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The Top 7... series run into the ground

Dynasty Warriors

Dynasty Warriors is built on a good, simple idea: slashing through hundreds of enemy soldiers in a single session. As the PS2 was released, Dynasty Warriors 2 was perfectly poised to take advantage of the technological leap, and we rejoiced in smacking down entire armies.

Dynasty Warriors 3 refined things a bit... and brought in the concept of Xtreme Legends - an add-on pack with more missions. Dynasty Warriors 4 held onto Xtreme Legends and raised it with Empires, a strategic add-on. And so in 2005 we came to Dynasty Warriors 5 and its two sibs. With one idea, somehow Koei had pumped out nine DW games in five years - and two more on PSP.

But it's not just Dynasty Warriors and its billions of fallen Chinese soldiers that's the problem. There's also Samurai Warriors, the exact same thing... but set in feudal Japan, and with its own Xtreme Legends and Empires, of course. There are five of those already.



On the PS3 and 360, Koei's got the upcoming Bladestorm - same thing, but medieval England and France. Ninety-Nine Nights, which had nothing to do with Dynasty Warriors, was considered completely tired just for smelling like it. This concept is not so much run into the ground, as it has founded a giant subterranean civilization of brain-dead computer opponents hitting each other... forever.

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  • silentmusic16 - February 12, 2010 12:05 a.m.

    I actually like the megaman ex games for the advance. sure, alot of them were the same, but they were fun and pretty enjoyable. now, the starforce games....aside from the first, they're all bad.
  • reyalejandro13 - February 4, 2010 4 a.m.

    Reading this 3 years later, It's kinda funny how bad Sonic Seems now. I mean, here there were hopes for a good game with Secret Rings... which sucked. Then there was Unleashed... which sucked. Then there was that RPG I never played... Then there was Black Knight... which wasn't too good either. And As for Mega Man, well, the series seems to be attempting to pick itself up, because we have a Mega Man 10 on the way. Anyway, this list teaches us one thing. Just because it has a big name on the box, doesn't mean it's gonna be good...
  • mutantsquid - January 18, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    @katwood92: Modern Warfare 2.
  • katwood92 - October 1, 2008 9:19 p.m.

    How come game makers even bother to make sequels if the suck? Do they think that gamers are drooling morons that will blindly buy anything that bears the name of a game that they enjoyed? If you're going to do something, do it right. It also doesn't make much business sense. Games only make money if people buy them and anyone who knows anything about games generally don't buy crap sequels. So why make something peopl aren't going to buy? It doesn't make any sort of sense at all.
  • ulmxn - August 12, 2009 5:01 p.m.

    sonic heroes is the only half- recent decent one
  • reyalejandro13 - August 10, 2009 12:18 a.m.

    Somebody should just take all the good original games, compile them on one disc(somehow), then watch the money roll in.
  • NeoKef - August 7, 2009 10:55 p.m.

    Months and years later, we get amazing Megaman 9, the Battle Network has died and been replaced by Starforce, Sonic still sucks, DW: Strikeforce is said to be the best DW and is being ported to 360 and PS3, Tomb Raider still sucks, and Viewtifull Joe is now in another vs. Capcom game. If anything I disagree with Nutt on,I hate Power Up and ZX because they look too cartoonish while X series was great till 6 where everything went downhill very fast (5 wasn't great, but not as bad as 6) and 8 was shit. Christian Nutt probably got a lot of hate mail and "I told you so!!!!!" emails because of this.
  • IAmTheWii - April 25, 2009 12:45 a.m.

    Wow.. This list is hideously out of date.
  • DirtyRainMan - December 18, 2008 4:52 a.m.

    Yes...yes they do and no...no it doesn't.
  • AuthorityFigure - August 9, 2009 3:05 a.m.

    All those games are just a waste of space and gamers' time. Get your crap products off the shelves, you douchebag publishers.
  • Cyberninja - August 8, 2009 3 a.m.

    @neokef i happen to love zx and its not cartoonish because most megaman games are 2d
  • Cwf2008 - July 19, 2009 1:19 a.m.

    Hmm i think Bungie needs to take a look at this seeing as their whoring out the already horrible halo series
  • noofer7 - May 2, 2009 8:04 p.m.

    IAmTheWii: Dude, it's a really old article. Look at the dates on the other comments.
  • twstd757 - January 26, 2009 4:31 a.m.

    didn't dynasty warriors start off as a fighting game...i could have sworn

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