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Nobunaga's Ambition: Awakening

KOEI TECMO AMERICA Corporation, Kou Shibusawa
Jul 20, 2023 - Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4

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Critic Reviews for Nobunaga's Ambition: Awakening

Nobunaga's Ambition: Awakening streamlines the many complex systems and mechanics that have built up over the series' 40-year history, refining the strategic experience that is more approachable and all the better for it. While UI elements and precise control issues can frustrate at times, Awakening is a wonderful sandbox for samurai enthusiasts to play in.

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Despite the graphical issues and the most bare-bones of tutorials you'll find in a historical simulation sandbox, Nobunaga's Ambition: Awakening offers plenty of great moments. We loved the historical vignettes that played out as events unfolded and certain conditions were unlocked. Even on Easy mode, the game will make you surrender and start over multiple times before you can achieve Nobunaga's dream of a united Japan. The Switch version is far from perfect, but if you're willing to work with it, there's a rich, deep, addictive strategy sim to get lost in here.

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Nobunaga's Ambition Awakening is perhaps the most concrete effort of the Japanese software house for 40 years to expand its audience. The innovations in terms of accessibility related to the decision-making freedom of their subordinates are certainly spot on, because they spare the player some of the most tedious management tasks.

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Nobunaga's Ambition Awakening is a interesting way to live the Feudal Japan era, but the various and rich gameplay leaves room for a lot of confusion during the battles.

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Nobunaga's Ambition: Awakening is a worthy entry in the forty-year-old franchise.

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For those familiar with this long-time simulation/strategy series, Nobunaga's Ambition: Awakening may feel like a warm welcome home. But as a newcomer, I found the game a confusing mess, and the Switch version frustrated my every attempt to enjoy playing it.

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Nobunaga's Ambition: Awakening is a unique take on the strategy genre that chooses to focus more on the administration aspects of war rather than the battles. Coupled with in-depth mechanics for managing your economy, as well as a surprisingly deep political system where you have to pay attention to how well your officers are doing, you get a unique management-styled strategy game that is absolutely worth your time.

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The latest game in the Nobunaga's Ambition series, Awakening puts a fresh coat of paint onto the Warring States Period of Japanese history and again asks you to quell the chaos and unify the nation. Though some of the changes may be as divisive as Nobunaga's own ideology at the time, this is a game well worth checking out for strategy fans and enjoyers of Japanese history.

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