Real Talk By: KJ
Yes another Dynasty Warriors game is here don’t let the title fool you. Your first question is: Do you just mash the X button to win? The answer is no. Because it’s on a 3DS, you mash the Y button. Seriously though, the game is way better than I expected. My expectations were not that high considering all of the rushed software that arrived at launch. How do you release a Madden without any multiplayer functionality? There’s a lot of garbage like that on the shelf right now. Samurai Warriors is slightly above those titles.
The story mode lets you Play as a generic male or female warrior. You give them a name, and embark on your adventure. My complaint is that your name is the furthest you can go with your character. I’m not a fan of the armor my warrior begins with, and i would have liked to change it. Guess it’s too bad. Of course as you play, your samurai will level up and continue to get stronger and faster. Stronger weapons will become available to you, with each of their own unique attributes. Your character is pretty cool overall, but I really like your allies. Something that is really great about this version, is the ability to switch between other warriors on the fly. Simply press the character you want on the touch screen, and the game will switch to that person. Rotating back and forth between them adds more fun, but a layer of strategy as well. If one is in danger, you either need to go help him, or switch to him and retreat. If any one dies its game over.
Sadly there’s no multiplayer, I think the launch rush got a hold of them as well. There will be downloadable content though, adding more levels and such. The main flaw is the same flaw that always gets the Warriors series. The game gets repetitive. This one not as much, but it still rears its ugly head. A way that this game mixes it up is in the special challenges each level contains. For example, beat 3 ninja spies in under a minute. Defeat 4 generals with a single character. Its challenges like this that will earn you gold, which can be used in the store to buy better weapons, etc. Street Pass Coins can earn you gold as well.
The graphics do not really impress, nor or they a pain to look at. That’s where the 3D comes to play. Samurai Warrior’s cut scenes are truly brought to life with the 3D on. When your on the battlefield though, the depth is very deep. That’s good but in battle almost everything is deep. I was hoping for the battlefield to remain deep, but the characters would pop in front of you. Don’t get me wrong it still looks great, but having everything deep seems like a little bit of a missed opportunity. Adjust the 3D bar half way, and it will bring them closer to you. Koei did do a good job with the musou attacks, as they truly pop out. It feels like a reward when you land it because of the system you are playing it on.
Samurai Warriors Chronicles is not a must grab, but its a serviceable launch title amidst the roster of crap. With its fluid combat, character swapping, and 3D cut scenes, This title is at least worth a look. Especially if you’ve been a fan of the series forever.
Samurai Warriors Chronicles gets MF MF MF M out of five
+Swapping between 4 characters adds more to the fun factor
+Presentation is much better than most SW/DW games due to the 3D
-No multiplayer (street pass does not count developers)