First off, I am a fan of this franchise so I look at every detail of these games. Some were good and some were bad over the years. I like this game becuase it has nice graphics and the audio is just awesome. The game mechanics are easy to pick up and the different combos most of the characters have keep this game from being a repetitive hack and clash where all the characters do the same actions. I would have given this game a higher score if it weren't for the lack of having the option to switch from Japanese to English voices. I don't have any problem with the Japanese language (I am trying to learn it) but when I am playing a game that usually requires me to be looking at the screen so I don't get mauled by a barrage of enemies, I prefer to hear what I have to do, who I have to save, or where I have to go to advance in the story. Bottom line, If this game is priced lower than $40 then I would recommend it for everyone. If you are not a Hack n Slash fan, then rent it and give it a whirl. One note to people who are not familiar with this game, if you play it for the first time, then don't freak out if there is a giant Hydra in the first stage of story and can't seem to beat it, that's part of the story. You are not meant to "beat" the Hydra.
Other reviews have already mentioned this and this goes for all Dynasty Warriors-style games, you're either going to like the hack and slash or you're going to find it too repetitive to handle. Orochi 3 brings a huge cast of characters to a time traveling plotline and for completionists that also happen to be fans of the series Orochi 3 is actually worth buying. For everyone else rent it.
posted by Prisoner_No_6 (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) Oct 8, 2012
Member since Sep 2012
I'll come right out here and save people some time: This game will not change any opinions if you have negative feelings about the Dynasty Warrior series. It's the same mechanics, it's the same horrible menu system, and every other stereotype its earned over the years.
For fans of the series, there's not much it can do to make you happier.
The key things missing that people may indeed miss are the Renbu system being absent. However, the three-team system has been tweaked to the best its ever been. On-the-fly member swapping on a horse is possible, characters you've bonded with will save you from a potentially bad combo, and the Triple super-attack will clear just about anything off of your screen. The other missing feature is create-a-character, but with the entire roster from both DW and Samurai, you'll have plenty of time on your hands even unlocking everyone, nevermind mastering them.
The aspects of time travel in the story make progressing the plot have the most 'interaction' outside of the Empires series (though it still pales in comparison), but you'll be picking if you go back in time to help save an ally that would have been injured and thus die in a future battle, or focus on charging through the main plot instead.
The cinematics are as clunky as they've ever been, and they didn't even bother to dub the game in English... but if the atrocious menu system of the game gives you more of a sense of nostalgia than inspiring rage, and the repetitive combat still holds sway over you, than this is definitely a Warriors pick-up worth your time.