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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 No firearms control here. You can assign troops that match the skills of your generals, increasing the effectiveness of your army.
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.
Kessen PlayStation 2 Buy this game! Shima performs some stunts and challenges Tokugawa during a pre-battle cutscene.
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. MAT (214545) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
Boooooooorrrrring! Ben Fahy (94) unrated

Critic Reviews

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
Game Revolution Nov 01, 2000 B 75
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 21, 2000 14 out of 20 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
Gameplanet Jan 22, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gaming Target 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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Ray Soderlund (3571) added Kessen (PlayStation 2) on Jun 06, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Kam1Kaz3NL77 (291703)
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