Total War : The Fall of the Samurai (2012)

The Fall of the Samurai

Building on the success of Shogun 2, CA released ‘The Fall of the Samurai’.

The game contains the original Shogun 2 music. As it progresses and your clan modernises, the music becomes more westernised. I combined orchestral instruments and melodies to enhance the feeling of the westernisation of Japan.

So there have been a few people asking why there are v2 versions of some of the songs in Fall of the Samurai. What happened is that the v1 version of the songs are the first version that came to me when working on the songs. After submitting the songs to CA, and shortly before release, they decided that they thought those songs sounded too western and “midi”. So, I went through the songs and tried to make them more Japanese sounding, resulting in the v2 versions. What we hear in the game that shipped is v1, but then these were replaced with v2 in the day one patch via steam. Personally I like both, as I think CA was correct in pointing this issue out, but that I was also correct in my initial concept of Japan becoming westernised.

14 Comments

  • Ben April 18, 2020

    I dont want to sound rude about any other composer, but I think at this point CA dont deserve your high quality music composition. The few last games are not even comparable to Shogun 2 gameplay quality. Would be such a waste of skill have worked for those last titles… I miss your music Jeff… Still playing Shogun2/FotS just to listen your work. Be there for an eventual Empire/Napoleon. Take care. Legends never die.

  • zhxws (@zhxws) December 4, 2016

    Want to hear the v1 songs……

  • zhxws December 4, 2016

    Want to hear the v1 songs…

  • zhxws November 12, 2016

    All the links are dead… I’d love to hear the v1 songs too…

  • Mark September 21, 2016

    Can’t play any of them. Guess the links are dead.

    I’d love to hear the v1 songs ;_;

  • MattyRasker February 22, 2014

    Thanks for the V1s Jeff! 😀

  • Adrien July 24, 2013

    Quick thanks from France ! Great Job, really. The music give a real feels during the game … I look foward Rome II !

    Other Total wars was a good music, but Shogun II it’s the better OST I heard. I think Rome II can will be better :).

    And I’m not only to think that.
    Very good job.

    Ad’

    P.S : I apologize for my English

  • JT January 11, 2013

    Love it. You are such an amazing composer. You have brought musical joy to my life so many times. Thank you!

  • Keyser September 11, 2012

    Duty Calls is such a nice tune. It’s a nice blend of japanese and cinematic/western music. It’s also epic and serious, yet it’s still hopefull and lighthearted. A good theme for the battle loading screen imo.

  • Rick July 7, 2012

    I love “Attack of the West” but it’s relatively short length does not do justice to its epicness :p. Perhaps you can do an extended version on your spare time?

    • Rick July 7, 2012

      Also, the Fall of the Samurai soundtrack is an amazing mix of your previous work with your Shogun themes. The way you were able to mix the Japanese instruments with the orchestral themes created a very appropriate score that represents the feel of time period in which the game is set.

  • Christian June 16, 2012

    Awsome game Music you made Jeff
    I think you are the reason that these games are so awsome 😀

    • Daniel June 19, 2012

      Totaly Agree

    • Yisup Byun January 23, 2014

      I agree

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