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First Impressions: Dynasty Warriors 6

Anyone who's a big fan of the Musou games, and of DW in particular, almost owes it to themselves to check this game out somehow. It's changed the way the entire way the game is played, from how characters fight, to the Renbu system (a step down from the tried-and-true, so far), to the skill system (a huge step up; it feels almost like Final Fantasy X's level up system) to the fact that they removed seven fucking characters (why?).

However, the graphics are awful (a lot of bad designs, character clipping, etc.), nothing else really has changed, every step forward feels like it was compensated by a step back, and - the worst of all - is that there's slow-down when the going gets tough, which is almost inexcusable, considering most of the time, the "increased" amount of fighters on screen that Koei wanted to talk about so badly are corpses that you've already killed. This is a gregarious waste of resources that does nothing to help the game.

I've got an entire weekend to play this game for the purpose of reviewing it. But right now, it's looking, if we're using the old IP scoring system (where a 5 really does mean "average"), that this game would receive a four-ish, maybe creeping near the threes due to the terrible grades it will receive in graphics, sound (the voice acting got WORSE), and innovation.

(EDIT: One more thing of note: this game definitely looks like it could have been done just as well on the PS2. NOT GOOD. Seriously, it looks terrible)

To sum up:

* Hate musou-style games? Avoid at all costs. This won't change your mind.

* Curious about musou-style games? Pick up an older game on the cheap, or if you're into next-gen, get the superior DW:Gundam.

* ROTK fan that is curious about DW? STAY AWAY. This game takes even more liberties with the story than some of the other games.

* Huge DW fan? Rent it first. It's not worth a full $60. If you're going to buy it, this is the time to break out those old trade-ins.

I don't want to use the word "rushed", but this is definitely a time of transition.

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burning_phoneix
Feb. 23rd, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)
* Hate musou-style games? Avoid at all costs. This won't change your mind.

Dang.

Did they fill the game with bishiefags too?
superbus
Feb. 23rd, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
They redesigned the characters.

So naturally, they made their whole "redesign" team 16 year old female slash fans.

There are MORE bishiefags now then there were before!
burning_phoneix
Feb. 23rd, 2008 09:57 am (UTC)
okay now that we're done with this coversation, I have something that I want your opinion on:

What do you think of what's happening to Paul Gascoine(sp?) recently?
superbus
Feb. 23rd, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
I think Gazzy is just one of multiple players that have had issue adjusting to post-football life, and I'm not terribly surprised. Nothing surprises me after Maradona.
samuraiter
Feb. 23rd, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid you've taken the words from my mouth, 'Bus. I paid the full $60 for the game, since I'm a fan and likely will be 'til they release Dynasty Warriors XXXVIII in 2078, but these character redesigns just don't do it like the old ones did. I agree: For Musou on 360, do Gundam Musou. Musou Orochi really isn't that bad, though, IMO.
bardiche
Feb. 23rd, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks for confirming my suspicions about the game, really. I was concerned that this shit had been pulled... well, as soon as I found out that seven characters got axed, really.

Still, to find out the game could have been done on the PS2? Well, obviously, the morons on the Koei Warriors forum and all that would eat it up, but sounds like a waste of around $100 AUD to me! :|
armordragon
Feb. 24th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of surprised that they axed Da Qiao. Actually, I'm surprised they axed any characters. This is quite disappointing. I was looking forward to DW6 because I personally thought DW5 was pretty impressive.
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