Koei Tecmo’s Nobunaga’s Ambition series is a pretty big deal. The series recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, making it one of Koei Tecmo’s longest running series, first releasing in 1983 on PC, before eventually coming to consoles in the west in the early 90s. Without a doubt it’s one of the most influential grand strategy games surviving in the market today.
Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence will feature both English and Japanese audio, and also have the enhancements from the Japanese Power-Up Kit version already in the game. The game will be available physically on PlayStation 4 only, with the PlayStation 3 and PC version only being available digitally, the latter via Steam.
It’s great to see this title heading to Steam along with a lot of other Japanese games lately. Koei Tecmo have been very Steam supportive lately, and it’s great to see them really considering their PC audience. The digital-only PlayStation 3 release also follows on from their tradition as of late. If publishers are still going to release games on old-gen, I think doing it digital only is fair.
The game is named after one of the most prominent and infamous figures of the Sengoku era (Warring States) of Japanese history, Nobunaga Oda. He fought to realise his dream of a united Japan and a new world. Though he fell before his dream was accomplished he left behind a revolutionary legacy of castle towns, technological improvements, developing culture, modern warfare, a new system of economics etc.
Hailed as one of the best installments in the franchise’s history, this extremely intricate, deep, and meticulous strategy game is set against a backdrop of a fragmented nation and asks the player to take up the mantle of a Daimyo, a feudal lord of the Sengoku era (15th- 16th century Japan), who will fight for the great ideal of uniting the war-ridden country under one rule, thus becoming the first Shogun.
This title, centring around creating a realistic, dynamic, and dramatic playing experience, requires a high level of concentration and skill as players will need to master three key verticals in order to become a well-rounded ruler and successfully beat the game: Creation, Diplomacy and War.
- In ‘Creation’ they are called to build up their clan’s standing, deal with everyday issues like building farms & roads, growing the economy, entering trade agreements with neighboring fiefs etc.
- ‘Diplomacy’ is a playground for cultivating diplomatic relationships, employing spies, creating alliances, gaining the loyalty of subordinate officers and growing in strength via marriage, oaths of fealty and treaties.
- Finally to succeed in ‘War’ players must train troops, level up officers according to the clan’s needs, fortify defences, strategically position armies and attack (or defend) to further their goals and grow their dominion.
Choosing to play either as a historical personality or a uniquely edited character, Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence is both a full scale historical simulation and a bona fide strategy title and it offers an extremely wide pallet of choice for the player to shape the world as they please.
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