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After seven games, you'd think dynasty warriors would differ a bit. Well, if you've played some of them you'd know they barely change at all. It has taken 5 games to finally get DW to be available for online multiplayer. No.3 (possibly the best of the series) being released on both ps2 and xbox, had the opportunity to go live but no, it was put off for a decade. Instead, Koei churned out slightly updated versions with minimal graphical changes, adding and even losing characters, making new uninteresting maps etc. Its hard to imagine how they are still in business, no doubt most of the sales are in Japan. 7 offers little to the already outdated franchise except the desperately needed addition of online co-op, and even that gets old. Story mode is a plus, going through only wei, shu, wu and jin, instead of going it alone with one character. Conquest is a let down, considering it could have made the empires spin offs irrelevant. Instead you get to travel through dull battles with no specific character gaining 'fame', answering lame trick questions from old crippled men.
Standard button bashing combat that varies slightly when you advance in levels and acquire new weapons and equipment. The moves themselves are just recycled from the first few games so if you have experience of the old games (which means you probably enjoy them somewhat) you'll find it repetitive and unoriginal. Its all so over the top as well with shockwaves, lasers and sparkles flying about everywhere to make things even more unrealistic. Although, controlling a far stronger characters who slays hundreds (or even thousands) of troops singlehandedly is far from real to begin with. The 'K.O Count' has bugged me for a while and I don't know if its just a mistake or a running joke because people don't get 'knocked out' by a spear to the face or spiked mace to the cherries. Voice acting is still ridiculously poor that it could be considered kitsch - as its been a recurring theme throughout the series (you can however download the original voices in Japanese - which would also seem strange as the game is set in ancient China).
The ideas are there but there's nothing to back it up.
- Online co-op, but no battles against each other
- Officer loyalty, but barely noticeable
- Skill points to spend, but nothing unique to characters
- All characters look different, voice acting still blows
The only real positives are that 1. There's online co-op (which is a bit hollow) 2. the achievements are fun (unlike 6 which involved enduring ONE battle with EVERY character) and 3. I'm struggling to to think of more positives.