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Kessen (PlayStation 2)

Kessen Screenshots

PlayStation 2 version

Kessen PlayStation 2 Profile of a leader. Tokugawa Ieyasu, eventual victor of the Sengoku Jidai and founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Profile of a leader. Tokugawa Ieyasu, eventual victor of the Sengoku Jidai and founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Kessen PlayStation 2 Main Title

Main Title

Kessen PlayStation 2 Dodge this. Female, gun-wielding ninja yojimbo aren't exactly historical, but Kessen strays from fact mainly for drama.

Dodge this. Female, gun-wielding ninja yojimbo aren't exactly historical, but Kessen strays from fact mainly for drama.

Kessen PlayStation 2 Main Menu (it upgrades with options as you finish the games)

Main Menu (it upgrades with options as you finish the games)

Kessen PlayStation 2 Not something to be in the middle of. Cavalry prepare to collide with an advancing line of spearmen.

Not something to be in the middle of. Cavalry prepare to collide with an advancing line of spearmen.

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.

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.

Kessen PlayStation 2 Collision. Pre-battle briefings give the events leading up to the engagement, plus present troop movements.

Collision. Pre-battle briefings give the events leading up to the engagement, plus present troop movements.

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.

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 History Lesson. Included with the game is a brief encyclopedia, detailing the background of the major players in the game, such as Date Masamune.

History Lesson. Included with the game is a brief encyclopedia, detailing the background of the major players in the game, such as Date Masamune.

Kessen PlayStation 2 Fire! With the rumble of the dualshock, Ieyasu's cannon open up.

Fire! With the rumble of the dualshock, Ieyasu's cannon open up.

Kessen PlayStation 2 Ouch! Tokugawa's cannon hit home, sending both men and horses scattering.

Ouch! Tokugawa's cannon hit home, sending both men and horses scattering.

Kessen PlayStation 2 Not exactly a Civic... Honda Masanobu boasts of his troop's strength before joining the battle.

Not exactly a Civic... Honda Masanobu boasts of his troop's strength before joining the battle.

Kessen PlayStation 2 Guns...lots of them. Ishida responds to an offence with a barrage of gun fire.

Guns...lots of them. Ishida responds to an offence with a barrage of gun fire.

Kessen PlayStation 2 Here's my chance! Many of the events, including the arrival of reinforcements, are presented with in-game cutscenes.

Here's my chance! Many of the events, including the arrival of reinforcements, are presented with in-game cutscenes.

Kessen PlayStation 2 Buy this game! Shima performs some stunts and challenges Tokugawa during a pre-battle cutscene.

Buy this game! Shima performs some stunts and challenges Tokugawa during a pre-battle cutscene.

Kessen PlayStation 2 The real deal. Although both the pre-rendered and in-game cutscenes are pretty, a good portion of the game will be watching armies march from this point of view.

The real deal. Although both the pre-rendered and in-game cutscenes are pretty, a good portion of the game will be watching armies march from this point of view.

Kessen PlayStation 2 No firearms control here. You can assign troops that match the skills of your generals, increasing the effectiveness of your army.

No firearms control here. You can assign troops that match the skills of your generals, increasing the effectiveness of your army.

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.

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 One man army. Honda performs a raid on the enemy troops, single-handedly lowering both their numbers and their morale.

One man army. Honda performs a raid on the enemy troops, single-handedly lowering both their numbers and their morale.

Kessen PlayStation 2 Battle of the Ants. You can zoom in on the engagements and watch troops maneuver around. Control here, however, is non-existent.

Battle of the Ants. You can zoom in on the engagements and watch troops maneuver around. Control here, however, is non-existent.

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.

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.

Kessen PlayStation 2 Spear vs. Sword. Occassionally your braver and more skilled samurai will attempt to duel their opponents. Victory brings increase morale for your army, while losing both the duel and the face associated with it decreases your troops willingess to fight.

Spear vs. Sword. Occassionally your braver and more skilled samurai will attempt to duel their opponents. Victory brings increase morale for your army, while losing both the duel and the face associated with it decreases your troops willingess to fight.

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.

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 Before every battle, you get to know your allies and foes, and choose your strategy.

Before every battle, you get to know your allies and foes, and choose your strategy.

Kessen PlayStation 2 Prior to battle start, you can assign your troops a certain attack route, ambush set, or to defend the commander.

Prior to battle start, you can assign your troops a certain attack route, ambush set, or to defend the commander.

Kessen PlayStation 2 Main options ingame on the battlefield, during the actual gameplay.

Main options ingame on the battlefield, during the actual gameplay.

Kessen PlayStation 2 In certain cases, your own men will question your commands.

In certain cases, your own men will question your commands.

Kessen PlayStation 2 When some officer retreats, then it's definitive his unit is off the battlefield for good.

When some officer retreats, then it's definitive his unit is off the battlefield for good.

Kessen PlayStation 2 Mitsunari Ishida (left) with his first officer, Sakon Shima (right) are prepping to launch a battle.

Mitsunari Ishida (left) with his first officer, Sakon Shima (right) are prepping to launch a battle.

Kessen PlayStation 2 Ieyasu Tokugawa (eastern army) is readying his troops for battle at Sekigahara.

Ieyasu Tokugawa (eastern army) is readying his troops for battle at Sekigahara.