That Dynasty Warrior’s power level is over 9000!!!
16 February 2010
Conclusion: Judging solely on the lone fact that you actually clicked on the review link and are reading this sentence, you are likely a Dynasty Warriors fanboy. The franchise is your guilty pleasure , one that many are quick to condemn: How can you tolerate the never-ending death screams, the terrible voice-acting, the electric guitar riffs in ancient China, the combo-laden beating of identical-looking Chinese men with a giant stick, the same story repeated ad nauseum , the single...
Pros: Items, items, items!, City format with upgradeable facilities, Lag-free online mode, Immortal A.I. officers versus mortal humans, Super Dynasty Saiyan Warriors
Cons: Flying combat with wonky targeting system, Repetitive environments, Using bow far too often
Excerpt: Dynasty Warriors has always been an acquired taste, a bit like Marmite. For some, its button mashing madness goes down like cheesecake. For others, it's the button mashing madness that makes it repulsive. PSP-exclusive Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce is unlikely to change anyone's taste buds either way: if you love it, you'll love it. If you don't, you won't.
Conclusion: With five story chapters for each kingdom and plenty of unlockable characters, outfits, and treasures, Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce offers a lengthy hack-and-slash experience. Despite some questionable design decisions and the obligatory level grinding, there's still a fair amount of fun to be had here. If you've got a friend or two with copies of the game, you'll get that much more value from the experience.
Pros: New town hub adds role-playing elements and customization options, Multiplayer is fun and makes difficult missions much easier, Install option practically eliminates load times.
Cons: Some missions can be frustratingly difficult, Subpar visuals and music, Unwieldy camera.
Excerpt: When development teams and publishing houses sit down and think about what’s really been successful in the world of gaming in the last few years, it can sometimes be that train of thought that ends up at a truly awesome destination. When the team behind Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce saw that they could take bits and pieces from the bestselling titles in Japan, and add them to KOEI’s already massive Dynasty Warriors, the train came off the rails somewhat.
Excerpt: Dynasty Low School. We join a teacher in a classroom, already in progress... Alright class, time to turn on your textbooks. Today we're going to experience a classic piece of edutainment regarding... ancient Earth China! Pay attention, all of today's information could be on the exam, so soak it in! What you're experiencing, students, is called Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce , developed by the historians at the company Koei.
Pros: PS2-quality visuals on PSP, Fitting and clear music, Actually fighting is button-mashing, Missions are all basically the same, Weapons all feel similar
Summary: Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce will forever change the way gamers experience the Dynasty Warriors universe. In the game, players will enlist in quests that will challenge their very sense of what it means to be a true warrior.