Samurai Warriors Chronicles - 3DS
Such a wonderful game
I love this game and everything about it from its 3D to its OST and design. If you have ever played a Samurai Warriors game and found it to be fun and exiting than with this game you should feel right at home.
I was looking up reviews of this game from online sites, such as IGN(But I dont really like IGN for their reviews) and saw this game had only 7's and such. I asked my friend if it was good, he convinced me, I picked it up after christmas, starting playing, and man, I was hooked.
I loved reading the actual stories of what happened and then fit into the story with your mane character(Although, I know Japanese didn't have magical powers and such)
I loved the events with different characters, events that make you have a closer relationship with the warlords and such
The CGI cutscenes were amazing.
The game was still in Japanese voicing, but that just made it even more great.
Overall, for a game that came out around launch, I play this WAY MORE than my other favorite games from the past couple of months such as Mario Kart 7, and Super Mario 3D Land. I've never played any Samurai Warriors game, never played any Hack-and-slash games(I used to think they would get boring) But, OH MAN, this game is a great first for the 2.
How can a Hacking game go wrong?
Picking up this game was a last minute descision for me because i originally wanted to pick up nintendogs to play it safe. I wanted to take a chance on this game since it is very popular in Japan. The graphics on this 3ds game look very nice and the 3d effect gives alot of depth to the enviroment. The charecter special moves also look awsome in 3d. There are great 3d cutscenes that feel very true to Japaneese culture and provide the game with charecter. Gameplay wise it is very different in a good way. I have never played a Samuri Warriors game before so it was a new experience. You can upgrade weapons, level up your charecter, combine weapons, switch charecters whereever you are in battle and just attack anything that moves. The only downside to the game was that it was only in japaneese with english subtitles. There didnt seem to be an option for english. It was a little difficult to focus on what the story is trying to say while your also trying to read in english. I sometimes found myself lost but since the cutscenes looked great I really didnt mind.
Should You Buy This Game?
I receantly purchased this game from my local Gamestop just to see what was so amazing about this game. I was really impressed in the begining, but when I got into the action I wasnt sure what my objective was. I actually had to go read the instruction manual to figure out how to play, because the game did not provide a good enough "tutorial". once I figured out how to play I started playing again. I found myself doing the same thing pretty much on each mission: go kill a few guys and do within time for a small reward. Also, the conversations you have with other people you come accross is basic. The person talks and you answer a question. If you want a game where you have better conversations or reactions to people I would suggest playing Dragon Age. To sum it up, I was expecting more that what I actually got from the game. If you want a game that has some action and a story line you should buy this game soon or wait untill after June for some nice games to be released.
Cant just hack n slash your way through this one
Gameplay: there is a learning curve if you dont have experience with the game or if its mechanics have changed from the console versions. I played a version of Dynasty Warriors for PS2 and you could pretty much hack and slash your way through the game. This one you cannot. There seemed to be more enemies on the field on the PS2, I dont know if that is a title difference or a platform capability difference, but it works out in the gameplay mechanics. if you dont follow the orders almost when they are given you can get behind enough to lose that battle. Or if you dont actively give orders to your other 3 generals as the battle progresses. Ya gotta stay on top of the battle. Thumbs up there. There is no blood which is fine for this game.
Some annoyances: All the enemies except the generals are recycled from about 4 different models and they look pretty incomplete detail wise. But when your bashing 5 or more of their faces in at a time who cares!? lol... when there is dialog in the battle its in text on the 3d screen and in spoken Japanese. So to know whats going on ya gotta stop and read the text real fast. The game is pretty much completely voiced over in japanese with english subtitles. No option to change that.
What else is great: The 3d is awesome, no lag in gameplay, must actually strategize to get through the battles, the developers made great use of the touch screen.
Down to the nitty gritty: If you havent played any of these 'warriors' series or if youre a big fan of the series, this is a great addition to your 3ds collection, recommended.
Excellent game which crosses familiar genres
I picked up this game because "it just looked cool", but I'm even more impressed with it the more I play! First you've got your RPG elements (though admittedly they are a bit light - the character dialogues have only two options!), then you've got your fighting game elements (and in 3D, too!), then you've got your strategy elements (do I capture that base now to get reinforcements, or do I move on deeper into enemy territory to seize the enemy commander's camp?) So, yeah, if you like RPG's, or fighting games, or strategy games, you're bound to find something of interest here! I haven't tried the online aspects of the game yet, because I don't know anyone else who has this game, so I can't comment on that...
Fun and Satisfying
Now before I do this review I want to tell you that I haven't EVER played a Dynasty Warriors or Samurai Warriors game. Anyway, now that that is cleared, I want to say that I was satisfied with this game. The game is based in the old Japanese era where huge army fights with swords and stuff happened. As predicted you and some other people want peace and you are pursuing your dream and all that good stuff. Now the gameplay for the game is, simply stated, you and your team's army trying to win a war. The game is somewhat "free roam" style. You can run around the slightly big battlefield and fight hordes of enemies, but that really won't get you anywhere. There are "missions" that pop up that you can complete to give you an advantage in the war. These missions include killing an officer, escorting a teamate, killing an amount of enemies, etc.There are timed missions, but not all the missions are timed. Now if you fail one of these missions or you run out of time before you get a mission done (also failing it) then it doesn't mean you have lost the war, you just will experience a set back (ex: enemies may be a bit stronger[iow the enemy's army morale goes up], or more enemies appear, etc.). Now there are certain Victory and defeat conditions, so some missions won't really affect the outcome of the battle much. Now running across the battlefield completing missions in a certain amount of time can be hard because of the size of the Battlefield, but not to worry, you have 3 other members on your team! These 3 other members can be controlled by you, but they will control themselves when you aren't controlling them. You are always in the battle, but the 3 teamates change depending what battle you are partaking in. Now most importantly the combat. The combat is mostly you slashing through mass hordes of weak enemies (for the most part). Sometimes you may come across an officer which is a bit harder, but still fairly easy. The Y button will do your main combo (if you keep on pressing it), the X button will do your strong attack, and the R button will do sort of another strong attack or enhancement. Now the combos aren't very hard to master, since they are mostly just Y-X-X-X, or Y-Y-Y-X-X-X, etc. You can also do a special attack (with the A button) by increasing your "Musou Gauge". To increase your Musou Gauge, you can either charge it up by holding A, get hit, or attack enemies. There is also a Spirit Gauge, but I won't get into that. The combos look cool and work great. It is also extremely satisfying when you are just slashing enemies like a god, or trampling over stupid enemies on your horse (yes you can get a horse). Now the music for this game is great. I never get bored of hearing the beautiful Japanese war music. There are subtitles but, it is a pity that all the voice acting is in Japanese. I mean the voice acting IS good, but I wouldn't understand what they were saying if it wasn't for the subtitles. I suppose the developers thought it would give it a more Japanese feel or they were just too lazy. Anyway, carrying on, the graphics for this game could have been much better. The battlefields look fine, but the character's body+faces aren't very detailed, but what can you expect when there are about a dozen people on the screen? Now for the real thing people bought a 3DS for, the 3D! The 3D adds a great depth to the gameplay and it makes the CGI Cutscenes look FANTASTIC. In fact, the cutscenes for this game really prove that the 3DS is capable of 3D movies/videos. Anyway a few things I would like to thank the devs for is the Vault. In the vault you can play music, cutscenes, and conversations that you have previously unlocked. It really is great getting to show your friends the AWESOME cutscenes, without having to do the battle again, and listening to the great music that they have to offer. This game also has a great replay value due to its massive amount of content. There are tons of battles you can do (spotpass will also automatically download any battle that the devs add [thanks devs!]), customization (whether it's pimping out your character, or upgrading a weapon), and you can replay the battles with characters you have previously unlocked. Now I have to admit some bad thing about this game. First off, some people can find the gameplay to become repetitive and boring since you may have to replay a couple battles over to level up your character for the next battle. I personally don't have a problem with this, but anyway....the second complaint (similiar to the first) is that the gameplay is just repetitive, even when you are fighting new battles. Again I find the gameplay satisfying and fun, but it really is based on your opinion. And third, there is no Multiplayer. Yes, I agree that is a real pity since multiplayer would've been great for this game, but there is a Streetpass, which is....uhh....great.....not really. Anyway, all in all, this game (despite its flaws) is an amazing game and I would recommend getting it or at least renting it. It took me a long while to write this review so I hoped you guys enjoyed it and I hoped it helped you!
Great if you've never played other games like it
This is my first game for the 3DS and it isn't that bad.
Gameplay isn't bad at all and is similar to Dynasty Warriors. The gameplay bored me out a little since I'm used to play Dynasty Warriors on the PS3. They do have a new addition in which you can switch the officer you control during battle and also control it as an AI. If you never played Dynasty Warriors before, you would enjoy this game, however, if you were a huge fan of the Dynasty Warriors gameplay, then expect a little slower pace in this game.
Graphics is good and has nice CG movies that utilize the 3D. However, personally, I don't see much difference in the 3D during gameplay. The 3D doesn't enhance the game that much.
This game can be easily replayed since it uses a level up system and also you have to collect weapons, gold, and items. Gold can be used to buy things or upgrade weapons.
Overall it is a decent game for the 3DS. A little slow paced for me, but I believe casual gamers will be able to enjoy this relatively easy. If you want a fast paced beat em up game, this isn't for you. It uses more strategy than beat em up.
I have this game and I have put 20 plus hours into it. I haven't played any other version of the game, but it is a great hack and slash game and I highly enjoy it and can't put it down.
I love the trailer; "YOU are the HERO." Lol, you mean like almost every other game ever made? :D ...In all seriousness, the game does look good. It doesn't look like most games on the DS. I'll probably get it.