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Shogun II soundtrack used in Winter Olympics

It’s not often than the worlds of figure skating and gaming intersect, but during the Japanese performance from Chris and Cathy Reed at the Winter Olympics, their chosen piece of music could have conjured up images of conquering Japan in Total War: Shogun II, of all things.

The pair spun around the ice to the sound of war drums and stirring battle music, composed by Jeff Van Dyck for Shogun II, which complimented their routine surprisingly well. The Reeds won first place at nationals, no doubt spurred on by thoughts of conquest, but placed last at the Winter Olympics at Sochi.

Van Dyck composed the music for all of the Total War games up until Empire, but was brought back for Shogun II. The soundtrack from Total War: Rome remains one of my favourites, and I can’t help but think that would have driven the skaters to victory at the Olympics.

Shogun II is still an excellent choice, regardless. It’s hard not to imagine a horde of samurai and cavalry charging across the ice, rushing to clash with their foe. Bugger, I’m all riled up now. I’d better reinstall Shogun II. 

 

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You know I've always wondered how well the Shogun: Total War games may have sold in Japan.

I mean on the one hand they're UK made PC games, and in a sub-genre that doesn't seem to be too common in Japan (grand-strategy RTS).

On the other hand, they're very uniquely Japanese. They deal with a very specific and well known (to the Japanese) period of Japanese history, they treat the subject matter with seriousness and respect (at least to my layman eyes, even if there are obvious concessions to gameplay over historical accuracy), and they even feature Japanese voice acting and music. And as far as I'm aware, there's no treatment of the Sengoku Jidai anything quite like this coming from a Japanese studio, or perhaps not to this level.

I could imagine if nothing else, they could have a cult following. And the fact that these olympic figure skaters somehow ended up with its soundtrack in their routine suggests that may be the case.

EDIT: Addendum: After finishing Metal Gear Rising and not wanting to go Revengeance difficulty just yet, I think I've figured out what game from my backlog is getting played next.

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The "Intro" Music to the original Rome was fantastic. In Medieval too

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Shogun 2 does have an awesome soundtrack. Once finishing deployment and issuing your first movement command started the music always got me pumped, and then the music changed again once your troops charged.

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