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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.

Screenshots

Kessen PlayStation 2 Ieyasu Tokugawa (eastern army) is readying his troops for battle at Sekigahara.
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 Here's my chance! Many of the events, including the arrival of reinforcements, are presented with in-game cutscenes.
Kessen PlayStation 2 A story of Samurai and Martyrs. Although laced with some fiction, the characters are based on historical people, like Lady Hosokawa Gracia, a converted Christian who died at the hands of Ishida troops shortly before the events of the game.

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 (82975) 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
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 8 out of 10 80
PSM Nov, 2000 8 out of 10 80
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
Gameplanet Jan 22, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gamekult Jan 17, 2001 6 out of 10 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