Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. 81
    Though whoever commissioned the dub will be smitten at the last by the hammer of justice, Kessen is a great game otherwise, one of the best-looking, and more than that the most accessible console strategy title to come down the pike in a long while.
  2. Stunning visuals and sounds. The only question is whether you are willing to sit down and play the game, with its continuously redundant nature.
  3. Encompasses fantastic graphical prowess with equally fantastic gameplay and depth.
  4. 88
    If you want a strategic military simulation with immense amounts of depth, coupled with incredible visuals, Kessen is your game.
  5. This is not a game for the impatient, and some gamers might find the slow pace and long battles to get a bit boring. But ruling all of Japan should take a while, right?
  6. 50
    Sadly, the controls in the Battle screen are totally counterintuitive, making it a slow, tedious chore to command your units.
  7. The battles soon result in simplistic tat-for-tat assaults using the boosted special attacks whilst the tactical differences between various sections is questionable.
  8. Da Gameboyz
    The battles themselves are almost always immense, with more than 30,000 troops a side (that's the smallest battle I can remember in the experience) but you don't get that feeling of enormity.
  9. Games Radar
    You're welcome to nod knowingly, and call Kessen a tremendous game, a work of art; it is. But think very, very carefully before actually buying it.
  10. A masterpiece in it's genre. It's a shame its a genre that most casual players won't like.
  11. An excellent game ... if you like games with a low replay value.
  12. The game is fun to watch (and that's mostly what you'll be doing) for a couple of hours, but beyond that the repetitive pre-scripted cut-scenes and ease of play will leave you bored.
  13. A brilliant lesson in game making as well as in history--and like history, it repeats itself again and again and again.
  14. Daily Radar
    Despite a multitude of polygonal eye-candy and the largest amount of high-quality FMV ever seen in a game, its otherwise spare graphics and lazy AI won't appeal to everyone.
  15. CNET Gamecenter
    One of the best console strategy games ever made.
  16. The bottom line, Kessen is a masterpiece in more ways than one and can keep even the most hardcore fan occupied for some time.
  17. 50
    It seems as if the story actually is more important than the game.
  18. 75
    The game's biggest downfall is that it isn't particularly difficult.
  19. Antagonist
    This is more like a Japanese version of "Gone With the Wind" than a videogame.
  20. Game Fan
    Never mind that the story is fantastic--especially because it's based on real history -- the one thing that will get this gem some serious press is the overload of eye candy.

Awards & Rankings

#13 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2000
#5 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2000
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. May 23, 2012

    Graphics 6/10- The graphics for itâ
  2. MarkW.
    May 22, 2005
    It was a superb game and it was the game that i was hoping some company would make and electronic arts did so a BIG thank you to electronic arts
  3. LouieggyL.
    Oct 16, 2003
    It Rocks... It totally engulfed me in the want to play it more!!!