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27-08-2014, 10:13 PM #1
Koei release Nobunaga's Ambition on Steam...
...except it's only available in Chinese. With Japanese voice overs. Why.
In case you're not aware, which is not too difficult since Koei has never been big on exporting their games, Nobunaga's Ambition is a long-running grand strategy series, focusing on the Japanese Sengoku period. Gameplay-wise it seems somewhere between Total War and Paradox grand strategy. Actually, Souzou is a release specifically for the 30th anniversary of the series. This also came with arguably the coolest limited edition ever.
Talk about feelies.
Although to my understanding this particular installment received rather mixed reviews.
Is there an English localization in sight? Doesn't look it at the moment and the series is much less known in the west than Dynasty Warriors. Why must you tease us, Koei?
Last edited by Anthile; 27-08-2014 at 11:05 PM.
27-08-2014, 11:06 PM #2
So... a Japanese game about a specific period of Japanese history makes it to Steam... IN CHINESE?!
The hell are Koei smoking?!
Looks interesting, but if they really expect to get any proper amount of sales with Chinese only, they're out of their damn minds.
Reading a bit around the Steam forums, some people seem to indicate that there is a fan patch in the works, but still a long way before it's done.
28-08-2014, 11:07 AM #3
28-08-2014, 11:17 AM #4
Shame, I'd definitely like to give it a try. Reminds me of Crusader Kings mixed with the Sega Saturn's Dragonforce.
Yeah I'm just throwing out random comparisons.
28-08-2014, 11:22 AM #5
There already seem to be a couple hundred comments on the Steam forums asking for a translation. Maybe somebody at KOEI figures out the beauty of capitalism.
28-08-2014, 11:25 AM #6
28-08-2014, 11:41 AM #7
The catch here is that it says Traditional Chinese. I'm hardly an expert when it comes to the Chinese language but Traditional Chinese is much more common in Hong Kong and Taiwan while most of the mainland uses the newer Simplified Chinese which was introduced by the Communists in the 50s. It remains a hugely controversial and politicized issue to this day.
28-08-2014, 11:56 AM #8
28-08-2014, 02:26 PM #9
Squirrel's input here would be very nice and appreciated.
28-08-2014, 03:12 PM #10
28-08-2014, 03:36 PM #11
EDIT: Also, that LE is pretty awesome. Was meaning to say that. What to get the grand strategy fan/Japanophile who has everything, I suppose.
28-08-2014, 04:33 PM #12
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Why so surprise westerners? Koei has been having a very strong presence in China region for a very long time.
Most of gamers here, no matter what their tastes are, have played at least one Koei title. Almost all Koei titles have been localized in Chinese. Yes, Traditional Chinese mostly but most of us can read Traditional Chinese easily so that isn't really an issue.
I am rather surprised that a Chinese localized title would make its way to Steam because Steam is not well received here. But I guess the distribution cost is really minimum so why not some extra cash?
Thanks to Koei, people here are more familiar with Japanese history than our own.
28-08-2014, 06:00 PM #13
Can you even legitimately use Steam in China?¯\_(ツ)_/¯
28-08-2014, 07:36 PM #14
28-08-2014, 08:33 PM #15
29-08-2014, 08:02 PM #16
Huh. That actually looks pretty interesting. I'd give it a whirl if it wasn't all incomprehensible gibberish to me. What a weird thing to see.
Note: I am not disparaging either language, but they're just extremely foreign to me. I can't even tell if people are angry in japanese as the cadence of the language is just too off for my ethnocentric ears.Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory since 1982.
29-08-2014, 08:16 PM #17
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Romance of the three Kingdoms for NES is still one of my all-time favorite gaming memories. I remember renting it as a kid and being bewildered by all of the options and charts.
I meandered through it and was ready to give up until I watched a battle between two NPC rulers. From that moment on I was hooked, and I taught it to anyone who would listen. We had RotTK parties that lasted a whole day.
30-08-2014, 07:19 AM #18
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I don't use Steam myself, that's primary reason I am cut off from Call of Duty to begin with.
But I have friends who use Steam. I have a friend who once told me that there were Dirt 3's steam keys available on the net, too, and she didn't hesitate to grab one herself. Surprisingly she wasnt banned from Steam for it.
So I guess Steam can be used here, only if you sort out payment issue. I guess disc version with Steam DRM can work, but I don't have exact info on that for me never having tried. For Steam games I buy, once I have my disc copies I immediately download cracks to bypass the Steam.
Any countrymen here to let us be informed on this?
30-08-2014, 02:37 PM #19
They are releasing this for PS4 I think too (if they didn't already I dunno), might be released in Japan?
Never really understand what KOEI is doing though so I can't really add anything else :P
I tried a similar game when I was much younger on PS2, as a rental, couldn't figure out what was happening for the life of me.
30-08-2014, 02:54 PM #20