Dynasty Tactics PS2
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was a fan of dynasty tactics 2, so I ordered the first one. 2 plays much better and I would rather play that one yet again than play this one. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Steve
Dynasty Warriors turned Chess. But the sound/audio is the biggest issue with this version of the game.. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by EC
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 on May 12, 2013 by JW
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 morePublished on March 18, 2009 by Bon Bon Mochi
At first, it is difficult to get past the rhetorical battle scenes, but the story line is somewhat interesting. Read morePublished on February 16, 2005 by Kamekazi
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 morePublished on September 29, 2003
This is a great strategy game. Of course I've always liked strategy games so my opinion may be somewhat suspect. Read morePublished on August 17, 2003 by Bilbo Baggins
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 morePublished on March 13, 2003 by Matthew Hoffman