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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.


Kessen PlayStation 2 Collision. Pre-battle briefings give the events leading up to the engagement, plus present troop movements.
Kessen PlayStation 2 In certain cases, your own men will question your commands.
Kessen PlayStation 2 Main Menu (it upgrades with options as you finish the games)
Kessen PlayStation 2 No firearms control here. You can assign troops that match the skills of your generals, increasing the effectiveness of your army.

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Alternate Titles

  • "決戦" -- Japanese spelling
  • "决战" -- Chinese spelling (Simplified)

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User Reviews

Super-duper fantastic! And a li'l more. PlayStation 2 MAT (233166)
Boooooooorrrrring! PlayStation 2 Ben Fahy (94)

Critic Reviews

Gamer's Pulse PlayStation 2 Dec 12, 2000 89 out of 100 89
IGN PlayStation 2 Oct 23, 2000 8.1 out of 10 81
PSM PlayStation 2 Nov, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Nov 01, 2000 B 75
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation 2 Jan, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Power Unlimited PlayStation 2 Mar, 2001 6.6 out of 10 66
Gamezone (Germany) PlayStation 2 Apr 26, 2001 6.5 out of 10 65
Gameplanet PlayStation 2 Jan 22, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Aug 02, 2001 5.4 out of 10 54
Computer and Video Games (CVG) PlayStation 2 May, 2000 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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Title translation

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

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