Excerpt: The Neo Geo was an interesting console, too expensive for many, but with some incredible games that could fetch thousands of pounds nowadays. It certainly represents a unique time for the industry. Now, the system was either an arcade cabinet, or a home console, at no point was it a PC. It didn’t have a keyboard and mouse setup and certainly none of the games were setup for such things.
Conclusion: Paradox Interactive manages to deliver a great strategy game that is mostly about (virtual) people and about honor. When the game shines it is intelligent, offers options, has clear mechanics and manages to occupy the mind of the gamer even when it's not actually running. Unfortunately Sengoku is also a game that can feel aimless and barren.
Conclusion: Sengoku is an interesting mix. If it wasn’t so daunting, it’d pick up more fans. It’s a setting that’s seen rarely in video games. European conflict dominates the strategy landscape and seeing a fresh perspective is very welcome. The fact it’s addictive and enjoyable is even better. This is history made fun. All it needs is a better tutorial system – some handholding through the cherry blossoms.
Excerpt: Japan, historically a tiny island that isolated itself from
the rest of the world, has had its share of internal strife. Most notable was
the Sengoku period, where clans from all corners of the land fought for the
Shogun crown. The first major computer game to touch on this conflict was Shogun: Total War, which recently had an
enjoyable sequel in Total War:Shogun 2.
Excerpt: Trying to become Emperor of Japan isn’t an easy thing to do. There’s your clan to manage, your villages to keep happy and rivals to contend with. Sengoku delivers this tough ascent to power very well, giving you a difficult strategy game that feels part turn-based, part real-time. Being able to pause the game to lay out orders or just run everything at once is definitely unique.
Excerpt: If I were to tell you that a brand new strategy game takes place in 16th century Japan and deals with all the political intrigue, backstabbing, and socioeconomic turmoil of the island nation, the well-informed might turn to me and say, “Oh, you mean Total War: Shogun 2?” Yes, but that’s not all! Paradox Interactive is getting in on the shogun-era strategy with their very own game called Sengoku.