Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce

Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce is the series' second instalment for the PSP

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    3.00 / 5

Pros

  • New aerial combat, level Design has evolved and improved, it's long

Cons

  • The combat is still pretty shallow, less enemies = less epic, it's long

Bottom Line

While I've had more than my fill of Dynasty-era hacking and slashing, I won't lie — the idea of fast-paced killing on the go piqued my interest. While Strikeforce may not grab the interest of the long-running franchise, newcomers and fans should definitely give Strikeforce a try.

Would you buy this?

Whenever people are discussing an entertainment medium with a near infinite supply of sequels, they are talking about one of three things: a horror film series, pornography, or Dynasty Warriors. Unfortunately, this discussion won't include naked ladies or chainsaw-wielding maniacs. But it will include the two things that we've all come to expect from Dynasty Warriors: button-mashing, and mindless button-mashing.

Mile-High Club

Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce is the series' second instalment for the PSP, but it doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel. As with all Dynasty Warrior games, you repeatedly tap the attack button and hack away at a seemingly unending horde of mindless enemies. But wait, it gets better: you can also slaughter enemies in mid-air. That's right; your androgynous samurai can now levitate for a brief period while killing lesser foes by the thousands.

While this may initially seem like a small change, the game actually does a good job of depicting the in-flight action, and the aerial battles can be both fun and intense. Also, to accommodate this new element, the developers had to revamp their usually flat and mundane levels, overhauling them with new multi-tiered environments that possess more substance than before.

Srike-Farce

That's pretty much the only thing Strikeforce does right, however. There are attempts to add a sense of depth through character customization but the gameplay is so simple that the effort is automatically negated. What's more, due to the PSP's limitations, the game can't handle the ridiculous number of on screen enemies that has become the series' trademark. You'll also notice that the difficulty curve and the enemy lock-on targeting are a bit finicky. The game's worst offense, however, is the antiquated gameplay.

Still, if you're a hardcore Dynasty Warriors fan or you're easily enthralled by the idea of mindless hack and slash gameplay, then Strikeforce is a decent enough game. But if you're looking for a more complex battle or can't stand Dynasty Warriors, this title won't change your mind.

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