Total War Shogun 2: Samurai skills video released
The latest video trailer released for Shogun 2 highlights some cool cinematics and immerses us in the period atmosphere and ambience of medieval japan. Featuring some amazing sworplay and a riveting score, the trailer treats us to conflict undergirding the story behind the latest installment of Sega’s Total War series–Shogun 2. “Beauty and Harmony,governed by one eternal law–all that begins must END. The reign of the old shogunate is over.” The video opens with the commander of a huge invading army, all clad in black armor, massing against a snowbound palace. Both sides field a warrior who battle it out. One warrior is clad in red and black, the other in white and gray metal. Although the white clad warrior had a longer weapon, he was beaten by his opponent. The winner, however, got killed by arrows from the castle which triggers the invading army to invade.
Taken as a whole, the video focuses on the raw discipline of the Bushido code. The leader raises the signal and every man rushes to the front. No question. No hesitation. Fear of death has been made surrendered to fear of dishonor. While many American films tend to reduce this northern asian cultural trait of ultimate sacrifice to a greater goal resulting in a misperception of Japanese as mindless ants without a personality, the reality of the Bushido code is much deeper. Self is made subservient to a greater reality and greater goal–HONOR.
The samurai faced certain death and exhibited extraordinary valor because of their total surrender to the power of honor–honor beyond self. This video offers glimpses of that reality.