Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. While it's certainly not bad, it's got a very limited appeal outside of a certain core audience. But, at the very least, it fills a niche that the PS2 has been severely lacking in for almost its entire lifespan - and pretty well, at that.
  2. 85
    Real-time battles aside, Rise to Power is a surprisingly good strategy game for the PS2. Its extremely steep learning curve will limit its appeal, but it's a rewarding experience for those with the patience to learn the game's nuances. And with the sheer amount of replayability it offers, you get a lot of bang for your buck.
  3. If you're someone who likes strategy and appreciates the Sengoku period of Japanese history, you should love this game.
  4. Decent, certainly capable of hooking those taken with all things militaristic and diplomatic, but very few will be smitten with the overall presentation.
  5. 65
    One of those games that will probably appeal to hardcore historical strategy fans or nostalgic Nobunaga players. However, considering that the Battle and Strategy modes play a major role within the game, and each hosts key flaws that hampers effective planning for those modes, you're going to have some glaring problems to overlook.
  6. Even little tasks, such as assigning new officers to freshly conquered fiefs become annoying. Running an empire is no easy task, and I didn’t find it particularly appealing in Nobunaga’s Ambition: Rise to Power.
  7. In short, if you like non-fiction, history-based RTS games that require lots of thought, planning, and strategizing, this game will be awesome-sauce for you. [Mar 2008, p.78]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 6, 2013
    I highly recommend this game to anyone who has a thing for Japanese history and is willing to try something new in a video game. This game is truly an rts gem on the ps2 none should miss out on. Full Review »
  2. Jul 20, 2013
    While this tries to be a "Spin off" of the popular Romance of the Three Kingdom Game series most of what made that game series popular isn't in this game. First off the stats system is confusing in this game, The ROTK stat system was plain and simple: the higher the ability the officer the more chance with taking territory here in Rise to Power it is all based on how many troops you have and whose allied with who that's it nothing RTS about it just make sure you are allied with right daimyo and you will take Japan by the sword in no time. Also the difficulty setting in this game doesn't matter because the A.I is so unpredictable it's very frustrating. Next off is the lack of create officer portraits most of them are lacking and others you don't really want so you are force to use Historical Portraits to satisfy but the problem is who wants to use those i want the "CREATED" ones and not the ones that are already taken. the tutorial does it's job but like i said just: ally with the right daimyo or daimyos rather and you will take Japan in no time. the scenario's are next to lackluster especially "In the Wake of Honnoji" if you play that scenario nothing really happens that much just a bunch of land grabbing daimyo and nothing really eventful and since this is based on the Warring States of Japan where is the "historical" moments if it's 1561 and Uesugi and Takeda have taken key territory where is their epic showdown? oh yeah that's right..... IT DOESN'T HAPPEN!!!! and lastly there is no up to 8 players in this game the autoplay button is broken why in the world you have to use ONE button in game with RTS elements and a A.I system that is on a coffee spree? yep no way to that

    so in the end while the game is cool controlling your own Samurai Warlord if you were hoping for a ROTK gameplay style since it was created by the same guy that did ROTK then you will have to look somewhere else or deal with all of these shortcomings
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  3. DanielK
    Feb 3, 2010
    I am rating this game at a level 9 because only strategy fans would be interested in it.