Daisenryaku Perfect FAQ
Version 0.9; last updated 6/18/04
Written by Jack Power
Questions, additions, and comments can be directed to JackPower "at" aol "dot"
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0.5; 7/8/03 Initial release
0.7; 10/23/03 Added corrections and clarifications, country and unit overviews
0.8; 12/18/03 Made a few minor corrections, added the remaining unit type and
country overviews and a few more hints
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This document contains Japanese characters in Shift JIS format.
How to play Japanese PC games on Western Windows
Playing the game
Setting up a game
Building an army
Engaging the enemy
Maintaining your forces
Hints and tips
The purpose of this faq is to provide basic information about the Windows PC
game Daisenryaku Perfect (henceforth DSP) for the English-speaking community.
DSP was released in Spring 2003 for a suggested retail price of 9800 yen.
Although it may be rather obscure compared to some import games, it's such an
outstanding strategy game-- with no real equal or equivalent in the West-- that
it deserves to be known outside of Japan. I wrote the portion of this guide
that covers actual gameplay with the assumption that the reader:
A) Has some knowledge of the Japanese language, as this game is not
B) Has some knowledge of the military of some country or another, or
C) Has both A and B (preferred).
DSP is a turn-based modern tactical/strategic warfare simulation. It is the
latest and most complete (hence, "Perfect") title in the series of Daisenryaku
("great strategy") games. Daisenryaku games have been released for nearly every
console, including SNES/Super Famicom, Genesis/Megadrive, Game Boy, Dreamcast,
Playstation 1 and 2, not to mention at least 7 previous editions on the PC. It
features over 700 real life military units from 16 countries, the majority
being modern (post-1980's) hardware. If you've played any of the older
Daisenryaku games, or any other strategy games with a hex map like Conflict or
Advance Wars, you'll have a good idea of what to expect. But compared to
everything else (except the legendary Harpoon series), this game is much deeper.
The game can be played by up to 8 players on the same computer, either
cooperatively, competitively, or a mix of both. A new feature to the series,
games can be played through e-mail.
The limited edition version of this game comes with a mouse pad (with nice
artwork of a Leopard MBT), and an index booklet with most of the units in the
-Windows 2000/XP/ME/98/95 (should be Japanese edition, but there are ways
-PII 266Mhz processor or better, PIII 400 recommended
-800MB of free disk space
-CD rom drive (CD must be in drive to run too)
-1024 X 768 16bit high color monitor
Note: DSP runs in a window, not fullscreen like most newer PC games. For
whatever dumb reason, there are no scroll bars on most game windows and you
won't be able to see everything being displayed unless your monitor is at 1024
X 768 resolution. Personally I hate that resolution, but YMMV.
How to play Japanese PC games on Western Windows
This is probably the most important issue. The Japanese text in the game (and
also in the installation screens) will come out as gibberish on an English OS.
You can probably install the game on any Windows system without much trouble if
you can guess where to click your mouse, but the game will be fubar when you
play it because all the text except simple alphanumerics and everything in the
all-important toolbar will be unreadable.
There are three ways to fix this and run the game (and any Japanese PC game)
1) Get Windows 2000/XP. It has a built-in global IME which supports all
langauges in all applications... for the most part. Windows XP runs this game
(and any other Japanese game) flawlessly.
2) Get a Japanese edition of Windows (any version listed in the system
requirements). It would seem that most Western programs run fairly well in
Japanese Windows. You could also try partitioning your hard drive and install
both a Japanese OS and keep your English OS. Don't ask me how to do that.
3) Get NJStar Communicator. It's an IME program that will let you display and
input Japanese text anywhere, on anything (almost). It's really a fantastic
application for anything you need to do involving Japanese, not just gaming.
But, it is quite buggy, eats a bit of memory, and you will need to turn it off
while installing DSP. Also, the registered version costs an arm and a leg.
Playing the game
Playing this game with limited knowledge of Japanese can be very easy, but
getting the most out of it can be very difficult. The reason for this is that
the game itself is mostly icon driven. You click on your units, click where you
want them to move, and give them orders through a small panel of buttons.
However, configuring the game rules, understanding unit capabilities, and other
issues will not come so easily unless you can read a lot of kanji (and at 1024
X 768, that isn't easy for anyone).
Setting up a game
For your first time playing, select New Game from the file menu. Select one of
the maps (which range from accurate real-life maps to bizarre concoctions).
You'll be brought to the game setup screen, where you can change the players
involved, production types, unit limits, how much each camp starts with, BGMs,
and so on. In the bottom left hand corner is the rule setup; see the Rules
section for details. Just click OK when you're ready and get into the game.
Building an army
In the first turn of the game, no players (including the AI) have any standing
forces. It's a bit unrealistic, but you have to start from scratch.
Look for the large city-like hex that the screen will usually be centered on at
the start of the game. This is your capital. It should be the same color as you
selected for your team, and may likely be labeled something like your army's or
country's name. Clicking this city will bring up the production menu, where you
will see a list of all the units available for you to purchase. Depending on
the rules settings, you can either build just one unit at a time per production
center or up to six. You can preview any unit before purchasing by clicking on
the button to the left of Cancel and OK. When you’ve decided on a unit, just
double click on it to move it into the production list on the right. To remove
a unit, double click it while it's in that list. Any units being refueled or
repaired inside the holding will also appear here. Note that all units take
just one turn to acquire once ordered.
Move the screen around my clicking and dragging the right mouse button or using
the scroll bars. You'll notice a lot of other types of holding and terrain. The
terrain is pretty self explanatory, but each has a different defense bonus for
units, and some inhibit or prevent units from moving across them.
Here is a list of all the holding types, including holdings that can't actually
be held. In addition to the abilities listed below, they offer defense bonuses
to units located there. (Air units are not normally affected by terrain,
-Capital: Your headquarters for the map. Ground units can be built or repaired
here. If your capital is captured or destroyed, you lose the game. Your capital
gives you 2000 credits per turn. Holds up to 6 units (ground/low sky).
-Large factory: Ground units can be built and repaired here. Holds up to 6
-Small factory: Ground units can be resupplied here (no repairs). Holds up to 4
-Air base: Air units can be built and repaired here. Holds up to 6 units
-Airport: Air units can be resupplied here (no repairs). Holds up to 4 units
-Naval base: Sea units can be built and repaired here. Holds up to 6 units
-Port: Sea units can be resupplied here (no repairs). Holds up to 4 units
-Large city: Ground units can be resupplied here, and helicopters can refuel,
but not reload weapons. Each large city earns you an extra 1500 credits per
turn. Holds up to 4 units (ground/low sky).
-Medium city: Ground units can be resupplied here. Each medium city earns you
an extra 1000 credits per turn. Holds up to 3 units (ground).
-Small city: Ground units can be resupplied here. Each small city earns you an
extra 500 credits per turn. Holds up to 2 units (ground).
-Village: Can't be captured, provide no income. Useful only for stationing
disgruntled infantry units. "Let's do the village. Let's do the whole f***ing
-Radar base: If captured, the fog of war for a large hex radius around the base
is lifted. They also provide excellent defense bonuses.
-Bridge: Can be captured, giving a 1 hex detection range and inhibiting enemy
units trying to cross. If a bridge is destroyed, any land unit on it is wiped
-Tochka: I had to look this one up. It's Russian for "outpost" or "radio relay
station." You can blow them up but can't capture them. Station infantry here
for defense bonuses.
Note 1: Any holding that can build units can also repair them, and vice versa.
Note 2: Any holding that can repair units can also resupply/refuel them.
Note 3: You can refuel at allied holdings, but you cannot repair or
reload/rearm your units there.
After you're finished building, click "End Turn." After your opponents and
allies have finished their production phase, you'll proceed to the next step.
When your turn comes up, you should have some units waiting for you in your
capital, factories, or bases. Click on one of those holdings, which will have a
small triangle in the corner if they contain something. The unit inside can now
be moved anywhere displayed by the white hex outlines. If there is more than
one unit, you will be given a list of them to move. Try moving a unit
somewhere. Moving uses fuel, and range is restricted by the terrain. Once you
have decided where to move it, you can give it orders through the action bar
that appears. The bar is made of small icons, but some of them are not
completely intuitive. Here is a list of commands. Note that only some commands
are available depending on the unit and situation, and the rest will be
ghosted. Any action the unit takes from this menu will end its turn.
Cancel End move
-Attack lets you attack the enemy. This order will remain ghosted until the
unit is within attacking range. Once selected, crosshairs will appear over all
units within range. Click on one of them to bring up a battle projection
screen. See below for more details on combat.
-Ballistic is only available to units that can launch ballistic missiles, such
as mobile launchers and certain subs. You can select either units or holdings
as targets. Note that targetting holdings will not harm nearby units and vice
versa. Once you have chosen, the missile will launch and head toward its