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  • Summary: Samurai Warriors Chronicles brings multiple branching storylines and a living 3D battlefield to the 3DS.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Mar 30, 2011
    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. Apr 23, 2011
    It's basically a history lesson meets the X-Men, and every bit as goofy as that sounds. [Apr 2011, p.70]
  3. Apr 13, 2011
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Apr 2, 2011
    Surpasses 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
    this is definitely the best launch game on the system, or maybe pilotwings
    they're both good so just get both, it will hold you off until the
    rest of the big games come out Expand
  3. Mar 30, 2011
    As a day 1 release for the 3DS there is no better title to show off the graphics of the new system. Battles unfold over huge landscapes and your hero battles armies filled with warriors from Japan's past. The combo system along with Muso special moves are excellent to watch in 3D. In order to gain the best from this game you need to ensure that you do not play it on easy mode (button masher) as it then requires combos and good tactics to be succesful. Most "professional" reviews of this game fail to comment on the long lasting appeal of this game. I purchased this along with 4 other games (nintendogs and cats, lego star wars, SF4 and Ghost Warrior) and this is the game I have come back to play again and again. Expand
  4. Apr 25, 2011
    i bought my 3ds at launch with Ridge Racer, Street Fighter, PES2011 and this game Samurai Warriors... i wasn't sure about it because of the low reviews saying it was shallow. After the first few hours of playing i was amazed! the graphics blew me away and after spending a week i had only completed the first set of missions (still a lot more to go) and i found out DLC missions via spot-pass will be launched soon. I only kept this and PES2011 so far and id say this is the best launch title by far. Don't go by mainstream reviews try this game for yourself! Expand
  5. Mar 29, 2011
    I think this game is wonderful for a launch title not because of game play but because it shows off the graphical capacity of the 3ds this game looks just as good as any wii game on the market and the pre-rendered cut scenes look better than anything I have seen on the Wii, this game is more of a tech demo to show off to your friends. Expand
  6. Jul 10, 2011
    Extremely underrated game. While the gameplay might feel a bit repetitive, it's based off timing and precision. The storyline is very fun, and the concept of forging a hero is very appealing. The graphics are extremely good, showing what is the 3DS capable of, and one of it's only flaws is the lack of an actual analog input. Expand
  7. Sep 13, 2011
    This 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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