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As a gaming experience Kessen II can be rewarding and at the same time oddly frustrating, given the relatively poor quality of graphics during planning phases and the ponderous and overly intrusive cutscenes. The fighting sequences are all very impressive, though, with up to 500 troops on screen at any one time and the inclusion of magic users who can throw hellfire, damnation and some very impressive large boulders around with relative abandon.
For a game of such complexity the learning curve is nicely balanced and never feels as if it's going to get too difficult too quickly, but what may really hold the game back is its core subject--a tactics game set in feudal Japan will appeal to a very limited market. That said, if you fancy a break from Metal Gear's military tip-toeing and Grand Theft Auto's blatant "shoot first and never mind the questions" attitude there's a lot to be said for Kessen II.--Chris Russell
But finally a game with depth and interest that goes beyond the superficial - OK the cut-scenes are too long, but hey you can bypass them with the start button and for me it's a case of getting down to the battles. Playing the "baddie" - Cau Cau - is when the fun starts!
Great to have some difficult battles and enough to keep you interested for many hours - I mean I liked "Baldur's Gate" but it was all over too quickly!
Anybody who's not part of the "instant gratification" generation simply has to buy this!! I'm loving it and just don't want to get to the end - but even when I do I think I'll go back and try to win with all the blatantly bad strategies! ;-)
The game itself is not quick, being of course a battle recreation. The game play only really becomes challenging in the expert modes, which have to be unlocked, although it is not painful replaying the story, as you will get extra in the higher modes. Some battles are easy some are hard where special abilities need to be used up wisely, it is always fun decimating an enemy with a magic attack, and the teaming up of units. Battles can be decided by one or two major decisions of silly mistakes.
Yes there are some niggles such as the quite sporadic at times movement of units, which cannot squeese through gaps and the inability to retreat quickly. Battles last longer than sometimes you may expect and you may have to win sometimes by exploiting the computers poor tactics.
Controls are quite quick to learn and are better than most tactic games. There is a great depth shown for one in the great number of duel variations. Admittedly I am addicted to it, but dont be put off if youve played the the slightly unenvolving/cumbersome original. The game play and story are much improved with you being able to control the action at all levels. If you have any sought of imagination you will be captivated in the plot and the Three Kingdom story for ever. I would also recommend this game for Three Kingdom fanatics that perhaps dont consider themselves great computer game players. As the controls should be picked up quickly and it is mainly about tactics.
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