With the recent PlayStation 2 price drop, you can get even more quality, yet inexpensive entertainment with this deep PS2 exclusive $29.99 game. It's the 12th in the series following Rise to Power. This game involves strategic skills, reading/analytical prowess, management skills, and determination. You will definitely use the manual on this game as well as the lengthy tutorials, but the progression rewards and replay value are extremely high.
The turn-based action centers on a samurai named Nobunaga Oda who fights for unifying peace in Japan on land and in the sea. Funds for your troops become your primary concern because each action and menu option revolves around the funds, especially paying stipends or enticing other officers to your group. Customization options include creating your own fictional characters and even making a family.
You get three modes – unification, region and challenge (shorter timed scenarios) as well as active and planning statuses. Planning involves your negotiations and alliances while active status includes construction, military battles and other creation functions.
The unification mode alone has several stages that are historical and fictional, which can keep you busy for as much as 60 hours…each. You get a definite advantage if you have historical battle knowledge. The shorter length region mode lets you choose from six regions and can last approximately 10 hours for each. The challenge mode has objectives with time limits. Each mode has unlockable elements as you progress plus expandable item inventories, properties, and skills.
Technology, governance, and military power comprise the three “iron triangle” themes while the castles, port towns and villages contain activities relating to commerce, agriculture and learning/technology. You can even work with other groups to learn their technology. Technological advances can also be bought and sold.