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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 Welcome to Big Hat Anonymous. Although perhaps a little exaggerated, the styles of many of the samurai helmets in the game are based on the historical helmets they wore.
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 Profile of a leader. Tokugawa Ieyasu, eventual victor of the Sengoku Jidai and founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Kessen PlayStation 2 Ashigaru Cam. You can further zoom in to watch your troops run around hacking at each other. While not necessarily realistic, gore is fortunately kept to a minimal.

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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 (145029) 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
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
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 21, 2000 14 out of 20 70
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 (3496) added Kessen (PlayStation 2) on Jun 06, 2001