Posted by: shatteredblog | April 13, 2012

NSFW Weekend III: Sengoku Rance

For those who like a little ero in their gaming, I am back again with the Not Safe For Work weekend special. This time I want to talk about the excellent Sengoku Rance, a 2006 game by AliceSoft. As before, discussion begins after the jump!

Sengoku Rance is the seventh entry in the Rance series of games. It was released in Japan in 2006 and has not received an english language release, though there has been an english translation patch made for those who choose to import. The game itself is a strategy style game that is played in a turn based fashion.

The main character of the game is Rance, a swordsman from the Free Nations region of the Rance World. Rance (which is synonymous with the Japanese word for Lance) is a strong fighter and is wholly motivated by his sexual desire, yet somehow manages to save the world from the threat of demonic enslavement time and time again. He has a companion whom he calls his slave Sill Plain. In this game, the two are on holiday from whatever Rance’s last great victory was in JAPAN, the Rance World version of our Japan.

The Sengoku in the title refers to the period in Japanese history of the same name, which is what the game’s geography and major characters are very loosely based upon. Rance and Sill come across the famed Oda Nobunaga in the beginning of the game, and under the thinnest of story twists Rance becomes ‘secret ruler’ and is given command of Oda House’s military and political future. A turn in the game gives you the chance to heal your units or recruit more soldiers to serve under your commanders and also to spend action fans to take actions such as build infrastructure in your cities, undertake sidequests such as boar hunting or dungeon exploring, attack a neighboring country’s territory or just sate Rance’s lust. On opponents turns the computer heals and recruits for them and also attacks if they are involved in war with you or another computer controlled house.

Battles in the game are between your commanders and their units and the opponent, up to six commanders on each side. You battle for cities or fortresses in the regions adjacent to your territory, and as you conquer more you have new neighbors with whom to go to war. Your commanders have different roles, such as swordsmen who are damage dealers, archers/musketeers who can attack from the back rank and priests who cast defensive spells. Each commander has a limited number of actions and when you and the enemy are both out of actions the battle is over. To successfully capture new territory you must reduce all enemy units to 0, so upgrading your commanders is vital to success.

There areĀ  Houses in the game, each controlling some territory on the map of JAPAN. Each has a main character or several who represent the leaders or historical personalities the house is named for. Much of the fun in the game is from the way these characters are written to interact, like Super-God Ashikaga and his delusions of greatness or the Hannys who act without much planning or foresight. As the game progresses Nobunaga is possessed by the spirit of an ancient demon and it falls to Rance to defeat him and save the world once again.

The sex in Sengoku Rance isn’t the major draw, more of some delicious frosting on the strategy cupcake. Rance is a womanizer and keeps a journal of his conquests that is an item in your inventory you can keep track of. You are treated to a sex scene when conquering another House, as well as from choosing actions related to sex on your turn. Early in the game you also have sex with Sill and the kunoichi Suzume regardless of what path you follow. From there what scenes and cg you see depend on what countries you choose to conquer and what way you play the game.

Sengoku Rance is a big game. In the true history path you play on the first playthrough there is not enough time to conquer all JAPAN or clear all the characters you may want. Luckily the designers provided a system where clearing content in your first game gains you bonuses for later playthroughs. One of these is a mode where Nobunaga is never possessed, and another is a sandbox mode where you begin in control of a different House and attempt to conquer from their perspective. Just watch out for Rance if you are playing in this mode!

If you enjoy strategy gaming with a lighthearted setting and some sex mixed in then Sengoku Rance is well worth an import. The replay value is off the chart and the strategy has kept me quite entertained.


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