Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes
Enjoyable, flashy violence with an eccentric flair
Though some people might look at Basara and turn up their noses, claiming it's a "bad rip off" of Koei's more popular Samurai Warriors, Sengoku Basara has a flashy, eccentric appeal that gives it a flair that makes it stand out from the Hack N' Slash genre. Yes, Basara is set in the war torn, 16th century Japan, yes, its roster does include well known figures such as Yukimura Sanada and Masamune Date, but Basara takes that, but peppers in some ridiculous flair and cranks it up to eleven. Masamune wielding six swords, Yukimura having spears akimbo whilst causing explosions of enemy troops? Only in Sengoku Basara.
Though the game play is your basic tear through the crowd beat-em-up, the move sets, the absurd but awesome "Basara Artes" and the ridiculously long combo strings make the game play enjoyable. Each, if not all of the stages have different requirements to fulfill and secrets to unlock, and depending on the character you've chosen to play as, the entire situation can change entirely. And not only does Basara have a fairly engaging one-player mode, teaming up with a friend for the two-player co-cop mode just adds to the gameplay.
Unlike Samurai Warriors, which follows a very true-to-life formula of the Warring States period, Capcom takes quite a bit of artistic liberty (as if they hadn't already) in their rendition. Instead of focusing on historical accuracies, Capcom gives us more of a character based and driven series. All the characters have a base story line, that, once completed, gives way for new, history altering ones (Yes, bend history with the wiimote in your hand!), and gives Basara a fair amount of replay value, along with "bonuses" like alternate costumes, and new weapons to collect along the way.
As far as graphics and other aesthetics go, for the Wii, the visuals are still pretty astounding. Lush environments, unique character designs, and a fairly constant style of animation. The cutscenes are certainly very well animated- though with an astounding lack of anime cutscenes that were found in the first installment (Devil Kings). The music is enjoyable as well, switching to state themes and character themes as the battle progresses. The voice acting is very well done with some pretty famous choices - Johnny Yong Bosch, Laura Bailey, Liam O'Brien, just to name a few.
However, Sengoku Basara does have a few rough patches. Often the fighting can get a tad repetitive if you've fought the same campaign more than a few times, and can become boringly easy. Capcom has also seemed to have missed some typographical/grammar errors throughout the game- they aren't glaring, as some of the text stays on screen for little more than a few seconds, but it is noticeable. (Like spelling "enemies" "enemys"). Another unfortunate aspect is the failure to explain what precisely is going on in the series, as this is the first port to the West that Basara has gotten, but respectively, is the 3rd title in the series. The main battle the game focuses on, Sekigahara, occurs in the third stage of the Sengoku period, and no reference is given to who exactly Nobunaga Oda and Hideyoshi Toyotomi were and why they were important, or even smaller details as to, for example, why Masamune and Yukimura are even rivals in the first place. Though players who have heard of or have known about the Sengoku Basara series (or, for that matter, their Japanese history) may be familiar with the subjects and characters, new players will most likely be more than a little confused.
All in all, however, I have found Sengoku Basara to be a highly enjoyable game, and personally, am pretty sad this may be the last and only installment we'll be seeing stateside. For anyone who enjoyed this game, I'd suggest watching the anime adaptation, or the first Westernized game, "Devil Kings" for extra Sengoku ridiculousness. I wish anyone and everyone who picks up a copy good luck in your conquest of Japan, and hope you enjoy this game as much as I have.
awsome sence of humor
i love this game i like how the characters are based on real heroes but are compeletely un-realistic (a red head with pistols strapped to her legs) i actually cant find that many hack 'n' slash titles on wii so im happy..i say its my favorite hack n slash on wii but i have one complaint...the controls are quite tiresome and are not made to play for more than an hour (trust me on that) but i think anyone who likes hack n slash,samruis,or murderous insanity this game is very appealing i think its even better than samarui wrriors for wii.. (wich is a lot more realistic) i just m very fond of it wackness
Great game for the Wii
This game is a great way to show the fanboys that games for the wii aren't always bad in graphics and Samurai Warriors 3 proves the same thing. Thanks Koei and Capcom. I think this is a great game even though im a SW fan but i still love games that involve slash and hacking in 3rd person.
Fantastic gamplay and story
I don't know why this game is rated so low it's amazing. With 16 different charcters with there own special moves sets this game will keep you entertained for hours.
I loved this game. Especially, whole plot and story line was awesome. A bit disappointed in characters because I didn't get to play some characters. But I LOVED this game overall.
Action Packed and Thrilling!!!
I just LOVE this game!!!!! It is totally addicting and thrilling!!! I had seen the anime's for this and when I saw the game I just had to get it!!! I love all the characters you can play and the levels and places you can go!!!! Defiantly would recommend this game to people who love to play action type games!!!
This game is a Knockout!!!
This game is a Knockout. I've played like 4 times and The only character that was tough to play as was Fuma (the one with the Sais with the Mask) Because He faces 2 Robotic Warriors and this Ship But Overall this Game rocks and I love the theme song "Naked Arms" and the Ending theme music to it.