posted by RichterReview (SOMERSET, NJ) Aug 5, 2011
Member since Aug 2011
Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes is the 3rd console installment of the Sengoku BASARA series, first to be brought over to America. How does it fair? it's ok.
Story: The game takes place after Sengoku BASARA 2, after Hideyoshi was killed by his former disciple Tokugawa Ieyasu who did not agree with his ideals of taking Japan by force. This defeat has lead Japan to split back up into many different warring factions. Ieyasu returns anew no longer armed with his spear but with his fists! Which he will usher Japan into a new era of peace and unity...With his fist. Counterplaying Ieyasu is Ishida Mitsunari, disciple of Hideyoshi who seeks revenge from Ieyasu for murdering his master. Battle ensues as you take control of the many warring factions in order to take back Japan behind the main plot of Ishida and Ieyasu.
Characters: As par for the course in BASARA there's an overwhelming amount of playable characters. No I mean amazing, there's a total of 16 playable characters to choose from. Sadly this amazing cast does bring forth a lot of monotonous that comes with hack-and-slash games.
Gameplay: You choose 1 of the many characters and you fight and conquer factions until you have successfully united or conquer japan. This is done through the battle select screen where you select branching routes of which faction you wish to attack (unlocking more options and routes as you unlock more characters and beat the game). These battles are played out in their respective stages in which you murder armies and generals after another in hack-and-slash fashion until you reach their commander; in which you have epic 1v1 battles (with exceptions).
The gameplay is enjoyable but it's a hack-and-slash in the vein of dynasty warriors. Once you beat one army you beat every army. The game has many gimmicks and quirks that help liven the experience but it can only go so far.
In conclusion: Rent it. It's enjoyable, but don't expect to see yourself playing it after many odd hours. 5.5/10.