Excerpt: Warriors games, with their flamboyant character-rosters and cheesy voices and music, have always been odd concoctions to say the very least. The Warriors Orochi series is an even odder mix, that sees warriors from the Three Kingdoms and the Japanese Samurai come together for a massive helping of Warriors fan-service complete with all that lovable cheese.
Conclusion: Bland and sometimes barren backgrounds seem to blend right in with enemy and friendly NPCs that look strikingly like one another. The player characters have a little more visual flair, but weak (for the genre) particle effects and a lack of sufficient shader/bump-mapping work don’t allow these battlefield heroes to shine. One of the only redeeming factors here is that a recent patch of Warriors Orochi 2 enables the animations to run more smoothly when big battles ensue.
Conclusion: Most people won't even play the sub-games, so it doesn't really matter if those modes there or not. Ultimately, opinions will vary. If you like KOEI's more-of-the-same, then expect the same level of enjoyment. If you don't like KOEI'S more-of-the-same, then also expect the same level of enjoyment, plus a little grumbling that all the games are the same.
Conclusion: At least the first Warriors Orochi game had the novelty of the crossover concept, which was a clever bit of fan service. By now, that novelty has worn off. With each subsequent iteration of the Warriors series, the gameplay feels increasingly tired. Warriors Orochi 2 has a whopping 92 playable characters, which is 13 more warriors than in the last game, but just tossing more characters into the mix does nothing to correct the fundamental problems with the series.
Pros: You can share the boredom with a friend .
Cons: Painfully repetitive action, Idiotic AI in both enemies and allies, Horrible voice acting, Bland visuals.
Summary: Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors will meet again in an unforgettable crossover event. The game’s newly added “Dream” mode features an original storyline different from that of Story Mode with over 90 characters from both franchises teaming up to wage war against a new, powerful force.