05 September, 2014

The Many Warriors of the East

Tecmo Keoi don't do anything in moderation, the Warriors titles just keep on coming! And here I was worried that we English speaking fans were few and far between; here's a run down on the many Warriors titles of 2014.

During Monday’s Sony Japan press conference, Tecmo Keoi announced they were working on another spinoff in their venerable Warriors series, Dragon Quest: Heroes (a crossover with Dragon Quest, for 2015, alongside a Metal Slime PS4). The Warriors games are often criticized by the western media as exceedingly repetitive, yet Tecmo Keoi aim to take full advantage of the fact they are extremely popular in Japan, by filling up their 2014 line-up in the west with all the Warriors they can muster.

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends (Complete Edition)

Released in May for the PlayStation 3, 4, Vita, and the later the PC, the Complete Edition contained all the content from Dynasty Warriors 8, the Xtreme Legends, as well as a few additional characters. The net effect was a huge game that told just a little more of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms than its predecessors in the series – it is also a huge graphical step up from the past titles. Some of the more exciting content took the form of hypothetical scenarios that could be unlocked by completing side objectives during previous missions, rather than just being one of hypothetical missions, entire branching storylines could be played.

Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn

But one of the many spinoff crossover titles, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn is the forth game in the series, featuring a behemoth of a story mode spilt into six parts, incorporating several different Gundam series’. The CG cutscenes in Reborn are somewhat more flashy and glamorous than those of the main Dynasty Warriors titles, and of course 2D anime faces replace the more dour character portraits –a change I can certainly get behind.  

Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate

Warriors Orochi is much more bizarre and fantastical than the material that it throws together; Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors (more on that below).  In the parallel universe of the Orochi games, the legendary fighters from the Three Kingdoms and the Warring States are brought together to bring down Orochi – an evil being with a sick scythe and cohorts of snake-people. Just released this month, Ultimate is a re-release of Warriors Orochi 3, which is set after the events of the 'good' ending of Warriors Orochi 2. Naturally, bringing the expected menagerie of small changes and additional content that accompany every Warriors title.

Hyrule Warriors

Launching later in September I fully anticipate Hyrule Warriors to raise the collective ire of staunch Zelda fans across the internet. On the other hand it could serve it’s probably purpose perfectly and bring fans of the two series’ together; introducing Zelda fans to the Warriors brand of button mashing and Warriors fans, like myself to the Zelda universe. Of course I would first need to buy a Wii U, but when/if I do, Hyrule Warriors seems like a solid purchase.

Samurai Warriors 4

Pretty much as it sounds, Samurai Warriors is set in feudal Japan and rather loosely follows the story of the Warlords of the Sengoku jidai, the Warring States era. Perhaps most excitingly, Samurai Warriors 4 will launch with an Anime Edition containing Episode Zero of the Samurai Warriors: Legend of Sanada anime. Focused around Yukimura Sanada, the series’ poster boy – I’m sure is will be an absolute barn burner. 

Nobunaga’s Ambition: Souzou

Okay, I’ll admit this isn’t a traditional Warriors game, it’s a strategy game for a start, it does however take place in the same era as Samurai Warriors with the same character art. Having just stealth released on Steam, I was extremely excited to pick it up until learning that it is not available in English, only Traditional Chinese.  Maybe next year Tecmo… Please?

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