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6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 82 Ratings

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  1. Sep 16, 2011
    10
    Absolutely gorgeous grand strategy game, with a bit faster pace than other pardox titles and lighter on the economic site this character driven gem is absolutely addictive.
    You have to put some effort in learning the gameplay of course (e.g. reading the manual), thirty minutes of flying around the map won't do the job. Maybe the previous critic (andreks) should try tic tac toe (the war
    edition) as deep strategy is certainly not his domain..... For the serious strategy gamer sengoku is highly recommended. Expand
  2. Sep 16, 2011
    9
    Another nice game from Paradox. Beautiful, polished, and fun. An enjoyable exercise, pick up a copy of Sun Tsu's "Art of War" and put his principles into action.
  3. Sep 16, 2011
    10
    While the game does have a rather steep learning curve, once you figure it out you will be hooked. The atmosphere and music really set the right tone for this game, you may even begin to feel like a samurai after a while. Although there are still a few bugs, and this game may not be for everyone, but if you ever wanted to be a lord feudal Japan this is about as close as you can get.
  4. Sep 16, 2011
    9
    You need to spend a fair amount of time to learn the game. The lack of a tutorial is sad, but the manual is good. If you manage to "survive" the first couple of hours figuring things out, you're in for a treat with great strategic depth. It's one of those Paradox gems which will get even better with time thanks to its player community and lots of patches.
  5. Sep 16, 2011
    9
    Very polished initial release from Paradox and a significantly more accessible than their other grand strategy titles. It has a similar look and feel to Europa Universalis, Victoria, Hearts of Iron, Crusader Kings but the mechanisms are a bit simpler. Of course the focus of each game is quite different. Where Victoria is about industrialization and Hearts of Iron is about the tech race, resources and grand battles, Sengoku focuses on family clans and honor. The goal of the game is to unite Japan during the Warring States period, not an easy challenge. This game offers 3 playable tiers of hierarchy in the dynasty system, the ability to plot within and outside of your dynasty, to break away and form your own clan or take over your clan from within. The tech tree is very simple offering two linear trees: castles for military and villages for economy. You control 3 operatives, your Masters of Arms, Ceremony, and Guard, which have different functions from constructing upgrades to hiring ninjas to sowing dissent. Finally, a sophisticated marriage system ensures maintaining the family line, genetic traits, relationships between clans, and a full court from which to choose your operatives and daimyos. Overall, if you haven't tried a Paradox title of this nature, this may be the one to jump in on. You will still likely have a steep learning curve but the manual is very well written and the hint system is fantastic and far exceeds any Paradox game to date. With its limited objectives, constrained set up operations, and smaller map, Sengoku offers a highly accessible title. Veteran Paradox gamers will also enjoy Sengoku's simplicity and shorter time frame allowing focus on fewer moving parts while you race against Japan's other rising clans to claim the title of Shogun! Expand
  6. Sep 17, 2011
    10
    Video games with a serious approach to this particular dramatic period of the Japanese history are few and far between. In fact, the only ones worth mentioning on the PC are Sengoku, and of course Total War: Shogun. The problem with Total War though is that the cinematic real-time battles get boring after a short while and you find yourself playing on the over top map most of the time. And this is where Sengoku outshines Shogun, in the strategic department. The game puts really deep emphasis on characters, and their relations to one another, on plotting and preserving your honor. It even adds a, dare I say, roleplaying aspect to the game. Of course, warring is a necessary part of your rise to power, as well, since you need to conquer half of the provinces in order to beat the game. Expand
  7. Sep 16, 2011
    10
    One of the best out-of-the-box Paradox releases. It's certainly not a game for everyone -- but no paradox game is -- but if you have a little patience and a passion for strategy games, this character-based attempt at depicting Feudal Japan in all it's glory is an excellent choice.
  8. Sep 17, 2011
    10
    People who don't know how to play deep, rich computer strategy games shouldn't be writing Metacritic user reviews. They shouldn't be writing them for websites either, but that's another story.

    I have played Paradox games since Europa Universalis I, this one is one of the best of the bunch. Right off of Steam I knew what to do, without checking the manual. What amazed me is the absolute
    attention to detail and care put into the scenario: This feels like Warring States Japan. The first thing you need to get a hold of is the pacing. Let time move slowly. Pay attention to your vassals and your family. That is the true heart of the game, on top of the strategic warfare.

    Anyone who is a fan of serious historical political simulations or Far East medieval history will thrill for this game. Not for children, not for console kiddies, this is a real game. Absolutely recommended.
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  9. Sep 16, 2011
    9
    "A great addition to the Paradox family of games. This is similar to EU:Rome, but a whole lot better. It is the game that EUR should have been. Overall it feels more complete, with the gameplay having more depth to it.

    The range of strategy options is better and work v. well in the historical oriental setting. Whats more the level of intrigue develops from the onset far better than EUR.
    The new angle of honour and Seppuku hanging over the characters head w/ every decision made makes this a slightly different challenge than previous grand strategy titles.

    Havent played enough of the game to see if any issues exist, encountered none so far. If you love grand strategy games and have a penchant for the Oriental setting like I have this is definitely one to get.

    Will keep me happy till CK2 comes out. "
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  10. Sep 16, 2011
    9
    Great Strategy game revolving around diplomacy and plotting,l rather than just taking your rivals' stuff by force.
  11. Sep 16, 2011
    10
    It is a hard nut to crack but the reward is a satisfying deep strategy. This is the game i wanted when i bought shogun 2. It is a real pleasure starting as the lowest vassal working you way up to daimyou then to clan leader then to shogun. The subtle plot game to take leadership of the clan is some ways more fun than take the shogun title.
  12. Sep 16, 2011
    10
    This has quickly become one of my favorite games. It looks a little overwhelming at first, but it's actually quite simple compared to other paradox titles. When you click on things, a hint pops up. Read it, than click the don't show me again button for each one, and you understand. However, game play is a little dry, but Paradox is sure to fix that with patches and/or expansions. Make sure to download the demo first. Expand
  13. Sep 17, 2011
    10
    A bit faster than the other paradox titles but still a great game.The graphic isn't really stunning but the game is complex enough and delivers so many possibilities that the graphic really gets non relevant .
  14. Sep 17, 2011
    9
    All around good and enjoyable game, the people who complain about the complexity and that it is too "hard" have no idea what they are talking about. The 'help' screens provided adequate information to learn the basics of the game and after playing for a while it is easy enough.
  15. Sep 17, 2011
    9
    I don't know why everyone running in here to land a zero immediately begins to sputter about all reviews that has an opinion differing from their are "Paradox fanboys hired to give it a good review". Fanboys or not we seem to like the game and a review is a display of your personal opinion - nothing more nothing less. You gave the game a zero? Then it is simply not for you - you don't like it and you don't even have to state reason to validate that opinion. I give it a 9 as games can always get better, but I also happen to genuinely like this game. Which is why I give it a higher score than your zero.

    And please, involving Paradox and "company corruption" in the same sentence? Urging its fans to vote up a game they like is not nearly as bad as, say, Bioware's employees voting Dragon Age 2 up. Don' get delusional.
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  16. Sep 22, 2011
    9
    A Game with a extremely sharp learning curve. The lack of tutorial and the bare minimum manual further exasperated the problem. Once you understood how the game works however, it becomes rather addictive.
  17. Sep 18, 2011
    9
    A very dedicated Dev team, and possibly the best Paradoxian release, none of the problems that the Hearts of Iron release suffered, the willingness to listen to the community is amazing
  18. Sep 19, 2011
    9
    Fascinating strategy game set in feudal Japan with a focus on individual relationships and family politics as opposed to just resource management and large scale battles that dominate most games in the strategy genre. Another deep and thoughtful game from Paradox Interactive
  19. Sep 19, 2011
    10
    This is another great Paradox game. Offcourse this is a completely different league than the casual mainstream rts titles and it perhaps requires for once a bit thinking in order to enjoy this well made strategy game. It seems however, regarding some bad reviews, that these days strategy game players expect that the game plays "by itself" and that it has no tactical challenge but only graphical eyecatchers to offer. And frankly, I could give those kind of games, in which "a lot happens", a zero score, but I guess I wont as I don't try them in the first place. Expand
  20. Feb 28, 2012
    10
    Great example of how a mix of great strategy and simple strategy can be fun. HAve more battles than the others grand strategy titles from Paradox - but, anyway, its the Sengoku Jidai, the Warring States Period in Japan, battles MUST be a constant. Underneath, althoug, a great diplomacy system is hidden. Marriages, Plots, use of Ninjas, vassal's intrigues... Not a easy game, mostly because the Japan ambientation (almost "alien" for us westerners, what may have pushed aside a lot of players), but, with some time to learn the game mechanics, it can be great and give hours of fun. Expand
  21. Mar 31, 2014
    10
    This game wa released to get people ready for CK2, and it is a great game in its own rights. I enjoyed the time I spent with it and I still play it every now and then, if anybody wants to know what CK2 is like and wants to do it easy and quickly they should give this game a chance
  22. Sep 17, 2011
    0
    Great gameplay using warfare and conspiracies to unite Japan under the rule of your clan backed up by great graphics and music. The mechanics are deceptively simple (for a strategy game) but when you find yourself outnumbered and outgunned on all sides you really have to work hard to convince your neighbours to stand together or fall apart. My only significant issue with the game is that it's a bit clunky finding out who is willing to join your plots - but apparently a future patch will add a search box to make this easier. Collapse
Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Dec 7, 2011
    60
    An unconventional trip to feudal Japan brings a lot of interesting principles that support political frolics to a great extent. However, this game is struck down by plenty of unfinished things, simplifications and limitations at the end of the day. It might still win your heart and let you enjoy it for long hours, but you have to be prepared to narrow your very own eyes.
  2. Nov 9, 2011
    71
    The simple building system is very slow and expensive, often taking years, and enemy ninjas can destroy guilds or religious locations with ease. [Holiday 2011, p.77]
  3. Oct 31, 2011
    50
    A poor interface and repetitive, hard-to-follow action unfortunately limit Sengoku's already niche appeal. [Dec 2011, p.64]