Reviews and Problems with Samurai Warriors: State of War
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25 November 2006
Excerpt: Good things come in small packages ‘ or so the saying goes. With the second Warriors release on the PSP from KOEI, the company have decided to scale down the combat and create a mixture of tactical decisions, RPG elements and the hack and slash action from the home console versions of the game. And nobody can say that the company hasn’t thought of gamers who are genuinely using their PSP on the go.
Excerpt: KOEI has been pushing out fresh iterations in their ever-expanding Ã¢â‚¬Å“WarriorsÃ¢â‚¬Â� series for quite some time, but it must be noted that while the published unit numbers have show undeniable signs of growth, the games themselves have not. With the introduction of Samurai Warriors: State of War to the PSP, which is yet another historically-based, blade-wielding title built on the seriesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ established foundations, has KOEI finally dared to tread new ground and...
Excerpt: Samurai Warriors, Koei’s historic and mythic battlefield simulator, takes the standard Sony port train from the PS2 to the PSP. It’s an easy handheld title to pick up and play, and it delivers a lot of non-stop combat, but the action is way to repetitive to be rewarding in the long run. Each Koei battle brawler feels authentic in how it incorporates the weapons, armor, spells, and feudal system of ancient Japan.
Conclusion: Choppy Chop-Chop Although the strategy element is welcome, it's quite basic, and only forms a small percentage of your gaming. The vast majority is spent on the battlefield, making the acquaintance of some colourful individuals. Movement is standard 3rd-person fare, either with the analogue or D-pad. The shoulder buttons activate an 'evade' and 'block' action. Whilst the four buttons enable you to jump and perform three attacks: Normal, Charge and Masou.
Pros: [i]For all of Samurai Warrior's faults, it still offers good, honest gaming. With a little work on the NPC AI, the game would have a more balanced feel to it, which would elevate it beyond above average. Overall, though, a fine example of a Hack 'n Slasher.