Playing Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle goes like this: you take control of one of three super-powerful generals and destroy countless enemies. Once you've killed enough of them, you can take over your opponent's main camp and lay an undisputed claim to a nice slice of made-up dynastic China. We heard this and thought, "yeah, lets kill enemies!" (again) but the secret is that there are really only about two kinds of enemies to kill. A lot of the two enemies. If there were more kinds of
More than just about any other action franchise out there, Dynasty Warriors games are predictable – and we've all justifiably grunted and groaned about how similar and repetitive they are over the years. After this spring's impressively dull and unrefined Dynasty Warriors 7, we were ready to throw in the towel on the entire series with the force of a charged-up ancient warrior. But once we started digging into Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 – the third entry in the giant robot anime spinoff series – we struggled to find that sense of despair that past Warriors entries instilled in our hearts. In fact, we actually sort of liked it...
Next continues Dynasty Warriors' tradition of very predictable action on the battlefield, but is that something you want on your new handheld? Perhaps, especially if you're looking for one game to last you dozens of hours...
It seems inevitable. Gundam games breed like rabbits; the PS3 launched with one, terrible as it was. And, if anything, the Dynasty Warriors games have managed to multiply even faster. But, at the same time, do they go together? The answer is: yes, they go together well. But as you've no doubt heard in other recent Dynasty Warriors reviews, precious little has changed over the last 7 years since the series' debut.
Whether or not you've played several of the game's sequels or simply never
We tried. We really, really tried to get to grips with the notion of these sorts of games being massively popular in Japan, where this one, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2, is called Gundam Musou 2 – loads sexier. It’s based on an anime series featuring androgynous pilots fighting each other and accidentally dying/falling in love/wearing sunglasses in space. In theory, it should be the best thing you’ll ever slip into your console
We have a dream: that one day Dynasty Warriors code will pop through the office letterbox and we don’t end up playing ‘pass the parcel’. We try not to pre-judge, but it’s hard not to when a series has consistently and impressively underwhelmed as much as this. However, when Strikeforce arrived, there was a sting in the tail: four player co-op. Now everybody has to play.