Samurai is the fifth entry in the award-winning Great Battles of History series and is easily the most exotic and visually stunning. Samurai covers all the major battles of the Sengoku Jidai (the Age of Warring Daimyos). Because of the nature of 16th century Japanese warfare, it is also the easiest game in the series to play. The revamped command system simulates the clan-oriented levels of leadership, plus simplified shock and fire mechanics. Also included are individual samurai used to challenge opponents and collect the important severed heads. Ignore the challenge and lose face, or even be forced to commit seppuku on the spot.
Battles include the most unusual Okehazama, complete with burning castles, thunderstorms, and a historically victorious army out-numbered six to one, Anegawa, Kawanakajima, Mikata-ga-Hara, Nagashino, with the famous Takeda cavalry corps charging Oda’s volley-firing musketeers, and the most famous battle to take place in Japan, Sekigahara. All the great leaders are there: Obu Nobunaga, Takeda Shingen, Uesugi Kenshin, and of course, Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Can’t tell you much I appreciate your unboxing and reviewing older games. Samurai Battles caught my interest because there are so few games about ancient Asian wars. Looks like GMT was up to it’s usual standards… great counters, interesting maps (need glass), and other indicators. I own a lot of older GMT games… “Prussia’s Glory”, “1859” “Gringo” (plus expansions), Clash of Giants, Siege quad, and many others… love to see a review of the game.
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