KOEI today shipped a PS2-exclusive game, Nobunaga’s Ambition: Rise to Power, to retail in North America. The game has previously released in Japan.
Nobunaga’s Ambition: Rise to Power is a historical simulation game set during the 16th century, during the Sengoku (Warring States) period of Feudal Japan. It was during this time that the visionary Nobunaga Oda assembled the most advanced military force in Japan and instituted new policies that stimulated the growth of the nation’s economy.
Here’s some more info, straight from KOEI: “In Nobunaga’s Ambition: Rise to Power, players will assume the role of Nobunaga, or of a rival warlord, in their quest to unite Japan under one rule. Packed with 7 dramatic scenarios — from the 1551 Struggle for Power to the events following Nobunaga’s death in 1582 — Nobunaga’s Ambition: Rise to Power lets players embark on their quest from more than 300 different starting points.
For the first time in the series, military campaigns are carried out using a 3D real-time battle system. Plus a new command lets players go “all in” and risk their entire empire in battle. If victorious, players will expand their empire, but a defeat could mean the total loss of their land.
Nobunaga’s Ambition: Rise to Power is more than just a game of military domination. Life in Feudal Japan is brought to life with remarkable detail. In vibrant castle towns the daily lives of characters will unfold while players nurture their village into a flourishing empire. Players will also manage government affairs and develop critical infrastructure such as ninja camps, blacksmiths and markets. A robust character edit function features a wide variety of character faces, the ability to edit stats, and lets the player choose when and where the characters will appear.