Nobunaga's Ambition: Iron Triangle
Conquers All My Gaming Time
If your looking for a game you wont beat in one day, two days, three days, or just an epic game that is the pinnacle of strategy game warfare. Unlike Nobunaga's Ambition- Rise to Power, this game goes far more in depth including proper diplomacy options, economic building and military conquest, and real time/ still time strategy game play. The game is pretty much Romance of the Three Kingdoms 11 set in Feudal Japan with its building mechanics and world map army battles but with quite a few more innovations which stumps its counterpart like warfare being real time rather than turn based. Diplomacy allows you outlets to negotiate for technologies other Lords possess which you dont or cant at that time reminiscent towards games such as Civilization in your attempts to juggle technological supremacy, military supremacy, while trying not to antagonize or scare the surrounding daimyo to attack you or combine efforts to annihilate you. Lastly, this game is very difficult, even on normal difficulty you will struggle to acquire your second Fief. So much so, years will pass by like minutes making me believe this is probably the hardships Nobunaga actually did have to face when conquering most of Japan. I've played Romance of the Three Kingdoms game since the first on NES, I definitely recommend this game.
I've been playing KOEI's strategy sim games since the 1992 release of Romance of the Three Kingdoms 2 for SNES, and have collected all their titles both obscure and relevant since then. There is no other producer of historical sims in the console market that even comes close to putting out anything nearly as accurate and thought out as KOEI, and the graphical content has caught up over time to what might be expected of console gaming at it's current evolution. Alot of micro-management still, but if you're looking at this, then that's probably what you signed on for. I prefer this time period over the Three Kingdoms, but wish they would do a strategy version of the Hundred years war in Europe, athough last year's Bladestorm was a fine mix of tactical combat based on that premise. Hats off to KOEI for cleaning up and fine tuning a truely worthy title, after milking the DW / SW franchise beyond expectations.