Warriors Orochi 3 User Review
Neutral = slow on the feet, no versus mode, digital for ps3, no English dub
Cons = repetitive
Worth = it is worth a day one purchase for people who like Koei's Warrior games. For others it would probably vary too much to really say.
Ratings = I prefer not to do ratings. So everything will be 100.
For starters, Warriors Orochi 3 is not a technical fighter. It is a hack n' slash game dealing with massive groups of enemies. This specific series combines both the Samurai and Dynasty Warriors world. So pick 3 characters you like and start button smashing away! You have 132 characters to choose from that you can level up including guest characters Ryu (ninja gaiden), Ayane (ninja gaiden), Nemea, Achilles, and Joan of Arc. There is enough variables between them so they don't seem like the same characters with different cosmetics (aka clones). When I say variables I mean movesets, skills, special attacks, musou attack, weapons, and attack category.
Weapons you can purchase, combine, and add additional abilities. You can interact with the opponents weapons and the environment as well. Like jumping over a ledge, climbing up a ladder, and swimming through the water. List of enemy weapons you can use: Arbalest, Cannon, Catapult, Juggernaut, Yashi'ori.
On top of the speed, power, and technique category the characters belong to in the game. They have added a new one called Wonder. Which will inflict heavy damage if you land a charge attack on a enemy that has been knocked back. It also allows you to hit the X button after landing a attack for a follow up attack that will break the opponents guard. If the game gets too easy or hard for you just adjust the difficult setting when prompted.
The control scheme of the game is basic attack (square), charge attack (triangle), musou attack (circle which becomes true musou attack when life is low), block (L1), special attack (R1), jump (cross), union attack (L2 & R2), and switch combo (L2/R2 quickly).
Sometimes characters on standby will automatically support you if you get hit depending on your bonds or you'll just have to hit L2/R2. You can improve bonds by completing certain conditions for a character, complete a stage with them, or have a party in your camp. Stay on your toes because bonds can get worse if you should fail. Horses have been nuked in this game compared to Orochi 2. You have no way of knowing how to get them unless you Google it. Other things you can do is get a character with high speed, equip items to increase speed, use skills that do the same, and pick up items dropped from enemies that increase speed.
The online feature and replay/length of this game is decent. You can play along with another person, create your own battlefields, and uploaded them for other people to play them. It is kind of disappointing that I can't fight against people, but I guess it would be hard with all the balancing issues.
In all honesty it is a great digital game for the PS3 and a genre of its' own. If one thing Koei (now TecmoKoei) does right is disregard criticism to other sources that really don't have a clue what these games are suppose to be about. This is one of the reasons why this franchise keeps on going and my hats off to them. Some developers need to take note. For those who care, this installment is a bit more story driven than the past 2 and does explain them. You have the option of using 3d if you have a 3d TV and there are no English dubs. You only get English subs and Japanese voices.
This user review does not reflect the views of the PSX Extreme Staff.