• Publisher: Koei
  • Release Date: May 6, 2004

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
Buy On
  1. 85
    What it all boils down to is whether or not a button-mashing title is appealing. If so, this is still one of the best ones available. If not, the inherently repetitive nature of the gameplay will be an impossibly high hurdle.
  2. Merely mediocre in terms of graphics (including the pitiful draw-distance in multiplayer), and simple problems like the inept camera have yet to be fixed. Its strong gameplay manages to squeak out a passing grade. [May 2004, p.97]
  3. For all of you audio purists out there, you will be ecstatic to know that the KOEI has given games the option to listen to the original Japanese or English dialog.
  4. Cheat Code Central
    The replay value is tremendous if you're a fan of the gameplay but you can experience a great chunk of the game with a rental.
  5. The repetition is quite high, but it plays almost identically to Dynasty Warriors, so it might be a good addition. Still, the total number of levels is rather low, so you can run through a character’s story in less than an hour.
  6. 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.
  7. The create a soldier mode that is dependent upon your skill with activities is a fresh spin to the player generated fighter, and the inclusion of RPG-esque elements take the rather tired elements from Dynasty Warriors and injects new blood into the genre.
  8. Don’t expect a revolutionary change to the series; just expect the same fun we’ve experienced before.
  9. The game represents an interesting twist on the traditional hacking and slashing themes but at the end of the day, it is still just that to anyone who can't be swayed by some RPG-lite elements and a few more enemies on screen.
  10. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Don't be surprised if you find yourself revisiting certain engagements just to perfectly fulfill each of its objectives. [June 2004, p.91]
  11. PSM Magazine
    While there are a few flaws, they do not ruin the overall game. The game is just a lot of fun to play. [June 2004, p.25]
  12. 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.
  13. Come on guys and gals, what is not cool about riding around on a horse and kicking some serious ass?
  14. Just don’t expect to like Samurai Warriors if you’ve had your fill of (or never liked) "Dynasty Warriors".
  15. netjak
    Kenshin's first castle invasion mission is one of the most enjoyable experiences I've ever had in this style of game. [JPN Import]
  16. 75
    The tempo of the battle sometimes swings according to the level of each army's morale. Chip away at your enemy's self-esteem by ramming three feet of steel through their guts. Then tell your own troops to buck up. Try complimenting them on their weight loss.
  17. A game that any player can just jump into and have a great time.
  18. The myriad of ways to customize your abilities and interesting additions to the game add some depth – but sadly, the mediocre implementation of some of those elements keep the game a standard hack-and-slash button masher at its core.
  19. Weekly Famitsu
    9 / 8 / 8 / 9 - 34 gold [Vol 792; 20 Feb 2004]
  20. A lot of fun to play. The game captures the spirit of the Dynasty Warriors series and improves on them. Although, the game does suffer from the same technical problems that many old NES games suffer from slowdown and lack of graphical detail.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. JasonC.
    Oct 11, 2004
    Amazing graphics. Great great great!!!
  2. SamT.
    Aug 8, 2004
    It's an awesome game on single player and multi-player alike.a must buy!!
  3. DaveT.
    Jul 26, 2004