Co-Prosperity – Steam Summer Sale Day #8

Day #7 – Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence

It had been too many tipples of Nihonshu since the West was graced with a proper Koei strategy game, certainly one devoid of Lu Bu galloping roughshod through Cao Cao’s dithering, dallying ranks. Kou Shibusawa came to our rescue last year, dropping the nobly-localised Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence into our kusazuri-layered laps.

Our 2015 review found trademark Koei personality in attendance; a Sengoku grand strategy secured by a human heart. News hand-delivered as it were, orders received with encouraging enthusiasm and punctuated by the sound of gravel shifting subserviently underfoot. For a game whose core is often more managerial than martial, the mundane comes alive beneath the game’s theatrically-depicted civic structure.

Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence is also no military slouch. However, an ahistorical flare dominates tactical combat, so for those expecting a series Shogun-esque module to compliment army development and territory control might wonder what the light show is all about. 

Tactical superfluity aside, Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence is the grand strategy equivalent of a top-end NHK period drama. While not nearly as dynamic or divergent as a Paradox title, the game is thematically-rich, lovingly rendered and just what the armchair Taisho ordered. 

Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence / -50%


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