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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.

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Kessen PlayStation 2 Dodge this. Female, gun-wielding ninja yojimbo aren't exactly historical, but Kessen strays from fact mainly for drama.
Kessen PlayStation 2 Special female ninja cavalry unit
Kessen PlayStation 2 Prior to battle start, you can assign your troops a certain attack route, ambush set, or to defend the commander.
Kessen PlayStation 2 Buy this game! Shima performs some stunts and challenges Tokugawa during a pre-battle cutscene.

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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. PlayStation 2 MAT (180964)
Boooooooorrrrring! PlayStation 2 Ben Fahy (94)

Critic Reviews

Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Nov, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Video Games PlayStation 2 Jul, 2001 78 out of 100 78
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Nov 01, 2000 B 75
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Mar 14, 2000 7.4 out of 10 74
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation 2 Jan, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Dec 21, 2000 14 out of 20 70
Power Unlimited PlayStation 2 Mar, 2001 6.6 out of 10 66
Gamezone (Germany) PlayStation 2 Apr 26, 2001 6.5 out of 10 65
Gamekult PlayStation 2 Jan 17, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Aug 02, 2001 5.4 out of 10 54

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Trivia

Title translation

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

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