Summary: I’ve heard a lot of comparisons between Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce and Monster Hunter , and though I don’t know the latter enough to say anything about it definitively, I can almost guarantee that there’s more worth to any of those games than there is to this title. Simply put, the PSP doesn’t have the kind of power that is necessary to make this a good game, making this an overly ambitious effort.
Excerpt: When the PSP was
launched, it came out with a decent selection of games new and old,
ported and original. Dynasty Warriors is a title that PS2 aficionados
should find familiar. While the PSP version is based on the fourth game
of the Han Dynasty-based action/strategy game, it has been reworked, so
that it feels like a brand new experience on Sony’s portable. It lives
up to its namesake, and fans of the originals should enjoy this game as
Excerpt: The player's role is that of a general in one of the three major dynasties that co-existed in China roughly 2,000 years ago. There are more than 20 different generals to pick from, many of which actually lived and fought on the battlefield during that hectic period. Each general has his or her own unique look and weapon, as well as attributes in areas such as health, power, defense, and growth.
Excerpt: At this point, the launch of a new Sony platform would feel incomplete without a new installment of the Dynasty Warriors franchise right alongside it. Luckily, here comes Koei with--you guessed it--Dynasty Warriors for the PSP. The popular hack-and-slash franchise's first portable outing pares down the complexity seen in past console-based titles, distilling the experience to the core large-scale combat that's driven this series for years now.
Pros: Classic large-scale combat faithfully recreated., Wide range of characters to use., Officer model presents added depth.
Cons: Combat can get repetitive., Not much to do outside of the main campaign mode., Frame rate can bog down severely.
Conclusion: While the import we've dished you and this preview make the game out to seem more negative than positive, the opposite is more true. While veterans of the series will see this as more of the same, new gamers to the franchise will probably appreciate the gameplay a bit more. There are literally hundreds of hours of gameplay within this title, because leveling up 42 Generals is no overnight task.
Summary: Sadly nothing to do with oil tycoons, shoulder pads or Joan Collins, Dynasty Warriors is a simple hack-and-slash brawler set in ancient China, where three bloodthirsty factions are fighting for control of the emerging nation. Like the myriad console editions, PSP Dynasty Warriors thrusts players into grandiose battles with hundreds of sword-swinging enemies, requiring you to do little more than bash buttons to progress through the gory levels.