My first experience with Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence nearly broke me. I collapsed into a heap over my keyboard, weeping softly, wondering just what I had got myself into this time. Even as a seasoned strategy game player, a veteran of countless virtual wars, my head was swimming.
Swarms of numbers and new jargon came at me hard and fast, with intricate menus and complex systems piling on. The game itself felt as though it were as much an opponent as the neighboring daimyo, a despicable sort that made regular incursions into my lands despite pleas for peace.