Koei’s excellent war simulation releases extended beyond ancient Japan and into the 20th century, spawning a franchise that lasted several console generations. P.T.O.’s robust and fun military management gave players the chance to play as either Axis or Allies and determine the fate of the world.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms II
Few companies know the strategy genre like Koei, and its Romance of the Three Kingdoms series has endured for decades. The second game appeared on the Genesis, and while it’s a bit rough in the interface, there’s some fun to be had if you’re a fan of political intrigue and nation-building.
Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf
There’s nothing better than crushing your enemies and seeing them driven before you, and Genghis Kahn on the Genesis provides an excellent strategy experience for would-be world conquerors. Manage resources and public opinion, and drive your hordes forth to victory! All that’s missing is the lamentation of the women.
Liberty or Death
Koei was the master of the console strategy sim, and there’s one game in its catalog that actually lets players relive the American Revolution. Deep and engaging, the game also requires almost as much time as the war itself did, so those easily intimidated by tons of variables and long, drawn-out conflicts should perhaps just declare themselves conscientious objectors instead.
Ever want to take command of a ship during the Age of Exploration and seek your fortune on the high seas? Well, Koei’s Uncharted Waters lets you do exactly that. Build a fleet and fight others! Explore the world! Plunder and conquer! Win the hand of the princess! And all from your couch!