maps when they are being shared. • Fix for Sea of Japan naval battle map crash. • Players can no longer delete the "Sea of Japan" Naval Battle map, and can delete their own maps (Created or shared through TEd) on the battle setup screen UI. • Added localisation for battle setup screen UI in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Czech, Russian, Polish.
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