One thing is clear from the get go: Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper is one packed game. It has over 120 playable characters and you get to unlock up to more than 40 missions. It may keep fans of the button mashing combat game like Dynasty Warriors busy for several hours - maybe even more than a dozen.
The main story involves a mythical creature called the Hydra – a eight headed dragon that took over the world. But our heroes get a chance to go back in time to prevent the tragedy from happening in the first place.
And how do they do that? By beating the stuffing out of thousands of soldiers who probably failed any physical exam any military group put forth. It seems like a great achievement for them to hold the weapon in the right way.
There are fights against officers in every level – and some of those fights can get tough depending on the difficulty setting.
But let’s face it; those of us who see these type of games as nothing more than exercises in button pushing aren’t going to be won over by the repetitive nature of almost every mission in the game: go in, beat up a huge army of grunts and a few officers, and repeat until you beat the last officer and win the level.
Even the exclusive Duel Mode (a three on three officer battle) doesn’t rise much above a basic arcade fighting game.)
But fans of these games will jump for joy at the sheer volume of material in this game – and the way some characters interact with each other in the cut scenes (though I would rather have them speak in English rather than use closed captioning.)
Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper is a lot of fun to play – if a mindless beat ‘em up game is your dream game. But there’s a lot in this game, and it will keep players busy for some time. But you should rent it first to see if it’s one game you’re willing to put a lot of time into.
While the warriors of the game existed in completely different time periods, we see their videogame counterparts from Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors working together to change time and prevent a monstrous serpent from eradicating all human life. Like the previous entries and the two franchises this game crosses over, you have to complete missions and take out enemy officers while defeating entire hordes of enemies as a single warrior. Unlike previous entries, the crossover does not end at Dynasty and Samurai, the heroes of other Koei and Tecmo games such as Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive to name a few join in the fight for humanity, though the focus is not heavy on them but is a good reason to play this game. Not only that, but the multiplayer Duel Mode is worth trying out, especially with a friend, and the ability to customize stages to create your own is great for the game designers of the future and those who enjoy stretching their imagination. However, none of that matters if you're not into hack-and-slash style beat-em-ups. But all in all, I highly recommend it.
P.S. Sorry for the lame 80s slang in the title, was the only clever thing I could come up with.