Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence - PS4

Also known as: Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence: Ascension

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Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Strategy: Combat
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: Tecmo Koei Soft. Co.: Tecmo Koei
Publishers: Tecmo Koei Europe (GB/GB)
Released: 4 Sept 2015 (GB)
28 Oct 2016 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
No Accessories: No accessories


Having celebrated its 30th year anniversary, ‘Nobunaga’s Ambition’ is one of the longest running franchises for Koei Tecmo Games in Japan, and during its lifetime it has received high praise by an ever-growing fan base across an array of platforms. Now, its latest chapter, ‘Sphere of Influence’, is released in Europe for the first time.

The game is named after one of the most prominent and infamous figures of the Sengoku era (Warring States) of Japanese history, Nobunaga Oda. He fought to realise his dream of a united Japan and a new world. Though he fell before his dream was accomplished he left behind a revolutionary legacy of castle towns, technological improvements, developing culture, modern warfare, a new system of economics etc.

Battles play a vital role in Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence. Although it is not necessary that players would have declare war to strengthen their position, it is quite possible that enemy lords will try to attack castles, towns, and settlements to increase their area of influence and grow their wealth. Defeating enemy fiefs can also strengthen the overall standing of the player’s chosen clan, so growing a strong, well equipped and well trained, loyal army is a key component to completing the game successfully.

Using Diplomacy to improve foreign affairs is a key ingredient to building a powerful clan. Although it’s a slow-burning process that doesn’t provide as fast-paced exhilarating action as battles do, it can wield very fruitful results! For example players can cultivate relationships with nearby clans and tribes to ensure they won’t take up arms or join enemy armies. Prolonged good relationships might allow players to assimilate tribes into their clan, thus increasing the population and sphere of influence of their fief. Alternatively, friendly tribes can contribute powerful reinforcements to the player’s army!

Hailed as one of the best instalments in the franchise’s history, this extremely intricate, deep, and meticulous strategy game is set against a backdrop of a fragmented nation and asks the player to take up the mantle of a Daimyo, a feudal lord of the Sengoku era (15th- 16th century Japan), who will fight for the great ideal of uniting the war-ridden country under one rule, thus becoming the first Shogun.