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Kessen (PlayStation 2)

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Description

Kessen is a strategy game that tells the story of the events that brought feudal Japan out of a century of civil war and installed the Tokugawa Shogunate as the dominant political entity for the next two hundred years.

As either Tokugawa Ieyasu or his opponents, you'll engage in real time battles, including Sekigahara, one of the largest and most famous battles in Japanese history. Victory or defeat will steer you down a campaign trail, taking you either through the historical events of the time or down fictional 'what if?' scenarios.

Battles take place in real time, with you instructing your various generals on where to lead their troops, who to engage, and what special actions to perform. These special actions, such as firing your cannons, charging your opponent, or unleashing a flight of arrows, are depicted in close-up, cinema-like cut-scenes.

Before, after, and sometimes even during battles you'll be shown cut-scenes that depict the personal struggles of your various subordinates.

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Kessen PlayStation 2 Main Menu (it upgrades with options as you finish the games)
Kessen PlayStation 2 Spear vs. Sword. Occassionally your braver and more skilled samurai will attempt to duel their opponents. Victory brings increase morale for your army, while losing both the duel and the face associated with it decreases your troops willingess to fight.
Kessen PlayStation 2 Before every battle, you get to know your allies and foes, and choose your strategy.
Kessen PlayStation 2 In certain cases, your own men will question your commands.

Alternate Titles

  • "決戦" -- Japanese Spelling
  • "决战" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)

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User Reviews

Super-duper fantastic! And a li'l more. コナン (90832) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
Boooooooorrrrring! Ben Fahy (73) unrated

The Press Says

Gamer's Pulse Dec 12, 2000 89 out of 100 89
IGN Oct 23, 2000 8.1 out of 10 81
PSM Nov, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Nov 01, 2000 B 75
GameSpot Mar 14, 2000 7.4 out of 10 74
Super Play Jan, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 21, 2000 14 out of 20 70
Power Unlimited Mar, 2001 6.6 out of 10 66
Gameplanet Jan 22, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gaming Target Aug 02, 2001 5.4 out of 10 54

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Title translation

"Kessen" stands for "strategic battle" on Japanese.

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Ray Soderlund (3497) added Kessen (PlayStation 2) on Jun 06, 2001