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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.

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Kessen PlayStation 2 When some officer retreats, then it's definitive his unit is off the battlefield for good.
Kessen PlayStation 2 Prior to battle start, you can assign your troops a certain attack route, ambush set, or to defend the commander.
Kessen PlayStation 2 Main Title
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.

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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 (228330) 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
Video Games Jul, 2001 78 out of 100 78
Game Revolution Nov 01, 2000 B 75
GameSpot Mar 14, 2000 7.4 out of 10 74
Super Play (Sweden) Jan, 2001 7 out of 10 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
Computer and Video Games (CVG) 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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Ray Soderlund (3576) added Kessen (PlayStation 2) on Jun 06, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Kam1Kaz3NL77 (420184)
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