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  • Summary: Experience the reality of officer life in the Warring States period, and watch with your own eyes the fighting that brought the end of an era.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 90
    With its focus on storytelling and historical authenticity, Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence - Ascension almost has educational value. You’ll get a good overview of the overall shape of Japan through the Sengoku period, as well as a solid idea of the impact that major battles and events had on everyone else alive at the time. This game, like its predecessor, is very niche and very serious, but it’s a very worthy and very intelligent complement to last year’s Nobunaga’s Ambition.
  2. Oct 28, 2016
    83
    Not really a sequel but rather an enhanced version of last year’s strategy with a few new options and a hefty price-tag.
  3. Nov 18, 2016
    82
    Koei Tecmo delivers an amazing game, deeper than ever and with a great amount of content. If you have the previous version the changes aren't that relevant, but if you don't, make sure you get this one.
  4. Oct 31, 2016
    70
    Despite largely being a repackaging of last year's game, Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence - Ascension makes smart changes to the formula that immediately pay off. The new game still controls a bit wonky using a controller, but the revamped user interface does make the strategy title more accessible.
  5. Nov 21, 2016
    70
    I find myself in an odd situation where I felt miserable playing Nobunaga’s Ambition, mostly because it’s just not the kind of game that I enjoy. However, at the same time, I couldn’t help but be impressed at the level of depth and polish in the overall experience. Still, it remains that this game did nothing to make me want to delve deeper into the genre of Grand Strategy.
  6. Nov 5, 2016
    70
    Fans of understatement would describe Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension as sprawling. This is a massive lump of a game that demands attention, forethought and the ability to plan for myriad different scenarios, all while balancing city and land improvements against available workers and officers. Everything on offer here creates a daunting inaccessibility that requires stubborn dedication for a neophyte to overcome.
  7. Dec 15, 2016
    50
    A very deep, complex, and well made game with high quality experiences from the lowest to the highest level of rule in Feudal Japan. It is also a tease, showing you all of this quality without taking the time to actually explain itself. Frustrating camera controls and a total lack of guidance leave a bad taste in the mouth when the game so easily could have avoided both and been truly great.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. May 17, 2017
    10
    Apparently, not the most popular genre on the new consoles. Well, I like this game. Been playing for 3 months. Almost quit playing in firstApparently, not the most popular genre on the new consoles. Well, I like this game. Been playing for 3 months. Almost quit playing in first 10 hours as the menus were complicated. However, you overcome that after investing the initial time. After that came the joy of working my way up from officer to Daimyo... over about 4 or 5 positions. Super good game. I haven't played one of these since Romance on the PS1. I picked up right where I left off. Trust me. You will love this game if you invest the time to learn the menus. Expand
  2. Nov 4, 2016
    9
    Pros
    Amazing customization/replayability
    Great empire management Fun battles as officer Great Sengoku atmosphere Custom officers that you
    Pros
    Amazing customization/replayability
    Great empire management
    Fun battles as officer
    Great Sengoku atmosphere
    Custom officers that you can set your own art or choose from hundreds of portraits/traits/tactics
    Decent tutorial

    Cons
    Bugs ( your AI daimyo doesn't create lords nor do they clear land ) (submitted to dev to be patched)
    UI could use work
    Messy borders
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  3. Dec 23, 2016
    2
    What this game is?
    A turn-ish based strategy game with deep micro managing and customization.
    It delivers? Yes it does. Why the hell the
    What this game is?
    A turn-ish based strategy game with deep micro managing and customization.
    It delivers? Yes it does.
    Why the hell the low score?
    The price is way high for the low quality of the game.

    Koei is known for making long lived franchises, whether they drop in quality over time, maintain or go up is up to debate, but one thing is a fact; As time passes Koei pushes more and more cellphone/android or tablet quality games on Console and PC.

    These guys want the PC/Console sale numbers and price tag with Android/Flash games quality development and it shows with NA, ROTK and the new Tactics game.

    This game in particular lacks in every area of past NA or ROTK games had good.
    It's not about graphics, but if a game looks like it came from Facebook Flash games, feels like it, plays like it and costs full $50, avoid it at all costs, vote with your wallet, demand better games, not cheap cash grab tactics.
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