Dynasty Warriors 7

Dynasty Warriors 7 review: A brilliant offering by Tecmo Koei

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    5.00 / 5

Pros

  • Just about everything in this game.
  • A clean, mature and refined title in a series that is starting to get some real attention, even in the West.

Cons

  • It's going to be difficult for Tecmo Koei to top this.
  • Dynasty Warriors 8 will need to be very different.

Bottom Line

These games are always a love-or-hate affair, but if you've ever enjoyed a Warriors game in its 11-odd year history, Dynasty Warriors 7 is a must buy.

Would you buy this?

Omega Force has done a good job in breaking up that raw action by putting it within a range of interesting contexts. As mentioned above, there are some “guard XXXX” missions. There are others where the goal is simply to escape, and still others might involve piloting a gunship through an enemy fleet. It's the most varied Dynasty Warriors to date, and the variety maintains a good tempo throughout.

From a technical standpoint, it's also the most competent Warriors to date. The character models are nicely detailed, the environments clean if unspectacular. Other games in the franchise have been criticised for having a limited draw distance — it's better here, though still not perfect. Most impressive though is the 3D support. As we saw in Samurai Warriors Chronicles on the Nintendo 3DS 3D helps these games, both visually (Tecmo Koei has mastered the art of the 3D cut scene), and in gameplay terms — when it's easier to judge distances, it's less likely you'll swing at thin air.

All up, Dynasty Warriors 7 is a masterpiece, and a true highlight for the series. It will be interesting to see where Tecmo Koei goes next with this, because every drop of juice has been wrung out of this formula now, to spectacular effect.

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