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Dynasty Tactics PS2

by Koei
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  • ASIN: B00006AVAY
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,251 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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The mind shall vanquish the sword. The makers of the Dynasty Warriors series present a new take on tactical simulation. Dynasty Tactics is the third variation on the Three Kingdoms theme. It features the cinematics of Kessen, the strategy of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and the character designs of Dynasty Warriors, plus impressive 3-D graphics and devastating tactical combos to get dramatic lifelike battles.

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The mind is more powerful than the sword. But swords are fun, too. In this truly advanced tactical simulation game from Koei, your decisions are the key in making progress through Dynasty Tactics. Multiple story branches and endings let you build your own Three Kingdom Saga as you journey toward utter triumph or defeat. The game lets you choose to follow the campaigns of one of 3 skilled and charismatic leaders. It's up to you to recruit officers, assemble armies, and confront your enemy on the battlefield. The game boasts a powerful Group Control Engine that lets you experience a rough and tumble atmosphere with environmental effects that include flying dust clouds and mud splashes to simulate the thrill of battle.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only people who use their heads need apply! April 14, 2003
By A Customer
Enjoy Chess? You might like this game.
Enjoy planning and deciding on strategy? You might like this game.
Only want mindless slaughter that requires little to no thought? STAY - AWAY - FROM - THIS - GAME. This game is NOT Dynasty Warriors 3 or 4. This game is all about the tactics. Hence the name: Dynasty TACTICS.
You are a warlord in ancient China. You want to conquer China. Enemy warlords stand in your way. What do you do? CRUSH THEM UNDERFOOT LIKE THE DOGS THEY ARE, of course.
You organize armies made up of various generals who command troops. Each general's troops are like their hitpoints: once the troops are all gone, the general is defeated and limps off home, to organize more troops (recover HP) so that you can send them off to battle again.
You then send your armies made up of generals and their troops to various parts of China in order to complete objectives (that the game sets for you, unfortunately). When your armies meet enemy armies, BAM, a battle begins.
Battles consist of your generals (and their troops/hitpoints) facing off against enemy generals (w/ troops/hitpoints). The battlefield is a map divided up into a grid pattern. Depending on the types of units your generals command (which you can change only outside of battle) the units can only move so fast across certain kinds of terrain, certain units are better at attacking other types of units, (cavalry is strong against archers, but weak against pikemen, for example).
The meat of the battles is Tactics, though. No, not tactics, but Tactics. With a capital T. Tactics are special "moves" that each general knows. Rather than simply flat out attacking, Tactics allow you to attack, defend, move about the field, etc. much more powerfully and effectively.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give this game some love! October 8, 2002
I have now run through KOEI's new "Dynasty Tactics" twice, and I can honestly say that this is the most solid offering the ALWAYS solid KOEI has ever delivered. As everyone (at least that is reading this review!) knows, KOEI is the maker of the fantastic RTK series, as well as the Dynasty Warriors games. Although the title of this closely resembles Dynasty Warriors, that is where the similarities end.
You have the option of playing the game as either Liu Bei, Cao Cao or Sun Ce, so from the beginning, you have three entirely separate gameplay options. Your goal in each case is to unify China through a series of Ogre Battle-like scenarios. The battles themselves are great fun, relying on so-called tactics to defeat your enemies. Although the ins and outs of this tactics system are difficult to explain here, in short, a player must use his brain to develop strategy in order to chain these tactics together for devastating combos.
This in itself would make for a great game, but the REAL surprise is after you beat one of the scenarios. Then you may view a history screen which shows all of the movies you unlocked during the game. The kicker, you say? You will have only unlocked about a sixth of all of the possible options! That's right; you have three scenarios to begin with, and each scenario has five or six different endings, which may be reached through fifteen or so different paths. KOEI, you have outdone yourself.
Again, this game is not for everyone: those expecting Dynasty Warriors, or ever RTK, will be disappointed. However, if you are a player who enjoyed Ogre Battle, Final Fantasy Tactics, or the like, you are in for a real treat here!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, but repetitive October 31, 2003
Like the various iterations of the Dynasty Warriors and Romance of the Three Kingdoms series, this game is based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms story. Game mechanics-wise, however, this title bears little similarity to those other games. I can't think of a game that's remotely like this one. Ostensibly a tactical game (like Final Fantasy Tactics), your main goal in each battle is to position your troops in such a fashion as to unleash a successive number of special moves (tactics) on one or more opposing units.
The game requires a certain degree of patience to play effectively, and is probably not for more action-oriented gamers. For those who aren't bored by this type of game, there's a fair amount of replay potential thanks to the scenario system (somewhat similar to Onimusha 2). Each kingdom (Wu, Shu, and Wei) has 4 different scenario endings, which can vary greatly in terms of how much of China you end up with. However, battles can be repetitive, as they only really differ by terrain and the generals involved. Also, although not strictly necessary, trying to recruit as many generals as possible through the use of diplomats also tends to really slow down the game.
Overall, KOEI has developed a solid and relatively unique game which can use a little more variety during battles, and a little less trying to send diplomats all over China to recruit new generals. Hopefully some of these annoyances will be addressed in Dynasty Tactics 2.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chinese Version of Final Fantasy Tactics September 16, 2002
By Abram B
If you like tactical RPG type of games like Ogre Battle, Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, Vandal Hearts, and so forth, PLUS you like Chinese themed games, you will LOVE this one. Basically, you can choose to be either Liu Bei, Cao Cao, or Sun Ce. I wonder why Sun Ce, since technically the Three Kingdoms period do not begin until Sun Quan became king of the Wu Kingdom. Nevertheless, you get to strategically manuever your units on the battlefields by moving them through boxed grids. You could build numerous combos, and if you can build them in consecutive orders successfully, the opponent unit will take more damages and you may recover your special attack (called tactics in the game, hence the name "Dynasty Tactics").
If you are a fan of Dynasty Warriors but you do not like tactical games like Ogre Battle, Final Fantasy Tactics, etc, you may lose patience on this game since in this game you have to plan your moves carefully.
Overall, a really great game with really cool graphics and strategy elements!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dynasty Chess
Dynasty Warriors turned Chess. But the sound/audio is the biggest issue with this version of the game.. Read more
Published 11 months ago by EC
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this unique game
Just a really unique game, chess meets RPG? I wish a new Dynasty Tactics would be made, with today's graphics and a much deeper/open world storyline it would kick butt.
Published 14 months ago by JW
3.0 out of 5 stars tactics, indeed
This battle system is configured like a chess game. You actually need to think to win a battle. There is a story line in the game, and the graphics are pretty bad compared to the... Read more
Published on March 18, 2009 by Bon Bon Mochi
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad simulation game from Koei
At first, it is difficult to get past the rhetorical battle scenes, but the story line is somewhat interesting. Read more
Published on February 16, 2005 by Kamekazi
4.0 out of 5 stars Dynasty Tactics
Best game I've ever played. I love this game it makes you feel like all of China depends on you. I enjoy the strategy and the several different endings. Read more
Published on September 29, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent strategy game
This is a great strategy game. Of course I've always liked strategy games so my opinion may be somewhat suspect. Read more
Published on August 17, 2003 by Bilbo Baggins
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow. What a terrible game!
Okay. So I read the reviews here on Amazon, and I decided I would pick up this game for two reasons. One, I am really big on DW3 these days. Read more
Published on March 13, 2003 by Matthew Hoffman
4.0 out of 5 stars good strategy game
I would give this game 4.5 stars if I could. Overall, the game is pretty good. The strategy in Dynasty Tactics is much different from the strategy in the Romance of the Three... Read more
Published on December 30, 2002 by Nameless
5.0 out of 5 stars It finally came to the US...
I first played this game while I was in Japan during the summer, and I totally fell in love with it. Read more
Published on November 16, 2002 by cheese
4.0 out of 5 stars some fun stuff
I was really looking forward to this game, as I had read some great reviews of the tactical battle system. The game is fun, but it hasn't held my attention like I had hoped. Read more
Published on October 20, 2002 by chris romano
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