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 Heroes and 'Red Devils'. Ii Naomasa, one of the more famous Tokugawa generals. Some names have been shortened or phonetically written to make it easier for Western Audiences.
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 Quiet advancing through the night, in the morning the battle will commence

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 (108987) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
Boooooooorrrrring! Ben Fahy (73) unrated

Critic Reviews

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
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 21, 2000 14 out of 20 70
Super Play (Sweden) Jan, 2001 7 out of 10 70
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
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