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If you loved Shōgun, keep the historical Japan vibes going with these games

Shōgun, the restricted TV collection primarily based on the historical-fiction novel by James Clavell, rapidly asserted itself as one in every of this 12 months’s finest new collection, due to a charming solid of characters and a stirring efficiency by lead Hiroyuki Sanada as Lord Toranaga.

If you’re nonetheless devastated by this week’s collection finale and are on the lookout for a sport to sate your want for extra nice storytelling set in historical Japan, we’ve obtained you coated. We’ve hand-selected a few of our favourite games to assist ease the transition right into a post-Shōgun world. Let’s dive in!


Shadow Techniques: Blades of the Shogun

Picture: Mimimi Productions/Daedalic Leisure

The place to play: PlayStation 4, Home windows PC, Xbox One

Generally, a veiled knife in the darkish is value greater than 100 swords on the battlefield. Living proof: The top of Shōgun’s second episode, when a shinobi disguised as a longtime home servant tears by guards and bystanders alike, leaving blood in his wake, earlier than being minimize down by Lord Toranaga. So, if you’re on the lookout for a stealthy motion sport the place technique and persistence are king, Mimimi Productions’ 2016 real-time ways sport is a must-play.

Set in feudal Japan shortly after the reigning shogun has unified the nation, Shadow Techniques: Blades of the Shogun follows a bunch of unlikely allies who band collectively of their widespread quest to take down a mysterious warlord that threatens the shogunate. It’s a wonderful and totally underrated stealth sport that places emphasis on making the most of every ability your celebration of playable characters brings to each problem. —Toussaint Egan

Whole Conflict: Shogun 2

An overhead user interface view of a battlefield in Total War: Shogun 2.

Picture: Inventive Meeting/Sega

The place to play: Home windows PC

Shōgun takes place throughout the finish of the Sengoku interval, a time during which incessant civil warfare has divided the nation into numerous domains overseen by warlords seeking to broaden their territories. The collection’ finale ends on the cusp of conflict, with Toranaga reflecting on what can be often known as the Battle of Sekigahara. If you have been disillusioned by the lack of an enormous battle at the finish of Shōgun, this basic RTS is the excellent method to expertise that.

Inventive Meeting’s path to strategy-gaming dominance started in 2000 with the unique Shogun: Whole Conflict. After a decade-long romp by historic Rome and Europe, the developer returned to Japan in 2011 for Whole Conflict: Shogun 2. The consequence was a BAFTA award for finest technique sport, and the crystallization of a high-concept multimodal format that might go on to change into the beloved trilogy Whole Conflict: Warhammer.

In Whole Conflict: Shogun 2, you will ship 1000’s of troopers, archers, and cavalry into pitched real-time tactical battles. Out of your chicken’s-eye view over the battlefield, you can organize them to flank, hearth at, and cost the enemy. Then, in the turn-based overworld map, you will maneuver your forces to benefit from the terrain, utilizing it to unseat your AI-controlled opponents to dominate all of Japan. The timeline is an ideal match for the TV present, with models pulled from historical accounts of the sixteenth century.

To get the most bang in your buck, decide up the Total War: Shogun 2 collection on Steam, which incorporates the base sport and its most important expansions. —Charlie Corridor

Rise of the Ronin

A player facing off against a group of enemies along the shore of a beach.

Picture: Workforce Ninja/Sony Interactive Leisure

The place to play: PlayStation 5

If you’re on the lookout for a sport the place you can discover the lovely plains and rolling hills of Nineteenth-century Japan that Shogun solely briefly teased all through the collection, Workforce Ninja’s first open-world motion journey is simply the sport to satiate your wanderlust. As a former anti-shogunate murderer turned ronin, gamers should traverse the countryside of Nineteenth-century Japan after their village is destroyed and their lifelong accomplice goes lacking. You’ll battle towards ruthless bandits, surly American troopers, and even ravenous canines as you try and carve out a brand new life for your self. Not solely that, however gamers are given the option to forge bonds with vital characters and ally with clashing factions to determine the destiny of Japan. If that doesn’t resonate with the themes of Shōgun, I don’t know what does. —TE

Nioh

William Adams, the player’s character, brandishing a katana against a glowing horned demon in Nioh.

Picture: Workforce Ninja/Koei Tecmo

The place to play: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Home windows PC

Whereas loosely primarily based on true occasions, Shōgun is technically a piece of historical fiction, with John Blackthorne and Lord Yoshii Toranaga as fictional analogs for the real-life English sailor turned samurai William Adams and daimyo turned shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. If you’re on the lookout for one other, albeit extra violently exaggerated, tackle the occasions coated in the present, you ought to positively give Workforce Ninja’s 2017 Soulslike Nioh a shot.

Set in a darkish fantasy model of 1600s Japan, gamers assume the position of an Irish sailor named William who arrives in Japan on a quest of vengeance towards Edward Kelley, an occult alchemist who seeks to perpetuate battle utilizing a military of oni. William rapidly allies himself with Ieyasu and his ninja servant Hanzo Hattori, who agree to assist him in his mission to take down Kelley in their very own quest to deliver peace to Japan. It’s a wild and ridiculous motion RPG stuffed with intense swordplay and horrifying bosses. It’s not precisely the equal of a slow-paced, emotionally wealthy status TV collection, however it’s a blast to play. —TE

Like a Dragon: Ishin!

Ryoma Sakamoto locks katanas with an enemy in Like a Dragon: Ishin!

Picture: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio/Sega

The place to play: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Home windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Sequence X

The Like a Dragon (previously often known as Yakuza) collection has at all times had a popularity for outlandish eventualities involving gold-hearted gangsters and over-the-top minigames. In 2014, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio took one in every of the most radical steps in the franchise so far, recasting the collection’ mechanics and concepts for an action-adventure spinoff set in Nineteenth-century Japan. Like a Dragon: Ishin! places gamers in the position of the legendary samurai Sakamoto Ryōma (modeled after common collection protagonist Kazuma Kiryu) as he fights to clear his identify after his adoptive father is murdered by an murderer.

If you have been captivated by Shōgun’s meticulous rendition of Osaka Fort, you’ll love exploring the sport’s huge and exquisite model of the citadel city of Tosa and Kyo, Japan’s capital metropolis throughout the Bakumatsu period. It’s a improbable sport with compelling characters and nice fight, and with the current remake that enables gamers to get it on PC and current-gen consoles, there’s by no means been a greater time to strive it out. —TE

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