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Dynasty Warriors 7 Review

Repetition and button mashing. These are the true calling cards for the Dynasty warrior’s series. I do have to give it credit however, because the series has been going strong since 1997 despite these facts. Most gamers will find that they either love, or hate the series and there seems to be no middle ground. The story of Dynasty Warriors has been set around a Chinese novel written about the three great kingdoms back in the 14th century. The game is about the never ending wars depicted in the novel, and you’d think that after over 10 true installments for a game series Tecmo Koei would’ve found a way to make warfare a little more diverse and fun.


Long time fans of the series will be sure to love this game; however it will not appeal to a broad amount of gamers. Dynasty Warriors games have been known to have quite a few glitches, such as randomly appearing enemies standing a few feat in front of you when they weren’t there a second ago. 7 is no exception, and this can be quite frustrating. The real problem is that the series has always relied upon the same execution and gaming conventions for practically ever entry since the franchises inception. People will get tired of the same thing over and over again.

So the other main issue is the incessant button mashing involved. You’re pretty much limited to an attack button, a special attack button, and a musou attack button. You can still jump, and this seems to be a little more fluid in this entry than in 6. But you will find yourself pushing the same button over and over and over again as you hack and slash your way through thousands of enemies per stage. 90 percent of the enemies won’t even be a remote threat however, so your special musou attack can really be saved for just the generals and ranking officers. But even those seemed to be a mundane challenge in this entry.


Dynasty Warriors 7 does have its highlights however, including a massive amount of content. This game is very long, and if you hope to complete it 100 percent you’re looking at an easy 30 plus hours of play. Players now have the ability to dual wield weapons, switching back and forth with the click of a button adding a little variety to the combat. The introduction to a 4th and new kingdom called Jin was a breath of fresh air as well, injecting many new characters into the series. Extras are quite a bit more expansive than previous games as well. You will have access to an encyclopedia that has info on everything in game from character bios to the 4 kingdoms to family trees. Also, you will be able to access a gallery full of art and videos which is fun to go through.


Game play is broken down into two modes. Story mode and Conquest mode. The story truly is Dynasty Warriors shining point, and the voice acting albeit to melodramatic sometimes was rather good. In story mode, you have access to play as an officer in one of the 4 kingdoms of Wei, Wu, Shu, or Jin. Each scenario is quite lengthy and provides an excellent story. Conquest mode is a grid based system, and you’ll play battle after battle conquering the grid. However most of these battles are a great deal shorter than the ones found in story mode. A nice perk is the added feature of online play. You’re able to jump into conquest mode with a friend, and this was a lot of fun for me personally.

So unfortunately Dynasty Warriors is really only appealing to a specific group of gamers due to its, well, blandness with variety. The story mode does do the game justice containing massive amounts of content and tons of characters to pick from and build up. The soundtrack was good to, but quickly became repetitive as well. This game (for fans) will keep you busy for hours upon hours but the length probably won’t appeal to newcomers. In other words, long-term Dynasty Warriors fans will absolutely love this game, but otherwise you may want to only rent or borrow this game. 6 out of 10



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