* AntiClimaxBoss: Because of The Black Ship's poor maneuverability and blind spots in the front and back, it's actually not that tough to sneak up on it. Something as simple as a single Firebomb Kobaya ship can constantly stay on the back end of The Black Ship and throw bombs until it sinks from a too intense fire. Capturing remains trickier, but simple destruction can be simple with the right tactics.
** The various ironclads of ''Fall of the Samurai'' have the potential to be quickly defeated if a torpedo or armor-piercing round strikes at just the right point. They're typically more sturdy, but a lucky shot can doom them.
* AwesomeMusic: "Ebb and Flow", the music you hear in the loading screen in Total War. It really captures the atmosphere of the era that [[EndOfAnAge the samurai reign is indeed over]], as the notes of modern drums invade the notes of Japanese flute.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h0heT3sVas Ona Hei]]". It's got the most views on Website/YouTube for a reason.
** The credit song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bs8ncO_eXQ Bird of Time]]''.
* BoringButPractical: Out of the three foreign ironclads available in '"Fall of the Samurai", The United States's Roanoke class is perhaps the most dull. Three cylinders slapped on top of a dinky floating platform, compared to the goliath British Warrior class or the black terror that is the French L'Ocean. However, what Roanokes lack in pomp, they make up in practicallity. Roanokes have the same amount of guns and more crew than the the French L'Ocean and are more maneuverable and cut a lower profile than either the Warrior or L'Ocean. They're also the cheapest of the three, meaning you can field more of them on the campaign map.
* EvenBetterSequel: The game is considered by some fans to be one of the (if not ''the'') best ''Total War'' entry yet, building on what worked in the previous games while both introducing new gameplay elements and doing justice to the original ''Shogun.''
** The smaller scale was widely well-received in particular; after the nearly-global scale of ''Empire'' and ''Napoleon'', having a more manageable and comprehensible map was a welcome change.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMlu7ZleclI The Ninja Fail scenes.]]
* GeniusBonus: A nice little reference is hidden in the flavor text of the Gambling Hall building: "An eight. A nine. And...a three!" That's the worst possible hand in the blackjack-like game of Oicho-Kabu...a combination called "[[Main/{{Yakuza}} ya-ku-za"]].
* MemeticMutation: "Our men are running from the battlefield. [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/shamefur-dispray Shameful display]]!" The quote comes from the [[LargeHam rather hammy]] and thickly-accented battlefield advisor, who bellows the statement every time a unit is routed (a not uncommon occurrence, especially with ashigaru units which may rout if the enemy so much as sneezes in their direction). The overly-dramatic delivery is widely considered humorous.
* ScrappyMechanic: "Realm Divide" tends to be one of the most criticized aspects of the game which is otherwise highly rated as one of the best in the series. Careful diplomacy can seem pointless when suddenly every otherwise non-hostile clan declares war on you on the same turn because of it.
** It is worth noting that the ''Fall of the Samurai'' expansion softens Realm Divide, perhaps in response to complaints about it in the base game. In that DLC you have the option to fight in the name of either the Emperor or the Shogun, and sticking to your allegiance allows you to only have to suffer the Realm Divide diplomatic penalty with the opposite allegiance. Of course, you could always opt [[TakeAThirdOption to attempt to form a Republic]] if you really want the original (or perhaps even harsher) Realm Divide DifficultySpike, but at least you have the option of potentially maintaining military alliances or lesser non-hostility until the end of the game by sticking to an allegiance. Clans under the same allegiance might still betray you, but it's no longer a guarantee at least.
* SpiritualLicensee: The ''Fall of the Samurai'' DLC may as well be a prequel to ''Film/TheLastSamurai''. One reviewer even called it "the TomCruise DLC."