Summary: If you build it, a Dynasty Warriors spin-off will come. This has been true of any game system released in the past few years, and Tecmo Koei has no intention of breaking tradition with the PlayStation Vita. Dynasty Warriors NEXT can't wait to get out of the door, releasing as a launch title for Sony's handheld system. Like most Vita launch titles, NEXT aims to show off what the Vita can do.
Excerpt: Dynasty Warriors is a franchise that’s notorious, even infamous, for the predictable content of each of its titles. No matter what the number is next to the name, you can safely assume you’ll be playing the same basically unaltered package, and by now you probably know if you like that or not. That logic holds fairly true for the Vita launch game Dynasty Warriors Next, despite it possessing some new portable bells and whistles.
Pros: Tons of content, Gimmicky touch controls not off-putting, Looks great on the small screen
Cons: Exactly what you expect from Dynasty Warriors, Killing thousands of people feels like a chore, Recycles older DW games’ content
Excerpt: We recently recorded a series of podcasts about games that launched with the major consoles, and in doing so we talked about what might be the greatest pack-in game of all time. My immediate thought was of Super Mario World , but someone else quickly chimed in with " Tetris ." Here you have two strong contenders for the title, but also two very different approaches to video game design.
Summary: The Dynasty Warriors tactical action series lets you step into the shoes of the greatest generals in Ancient China and enjoy the thrill of taking down thousands of enemies, becoming the greatest hero in Chinese history!
Conclusion: If you hate Dynasty Warriors this likely won't convert you, but even casual fans of the series are going to find a ton of gameplay to digest here. It's nothing new, but what's here is as good as it's ever been.
Conclusion: Concept: Kill a few thousand dudes on the go
Graphics: Cutscenes are sharp, but the series maintains its tradition of glaring pop-up
Sound: Wailing metal accompanies hammy voice-over work
Playability: Standard combat is responsive, but motion controls can be a bit dicey
Entertainment: As always, fans will be satisfied and the rest will wonder how the franchise has gone on this long
Summary: Poor touch controls and a lack of dedicated online multiplayer drag down an otherwise serviceable portable Dynasty Warriors game. Fans of the series will find things to like in Next, but the offering is mediocre at best.
Pros: Dual analog stick Dynasty Warriors gone portable. 'Nuff said., Cool online integration for Conquest Mode.
Cons: Small screen frequently feels overloaded., In-battle touch/motion minigames break the flow of the action and can't be turned off., Duels in particular don't work very well., No true online play