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  • Summary: When the political power of the Ashikaga Shogunate collapsed in the succession dispute of 1467, the islands of Japan erupted in a series of major wars. This era in Japanese history became known as the Sengoku or "warring states" period. SAMURAI WARRIORS explores this dramatic era andWhen the political power of the Ashikaga Shogunate collapsed in the succession dispute of 1467, the islands of Japan erupted in a series of major wars. This era in Japanese history became known as the Sengoku or "warring states" period. SAMURAI WARRIORS explores this dramatic era and combines it with the Tactical Action excitement KOEI has become known for. SAMURAI WARRIORS stars the brave Sanada Yukimura, who leads an elite band of samurai and ninja. Sanada?s journey will take him to the hallowed Japanese battlefields of Okehazama and Kawanakajima and inside the embattled walls of Osaka Castle where he will come face-to-face with gun-toting troops, echelons of ninja, and deadly kunoichi (female ninja). Players can choose the role of Sanada Yukimura or other legendary samurai and ninja. The game will herald the rise of the indispensable ninja, Hattori Hanzo, from the shadows of history, as well as the reemergence of KOEI?s powerful and mysterious Oda Nobunaga. Missions evolve depending on player performance and the tide of battle. Success or failure can affect scenarios in later stages. With 500 variations, the chain of missions is unique with each play, adding depth while heightening the urgency and excitement of combat. Samurai Warriors? AFS (auto-formation system) randomly generates castle levels and conquest routes offering a new experience with each play. [KOEI] Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. I thought the PS2 had given up the ghost for pushing graphics to a new level, but I was wrong. All in all, a well worth it buy, no questions asked.
  2. Come on guys and gals, what is not cool about riding around on a horse and kicking some serious ass?
  3. Just don’t expect to like Samurai Warriors if you’ve had your fill of (or never liked) "Dynasty Warriors".
  4. 75
    Just having new characters to play with is a nice advancement, and I ended up having more fun playing the game than I thought I would.
  5. To call Samurai Warriors one of the brownest games ever would be no word of a lie - the lack of colour is arguably the game's weakest area and this, coupled with the repetitive nature of this style of game, can make it feel that much more tedious at times. [July 2004, p.109]
  6. The disappointment, however, lies in wait for those who expected a greater leap forward and not yet another recycled cash-in. [June 2004, p.88]
  7. Once the novelty of the new setting and storylines has worn off - there's little genuine inovation to hold your interest. [July 2004, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
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  1. PedroG.
    Jun 30, 2004
    10
    This is the best gme ever!!!!!!
  2. DaveT.
    Jul 26, 2004
    10
    GREAT GAME.
  3. JasonC.
    Oct 11, 2004
    10
    Amazing graphics. Great great great!!!
  4. SamT.
    Aug 8, 2004
    9
    It's an awesome game on single player and multi-player alike.a must buy!!
  5. DerSturmbannfuhrer
    May 13, 2004
    8
    I have thouroughly enjoyed all of the dynasty warriors games and i have thouroughly enjoyed this one as well, the "professor" doesn't I have thouroughly enjoyed all of the dynasty warriors games and i have thouroughly enjoyed this one as well, the "professor" doesn't know what he speaks of and will answer to Hirunobi Musashi......Muhahahahahahhhahahahaha. Expand
  6. CarlyL.
    Jun 11, 2004
    6
    The Prof is right about the guides. The maps are almost useless and cluttered. Once you take one character through the story why would you do The Prof is right about the guides. The maps are almost useless and cluttered. Once you take one character through the story why would you do it again? It is fun for a while but then the repetitive nature of the engine wears thin. Rent it or wait till its in the sales bin. Expand
  7. ProfessorFrink
    May 10, 2004
    5
    Completely overated. Sure, it gets fun the first few days, but then you notice the boring repetition. The A.I. is pathetic, the slow motion Completely overated. Sure, it gets fun the first few days, but then you notice the boring repetition. The A.I. is pathetic, the slow motion dying gets annoying because you keep attacking someone that's already dead over and over, the ranged attack is HORRIBLE, you fire so slowly so you have to aim a little ahead of the person your aiming at, but it keeps locking back on to the person! Also, the storyline is confusing, the bosses are boring, the combos and pointless, the graphics choppy and bland, the multiplayer tiny, and the so called strategy sucks. They tell you to go somewhere, but they say it really fast and then like 20 dots appear on the map, and you have no idea how to get to them. There aren't enough guys, the levels way too long. It is also totally unrealistic, I was going around, stomping people on a horse, when this little guy hits me, and I go rolling like 300 feet away! If you are really a die hard fan, then wait a few months for the price to lower, or get a different version (like one of the dynasty warriors). Trust me, you will not like this game. Why did I give it a 5, well, its ok the first few days. Expand