Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce Review

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Releasing February 16th 2010 from the minds of the people over at Koei comes the console port of the PSP’s Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce. Once again the chaotic force known as The Yellow Turbans are in the midst of preparing for an all out war to take control of everything. This time the actions coming to your PS3 and Xbox 360.

Presentation (8.00)

With weapons at hand you can choose between the three different forces known as the Wu, Shu, and Wei as you take on the Yellow Turbans from each allied forces point of view depending on the force you choose. With brisk cutscenes and mild dialogue the storyline is nothing but a mild distraction from the action. The game houses a very big character roster (including some not available on the PSP) with the addition of over 40 extra missions also not available on the PSP. With this stated you will have a long road to travel in order to eliminate the Yellow Turbans as well as any other threats coming your way.

Graphics (7.00)

The graphics really aren’t as impressive when compared to other great titles such as God of War 3 but is still holds it own. Actually the game looks similar to the previously released Dynasty Warriors: 6. Nothing really takes your breath away or make you really ponder in awe as you’re usually ignoring the scenery due to the amount of action on screen.

Gameplay (7.25)

With this game being ported from the PSP I expected great things in the area of add ons. At the start of the game I was really into the it as the new customization system made things a bit more simple to experiment with items obtained later in the story. With the ability to customize and strengthen the vast selections of weapons ultimately the game fails in terms of battling. If any of you have played any of the Dynasty Warriors: Gundam games then you will be better off hanging on to those games as the fighting has been dramatically screwed. The action is so stiff that you can no longer have four endings to a combo that you can execute by pressing square (once,twice or three times) followed by triangle for a different ending (X, once twice or three times followed by Y for Xbox 360). To make things worse the enemies are almost unfazed by your attacks as they can immediately attack you easily sending you flying threw the air. Even the lock on system is bad. There was times where my camera was literally spinning out of my control as I tried to find the right enemy to lock onto added on to the fact that there was cases that the game sometimes stutters because of the number of things happening on screen. The one thing about this game that actually makes me play it is the fact that you can team up with others online from any force to complete any side mission or story mission. It sorta reminds me of White Knight Chronicles in which each person can make a town and upgrade it which your friends can then use as they visit.

Replay Value (8.00)

If you can get past the stiff battling and endlessly spawning enemies then this game would be considered fun to play more as you can continue leveling your characters and collecting new items online and off. The storyline is especially long when you add up each mission from all the three forces. Each force provides their own area that you take place in the missions so it’s not like playing the same mission twice with just another person.However there will come a point where the game gets repetitive as there aren’t many enemy models or changes that will keep things fresh over a long period of time.

Balance (7.25)

Even with the city upgrading system and leveling system for the characters the actual fighting is unbalanced as you will either be caught up in trying to get your character to stiffly move in a certain direction to attack or you will be fluctuated between being too strong or just not strong enough against the small fries.

Price Value (9.00)

With a price tag of $50 the game is actually worth buying than compared to $60 if you’re looking for a mediocre hack and slash. I actually think the game would be best bought for $40, which you could buy at that price used at a local gamestop or other game store. As a precaution for all you 100% trophy perfectionists there are three trophies that you must obtain by playing online. Just like the Dynasty Warriors: Gundam titles dont expect to see much activity online.

Final Score (7.75)

Considering that Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce is a console port from it’s PSP counter part, Strikeforce adds some innovative and creative ideas just to fall short in terms of combat which is of course the main dish of the Dynasty Warriors series. If you play you will undoubtedly have fun but just expect to get frustrated by the combat and camera a lot.

Upcoming Spring Games Likely To Damage Your Bank Account

Now that we are done with the Q1 of our gaming calender your wallets may be taking a breather from the onslaught of awesome titles released across all platforms. We began the year in January with MAG and Mass Effect 2 launches, Heavy Rain and Bioshock 2 followed up in February, and Final Fantasy XIII, God of War 3, and MLB 10 The Show released in March. Spring brings a ton of awesome games as well, each worth your hard earned dollars.

Super Street Fighter IV (PS3&Xbox360)

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Street Fighter IV’s SUPER remake will debut 4/27/10 featuring a ton of new content that was unreleased in the previous title. Although I usually don’t buy very many remakes dished out by developers, Super Street Fighter IV offers enough content to indulge with the fighter once more. There are 8 more characters from previous Street Fighter games featured in this title along with 2 brand new characters to the series, along with the original 25 characters from SFIV. Additional game modes and character skins ensure you will be playing this title for quite a while. At only $39.99 SSFIV is a steal, especially if you haven’t played the original SFIV.
Splinter Cell: Conviction (Xbox 360)

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Sam Fisher’s action driven stealth shooter is sure to be a thrilling experience especially when you consider the game’s online Co-Op via Xbox Live. Splinter Cell: Conviction features a Co-Op prequal which is said to last about 6 hours. This Xbox 360 exclusive has received a lot of praise since E3 2009 and is sure to be worth your 60 bucks. Splinter Cell: Conviction Releases 4/13/10.
Mod Nation Racers (PS3&PSP)

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Mod Nation Racers has to be one of the most exciting titles releasing this season. You can’t go wrong with a classic cart racing game reminiscent of Mario Kart with the creative integrity of Little Big Planet. The beta for Mod Nation Racers on PS3 couldn’t be any more convincing; deep customization, great features, and accessibility means its coming right for Nintendo’s throats. This PlayStation exclusive releases 5/25/10 retailing at $59.99(PS3) and $39.99(PSP).
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)

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The original Super Mario Galaxy featured an extremely polished single player, great platforming, and awesome puzzles. When Super Mario Galaxy 2 was announced my initial impressions was bitter-sweet. But the most recent trailer of the title surprised even the most stubborn of Nintendo fans. Super Mario Galaxy 2 will continue the tradition of heavly polished and fun titles to the Mario franchise. You’ll be able to pick a copy up on 5/23/10 for $49.99.
Skate 3 (PS3&Xbox 360)

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First off, HELL YEAH! I haven’t played very many skateboarding titles since Activision released a decent Tony Hawk game (A VERY LONG TIME AGO). EA’s Skate franchise always seemed to have the most authentic skateboarding titles although I never got a chance to purchase one. Well this May we shall “kick, push” again. Skate 3 releases 5/13/10 for $59.99.
Other Games To Checkout
Lost Planet 2 (PS3&Xbox360) 5/11/10 $59.99
3D Dot Game Heros (PS3) 5/11/10 $39.99
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