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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 Not exactly a Civic... Honda Masanobu boasts of his troop's strength before joining the battle.
Kessen PlayStation 2 Main Menu (it upgrades with options as you finish the games)
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 No firearms control here. You can assign troops that match the skills of your generals, increasing the effectiveness of your army.

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 (69815) 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
PSM Nov, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Jul, 2001 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot Mar 14, 2000 7.4 out of 10 74
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 21, 2000 14 out of 20 70
Super Play Jan, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Power Unlimited Mar, 2001 6.6 out of 10 66
Gamekult Jan 17, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Gaming Target Aug 02, 2001 5.4 out of 10 54

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Trivia

Title translation

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

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Ray Soderlund (3500) added Kessen (PlayStation 2) on Jun 06, 2001