do you go after Dynasty Warrior 4? Dynasty Warrior
5 you dummy!
that may sound like a joke it's not. The joke's on
you if you purchase Dynasty Warrior 5 while looking
for something fresh, exciting and new. The changes
from the last game to this one are subtle, which is
another way of saying virtually negligible. It's still
powered by the same engine so you can expect the same
graphics, gameplay and control system. Even though
the PS2 version came out in the early spring you won't
be blessed with a better game by waiting for it to
come out on the Xbox.
imagine that anyone new to the series might get a
big kick out of this game and as well they should.
It's actually a great game but not in its own right,
since it's pretty much the same thing we've seen for
years. It should be excellent by now and with such
minor changes from sequel to sequel the gameplay has
continually been refined but as I mentioned, the changes
are subtle and almost not worth noting from one version
to the next. It's a smack in the face to faithful
take place in ancient China where you get to play
as almost 50 different characters. Each character
is imbued with incredible powers that allows him or
her to take on entire armies. Armed with little more
than a blade, your character will hack and slash his
or her way through hundreds of troops. There are more
enemies onscreen in this version than ever before,
making you feel like a warrior god on PCP - not that
anyone should ever be able to identify with that feeling.
through the crowds is great therapy. I only wish I
could do this in line at the amusement park or at
the buffet. But too much of a good thing is not very
good. After a while the enemy seems like nothing more
than blades of grass - and you're the lawnmower. It's
too easy to wipe out entire armies, not to mention
very tiring. It takes a toll on you physically and
mentally as your fingers get sore from button mashing
and your mind gets bored from the repetition.
the game strives for some historical accuracy and
given my limited knowledge of ancient China I don't
know if they're handing me a line of bull or not.
History buffs should have a clue and future nerds
can look up all of the different classes of warriors
that are featured in an encyclopedia. Cutscenes attempt
to explain the various battles, causes and motivations
but they are so forced and void of any personality
it's like a history book come to life read aloud by
Stephen Hawking - on PCP. It's not that it's always
serious, it's just that there's no depth or range
in the voiceacting. Not to mention that some of the
writing is just plain crap. You can choose the Japanese
voiceovers and pretend that great things are being
of the new additions include a body guard that will
actually fight alongside you, in addition to the ability
to take over bases by killing the commanders thereby
increasing moral among your troops. There is a Free
mode which lets you pick a battle and jump right in
as well as a Challenge mode that features a number
of mini-games including Bridge Melee in which you
try to keep enemies off of your bridge. It's kind
of like King of the Hill. It's fun but it won't keep
you occupied for days. For some strange reason the
Empire mode has been omitted.
the graphics, I have my PS2 and the Xbox in different
rooms so I had to load them and run from room to room
with a mental picture in my head. The conclusion is
that the Xbox is slightly cleaner but not by much.
The other conclusion is that I've got to get myself
in shape. I must have worked off five Pepsis pulling
that stunt off.
background textures are plain and boring and the fog
of war shrouds any details that may lurk in the background,
like a town or a mountain range for instance. The
enemy hordes are done extremely well but not so much
as to justify the lackluster background graphics.
oriental music is once again assaulted by a cheesy
metal guitar noodling all over the place. I love it.
Surround sound has been added which brings more dimension
to the battles. You can actually hear voices in all
directions when you're totally consumed by a crowd
of enemies. It's even nicer when you can turn those
utterances into moans and screams as you slay them.
Warrior 5 should be called Dynasty Warrior 2-and-a-half.
I would expect more advancement from a franchise with
four sequels. Pass on this if you've already played
the PS2 version. Hell, pass on this if you've played
the last version. If you just want to be safe, pass
on it altogether. You won't be missing much.