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Warriors Orochi is the prequel to Warriors Orochi 2 which was some time ago. The Warriors Orochi series follows the lives of warriors from both the Dynasty and Samurai Warriors games as they are combined into one game with the aim of defeating serpent king Orochi.
There are 4 story modes - Wu, Wei, Shu, Sengoku. Each of these end up with you facing Orochi in the final battle but all have different storries and characters in the run up to facing Orochi. Also, there are 2 new characters designed specifically for the Warriors Orochi series, they aven't seen seen before in Dynasty or Samurai. All 77 warrior are playable but you'll find that you only use a few favourites. They level up as normal but there is a new weapon fusion feature which allows your weapon to become stronger. The characters are all in one of three classes - Power, Speed or Technique. Another great thing about this game is that you can take 3 characters into a level together and switch between them as you wish, making for a more strategic game!
There is the Free Mode option available to play through too, which allows you to play any unlocked level with any combination of unlocked characters you wish! So to enjoy the best of free play you eed to conquer all of the levels story mode has to offer. The gallery is available too, with over 300 pieces of artwork to look at from Dynasty and Samurai Warriors.
The game is one or two player, co-op play is an option. It says on the game box that it requires only 440KB to save the game and works ony on 60Hz. A downside which I am unsure whether they have changed in Warriors Orochi 2, is the lack of Xbox Live support.
Another disappointment is the length of the story, although you could see it as unnecessary to have a long plot as there are 4 ways to play through it, as well as the free mode, I hoped it to be longer than what it was, and I found it quick to complete when I focused on levelling up one of the characters throughout the story, meaning I had a very powerful character and two not-so powerful characters. I focused on one character in all four modes, I advise you do not as it makes it too easy!
The gameplay, I found, was repetitive after a while, although the novelty of having these amazing upgradable characters and weapons is an addiction at first, it soon wears off after a few levels of non stop hacking and slashing to the same oriental music and hearing the same, irritating voice-overs.
I'd say buy this if you like hack and slash games like I do, and if you like the games where you can develop your character and equipment then this game ticks that box too. It's cheap now, probably around 8 pounds, and it's money well spent, an enjoyable game in summary.
Having already brought the latest instalments of both Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors to these shores (to game so remarkably similar in the first place), Koei are all set to do it again, only bigger, with this almighty hybrid of two- Warriors Orochi. Instead of offering up anything totally original, however, Orochi feels more like a 'Best of' compilation than natural progression, stealing the best parts of the two franchises and stirring them together.
As far as the plot is concerned, the Serpent King Orochi has come down from the heavens and decided it'd be a good idea to merge the Three Kingdoms era of China (of Dynasty Warriors fame) with the Warring States period of Japan (Samurai Warriors), before proceeding to flex his muscles on the inhabitants of each. Here's where you come in, taking on the roles of key characters from each series, as you attempt to thwart his plans for ultimate destruction.
Much like previous titles in the two series, little seems to have changed. With core gameplay revolving simply around wave upon wave of large-scale encounters with identical foes, as you potter about each level securing points on the map after each battle. Where Warriors Orochi makes one of its biggest improvements though is that you now have the ability to switch three between characters at any time, on the fly. With a simple flick of the triggers it is entirely possible to cycle through each of your chosen warriors and, more importantly, their new character types allowing for unique special attacks to be performed in three separate categories- Power, Speed & Technique. Using the correct type smack-bang at the perfect moment can mean the difference between one dead hero and 15 dead enemies. it may not be much, but it does add some much needed variety to an otherwise stale experience.
Koei's Warriors series seems to be stuck in something of a time warp. Visually, it's exactly what you've come to expect from the franchise, whilst also managing to be exactly what you've come to not expect from the Xbox 360. Re-using characters and levels from previous games, and a list of new features light enough to squeeze onto a post-it-note, simply doesn't feel like enough of an incentive to add Orochi to your collection. It's not that anything's particularly broken, mind- just more like nobody's actually trying to fix it.
So whilst Warriors Orochi may be a better game than what we've had so far from either franchise, there's really not a great deal in it. Fans will undoubtedly love it, as the remarkable success each series' shows, but for many, it's just another load of PS2 slack and hash.
The worlds of Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors are about to collide, in this cross-over instalment in KOEI's Warriors' series, Warriors Orochi. Where you can play as all of the characters from both Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors, in a unique story set in a fictional universe. There are 77 playable characters from Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors, including two specially made characters exclusive for the Warriors Orochi series.
There are quite a few new exclusive features to the Warriors' Orochi series that includes having both Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors characters to play as, as well this new feature that allows you to take three characters into battle at once. With the three character feature, you will be able to easily switch between characters instantly at your desire, to bring you strategic advantages to each battle you participate in. Each character is also specified into three different groups, there are Speed, Technique and Power, which all have their own advantages and disadvantages in battle, which gives you that extra strategic value towards the numerous wars. A new weapon feature, known as the 'Weapon fusion' system, allows you to combine attributes earned in battle, to effectively merge two weapons into a more powerful weapon.
As per usual with the Warriors' series, this is no different in what modes it offers. You have Story Mode, Free Mode, Gallery and Options.
Story Mode, allows you to play through the story of Wu, Shu, Wei and Sengoku. Each story has a unique series of battles that ultimately lead to the destruction of the evil serpent king: Orochi. There are eight levels to the main story and seven side-levels that allow you to further unlock characters, which give you achievements. Unfortunately, the story is just as stale and as boring as Dynasty Warriors 4 was, as there is only real purpose to play with 4 or 5 characters out of the 77 available.
Free Mode, allows you to go through battles you have played in story mode with any character you so wish, so you can make each level a unique experience to each character you choose to fight as.
Gallery is just for artworks, movies, and the works, which offers over three hundred artefacts from both Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors.
For those that are new to KOEI's 'Warriors' series, then this game is a great way to start and get involved, as it offers bits from both of their series', allowing you to go chopping crazy against all the worthless enemies that come charging your way.
As most know, I am a fan of KOEI's 'Warriors' series, and enjoy a good hack n slash game. Though when I first heard about this game being made, I felt very disappointed that they were going to taint history just for a quick cash-in. But as time passed, the game started to look better and better, and looked more enjoyable. I ended up getting the game, and gave it a go, and I found the game was pretty fun, for about a few days. It is easy to complete, in a very short space of time, with little to no inspiration to play the game further once it is done. Considering there is nothing really new, except for a few different systems that make the game mildly enjoyable, there is no actual purpose to this game. With a story that is very poorly done, and little imagination brought to the table, it dishonours the 'Warriors' series.
It was fairly addictive at start, but it is very easy to loose interest, especially with the usual repetitive game play, and lack of innovation. Though on the plus side, the story is original, even if the game play stays out-dated. Graphically this game is dreadful, very little detail in the environments, but with it being on the XBOX360, the up scaling does make everything look a lot smoother, but with the little detail, it doesn't really scream "next generation".
The soundtrack, as per usual, is pretty decent. There are a few unique tracks made for Warriors Orochi, but most are just taken from Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors soundtracks, so nothing really new, as usual. The voices are god awful also, as Samurai Warriors 2 had extremely bad voices, and most were brought over to Warriors Orochi, and they changed the classic voices that were in Dynasty Warriors 5, which inevitably makes it even worse then it should have been.
The game isn't difficult at all, and is very easy to learn how to play. The game entails you, and a button mashing thumb, as all you need to do to complete the game is bash the X button, slaughtering all that come near you with extremely little variations of attacks. The price should be pretty low now, around the £15 - £20 range for the XBOX360, though as it isn't classed as a 'true' game, it started off at a lower price when it was originally released in September 2007. All in all, this game is half decent, its' fun for a while, but brings little attention once completed, which only takes around 10 - 15 hours to finish, after that, it is an excellent dust collector. It is best for diehard fans, or for those that wish to get involved in KOEI's 'Warriors' series.