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Dynasty Tactics PS2

Platform : PlayStation2
3.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
Metascore: 79 / 100

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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.

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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3.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
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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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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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By A Customer on 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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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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