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Dynasty Warriors - PlayStation One video game

Platform : PlayStation
Rated: Teen
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Koei's first fighting game draws its source material from its classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms strategy game series. Based in 2nd Century China the baker's dozen combatants (including a trio of playable Bosses) in this 3D fighter are each comprised of at least 600 polygons while the game itself runs at a remarkable 60 fps! Koei assembled one of the all-time great development teams (a group of fighting game veterans dubbed the Omega Force Team) for this project and it shows.

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These days, it's unlikely for a fighting game to burst onto the home console gaming market without being an arcade game adaptation...and be any good. Koei's Dynasty Warriors is a welcome exception to this rule.

Say goodbye to the 20-hit combos and huge chain attacks of Takara's Battle Arena Toshinden 3 and Namco's Soul Blade; here's a game that provides a much more realistic take on fighting. The maximum number of hits a character can pull off before pausing (and probably breathing) is three. And when opponents are knocked to the ground, they're actually stunned for a moment, and you must force them to stand up again.

The combat in Dynasty Warriors is all weapon-based and contains no punches or kicks - some characters have swords, some knives, and others spears. Blocking takes two forms: a standard block and a parry. The standard block can be done through a dedicated button or by holding the D-pad in the back direction. These blocks are performed either standing or crouching and will only work against an attack at the same height. Because the fighting is done with weapons, no damage is taken if this block is successful. The parry, on the other hand, will deflect the opponent's weapon and leave him momentarily open to attack. However, parrying is not easy to master. You must hit the correct parry button (there are two) at the exact moment your enemy attempts to attack. It can take a frustratingly long time to learn the move, but it's most satisfying when it works.

Another interesting difference distinguishing Dynasty Warriors is the origins of its storyline. Its characters are taken from Koei's Romance of the Three Kingdoms line of strategy titles, which are based on real-life historical events and people. See, kids? History can be cool. Folks have been hitting each other on the head for thousands and thousands of years, and now, you too can join in the fictional yet nonfictional fun.

How does it compare to Takara's Battle Arena Toshinden 3 and Namco's Soul Blade? Well, it's really quite different from both, within the basic 2-D and 3-D constraints. The realism makes it a much more strategic fighter, though an overly dramatic game like Soul Blade can be at times more fun to play. Graphically, it clocks in around the first Tekken game with fairly impressively rendered fighters against static backgrounds. The characters react about as fast as the Soul Blade fighters, but their animations are not quite as well developed. References to other games aside, Dynasty Warriors is a solid fighter that many people will enjoy exploring fully. --Joe Fielder
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  • ASIN: B00002SV46
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 1999
Though not as good graphically as other fighting games (like Tekken 3), it still is entertaining...gameplay is fluid and fast, though combination-move animations are rather lackluster. Still, a solid game, especially if you're a fan of the story of the Three Kingdoms. Well-rounded cast of characters...they are all very playable, if you're willing to figure out how to capitalize on their qualities.
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It’s not often that a videogame series comes along whose first installment is vastly different from its sequels. Most people know Koei’s Dynasty Warrior franchise as a series of games that hybrid strategy and action elements. However, its first installment, naturally titled Dynasty Warriors, released in 1997 on the original PlayStation, is actually a fighting game, one having the rare honor not to have basis on an arcade version like the Street Fighter and Tekken games. The game itself can be fairly enjoyable, in spite of its flaws.

Dynasty Warriors is a spinoff of Koei’s turn-based strategy series, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which in turn had its basis on the classic Chinese novel of the same name. As such, characters are taken straight from the strategy series, although the fighting game doesn’t do much with them story-wise, with most of the plot in the instruction book, which, while decent, was fairly inexcusable for a game at the time, given the PlayStation’s greater capacity for text and graphics.

The first installment features several fighting modes, among them being 1P Battle, where the player plays a character against a computer-controlled antagonist. Other modes include Versus, where two human players fight, an eight-character elimination tournament, time trial, and the like. Those who have played other fighting games will largely be familiar with the mechanisms, although the characters solely attack with weapons instead of using moves such as punches and kicks. The game mechanics are solid for the most part, with the only real flaw being the inability to pause during certain modes.
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By ~*JONAS*~ on April 21, 2014
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I had this game at the time of it's release then I think I traded it to a friend back in my early teen years. I am a collector and I just had to have this title part of my collection, it's worthy:) One of the first 3D fighters on the PS1. Unique to see the 3 kingdoms legends involved in a fighting game like this. Worth checking out.
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By Nicholas Gibbons on September 24, 2014
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A decent fighting game based on the Chinese novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms. While the game does show it's age, if your looking for an old school 3D fighter, then this game will definitely deliver.
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By Randall on October 14, 2013
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This a one on one battle of the dynasty warriors series. The gameplay style is much like soul calibur 1 so if you are into those type of games you will like this little title.
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