Summary: Set during a tumultuous period of Japanese history, Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes follows players as they fight their way to the dramatic battle of Sekigahara. Players will take up the swords and spears of more than a dozen fierce samurai warriors in huge battles against hundreds of opponents in many exciting stages that lead up to the main event.
Conclusion: There is little doubt that Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes will be lapped up by tactical action fans; it is mechanically robust, pleasing on the eye and has a vitality that has been sorely missing in recent Dynasty Warrior releases. Those not already enamoured with the genre will find less to enjoy here however.
Conclusion: Both the Wii version and the PlayStation 3 version support offline, split-screen two-player cooperative play. In this mode, you can revive your companion if he or she falls in battle, which makes getting past some of the tougher bosses easier, but it doesn't actually make the shallow action any better.
Pros: Attacks look stylish and powerful.
Cons: Mindless, repetitive hack-and-slash action, Idiotic enemy AI, Absence of checkpoints makes death an infuriating setback, Cookie-cutter enemy appearance and behavior.
Summary: Capcom's Sengoku Basara series doesn't have quite the same level of name recognition for Western audiences as Koei's Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors games, but if you've spent any time with Koei's games, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes will immediately bring them to mind. Samurai Heroes is all about making you an incredibly powerful warrior and giving you hundreds of enemy soldiers to mow down.
Pros: Attacks look stylish and powerful
Cons: Mindless, repetitive hack-and-slash action, Idiotic enemy AI, Absence of checkpoints makes death an infuriating setback, Cookie-cutter enemy appearance and behavior
Excerpt: In SBSH you are given a choice of several characters as you progress through their storylines. Each characters are given their own cut scenes and they all intertwine together. This is only the start of a long list of negatives though. The voice acting is so terrible and cheesy throughout each scene that you can’t help but laugh. The often over exaggerated screams that some characters give are pure comedy rather than pure drama.
Pros: Decent customisation options, Nice visuals
Cons: Boring and repetitive, Negatively simplistic controls, Horrible acting
Conclusion: If you put this game along side Konami’s latest Castlevania adventure, or even against the latest games from Capcom, then it doesn’t stand out whatsoever. However, against others in the genre (Ninety-Nine Nights, Dynasty Warriors) it certainly stands head and shoulders above the rest. Perhaps this is the starting point for what the genre needs.
Conclusion: Capcom have been successful with Sengoku Basara for a while now in Japan - an action game that more or less shamelessly copies the concept of Koei's Dynasty Warriors titles, but adds more action and a breath of Onimusha. Given its focus on Japanese gamer tastes the series hasn't really been given a chance in the West, and when Capcom translated the title into Devil Kings and butchered the story fans weren't particularly happy.
Pros: Intense action, cool characters, lots of story to take in.
Excerpt: Le producteur de Devil May Cry 4, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, vous apporte la prochaine évolution de la série Basara. Samurai Heroes se passe au cours d'une période tumultueuse de l'histoire du Japon et vous devez vous frayer votre chemin durant la bataille charnière de Sekigahara. Vous pouvez...