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Review: Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce (Sony PS3)
12 September 2010
Summary: I said in my previous review of the PSP title that Koei should be commended for trying to aim high. Now that that game is on the PS3 – warts and all – I find myself angry at this lazy, half-assed port. At just over 1,600 words in all – less than half of my average – this feels like a mailed-in review, but it’s just in line with a mailed-in, half-assed game.
Excerpt: Generally I have a short attention span for games where I have to wade through waves of never ending bad guys, so I wasn't sure what to think when I was handed Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce to review. That said, I do try to take on each new review with an open mind and I have to say that I was surprised to find many new elements to compliment the latest release in this series.
Conclusion: Who would've thunk it? After years of seemingly ignoring naysayers' poo-pooing of the franchise, KOEI finally up and changed their game -- literally. The result is not only addictive as hell, but a promising new start for the series.
Conclusion: With everything from upgradable/customizable weapons, online multiplayer, and an upgradeable town full of RPG goodness, Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce SCREAMS potential. Fans of the series should definitely pick this game up, but be ready to experience something very different! Opponents of the series should take this title seriously, the Dynasty Warriors franchise is clearly going in an exciting new direction.
Excerpt: Let’s have some fun shall we? Find a group of so-called “hard core gamers,” walk up to them and say nothing but the following words: Dynasty Warriors . Chances are that unless they’re a masochist, they’re going to groan about redundant gameplay and forgettable sequels. In short – the once revered game series has become one of gaming’s biggest in-jokes.
Summary: Stylized and fictionalized events from China's massive historical novel The Romance of the Three Kingdoms are the basis for hours of hacking and slashing. Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce is ported from the PSP title of the same name, and like that release features four-player online play, aerial combat and more RPG elements than any previous Dynasty Warriors title.
Pros: Adds online multiplayer to consoles, Attempts battle scenarios beyond basic 'run and slash', Customize weapons and powers via RPG elements
Cons: Offline AI partners more useful than online friends, Combat can be intensely frustrating, Small battle areas not as epic and strategic as past maps
Conclusion: I've had more fun with Strikeforce on the PS3 than I've ever had with the Dynasty Warriors franchise. To me, the series was stale until now, and while not without its problems, Strikeforce moves Dynasty Warriors back into the realm of relevance.