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  • Summary: Sengoku is a strategy game for the PC set in 15th-century feudal Japan.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Sep 14, 2011
    83
    Overall the game is polished, the map is gorgeous, and the emphasis on goals other than war is a refreshing change from the vast majority of strategy titles out there.
  2. Sep 28, 2011
    80
    Sengoku is not for everyone. Paradox has made another great hardcore strategy game, with a great scenario.
  3. Oct 9, 2011
    80
    A must for fans of pure RTS. Sengoku does not allow compromise, no chance for error, only patience, strategy and application.
  4. Oct 17, 2011
    72
    Sengoku offers only political intrigue. You set up a trap, fast-forward time until it springs, reap the fruits of our trickery, then rinse and repeat until you win. And if you're not well-versed in the history of Medieval Japan… well, good luck.
  5. 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]
  6. Oct 11, 2011
    70
    Paradox Interactive remains true to its roots: Sengoku also provides sophisticated strategy for experts who do not shy away from tedious, lengthy training time.
  7. Sep 14, 2011
    50
    But while Sengoku has the stable basis of a game, its biggest problem is a feeling of emptiness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 44
  2. Negative: 11 out of 44
  1. 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 perhapsThis 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
  2. 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 andA 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 . Expand
  3. 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 characterAbsolutely 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.
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  4. Sep 17, 2011
    8
    Great gameplay using warfare and conspiracies to unite Japan under the rule of your clan backed up by great graphics and music. The mechanicsGreat 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. Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2011
    6
    I tried the demo and it wasn't to my taste. I was hoping for something with a bit more action, and all I got was lots of adjustingI tried the demo and it wasn't to my taste. I was hoping for something with a bit more action, and all I got was lots of adjusting spreadsheets. But some people will like this style of "intense strategy", so try the demo you've got nothing to lose. Expand
  6. Jan 12, 2013
    5
    Sengoku is a nice game by its own right, and personally it brings a very refreshing touch since there are few Grand Strategy titles thatSengoku is a nice game by its own right, and personally it brings a very refreshing touch since there are few Grand Strategy titles that covers the Sengoku Jidai era. But I cannot say this game is perfect even compared to other Paradox titles, and actually this game leave a lot to be desired.

    The Good +++++
    + The Character System is well-built, seems derived from Crusader Kings (another Paradox title) that gives you many option to built your dream character. Sadly no ruler designer.
    + The Intrigue System allows player to easily overtake supposedly stronger enemy by assassination or conspiring with other lords. Also allows your vassals to easily overthrows you....
    + The Troop Recruiting System is slightly improved, you can quickly exploit it to build power
    + Actually easier to learn than other Paradox titles (damn you Victoria!)
    + Not too buggy this time eh?
    + Still Easily Moddable

    The Bad ------
    - Too war-oriented. Paradox' games are not known for its warfare system (except Hearts of Iron, which emphasize on it) but for its Diplomacy, Intrigue and Economic system. Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, and Victoria (all Paradox titles) have done this admirably, in Sengoku you will spent much time waging war without having time to improve your realm, forging extensive alliance and conspiring. The loss of casus belli system is saddening

    - Despite its war-oriented gameplay. The system from CK stays: Raise Levy, send to enemy province who has fewer troops, hope they win, get the province, raise more levy. as CK is more politic-oriented that would be fine. But in Sengoku? It is disastrous.

    - The Large Factions are simply too powerful, within the first ten years you will find Japan divided between 3-4 Superpowers while smaller nations left cannot hope to fight them.

    - The Interface looks derived from EU: Rome which is NOT good. It's ridiculously hard to change between diplomacy and marriage (It keep tells me that my MALE faction leader cannot marry their MALE faction leader, WTH?). Overall, the Interface is not user-friendly

    - Shogunate and Emperors are USELESS. in feudal japan they still exert some influence and even build coalitions

    - Title system is less like a political tool and more like an achievement award you get when you kill 1000 zombies in the head.

    - Lack of tutorial. Inexperienced players would really find this confusing

    Conclusion

    Sengoku has many shortcomings, but it's still got potential. I felt this way when playing EU3 vanilla and when they released the expansions it become amazing. Paradox really need to work on this game if they want Sengoku to survive
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  7. Sep 21, 2011
    0
    Spent YEARS playing EU2, spent MONTHS playing Vicci (ONE), spent WEEKS playing Crusader Kings, spent minutes playing this pile of junk. PleaseSpent YEARS playing EU2, spent MONTHS playing Vicci (ONE), spent WEEKS playing Crusader Kings, spent minutes playing this pile of junk. Please Paradox. DO NOT RELEASE THE SAME GAME OVER AND OVER AGAIN. â Expand

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