Dynasty Warriors 6

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Dynasty Warriors 6
Game: Dynasty Warriors 6
Platform: PS3
Studio: Koei
Rating: 6.5/10

Corporate line:
Set in Ancient China during the 3rd century, Dynasty Warriors 6 immerses gamers in a truly cinematic kung-fu action experience. Celebrated characters have been completely re-imagined with new weapons and fighting techniques motion-captured from some of today’s leading stuntmen and women in Asia. With the game’s new “Renbu” attack system and game controls, players can execute lightning-fast combos and the most dazzling fighting moves with ease. Developed from the ground up exclusively for next-generation platforms, the game’s proprietary engine delivers the most chaotic and challenging Tactical Action experience to date. Players can use the landscape to elude the thousands of soldiers swarming the battlefield. But as players move and attack, adaptable enemy A.I. devises offensive and defensive combat tactics, and can retaliate with packs of fierce hunting dogs and patrol boats. All of the explosive action comes to life in high definition, 60 frames per second graphics

The review:
Dynasty Warriors 6 isn’t going to push the franchise beyond its reputation as a button-masher. You still get to pick your character and rampage through tons of enemies. The new combo system is quite good and allows you a level for which you can prepare to drop a combo that does massive damage. But its still not necessary. You still only need to hammer a few buttons to cause destruction throughout the land.

Don’t think just because Dynasty Warriors 6 hasn’t changed its button-mashing ways that its not an upgrade. The new version has lots of different aspects that ads some much needed depth. The battles are invigorating. Another cool feature is swimming. It’s not really necessary but it is a nice shortcut and a fun way to get from point A to point B.

The generals also have lots of new abilities and controls over their soldiers. And with the many different generals you’ll want to come back and sample the many different aspects of each. That’s a bonus when it comes to dropping $60 for a game.

Easily the biggest upgrade for the franchise is the look on the PS3. The characters are fantastic. The environments are rich.

Finally:
Fans of the franchise will certainly rush out and buy this–but you might want to wait and rent it. It doesn’t take but 4+ hours to finish a campaign with any one general. That said you can play it over and over again but to be honest after two campaigns it was enough for me.