Summary: True strategy. If you can figure out the controls and the interface, which may take a little while, you can become a truly great commander. I love this series. The battles can range from massive to skirmishes and the campaign is relatively short, but it changes based on whether you win or lose your battle so it's also dynamic. The story elements are quite good, especially for its time.
Summary: Incredible game! Awesome graphics and great strategy. It does give people the wrong impression in the beginning, with the fairly-boring but nessicary tutorial. But once you get to the battles, be prepared to be blown away!
Summary: I think this game is underrated. It is actually a great game that suffers a little from misguided expectations. Koei never makes games that are truly mainstream -- this game comes about as close as it does (except Dynasty Warriors, but those aren't designed by Koei). The game gives people the wrong impression in the beginning, because the initial difficulty, I think, was made too easy.
Summary: Ok! If you are fan of war simulators and have played the PC game Shogun: Total War then get ready to be blown away. Kessen is the best 17th century Japanese war sim I have played. The story line, the "Discovery Channel" way the game explains the battles that you are about to get into are outstanding! The movies and cut scenes are all exciting to watch and really get you into the game. This game is like an excellent book, you just can't put it down once you get going.
Summary: I think Kessen is a great strategic game.It seems annoying to begin with because there is only one track and the controls are fairly difficult. There is no way to know how your armies are going to fair and their is nothing to teach you before you plunge into the campaign. However after you finnish the campaigns the game starts to show its gameplay value. You can choose any of all the battles you fought in the campains to play again.
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2 April 2001
Summary: I've run a feudal Japan newsletter for over 10 years now, and am a huge fan of the samurai era. I grabbed Kessen the second I got my hands on a PS2, and started playing it immediately. The graphics in the game are startlingly lovely. From the cut-scenes to the campagin setup to the reactions of commanders to your decisions, it truly flows like an interactive movie. It's not just hack-and-slash, either.
Summary: From the moment I placed this game in my Playstation 2, I was hooked and did not stop playing this game for another 7 hours. I have never used the word "Beautiful" to describe a game video game before, but then again, nothing like Kessen has ever been attempted before in Video game history. This game is grand and breathtaking in its scope.
Summary: The graphics, sound, and game play are excellent. The game is incredibly fun and you'll learn some history too. Nonetheless, it has a high learning cure--it took me a good three hours before I really understood everything, so it takes a little patience. I highly recommend this game to those who like strategy games and want to see the extent of the PS2's graphics and sound.
Summary: This games sets ground to a new area, bringing many great animations (both 3D, DVD, and rendered) inside an RTS game with a touch of Japanese history. This game deserve those 5 stars because of its new way of bringing the animations. I was impressed to see real-time video, with a touch of 3D rendered as well as 3D polygons at the same time!! That creates a touch of reality over the virtual 3D world and it looks great.