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As I've been waiting for Shogun 2 to come out, I've been playing the amazing "Third Age" mod for Medieval 2 Total War which for those of you who don't know is basically a Lord of the Rings themed Total War game. Incredible mod . . . custom made map of Middle Earth with all of the key factions and settlements in their proper place. It's a free downloadable mod that you MUST play if you are a fan of Total War games in addition to Tolkien's trilogy.
Anywho, it got me thinking about truly amazing mods that would be awesome to have done like what the Third Age did for Medieval 2. Given the Japanese setting, and me being an anime fan, I thought about how cool a Naruto themed mod for Shogun 2 could be. You'd have factions: Land of Fire, Land of Wind, Amegakure, Land of Sound, Land of Water, Land of Lightning, Land of Earth, Land of Waves. Factions would be led by a kage isntead of a daimyo, there'd be rogue ninja you'd have to worry about, obviously not just talking about the "ninja" agent in this game but the armies would be themed more around Naruto if you're familiar with either the manga or the anime. It is a great story! Even with Total War factions I would imagine it would already fit really well with the Hattori clan due to its ninja focus, and that would only help to make such a mod a natural fit.
Your ninja agents that level up in addition to mastering what you choose would change their title from genin to chunin to jonin. There could be "dilemmas" like Shogun 2 would have but in this game it would involve the dealings of the Akatsuki you would have to prepare to contend with. They would field units at the very least comparable to elite units that are recruitable in Shogun 2. There's so much you could do and I never realized the scope of what mods can accomplish until I played the Third Age. So that's what I'm thinking! A Naruto: Total War mod has so much potential.
It's a dream, I'm a dreamer, yeah I know. But it's ok if it never happens, as I'm sure I'll be perfectly happy with Shogun 2 as is, but hey, we all know this forum is all about killing time, daydreaming, whatever, so dream with me if you want! Let's talk about what mods YOU would like to see for Shogun 2! If you're as eager about playing Shogun 2 as I am, you want distractions like this thread could be! Taking the time to think about such a mod and writing about it here just got me 10 minutes closer to having my own copy of Shogun 2 lol so it wasn't a complete waste for me :P