Conclusion: Dynasty Warriors 4, though like the games of old, is a much improved version of the great series Koei has been known for. While some may feel the gameplay a bit repetitious, most gamers should get a good feeling when playing this one. Personally, I feel this is one of the best hack-and-slash games to date, especially due to the amount of gameplay elements that further the lasting appeal of the game.
Summary: Dynasty Warriors 4 is an excellent game and although there might not be enough changes and additions to warrant a purchase from those who have the previous instalment the tweaking that has been done makes the game that little bit more impressive when compared to it's predecessor. There's a great deal to do whether it's exploring, levelling up or just pummelling the crap out of anyone who steps in your way the game has so much that you can expect a good 30-40 hours play...
Excerpt: Dynasty Warriors 3 on the PS2 was a bit of a surprise for me. Coming from nowhere, the title really made me fall in love with it from the very first play. Seemingly hundreds of warriors on screen at any one time, kill counts that ran into triple figures and battles that lasted for hours made sure that the game was one that stood up and made itself known.
Excerpt: A new rebellion brings an end to the 400-year reign of the Han dynasty. The once noble empire of China crumbles into three warring states. In the fourth incarnation of the Dynasty Warriors saga, honour and loyalty in the face of adversity serve as the game's theme. Obligations to one's lords and allies guide these ancient warriors across the battlefields of Ancient China.
Excerpt: Of course, it is quite obvious from this actual quote from Luo Guanzhong’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms that Cao Cao was an Xbox owner. A few scant months after the PlayStation 2 release he was able to lay his hands on the Xbox version of Dynasty Warriors 4. Sure, the features had not changed but the addition of Dolby Digital 5.1 support to an already stellar game was more than enough to bring a smile to his face.
Excerpt: The three kingdoms of China have decided it is time to unify the country. The Kingdom of Wei, Led by Cao Cao, have let their desire to rule all of China drive them to fulfill the ultimate conquest through glorious battles. The Kingdom of Wu, led by Sun Jian and his sons, will attack from the southeast. The Kingdom of Wu uses veteran skills and experience to become victorious in their crucial battles. The Kingdom of Shu desires the return on the Han Dynasty.
Excerpt: The prospect of leading a huge army of Chinese warriors into battle might seem like a good game idea. Dynasty Warriors 1 hit the streets in 1997, but unlike in Shogun, which revolved around similar scenarios, you got to be a part of the battle yourself, playing as one of the key warriors. The story is based heavily upon traditional Chinese history, with the three Kingdoms, and a handful of warlords who want to conquer the land.
Conclusion: Definitely a rental. While DW4 can be quite attractive in the early hours of play, it has almost no replay value. Granted, you can up the difficulty or play the game as a different officer, but the game won’t change. If you really want to buy it or have already bought it, play through Musuo mode twice and trade it in.
Excerpt: Des soldats par milliers, des coups d'épée par millions, c'est Dynasty Warriors, série surgie de nulle part et qui rencontre au Japon un succès foudroyant et dont voici le 4ème volet qui nous transporte une fois de plus au coeur de la légende des Trois Royaumes pour retrouver Liu Bei et compagnie.