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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.

Screenshots

Kessen PlayStation 2 Guns...lots of them. Ishida responds to an offence with a barrage of gun fire.
Kessen PlayStation 2 Demonstrating their skills
Kessen PlayStation 2 Profile of a leader. Tokugawa Ieyasu, eventual victor of the Sengoku Jidai and founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Kessen PlayStation 2 The real deal. Although both the pre-rendered and in-game cutscenes are pretty, a good portion of the game will be watching armies march from this point of view.

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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. MAT (148168) 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
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
Super Play (Sweden) 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
Gamekult Jan 17, 2001 6 out of 10 60
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 (3496) added Kessen (PlayStation 2) on Jun 06, 2001