Title: Warriors Orochi 4
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch & PC
Genre: Action, Hack & Slash
Players: Single Player & Multiplayer
Developer: Omega Force
Publisher: KOEI TECMO GAMES
Release Date: Out Now!
I’m sure you’ve all heard of Dynasty Warriors at this stage. Even if you haven’t played it, I am sure you would have heard or seen the series. I mean they have 9 main games but a whole bunch of spin-off games including the well renowned Gundam. Very much like Dark Souls creating its own fan named genre, the Dynasty Warriors started off the whole genre in its own right, hundreds and thousands of people fighting you throughout missions. Warriors Orochi is exactly that, a hack and slash based on the Dynasty Warriors series mashed in with the Samurai Warriors series, all in one game. If you’re a fan of the series’, I’m sure you already know this, but if you’re not but you’re interested, you do not need to play the predecessors to play this, you can jump right in and enjoy it.
Mentioned in a previous article, we showed off the new range of characters joining the series. All based on Greek gods and Norse Gods; you get the likes of Zeus, Athena, Loki and so on. You get the idea. The game is actually quite long if you make it that way. Even the first mission took me a good 15 minutes to jump in and get used to the controls. There are about 70 missions and this is spread across 5 chapters. It picks up where the last entry in the series left it at, however, again, you don’t need to have played the originals to enjoy this. You can jump right in and enjoy it and understand the story. The Samurai Warriors and the Dynasty Warriors were all enjoying a peaceful period in their hectic times when Zeus joins in and wants them to come all back into one world again.
You have over 170 characters. You heard that right, 170 different characters that you can try out and find your ‘one’. During missions, you control 3 characters at once that you can switch out with ease all having their own unique attacks and specials which are nice to watch. Some do damage at range, damage at close and damage with spread. This helps with choosing the 3 you need when entering a mission. Some help when you are cluttered with loads of enemies swamping you and some bosses may appear and are extremely tough, switch out your character that only deals with a single enemy you’re fighting. To help with your choice, there are 3 classes that you can choose from, Speed, Power, and Technique. There was a type in Warriors Orochi 3 called the Wonder type, this has since been removed.
You can upgrade each character through items that are dropped from throughout missions and rewards. These can be magic and/or Sacred Treasures. These change up the techniques of your chosen characters and give new special moves. Overall, with the added features, the gameplay hasn’t changed much at all. You still have a tonne of enemies chasing you, same buttons and techniques, just this time around, more variety. You jump into a mission with your 3 characters, to change characters with quick succession you press the shoulder buttons (depending on the console), this allows quick changes and helps deals with waves, especially if one of your characters is running low on health. To use your special, nothing has changed, kill as many enemies, fill up your Musou gauge and voila! Press the corresponding button for the special and watch a short animation (which I rather enjoyed even though the animations and graphics aren’t the greatest) and deal devastating damage. A handy tip that took me a few missions to realize is that you can lock on, definitely helps when bosses are on the run, use it, you’ll see why.
The entire game is in Japanese and the voice work is really well done. Of course, you have your subtitles, and a series like this deserves the Japanese voice acting it deserves. Not everyone, of course, is keen on this but for a game like this, it goes so well with Japanese voice acting with subtitles, just helps set the tone.
The graphics are not the best, this is usually the same for games that are getting on in the series, focus on story and gameplay and pull back on the graphics. Typical of a Toei Tecmo game or anything with an anime hint to it. The game does run smoothly however, but again, because of how poor the graphics actually are. The soundtrack is superb, fits the tone, fits the genre, series and era it’s meant to be set in. Some of the soundtracks can definitely pump you up with a little bit of action.
Overall, the game is repetitive, I get it, it’s the same for all the series it’s based on and mashed up by. Nothing much has been changed, a couple of things have been removed and new things have been added to change it up a bit but nothing to tie me down and enjoy it beyond the fact of beating up a bunch of soldiers, onto the boss, protect a base and same again on the next mission. I do enjoy the series but for me, it’s always been a filler to spend some time on before going back onto the next game. While the graphics are rather poor and same goes for the animation, the soundtrack and gameplay does lift it up and can be enjoyable at times. The only bit that you do look forward to beyond killing a bunch of soldiers is a new character you get to try out. I’m glad the series came to the Switch, it’s a game made for it. Helps when traveling and killing time and long enough to pass the time away.