Rule the land
For lovers of Japanese-themed strategy games like Romance of the Three Kingdoms
, or things like Crusader Kings II
, this makes for an entertaining little experience. It also stands as quite a nice introduction to strategy titles, as it is simpler to learn than other similar games, although it still offers a nice amount of depth. You're placed in the role of a Japanese nobleman and charged with uniting Japan under your leadership and which will require everything from military might to fast-talking political savvy. You'll need to manage your relationships with your friends, allies and enemies, which will help you rise in influence, but you'll also need to build up your armies for when the inevitable call to battle rings out. The game takes place in a highly detailed recreation of historical Japan, with lots of small details that mark things out as being of interest to fans of the period, while there's all the expected range of units and options which help to broaden the appeal. As far as these things go, Sengoku is pretty decent stuff. This one is certainly easier to get into than some of the developer's other titles, like Hearts of Iron
and Europa Universalis
, making this a good choice for the novice strategy gamer. More experienced gamers should still find much to interest them though, as there's a lot of tactical depth and variety on offer here, and the whole thing does prove quite compelling. The visuals aren't spectacular but they rarely are in such things, so as long as you're after a good, solid bit of strategy fun, you'll be fine here.