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Brash Games (Mar 02, 2016)
Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence is probably one of the better strategy games in this sort of time period you could get. There are a few flaws, and it’s certainly far from perfect, but even that helps to make the game endearing, and it’s just deep enough that it doesn’t get too dull too quickly. There’s a pretty much limitless amount of replayability, and there’s always something happening within the game, which helps to tide you over while you wait for the next major objective.
80 (Sep 24, 2015)
Οι λάτρεις της συγκεκριμένης ιστορικής περιόδου της Ιαπωνίας (Σενγκόκου) θα αγκαλιάσουν το Sphere of Influence και θα ευχαριστηθούν δεκάδες ώρες παιχνιδιού προσπαθώντας να θρονιαστούν στο Έντο. Οι απλοί οπαδοί των strategy θα γουστάρουν επίσης αλλά η περιορισμένη φύση του τίτλου ίσως τους κρατήσει το ενδιαφέρον για λιγότερο διάστημα. Σε κάθε περίπτωση όμως έχουμε να κάνουμε με μια αξιόλογη προσπάθεια που τιμάει τα χρόνια και το γενεολογικό δέντρο της σειράς.
Destructoid (Sep 03, 2015)
Its pace may be too plodding for some and it certainly seems somewhat backwards or dated in relief with other modern strategy games, but Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence still remains an ornate and absorbing title that kept me engaged for hours on end and surely will continue to do so.
Game Watcher (Sep 09, 2015)
You can avoid fighting them at all, of course, but that leaves the game feeling a bit lacking. The diplomacy is well done, but without a robust battle system and satisfying nation-building to back it up, the game feels like it’s missing something – it’s all build-up with no pay-off. It’s a shame, because Sphere of Influence does some interesting things with the standard grand strategy formula. The way it mixes historical storytelling with freeform play is commendable, as is its focus on the political, personal side of military campaigning. Unfortunately, it falls at the final hurdle. Much like Nobunaga himself, in fact.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun (Sep 07, 2015)
Ultimately, Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence is a game that succeeds on the basis of its broad strokes. I enjoyed playing at being a daimyo, lining up my allies and officers before a major push into a new part of Japan, and then watching the little flags and arrows of my armies start marching in every direction across the map. I loved subverting the right enemy officer at just the right moment, or securing a wavering officer’s undying faith by giving him high office and a marriage to a daughter of the clan.