With the news from the Tokyo Game Show starting to dissipate, It allows for calmer days here so today Im gonna take it easy a little n post a retrospective. Tonight when I get home from work I may be firing up the Dreamcast and playing a few games so I may have another, more nostalgic, retrospective tomorrow. So what's today? I decided to delve back a generation and have a look at a game that saw release on Ps2 back in 2002: Kessen II.
Story Intro excerpt (Koei Wiki)
"All things are Yin or Yang, created from two essences. The world of man
is ruled by the Mandate of Heaven's Will. When the Mandate is absent,
kingdoms collapse and a turbulent age begins. Calming this disharmony is
the mission of the one who is chosen by the Mandate. The sun is setting
on the Han Empire, which has reveled for 400 years of prosperity.
Throughout the land, catastrophes abound, rebellions multiply; the
divine rule falls. Thus begins the turbulent age of rival warlords. The
child emperor, lacking both the power and the experience to manage royal
affairs, entrusts the Imperial seal, the symbol of the Mandate, to one
woman. Fate now calls forth a new hero..."
The story for Kessen II is a heavily fantasized version of the Three Kingdoms novel. The last of the Han dynasty family, Liu Bei, begins a rebellion against the kingdom of Wei led by Cao Cao,
with much of the game's events being based on the novel with
alterations due to the different storylines. A significant change to the
story involves a romance between Liu Bei and the character Diao Chan, being a significant factor behind Liu Bei's decision to go to war. At the time there was a bit of an uproar within Kessen's fanbase due to this, but personally I didnt mind. Once Liu Bei's story is completed, Cao Cao is unlocked and you have another, obviously different, story to complete. The 2 story campaigns are lengthly and interesting enough to play through multiple times. Completing both of these unlocks a 'Hard' mode.