Seriously. I'm a big Dynasty Warriors fan, so naturally when I saw the new features (Fury Form, aerial combat, etc.) I was determined to get this game. I never thought I'd see the day where I would HATE a Dynasty Warriors game. Only Bosses and major units have displayable health bars. No difficulty setting meaning casual players will quit at the Hu Lao Gate battle (Lu Bu and his Bi Xie are rediculously strong when you face them at around level 15). The wierd contraptions that are used (Thunderstrike, Butterfly Thunder Wall, etc.) are just plain stupid. Koei really lost some fans with Strikeforce, and they'll have to bring back the good old you-against-China scenarios before I consider playing the next Dynasty Warriors game.
This Dynasty Warriors reflected, in my opinion, the epitome of games that should not be played. It was nothing like any of the other Dynasty Warriors. It was 3 steps backwards. Offline co-op being nonexistent was a big "no" for me. Without requirement to actually fight the little people, this game lost much of its value. Capturing pieces of the map was actually challenging in the other games. You used to have an army at your back, but you didn't, and without the ability to capture pieces of the map made one useless. Moving on, combos don't exist. They're all the same few buttons hit, and nothing different ever happens. The floating enemies added nothing to the game at all. AIs couldn't hit them when they floated just out of their reach. I could continue on, but this game is just... terrible. The only good things about this game were the town system and the equipment menus. Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce shouldn't be played by any Dynasty Warriors fan.
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I will keep this short and to the point and list the problems with this game...
1. they take the massive open battlefields away in favor of tiny instanced missions.
2. no empire mode or create a character, although i know these are newish features in DW games i have grown to love them and the lack of these make this game horribly linear and makes it have little to no replay value in my opinion.
3. the combat has taken a step back in terms of motion capture quality and FPS [20 or 30 NPC's make the game lag like crazy]
the list goes on and on but my hands are tired from playing a horrible game..... DO NOT GET THIS GAME, stick with the good DW games [after sending this game back in the mail i decided to get DW 6: empires to clear my head]