Gekokujo is a mod for Mount and Blade Warband set in the Sengoku period of Japan. The name is a term often translated as "the low-ranked taking over from the high" and was chosen because it was a running theme during that era: Oda Nobunaga descended from a clan of deputies to the nominal governor of their province, but the Oda usurped them and toppled their neighbors; Toyotomi Hideyoshi began his career as a cook and sandal bearer and ended up the ruler of Japan; Tokugawa Ieyasu was an upstart who probably fabricated a claim of descent from the Minamoto clan--the only ones allowed to be granted the title of Shogun. As a player of Gekokujo, you will start from nothing and attempt to gain control of the entire country, making the title fitting.
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I feel as if Gekokujo is easily one of the best mods to come from the Moddb modding community for Mount and Blade in years. The immense attention to detail, focus on historical accuracy, and focus on immersion make the mod amazing.
On a graphical and visual standpoint, the mod is gorgeous for Mount & Blade with high-quality textures and meshes with only ocassional clipping for certain overcoats with certain combinations of armor.
The clever referances to Japanese history and mythology are absolutely hilarious and witty such as Kojirou and Musashi.
The changes to battle scenes, landscapes, castle scenes, et cetera are amazing and are very true to their counterparts in reality truly wonderful.
The reworked animations to follow Japanese combative styles is appreciated and really adds strongly to the aspect of immersion the mod currently has.
The mod offers a fairly bug-free experience with only a few issues requiring immediate attention and others requiring eventual attention (Army morale constantly dropping despite there being no penalties in place against you such as using units from enemy clans, lack of food/food variety, over population, lack of leadership/charisma, et cetera) and a lesser bug that makes it so heraldic sashimono do not display their mons properly (Occassionally, not a consistent bug.)
The Soundtrack could use a bit of work, better tunes - I tend to just mute music and listen to Shogun 2's OST (Much like with Calradia: Imperial Age where I listen to Turkish music when I play as the Sultanate.) so this is not a complaint what-so-ever, but a mere recommendation.
My main complaint is that this team has yet to band together with other modders to produce a mod based on the Boushin War (Ehhhhhh... *nudge,nudge.*).
The immersion is real and never fails, from the music to the scenes, the companions backgrounds and historically accurate clan names, everything is set for the ultimate samurai experience. The historic background makes the game even more enjoyable after a bit of wiki search on the time period and how Japanese society was back then. Since the strange armor set, i've always dreamed about this, you guys made it come true. I can never thank you enough for this:D!
Firstly, I must say that as a proud owner of Intel Atom + Intel GMA hardware, I am VERY pleased to have M&B running smooth under dx7 option, which makes it rather one of many things I can run and enjoy...
So, Gekokujo. After checking one by one popular mods for M&B (and eventually deleting them one by one) I've stopped here. There is something magnificent about medieval Japan unlike any other cultures represented originally in M&B, so count it as a personal sympathy. But hey, I've found what I might have wanted to see and what I really like!
First of: it is beautiful. Even on my poor netbook it looks great. All the new cities, castles (looking further to see more unique ones), stunning new weapons, firearms, armours and animations, wild amount of clans put on rather small patch of land, and eventually - historical precision!
I am very grateful to the developers, and I am looking forward to see more new thing which would make the gameplay even more deep and pleasant!
Gekokujo, in a nutshell, is a labor of love that, while it still has flaws, is certainly one of those mods that every M&B fan should have, or at the very least should try if they get bored of playing with knights and vikings and the sort.
Gekokujo is a very impressive mod that not only provides a refreshing take of the old M&B formula, it also adds a few neat ideas that make the game more fun and balanced, and thus more satisfying.
While it does have a lack of unit variety and there are a few odd bugs here and there, for the most part the good easily overwhelms the bad, such as the lovely soundtrack, massive map, attention to detail and, well.. I can't fit it all, let's just say that. The number of problems I know of I can count on one hand, while all the good things I need both my hands, and maybe even a foot or two.
Really, if you are tired of Native, but still want to swing a sword around, give this a try. It's totally worth it.