Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence from Koei Tecmo is a game that I loved to review on PlayStation 4. A new entry in the long-running historical simulation/strategy series? Sign me up! I spent several weeks playing the game to get my review ready since there’s just so much to do in the game. And yes, it is that good!
Set against a backdrop of a fragmented nation, players take the mantle of a Daimyo, a feudal lord of the Sengoku era (15th-16th century Japan), and fight for the great ideal of uniting the war-ridden country under one rule. Providing the choice to play as either a historical personality or a uniquely created character, Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence offers an extremely wide pallet of choices for the player to shape the world as they please.
Three key elements help you on your path of unification: Creation, Diplomacy and War. Balancing these elements is crucial to expanding your influence and power during the warring period of Japan.
Will you become Shogun? Or will you just become a distant memory? You control the fate of your clan.
There’s a ton of things to do in the game, from strengthening your army to keeping your people happy to forming alliances with other clans. Politics and war are front and center in this game, so if diplomacy fails, perhaps you’ll find other means to persuade rival clans to stay on your good side for a while.
Trophy hunters have a real challenge ahead since a lot of time will be needed before that shiny Platinum trophy can be added to their collection. How much? Well over 150 hours!
You can read the original review right here.