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Lords of the Rising Sun -- Cinemaware

Lords of the Rising Sun, by Cinemaware, is a historical war simulation for play on the Turbo Grafx CD-ROM. Set in ancient Japan, players choose from one of three different warlords in their attempt to conquer the country and end the civil unrest. Each warlord scenario is different, and each has different goals they must fulfill to reach domination. Many different playscreens simulate all aspects of Japanese feudal warfare.

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The TG-16 has a good strategy background with games like Military Madness, Lords of the Rising Sun is no exception. As a simulation game it is excellent. This game gave some interesting new turns with ninja sneak attacks and those chase scenes. Taking over the country is no easy task in this game. A very solid historical simulation.

This is a very involving game. When I first picked it up I figured there was no way that I could get involved in this game with all the Japanese names. After a few hours of play, I knew exactly which towns and fortresses were being attacked. I really like the way you act as a bowman in defense of your castle. It's fun picking off the enemy troops as they attempt to overtake it. In this game you have to get into the politics of the time to make your choices such as assassination. The graphics are fairly well done. The soundeffects are great with the screams of dying men and music was pretty good. Play control was standard for a war game. This game will last a long time and is very involving. It even has a very helpful save feature. No doubt the best historic war simulation that I have ever played!

First off, if you like complexity, this game could be for you. As far as historical simulators go, this has got to be one of the top home console war simulations hands down. I completely enjoyed playing this game myself, but thought it was alot more fun playing with a group. This allows one person to become more specialized in there playing skills on one of the many challenges and it allows for longer game playing. This game is a very well done package. Applauds to TTI for making it available to gamers. This game has the potential to become a classic party game. It sure is a choice for me.

Lords of the Rising Sun is without a doubt one of the more complex war simulators I've played. I enjoyed its epic style and depth of play resulting from the players choice of three very unique warlords. I also liked the large selection of options, however, the play control in many scenes could have used improvement. Overall, not bad.

>>>>> 79.5/100 <<<<< Ferrari Man ???? R.I.P. Salamander
Graphics 3.0 4.0 4.0 3.0
Sound 3.5 4.0 4.0 3.5
Gameplay/Control 3.0 4.0 4.0 3.0
Longevity/Playability 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
Overall 4.0 4.5 4.0 4.0
Total 18.5 21.5 21.0 18.5

Originally appeared Vol 1, Iss 5 (12/92-01/93)