While I have been
toiling in homework, slacking off with my posts, hanging out with friends, reading useless Wikipedia pages, cheesing some sandwiches, wasting my time with my new iPhone 4, and gone on a trip to Springfield working ever so dutifully on my posts, I’ve also had the time to play:
As the seventh installment of the Dynasty Warriors series, there are bound to be changes and other renovations to the gameplay. This hack n’ slash game series has taken my heart and filled it with love
for the bishies lol and admiration for the Three Kingdoms period of ancient China.
The gameplay’s fighting system has reverted back to the previous “charge” combos, replacing the Renbu system from the sixth installment. Players are now able to bring two weapons into battle and while switching between attacks, players can perform a “switch attack”: an attack that takes place during the transition of weapons. The characters also have an EX weapon that is able to perform an EX attack (that is, special attack). There are also two different Musou(s) that can be performed by pushing R1 or Jump (X button on PS3) along with the Musou button (O button on PS3). There are plenty other changes to the gameplay but my description will most likely dull them.
The Story Mode of this game follows the different kingdoms Shu, Wei, Wu, and the newly added Jin. Though this installment does not feature the any of the officers’ individual stories, I personally like this newly made story mode. The previous installment made the officers’ kingdom rule in the end, for example, Zhao Yun’s Musou Mode eventually had Shu reign all over China. However, in terms of history, Wei actually held power over Shu after Liu Bei died and Liu Shan (Liu Bei’s son and successor) surrendered. This new installment has the story follow more of history than fiction.
Conquest Mode replaces Free Mode. Its is quite similar to the gameplay of DW Empires. The chosen character ventures a map of China to achieve fame and glory. I’m a little iffy about this change, however, there are character missions that help fill in the gap in my heart which yearns for the spotlight for the officers.
Forces and Characters:
Shu: A kingdom with a ruler who is bent on a land of peace and benevolence…Funny, it was “virtue” a few installments before.
In my opinion, Shu was the weakest out of all the Three Kingdoms. Liu Bei lacked leadership and was definitely not the smartest person around. If Xu Shu had not introduced Zhuge Liang, Shu wouldn’t had lasted or even founded. Shu relied on the tactics of Zhuge Liang and after Zhuge Liang’s death, Shu wasn’t fit for Jiang Wei’s leadership. He was just…the worst leader ever (or so, in this installment) but that’s just my opinion.
The Returning Shu Officers:
Newly Added Shu Characters:
Wei: A kingdom built on ambitions and glory.
Wei has the most bad-ass officers. While the ruler of Shu (Liu Bei) was heading for peace (not that it’s bad or anything…) the ruler of Wei (Cao Cao) was more…Let’s just say that he saw his goals as something accomplished through violence.
Returning Wei Officers:
Newly Added Wei Characters:
Wu: A family of warriors fighting for peace in their land.
Wu was the kingdom that lasted the longest out of all the original Three Kingdoms though one might argue that it was Wei. However, Wei became no more when Jin took over and at that time, Wu still survived the new dynasty. Wu was only demolished fifteen years after the new Jin dynasty. If I were to choose any of the original Three Kingdoms which I liked the best, it would have to be Wu.
Returning Wu Characters:
Newly Added Wu Characters:
Jin: A new age rises as the Three Kingdoms period slowly fades. Those who are not fit to rule are replaced by others. Imbeciles may not remain.
In my opinion, Jin wouldn’t necessarily be Jin since the Jin Dynasty only started when Sima Zhao’s son (Sima Yi’s grandson) abdicated the throne. This installment doesn’t even have Sima Zhao’s son as a playable character. Sima Zhao’s son was only mentioned near the end of the Jin story mode. Personally, I feel that, instead of Jin, the kingdom should’ve been called “Post-Wei”. The Sima family and all the other characters still serve under Wei even if they have complete power over the throne.
Others: These officers may sometimes be considered as the “leftovers”. Two of the officers are in their own little kingdom while others…well, they’re “others”.
Favorite Characters (Story-wise):
(A/N: Fair warning; this list is not based on looks. If it was…the list would be a heck longer ;D)
1. Zhuge Liang (He’s smart and like…the lifeline of Shu. I only wish I could be as smart as him…)
2. Sima Yi (I like how he thinks everybody are imbeciles…and his MUAHAHAHA laugh)
3. Zhou Yu (I think I’m starting to have a fetish for smart people…Nah, it couldn’t be >;D)
4. Lu Xun (He did an OK job at keeping Wu alive after the deaths of Zhou Yu and Lu Meng)
5. Sima Shi (As the son of Sima Yi, he’s the replica of Sima Yi…but younger. Double the goodies ;] )
6. Cao Pi (I like his view on the world. ;D)
7. Xiahou Dun (His loyalty to Cao Cao never ceases to surprise me.)
8. Lu Bu (He makes me LOL whenever someone makes him mad. Lu Bu is actually kind of nice in Conquest Mode.)
9. Zhao Yun (Zhao Yun rescued Liu Shan. That’s it. But he’s also one of the Five Tiger Generals. ^^ In the novel, he joined Liu Bei because of RIGHTEOUSNESS and JUSTICE so extra points. He still can’t beat Zhuge Liang though.)
10. Yuan Shao (His “WTF, I’M IN TROUBLE” phrases are awesome. Enough said.)
Favorite Characters (Gameplay-wise):
(A/N: PAW means “Personal Alternative Weapon”. I would use these PAWs for those characters. Some people might use it, some might not.)
1. Sun Shang Xiang (Whenever I play Conquest Mode, I instinctively choose her as my player. It’s either that I’m just used to her or I like her combo. Preferably the first choice.) EX Weapon: Wheels. PAW: Bow
2. Zhong Hui (He’s compatible with a number of weapons, making it easy to play his character.) EX Weapon: Flying Swords. PAW: Arm Cannon.
3. Guo Huai (His combos are short yet powerful with his EX weapon. He made me fall in love with the Arm Cannon.) EX Weapon: Arm Cannon. PAW: Rapier.
4. Da Qiao (She’s fun to watch when using her Iron Fans ^^) EX Weapon: Iron Fans. PAW: Chain Whip.
5. Cao Cao (His combos emit the message “EFF YOU” in my opinion. It’s kinda funny actually ;D) EX Weapon: Sword. PAW: Flying Swords.
1. Zhuge Liang x Yue Ying (THEY ARE SO AWKWARDLY CUTE. :DDDD)
2. Sun Ce x Da Qiao (Da Qiao is practically spoiled by him 8D.)
3. Cao Pi x Zhen Ji (Both have similar personalities. The game has made the couple slightly different from real history though. It’s believed that Cao Pi found Zhen Ji as a prisoner from a battle with Yuan Shao and made her his wife. When he rose as Emperor of Wei, Cao Pi took another concubine as his Empress and eventually forced Zhen Ji to suicide. Nonetheless, they’re a cute couple in the game ^^)
4. Zhou Yu x Xiao Qiao (As whiny and childish Xiao Qiao is, Zhou Yu looks and acts like he doesn’t give a crap.)
5. Lu Bu x Diao Chan (The traditional remedy of Beauty and the Beast~)
If you’re a fan of this franchise, I would recommend this installment. There are many changes (but it’s your opinion and choice to decide if they’re good or bad). But even with their changes, there are still some similarities to the previous installments. I personally play this for pure fun and the wonders of history.
Though people complain about how the story plot is never changed, I would like to remind them that this game was based on history. Since it’s history, nothing can be really changed. If people want changes that do not follow it’s true history, I highly recommend other games like Kessen II. The plot is warped up as it can be. (Srsly? Diao Chan with Cao Cao and Liu Bei? o___o). Heck, there’s dozen of RPGs and create-your-own-adventure games based on the Three Kingdoms.