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  • Summary: In Nobunaga's Ambition: Rise to Power, players assume the role of Nobunaga, or of a rival warlord, in their quest to unite Japan under one rule. Packed with 7 dramatic scenarios - from the 1551 Struggle for Power to the events following Nobunaga's death in 1582, Nobunaga's Ambition: Rise toIn Nobunaga's Ambition: Rise to Power, players assume the role of Nobunaga, or of a rival warlord, in their quest to unite Japan under one rule. Packed with 7 dramatic scenarios - from the 1551 Struggle for Power to the events following Nobunaga's death in 1582, Nobunaga's Ambition: Rise to Power lets players embark on their quest from more than 300 different starting points. For the first time in the series, military campaigns are carried out using an explosive 3D real-time battle system. Plus a new command lets players go "all in" and risk their entire empire in battle. If victorious, players expand their empire, but a defeat could mean the total loss of their land. Nobunaga's Ambition: Rise to Power is more than just a game of military domination. Life in Feudal Japan is brought to life with remarkable detail. In vibrant castle towns the daily lives of characters unfold while players nurture their village into a flourishing empire. Players also manage government affairs and develop critical infrastructure such as ninja camps, blacksmiths, and markets. A robust character edit function features a wide variety of character faces, the ability to edit stats, and let's the player choose when and where the characters will appear. [KOEI] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 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.
  2. If you're someone who likes strategy and appreciates the Sengoku period of Japanese history, you should love this game.
  3. Decent, certainly capable of hooking those taken with all things militaristic and diplomatic, but very few will be smitten with the overall presentation.
  4. 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.
  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. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    60
    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]
  7. 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Nov 6, 2013
    10
    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 isI 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. Expand
  2. DanielK
    Feb 3, 2010
    9
    I am rating this game at a level 9 because only strategy fans would be interested in it.

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