Posts Tagged ‘Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence’

Nobunaga’s Ambition Grows With Ascension In English

Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension [official site], a standalone follow-up to Koei Tecmo’s latest sim-o-strategy take on Japanese history, is now out in English. Technically it’s been on Steam since March but, y’know, it takes mighty ambition to play a game in a foreign language. Nobunaga’s Ambition is set during the Sengoku period of feudal Japan, having players duke it out for control of territory and resources – the usual war stuff. You know those historymen and their wars, they can’t get enough of ’em. Read the rest of this entry »

Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension Coming Westward

Those of you who revel in games full of historical intrigue and meticulous troop management typical of many grand strategy games may be excited to hear that a follow up to Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence is getting a western release this fall. This new standalone expansion in the Japanese strategy series is Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension [official site], a name with a lot going on.

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Wot I Think: Nobunaga’s Ambition Sphere Of Influence

Love of history starts with a love of good stories. The complexity and doubt come later, when you have heard the same stories so many different ways that the veneer of the Great Men narrative starts peeling away from the foundations of messy, conflicting fact. But that love of a good story never really goes away.

Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence [official site] succeeds or fails based on your willingness to hear, and take part in, just such a story. There’s a storybook quality to this game that can prove disarming and captivating even as the game itself can sometimes be so repetitive and straightforward that at times it plays almost like a Facebook strategy game. Like its title character, who scarcely has time for anything but his plans for national unification, Nobunaga’s Ambition has its gaze fixed on the great themes of its era: warfare, diplomacy, family, and betrayal. It’s a little hazy on the details of economy, foreign policy, and tactics.

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Heading West – Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere Of Influence

The problem with Nobunaga’s Ambition is that the title is a constant reminder of the fantastic Onimusha series, which Capcom has long since abandoned. So while my heart is heavy once again, in mourning of a once great franchise, I’m also pleased to see that Koei Tecmo has announced that it will be sending Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence [official site] to the western world this September 4th. Good news for turn-based grand strategy fans!

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