Kessen (PlayStation 2)

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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.


Kessen PlayStation 2 He will join us or die, my master. Much like in reality, not all the troops on either side are completely loyal, and some can be tempted to turn traitor during the battle. Historically, Kobayakawa was one to side with Tokugawa during Sekigahara.
Kessen PlayStation 2 Ouch! Tokugawa's cannon hit home, sending both men and horses scattering.
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 Demonstrating their skills

Alternate Titles

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

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Super-duper fantastic! And a li'l more. MAT (102237) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
Boooooooorrrrring! Ben Fahy (73) unrated

Critic Reviews

Gamer's Pulse Dec 12, 2000 89 out of 100 89
PSM Nov, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Jul, 2001 78 out of 100 78
Game Revolution Nov 01, 2000 B 75
GameSpot Mar 14, 2000 7.4 out of 10 74
Power Unlimited Mar, 2001 6.6 out of 10 66
Gamezone (Germany) Apr 26, 2001 6.5 out of 10 65
Gamekult Jan 17, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Gameplanet Jan 22, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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