Dynasty Warriors Next will
bring a slew of new gameplay modes to the series using the Vita's
controls, Koei has revealed via new screenshots. The game, a Vita
launch title in Japan, will leaven the running-around-killing-peons
gameplay with new minigames including WarioWare-esque touch-screen
calligraphy, gyro-based horse-racing, and an affair whereby enemies are defeated by some sort of
invisible Vita-punishing poltergeist. And more!
Above: Write-'em-up! The new touchscreen calligraphy minigame acknowledges the importance of diplomacy in shaping ancient China (possibly)
Above: The game's full-contact equestrian borrows from another surprisingly big Koei series, G1 Jockey
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Above you can also see the game's first-person
turret-gunning mode reminiscent of ancient arcade shooter Beach Head,
and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph yourself in the
garb of legendary Chinese warriors, chowing down on legendary Chinese
foodstuffs. It's been fashionable for some time now to deride the
Dynasty Warriors titles for their lack of variety – lord knows
we've had a go or two – but as these new modes show, Koei's still
interested in bringing new ideas to its signature property. Here's an
image gallery of further glimpses from the Vita game, slated for
English-language release next year.