Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3DS

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  • Summary: Samurai Warriors Chronicles brings multiple branching storylines and a living 3D battlefield to the 3DS.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Mar 30, 2011
    83
    Even if you're not a big Dynasty Warriors fan, there's a whole lot to enjoy here, and while the combat can grow a bit stale, the way the touch screen stuff is implemented really speeds up the battles compared to the home console titles.
  2. Nintendo Gamer
    Apr 23, 2011
    79
    It's basically a history lesson meets the X-Men, and every bit as goofy as that sounds. [Apr 2011, p.70]
  3. Nintendo Power
    Apr 13, 2011
    70
    But instead of controlling just one character on the battlefield, you can switch between up to four combatants as will, which adds strategy and helps keep up the game's pace. [April 2011, p.85]
  4. Mar 25, 2011
    60
    Chronicles isn't the wonder 3D that we expected, and everything was ruined by useless and unskippable texts, a bad camera, repetitive and simple gameplay, and the need for more development time. It is long but boring.
  5. Apr 5, 2011
    60
    Samurai Warriors Chronicles is a good Mûso. It provides its share of new features, and is also better structured and paced than the previous ones. The fans of the genre will probably like it a lot, but it still not a sufficient effort to charm the others, especially since the 3D isn't much more than a gimmick on such a formula.
  6. Jul 19, 2011
    50
    There could have been so much more to Samurai Warriors Chronicles…but there isn't. Unlike its source material, this game will never make history.
  7. Mar 27, 2011
    30
    Probably the least surprising game on the 3DS, but even if you do like Dynasty Warriors games this is still one of the lesser spin-offs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Apr 2, 2011
    10
    Surpasses both SSF4 and Ridge Racer in the graphics department, Samurai Warriors is an excellent addition to the Musou series, with featuresSurpasses both SSF4 and Ridge Racer in the graphics department, Samurai Warriors is an excellent addition to the Musou series, with features that make it stand out from the rest. Unfortunately reviewers don't like using character combos and blame the games for the fact they keep mashing one button. Not the best use of 3D on the system, but some of the cutscenes will leave your mouth open. Expand
  2. Aug 11, 2011
    10
    This game is criminally underrated. It's a shame. Here's a link to my user review on IGN:This game is criminally underrated. It's a shame. Here's a link to my user review on IGN: http://boards.ign.com/nintendo_3ds_lobby/b25212/204547967/p1/?0 Expand
  3. Oct 17, 2011
    10
    This game is seriously underestimated. In fact, it is probably one of the best 3DS titles so far. The graphics are great. Lots of contentThis game is seriously underestimated. In fact, it is probably one of the best 3DS titles so far. The graphics are great. Lots of content and character development. For those interested, the history component seem to be very well researched. And some very good challenges. Expand
  4. Apr 5, 2011
    9
    I've been put off trying a warriors game for a long time from awful reviews, but don't listen to them, this game is really fun and long enoughI've been put off trying a warriors game for a long time from awful reviews, but don't listen to them, this game is really fun and long enough I'm over 20hours in so far playing on normal (don't play on easy, it's too easy) This game has the best graphics out of the 3ds games I've played and the 3d is subtle but adds to the experience. Now you do spend a lot of your time pressing x but you have through in the right special techniques using y otherwise you'll lose and complaining that you press x a lot is like complaining on COD that you shoot a lot. Most reviews missed out the important details of this game. You start by naming a male or female character and answering some questions that determine your type, this affects your stats as you level up but not by much. The character looks how it looks you can't customise it (my biggest disappointment with the game) however eventually you unlock a few different clothes but not enough. You will unlock the ability to use other peoples weapons but not for a long time (I haven't yet). You play through an epic story about feudal Japan fighting for different clans and what not as they struggle for supremacy. While playing you control up to 4 officers, switching between which one you play as through the touch screen and giving the rest orders through the pause menu (though you can only tell them to go somewhere or attack an enemy officer) while the computer controls your officers they have some sense but not a lot, while on a level you get lots of small missions such as defeat this officer in 1 minute and stop this officer from getting to this point. These missions generally happen at the same time, this is where the real strategy comes into place as you have to place your officers well to complete the missions. However you cannot trust a computer controlled officer to complete a mission, they just fail. This can be frustrating but I haven't found a mission that isn't achievable with the right placement of officers and determination. On the battle field there are also officers on your side that you can't control and they run round helping out a bit and generally dying. You collect items and weapons for completing missions and these can be fused together to make stronger weapons. As the weapons carry different bonuses such as bonuses to attack, defence, the range of your attacks etc. making weapons can be very fun. You can also buy horses or steal enemy officers houses which is fun but the horses don't do much. Once you have completed a mission you can replay it and change which officers you control in battle and as you progress through the game you unlock officers to use in any battle. There are just over 40 playable characters with massively varying moves which I think is fantastic. One of the highlights of the game is the musou moves these are super moves used by pressing and holding a, they look fantastic with the 3d on and are a real life saver when your getting owned by an enemy officer. The biggest downside of this game to me is there isn't enough customisation for the main character that you use in every battle and I would like to be able to give more order than just go here, attack them. The music is not memorable but it isn't bad either. The backgrounds are a bit bland but the characters look great so I don't care. Some people might think the hordes of soldiers are too easy too beat but when your fighting the officers the soldiers are just annoying and I'm glad they are easy to beat. I think this is the best launch game and plenty long with great graphics and gameplay and I can't wait to find out what happens next at each part of the story. With over 40 characters there is plenty of replay value to this game, though you probably have to complete it before you are allowed to just use any officer in any battle. The game isn't perfect but is great fun, however if I wasn't a big hack and slash fan (from golden axe way back when too phantasy star) I would give this a 7 I think as people may find the game formula too repetitive even with 40+ characters especially as you mainly use your main character. If you like hack and slashing through everything that stands in your way then get this game. Expand
  5. May 25, 2011
    9
    I think it's the best in this series beside there's no online co-op. So that's sad after you've unlocked most of everything in this game.I think it's the best in this series beside there's no online co-op. So that's sad after you've unlocked most of everything in this game. Although I had played about 70 hrs now. Expand
  6. Oct 8, 2011
    8
    As a complete newcomer to the series, I have no previous games with which to judge this game against. I also am the kind of person that likesAs a complete newcomer to the series, I have no previous games with which to judge this game against. I also am the kind of person that likes history, fantasy (and things with both, as long as the line between the two is fairly well-defined) and a good old-fashioned beat-em-up. As a general history lesson, it doesn't fail to tell the story as it happened while embellishing on various different points that history elaborates little upon. The player's character is a great warrior that time forgot, allowing them to fight alongside some of the biggest names of the Sengoku period while not sabotaging the historical storyline. The gameplay, while expectedly repetitive, is very well-done, essentially refining a HURR HURR MASH BUTTON into a halfway decent fighting system based on specific patterns of button mashing. Graphically, it takes advantage of the 3D functionality with surprisingly little camp, preferring to use it as more of a window into the game's world that is extremely appealing. The voice acting was left in Japanese, and that is as it should be given the game's setting and the fact if it were dubbed into English, the huge amount of bad voice acting would probably allow for it to be useful in torture chambers with native English-speakers as residents. Difficulty levels are a bit of a double-edged sword, scaling well to challenge players with stronger characters available, but scaling poorly when only weaker ones are. Weapons can be upgraded and personalized to the player's taste and fighting style, but getting materials is a pure gamble. You have no idea the stats of the weapon before you assign it, forcing a bit of farming in a game with a measure of tedium by it's very premise. The most annoying part of the game is that getting new missions stops the action completely, and are dismissed via most of the buttons you fight with which can make you not see new objectives entirely if you're hip-deep in ashigaru. More, the various mission objectives can't be reviewed in combat, they simply cycle through as the game progresses. What would have made it a great deal more fun would have been the introduction of squad-level tactics, where the player acts as a great officer over soldiers, instead of a maverick powerhouse warrior who fights like Japanese Chuck Norris with weapons and no beard-fist. It isn't perfect, it isn't for everyone, but it is by no means a bad game. Expand
  7. Sep 13, 2011
    0
    This game, like all games in the Musou series, suffers from lack of innovation. I understand that, in the name of historical accuracy, theyThis game, like all games in the Musou series, suffers from lack of innovation. I understand that, in the name of historical accuracy, they can't change the story line too much; however, that doesn't mean that the storytelling has to be so horrendous. The combat is tedious, and as always, the enemy soldiers all look like lifeless clones. Now the graphics, apart from many character models, are good but that doesn't validate a high score in and of itself. Each Musou game simply progresses inch by inch, adding small features in each installment which just makes the serious horrendous as a whole, this one being no exception. Expand

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