Summary: This is one my favorite games from the old ps2. I replayed this one over and over again. Its not to hard to master and the game is kinda short, but i`m a sucker for all things feudal japan and this game gave me a good fix. The graphics are a little under par for whats available now, But its the chess like strategy aspect of the game that appeals to me. I wish the duels could have been a bit better tho.
Nice Intro To Japanese History and A Great Game Too!
Randy Schadel "Kurotatsunoshi", Amazon
7 February 2002
Summary: First off, this game has taken some critical hits for being too easy. Keep in mind that the first time through you are playing at INTRODUCTORY level (level 1 of 5), at which it is extremely difficult to lose. For a REAL challenge, try the skirmish battles at level 5...scream in agony as you are quickly outnumbered 8 units to 2...with your own reinforcements not showing up until near the end, and enemy defections highly unlikely.
Summary: Kessen is a fun game, gives players the power to control a whole army. From the CG cut-in scenes to the special movements of the armies. Although there is a history lessen built into the game that really makes me sleepy. Gameplay is very interesting. From building up your raid skill points to surrounding your enemy its all exciting.
Summary: I've never played a game quite like Kessen. In general I am an action/adventure player, with Metal Gear Solid at the top of my list for best game on the PS1. Unlike the sharp, precise universe of MGS, Kessen unleashes a veritable flood of imagery, history and strategy and somehow manages to suck you deep into the storyline. It is challenging to learn how to make strategic choices within the game, but I found myself almost helpless to turn it off.
Summary: I rented this game thinking well if I didn't like it I'd only rented it and didn't waste ... on it. Well I wasn't really disappointed, I wasn't expecting much, maybe because I hadn't read any reviews on it, but when I put this into the system it stayed on for hours. I finished the entire East campaign with 2days, but that's over 10 hours of play.
Summary: I spent a lot of time playing this game before I gave out my review so I can be completely sure about my rating. The first thing I want to say about this game is that it has excellent graphics and decent voice acting. Though this may not be the best thing I have ever seen, the movies made up for the disappointment.
A fantastic game, but easy to beat and tedious toward end.
30 November 2000
Summary: I was absolutely enthralled with this game, staying up all night to play it. These people took the Japanese civil war storyline from the 1600's and turned it into a great strategy game. The graphics are phenomenal. I only have two things to comment on, however. 1. For each attack command or special move, it plays a movie relevant to the theme. However these movies get old after a while and I got tired of pushing the continue button after making a command. 2.
Summary: For those of us that stayed up nights cursing Oda Nobunaga and his blasted "ambition," this game may very well seem like one of his traps. Old Koei games were NOT real big on doing much thinking FOR you. Autopilot was never an option then. Well, apparently the suits at Koei finally broke down and decided to make a strategy game for the masses, one without all the pesky troop upkeep and rice.
Summary: Aside from the bit of obvious nostalgia that I gained from playing this game again, it's fairly easy to see that this game is one of the best of Koei's titles. Although I found the subsequent sequel to Kessen to be rather disappointing, this is the game that started it all and years later it still manages to hold up with how enjoyable it is. In Kessen, you take the role of Ieyasu Tokugawa; the leader of the Western Armies.
Excerpt: "Kessen is set in the period of feudal Japan in the Tokugawa period, when rival warlords tried to conquer the country. You play one of these warlords, and try with the help of your generals to conquer Japan. The details are fairly accurate and unlike many strategy simulations of the period there is no magic. Instead the troops use accurate “Special attacks” like rifles, artillery and cavalry charges. As the general you control the battlefield from ...
Pros: Innovative game, great graphics, excellent gameplay