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Total War: Shogun 2 – Clan feature #1: Chosokabe

From our good friends over at Creative Assembly, we have a new blog on one of the clans featured in Total War: Shogun 2. On to you CraigTW …

Hi all,

Right now, you’re probably wondering what clan you’ll pick in Total War: Shogun 2. In this, the first of Shogun 2′s clan features, we focus on the Chosokabe clan. Pull up a chair and find out more…


The Chosokabe clan claim descent from the Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Despite their long history, the Chosokabe clan has had mixed fortunes, and has been under the protection of the Ichijo, who helped them to recapture their castle at Oko. Chosokabe Kunichika, the daimyo, is certainly bold and brave enough to have imperial blood in his veins: he once jumped off an Ichijo castle wall for a dare! He has now broken with the Ichijo, rebuilt Chosokabe influence, and vowed revenge on his enemies.

Kunichika can take advantages of the Chosokabe’s traditional strengths: they are phenomenal farmers, and gain extra income from their lands; they produce superb archers and cheap archer units too. With their strength concentrated in Tosa province, the Chosokabe are already at war with the Kono clan of Iyo to the northwest.

Now they have to make an interesting strategic decision: deal with their immediate enemies in Iyo, crush the Ichijo clan at home in Tosa, or attack the Miyoshi clan of Awa province. This last might seem like madness, but Awa is blessed with plentiful warhorses, a valuable resource for anyone planning to expand their clan army. The other nearby resource that will be incredibly useful is the good building stone in Sanuki to the north east. Once these immediate opportunities and problems are resolved, then who is to say the next shogun will not be a Chosokabe lord?




This blog originally appeared over on the Total War blogs – head on over them out! Thanks Craig!


New Sonic 4 Avatar items are here!

Good news for Sonic fans on Xbox Live!

Six new Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Avatar items are now available on the Xbox Live Marketplace! From Chaos Emeralds to a Genesis-styled Sonic 4 cartridge, there’s all sorts of awesome contained in these new goodies. All six items, in detail:

  • Chaos Emeralds – They’re shiny, they float, and they’ve saved the world more than just a few times. Now you can have all seven hovering around your very own avatar.
  • Toy Chopper Badnik + Fish Bowl – A cute little robot pirahna that wants nothing more than to swim around and chomp off whatever’s closest – including your finger. (We included a bowl to make owning this pet a little safer.)
  • Toy Motobug – Wind him up and watch him charge, bravely and gloriously, straight ahead! While Motobugs are most well known for their unfaltering ability to keep moving forward, at least until they turn around, this one can also cut some corners and might just chase you down.
  • Sonic 4 Cartridge – One of our favorites! Now you can hold the power of Sonic 4 in a convenient, Genesis-sized game cartridge. We even included a certain oldschool seal of quality.
  • Sonic 4 T-shirt – If you’re looking for a new addition to your wardrobe, this T-shirt is sure to please. Simple and effective, it’s black with the Sonic 4 Logo on the front.
  • Sonic Plushie – Attack of the cute! This Sonic plushie is a nice collector’s item and is sure to fire up your avatar’s imagination. Highly recommended for girlfriends, moms, and anyone with a love for adorable and awesome mixed together.

We hope you all enjoy the avatar items. On behalf of the entire Sonic 4 team – Happy Holidays!


Conduit 2 – HVS talks the Story and Game Intro

Conduit 2 Black Logo

Hi everyone! This is Eric Stoll, Lead Designer on Conduit 2 and I’m happy to have been given the opportunity to write this blog detailing the opening cinematic of Conduit 2 that was released recently. I’ve been with High Voltage Software for almost eight years and let me tell you, Conduit 2 is far and away the biggest production we’ve ever undertaken and it’s been an absolute blast to work on!

Eric Stoll of High Voltage Software

The Story So Far…

Conduit 2 is the sequel to 2009’s The Conduit, continuing the story of Michael Ford, a Secret Agent who saved the President’s life when the rest of the security detail that he was a part of went rogue.

Michael was then lured into joining “The Trust”, a secret government organization run by John Adams, whose hunger for power ultimately pushed Michael away. Michael was then contacted by a conspirator identified as Prometheus. Together, the two unraveled a massive conspiracy of galactic proportions. John Adams was an alien and he had been developing alien-human hybrid soldiers, known as the Drudge, in order to take over the world, starting with Washington D.C.

After the invasion started, Prometheus sacrificed himself and placed his essence into the All Seeing Eye (ASE), a mysterious alien device with strange powers. Michael eventually found John Adams in a bunker located below the city but Adams was ready and had a trap waiting for him. As a momentous battle raged between Michael and the Drudge soldiers, Adams escaped through a conduit.

Standing in Adams’ bunker as the invasion of Washington D.C. rages above him, starring at the strange conduit in front of him, Michael had only one choice. Follow the bastard and finish this once and for all.

This is where Conduit 2’s opening cinematic begins…

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So What’s New?

With this cinema, we hope to draw an emotional response from the player, invoking a sense of awe and wonder as they look forward to the game by demonstrating interesting locations and foreshadowing gameplay and potential bosses.

In The Conduit, Michael Ford’s story took place mostly in Washington D.C. For Conduit 2, we’ve expanded the scope of the game dramatically, adding locations all across the globe. In the intro cinematic, as Ford stands in the ruins of Adams’ D.C. bunker, Ford steps through the conduit and you can immediately see what Ford sees travelling through the “worm hole”.

Conduit 2 Intro

We immediately cut to underwater shots of a strange alien craft, submerged at the bottom of the ocean. As it begins to power up, we hear a female voice foreshadowing events to come. This woman can be found inside the crashed ship, but what her role is in what’s to come has yet to be revealed… She goes on to say that Ford has “doomed us all”. That statement hints at one of the epic moments that players will enjoy as they progress through the game.

Also under water you see the protector of the crashed ship, a colossal sea serpent, known as the Leviathan. He’s a 100-foot tall monster with devastating firepower that’s been drawn to the oil rig for some reason. A reason that Ford will soon discover…

Conduit 2 Intro

As the cinema winds to a close, you see a conduit on the oil rig activate with a brilliant flash of light and a cut to the game’s title. This leads directly into gameplay with an unarmed, disoriented Ford waking up on a rain-soaked deck in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!


We hope you enjoyed this blog!  Be sure to head on over to Gamestop and pre-order Conduit 2 today and also head on over to our forums to discuss it with fellow fans!


Free Stuff Friday – December 17, 2010

This is the last Free Stuff Friday for 2010! It’s been a great year — thanks to all of our fans for the comments, laughs, loves, and support. Our next giveaway will be Friday, January 7th and it will be done by our colleagues in the UK.

We have a few special guests in our video this week… so let’s get to it!

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On the Block

1. Sonic Comfy Throw (The Blanket with Sleeves) Pack
Keep warm with this Sonic Comfy Throw (the blanket with sleeves) as modeled by Mark. Along with this, you’ll get 3 sheets of Sonic Colors wrapping paper and a SEGA holiday card.

Congrats to our winner, @Stexonlegs!

2. Jet Set/Grind Radio Pack
This pack includes Jet Grind Radio for Game Boy Advance (thanks to @the_baconbitz for donating this! Our first fan-donated prize!) and Jet Set Radio for Dreamcast (donated to Aaron by a fan named Dave). As with all the packs, you’ll also get a SEGA holiday card.

Congratulations to our winner, @Setsunael!

3. Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Track
Race Sonic and Knuckles around the track with this awesome set. You’ll also enjoy a SEGA holiday card!

4. Aaron… I mean PAX Hoodie!
We said you couldn’t have one… but we’ve relented! Get a very limited edition controller hoodie that we made for PAX this year. We only have size XL, and they run a little big.

How it Works

1. You must be following us on Twitter to be eligible. (If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can create one by going to and click the green “get started — join!” button in the center of the page.)
2. At random times on Friday, we will announce the prize we are giving away, and what number of response you need to be to win. Send us a direct message (DM) via Twitter and be that number to win the prize. (@ replies do not count as entries!)
3. All followers are eligible to win all prizes, unless a restriction is noted. Restrictions are usually due to the prize being region-locked. For example, US games that won’t work on UK gaming systems. There may also be age restrictions due to the rating of the game.
4. We will announce the winner on our Twitter feed once eligibility is confirmed.

Make Sure We’re Following You on Twitter

If you are currently following us on Twitter, please be sure that we are following you as well. You can do this by making sure that SEGA is in your “followers” list, or by going to DoesFollow and typing SEGA in the first blank, your Twitter username in the second, and pressing the “check” button. You can reverse this to be sure that you are following us. If you are following us, but we’re not following you, please send a message to @SEGA and we will follow you. This is important, because only people we follow can send us direct messages (DMs), and DMs are the only way to enter the giveaways.

Important Note: Twitter limits us to following 1,000 new people per day. This is a limit imposed by Twitter and is not something we can control, change, or get around. We do our best to follow everyone back in time for the giveaway, but this is becoming increasingly difficult as our Free Stuff Fridays become more popular. Because we must be following you in order for you to send us a direct message, if we cannot follow you due to this limit, you will be unable to enter the giveaway. We do our contests by direct message to avoid having everyone spam their followers with giveaway entries. Please be patient, and we will follow you as soon as we’re able.

How to Send Direct Messages on Twitter

There are a few ways to send us a Direct Message on Twitter. The easiest way is to go to our Twitter page and select “message” under the “Actions” heading in the side bar. If you do not see “message”, this means that we are not following you. Please send a message to @sega to let us know, and we will follow you. When you click “message” you will be taken to a window where you can type a message and press send.

You may also select the “direct messages” tab from your Twitter homepage, and select SEGA from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Again, if you don’t see our name there, it’s probably because we’re not following you. Let us know, and we’ll follow you.

There are also many Twitter clients that you can use instead of using the website. These include TweetDeck, Twitteriffic, Tweetie, and Twhirl. Each of these programs works differently, so you’ll want to figure out how to send a direct message on the program you use. If you want to send us a test message, we’ll let you know if we received it or not.