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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 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 Shima's advance stopped by Nobunaga's personal ninja guard
Kessen PlayStation 2 Guns...lots of them. Ishida responds to an offence with a barrage of gun fire.
Kessen PlayStation 2 Oda Nobunaga and his personal ninja bodyguard

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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 (212468)
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
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Nov, 2000 8 out of 10 80
PSM PlayStation 2 Nov, 2000 8 out of 10 80
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
Gamekult PlayStation 2 Jan 17, 2001 6 out of 10 60
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

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Trivia

Title translation

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

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Contributed to by Kam1Kaz3NL77 (272728) and Ray Soderlund (3571)