Total War: Shogun 2 Pre-order Bonuses Revealed

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 20, 2011 7:00am PST Of course, it's not enough to simply buy a video game nowadays. No, only those who pre-order their games--preferably from GameStop--are friends of video games and only they shall be rewarded with the full experience. As is the case with Total War: Shogun 2, publisher Sega has announced.

'The Historic Battle of Kawagoe' will be unlocked if you pre-order The Creative Assembly's feudal Japan strategy game from GameStop in-store or online. We're told it's a 1545 battle where the Hõjõ clan pulled off a stealthy counter-attack against the besieging Uesugi. Behold, the educational power of video games!

Pre-ordering in-store from Best Buy, however, will let you begin the game with an extra 1,000 Koku---the game's currency--to kick-start your campaign. Does 1,000 Koku let you purchase a mighty army or merely a bloke on a pony? We haven't the foggiest.

As TCA is again using some form of Steamworks for Shogun 2, odds are you'll be able to simply activate your CD key on Steam then plonk your physical copy in the bin, though please do check before you put the rubbish out for the bin men. The game's due out exclusively for PC--check out the system requirements--on March 15.

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  • Preorder bonuses are bullshit. They don't feel like preorder bonuses to me. They feel like non-preorder penalties. At least that's the case for missing game content. But flat "bonuses" like giving the player extra money in the game is even more bullshit. What does that even mean? Are you supposed to pay more to make the game easier? Why not just set the difficulty level lower in the first place? Did a game designer actually think about the notion of giving you "1000 koku" and how that affects the game's balance? Do they even give a shit about game balance at all?

    The point of preordering would normally be that you get the product first. Obviously this doesn't ever actually matter anymore with digital releases so now they play mind games with their customers.

    Of course, pirates always get preorder bonuses.