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Addicting, Stress Relieving Hack N' Slash!
on August 15, 2014
It had been years since I've played a Dynasty Warriors title. My last was Dynasty Warriors 3 for the PS2.
The core of this game is basically the same as its always been. You run your character through a huge battlefield, killing enemy soldiers and generals and completing objectives. The combat is a little repetitive, yes, but this IS a hack n slash so that's to be expected. It's so satisfying killing huge numbers of troops in a single swing which makes this game an excellent stress reliever. And with all the character unlocks and weapon unlocks you're sure to be engaged in playing again and again.
The story mode is actually pretty decent. The storyline revolves around you going back in time, because in present day you've lost a war to the "hydra". You need to go back in time to recruit allies to change the timeline. Cut scenes aren't bad - only con is all voice acting is Japanese only with English subtitles. But I actually prefer this to prior games where they did do English voiceacting...as the English voiceacting came off as incredibly cheesy.
There are so many characters to unlock and choose from. They all use tons of different types of weapons with their own pros and cons. Some are better at single target, some are better are crowds, some have better special attacks, ect. My personal favorite is Taishi Chi - I love his duel wielded clubs. But you can bring 3 characters into battle and swap as you see fit.
There's even a duel mode where you can fight one on one. Also internet modes are offered for standard modes...but with such a low number of players on the Wii U you'll be lucky if you can ever find a game online unless you have friends who play.
There's a weapon system to let you buy/craft weapons. Also there's a system to build relationships between your characters which gives you some special abilities in battle.
Graphics are pretty good. Not amazing or jaw dropping, but satisfactory. The game looks about average as far as the Wii U goes.
As far as cons about the game - the one main flaw this title suffers from on screen limitations that have haunted all Dynasty Warriors games. You'll frequently see troops dissapear and reappear around you as every console has limits on how many troops can be on the screen at any one time. It's not a big deal once you get used to it though.
The other con as I've already mentioned is the lack of english voiceovers. Everything is in subtitles. This can be annoying when you are given objectives during battle that pop up in subtitle form...you have to read the subtitles which is hard to do while you're focused on killing things. This isn't a huge problem, but annoying nonetheless.
And the music is basically the same as previous games, many tracks are recycled. But somehow, the Japanese rock/techo music fits.
Overall, I can't recommend this title enough, especially for the low price. Unless you hate hack n slash titles I highly recommend this.