Dynasty Warriors 4
Genre Action -> Action
Today's Rank 0
Date 2003-03-26
Publisher N/A
Date 2003-06-27
Publisher Koei
Dynasty Warriors 4 United Kingdom Retail Box ArtIf you've never played an earlier version of the game, here's what you need to know: Dynasty Warriors is a fighting game series played from the third-person perspective, where you pick a military general as your avatar and fight across sprawling battlefields. The generals all have distinct personalities and there are a few women characters included too. As you campaign, you collect special items such as the Dragon Amulet which increases your Musou gauge (Musou allows you to enact special, prolonged attacks on multiple enemies). You have bodyguards, you kill enemy generals, and along the way your new skill points increase your weapon's power. With DW4, there are many new additions, only some of which are successful. Charge attacks and items are souped up and truly improved. For example, equipping a magic orb can cause you to freeze enemies in a block of ice. You can edit characters, but with so many good preset ones to choose from, chances are you won't spend a lot of time working on your own. In addition to a better game engine, there's also the option of one-on-one-duels. The maps are immense compared to previous editions, with a lot more variance in what can happen by the end of your mission. Even with a significant number of new features, it's debatable whether or not Dynasty Warriors 4 is a true overhaul, or just another release to cash in on the popularity of the franchise. Regardless, it's addictive for reasons that almost defy explanation. You just want to clear this act, to get to the next stage, and to reveal the goodies you've received from killing that big boss. It's as simple as that. And at the moment when you can knock down an entire platoon with a couple of hits, well, then you'll join the ranks of the dedicated. --Jennifer Buckendorff

- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Genre: Fighting
- Mission: Defend your kingdoms as you go to war
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Dynasty Warriors 4 United Kingdom Retail Box Art