One of my all time favorite games, a game I still play to this day called Sword of the Samurai by Microprose made in 1989.
|This is how Japan really looks like from space|
You can choose one stat at your character creation to focus on and then pick which province best influences that stat or improves the ones you didn't pick from when you create your character these include Honor, Land, Samurai, Generalship, and Swordsmanship. Samurai being the only stat that technically isn't a stat considering it varies throughout the game depending on how often you subjugate your peasant population or have peasants up rise and try to take their land back.
|Stats Shown here under assests|
|I have your son and you are none the wiser muhahaha|
There are several honorable things to do as well which you can usually find in your daimyo's court such as killing bandits, or taking over border fortresses defended by warrior monks or courting a bride to name a few. You can continue your legacy forever literally which yes means you can have children and heirs to your dynasty. You also have the ability to retire if and when you get too old, leaving your land to your heir. as I said before this can go on forever. As far as I have seen I have a save game that is in it's Third lord.
There are several different play modes which you usually run into on the main map
|Surprise here is the main map|
|These are the top down action maps at least two of them, there are more|
Also there are duels with which you and one other fight to the death which can sometimes be a random samurai or even the lord if you run into him while sneaking around his house. The same can be said for a lord that is sneaking around your house.
Also there is generalship which I have to say is pretty simplified run your army into the other army is basically how you get that done but it's still a nice facet to the game that awards you more land if successful unless of course it's a peasant uprising and we know how those go this mode does become the main form near the end when you are trying to become the hamamoto as you have to destroy each clan or at least have them surrender to your clans dominance, having that much power is a wonderful feeling which you don't get from many games even today.
If you have read this far then you are a saint but honestly here is my opinion on the game.
I absolutely love it and have for many years it's replay value is endless,The great many options you get to choose from like storming into a lords estate and kidnapping his children never gets old, or running around subjugating your peasants for more rice and thus more samurai, or even the simpler things in life such as getting married or marrying off your daughter to your daimyo for more favor oh the joys of parenthood. having children adds a lot of flavor and the fact that the game allows you the tools to create your own destiny is far ahead of it's time. However this game doesn't come without flaws. The strategy could have been a little more in-depth in unit allocation although for the time it was still good, On the main map there are several things they could have done better including making the icons mean something instead of just being there for show. As in if I want to walk to a village i should be able to do something there instead of always having to go to the daimyo for missions. but all in all this game is a wonderful addition to any ones library and should be played It's "infinate" replayability and numerous epic situations and moments make up for it's dated appearance and it's lack of depth in some areas I give it a 9.0 out of 10 for being a bad ass game still to this day that gives you an experience of feudal japan that is unforgettable.