If you weren’t aware by now, I love me a good grand strategy game. I especially loved the setting in another game I recently reviewed from Koei Tecmo called Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13, and the new Oriental Empires game, both of which are set in ancient China.
Officer view of combat
Right next door to ancient China is Japan, if you skip a few hundred years and then some, you’ll end up in the Sengoku period, commonly known as feudal Japan. Sengoku Japan has long been used in video games, and as a teenager I thought games like Samurai Warriors, Way of the Samurai and Total War Shogun brought the most kick ass warriors in history to life.
Koei Tecmo also has somewhat of a monopoly on Feudal Japan too with the Samurai Warriors and in terms of grand strategy games, the Nobunaga’s Ambition franchise. So let’s take a look at the latest entry in the series, Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension, which is the standalone follow up to Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence.
Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence Ascension
The Ambitions gets more ambitious.
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Performance & Graphics
Nobunaga’s Ambition Sphere of Influence Ascension can’t be faulted from a visual performance standpoint, the game runs smooth and looks great throughout. The only real criticism is the lack of textures for units in battle when you zoom right in. Other than that however, the games art style, hand drawn character portraits and great landscapes are all top notch.
Minimum System Requirements: OS: Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10 Processor: Pentium®4 1.6GHz or over Memory:1 GB RAM Graphics: VRAM 128MB over DirectX: Version 9.0c Storage: 5 GB available space
Recommended System Requirements: OS: Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10 Processor: Multi-core Memory: 1 GB RAM Graphics: VRAM 512MB over DirectX: Version 9.0c Storage: 5 GB available space
NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: SPHERE OF INFLUENCE ASCENSION VERDICT
Ascension is a fantastic stand-alone that is a superior game in every way to its predecessor. It’s perfect for both new players and veterans and both with have plenty of content to get their teeth into.
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2000 characters to play some with special story events