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  • Summary: In the new Story Mode, follow the ascent and fall of heroes. In Dynasty Warriors 7, experience a new Story Mode and follow the captivating story of our Kingdoms battling for rule of China. Experience the individual tales of the Shu, Wu, Wei and the new Jin kingdomes as they shape China from the warring chaos at the end of the Later Han period to the division of the Land into Three Kingdoms. Take your faction through this key point in history and tell the story of the Dynasty that rose to seize power and unify the country once again. Immerce yourself in the epic scale of each Kingdom's story, viewing events from the eyes of a different character in each stage. Now is your chance to live through an intense historical drama of greetings and goodbyes, friendships, feuds and rivalries. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. May 18, 2011
    80
    Possibly the best Dynasty Warriors game yet. The combat system is a ton of fun and lets you change weapons on the fly as you beat your lowly enemies into pulp in a mesmerizing display of flying bodies and bright color.
  2. May 30, 2011
    75
    This new chapter in the Dynasty Warriors saga introduces some interesting changes on gameplay. The new story mode is fascinating, and the introduction of the 2 weapons really interesting. The gameplay and the graphics are similar to the previous chapter, so the fans will like it, while the others find the game repetitive and boring.
  3. Apr 18, 2011
    70
    As usual with the Dynasty Warriors sequels, few things have been improved since the last game. And while it's entertaining, the core game still feels too repetitive after a few played hours. The series needs a real reboot next time.
  4. 60
    A title that will only appeal to hack and slash fanatics, and will push away many people looking for something more.
  5. Apr 19, 2011
    60
    Dynasty Warriors may have once provided a novel experience, but like metrosexuality and Jennifer Aniston's hair, things that fascinated us a decade ago eventually grow tiresome.
  6. This is one unlucky seven. [June 2011, p.84]
  7. Apr 10, 2011
    30
    Still virtually the same game as released on the PlayStation 2 in 2000, with only the most minor changes to the hatefully shallow gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Apr 2, 2011
    10
    This is the bet dynasty warriors game to date. As the series goes on Koei constantly improves on Dynasty Warriors except for 6 when they took a huge risk and fell on their faces. Some people may hate the series, but that doesn't make it a bad game, IGN gave it a 50 mentioning if you do not like the series do not touch the game. Well that is a horrible opinion to have since they've played previous titles which might've bored them with the series. But if a person never touched the series they will surely love to just hack and slash away at thousands of soldiers. So yes its nice to read a few reviews but its best to remember they are just personal opinions. Check out a video of the game and see if its for you. Expand
  2. Apr 11, 2011
    10
    Dynasty Warriors in my opinion is one of the most underrated gaming series of all time and with Dynasty Warriors 7 the so called "Professional" critics are playing there old broken record again and panning another Dynasty Warriors game. Dynasty Warriors 7 is without a doubt head and shoulders above its previous titles, yes its the good old fashioned Hack and Slash that the game is known for but would it but Dynasty Warriors without it? The game offers 62 unique characters all having there own personality and traits, and when it comes to how much game play you get out of this well lets just say with a tonne of unlockables and the first of four campaign's taking almost 12 hours to complete on the medium difficulty, your not going to be replaying the game a week after you bought it. Dynasty Warriors 7 once again proves that the "Professionals" are ignorant to a good game and if you were to pass this game up based of there reviews then you are a fool. Pick up this game and enjoy hours of awesome graphics, addictive gameplay and destroying hordes of enemies throughout Ancient China. Expand
  3. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    No fighting game like this anywhere. Dynasty warriors is one of the best series of games I've eer played. Same basic controls with lots of extras, back to true stories and great amply. Literally hours of fun with lots to do. A must for dw fans or fans of Chinese history. Expand
  4. Mar 30, 2011
    10
    Having grown up on the Dynasty Warriors series I must admit it is my guilty little pleasure. However, when Dynasty Warriors 6 was released I was completely devastated at the horrendous monstrosity I had put into my Playstation. The 6th iteration was riddled with many problems including characters with shared movesets, a cut in the overall playable cast, and out of 40 playable characters present only 14 were playable in story mode. Thankfully, Dynasty Warriors 7 remedied everything wrong with the previous installment. Now, with the inclusion of EX moves characters are no longer clones. Adding to that, every character can equip not one, but two weapons and switch between them in battle. The story mode is also expanded from a basic 5 to 8 levels of the same battles for different characters to an actual heart wrenching drama engulfing your entire kingdom of choice. With the character count they've jumped from 40 to 62 with the return of all cut characters except Pang De and Zuo Ci. Furthermore, of those 62 characters ten of them are for an entirely new kingdom the Jin. While Jin is not new to the history of Three Kingdoms this is the very first time players will ever get to play to the actual end of the Three Kingdoms story. After story mode comes conquest mode where players can partake of mission battles to unlock more characters, weapons, and raises states. This mode incorporates the timeless Co-op mode. Moreover, it finally adds a the much coveted Co-op mode. Graphically, I was in awe of what I saw on my TV and felt almost immersed within ancient China. And the music? Well, it's just as good as it ever was and adds a real sense of battle to the game. Overall, I must say I'm very satisfied with Dynasty Warriors 7 and have gained renewed faith in Koei Tecmo. The only thing I ask for is the later release of an Empires and Xtreme Legends, then my Dynasty Warriors 7 experience with be complete. Expand
  5. Mar 19, 2013
    9
    DW7 is mostly the same as it predecessors. Despite what some nay-sayers think, it does change with every new installment, but the basics (and story, due to being based on a novel and history) are always the same, so if you are not a fan, you never will be. That said, I think the seventh game is the best in the series, even after having played some of the older ones. Every character can use nearly every weapon now (some types are gender-restricted). While that's nice, it also makes characters less unique. However, they are encouraged to use their preferred weapon, since that is necessary to execute EX Attacks, special moves and that are easy to execute and can be pretty powerful, depending on the character. Also, every character has two Musou Attacks now (although the second one has to be unlocked with skill points). The story modes are kingdom specific again and quite rigid, since you are can't choose which character you want to play in every mission. It's not so bad, since it forces you to learn to play with different characters and makes the missions rather coherent. The story is unusually good this time. It still tends to be overly dramatic at times, it's quite well-done and easier to take seriously. The cutscenes are nice to look at and some death scenes surprisingly touching. I really hope that Koei stays with this. Sure, the old hammy scenes are amusing, but DW7's story actually makes me care. Also, there is a fourth kingdom now, Jin, that rose from the kingdom of Wei. However, that's also were my criticism lies: It's mostly about the rise of Jin and its split from Wei, there is not much to see about the actual Jin period. I hope they will rectify this in future games (I don't know whether they did this with the eight one already). Aside from the Story Mode, there is also a "Conquest Mode". In that one, there is map of China, that is composed of hexagonal fields, everyone of them a single battle. The exception are towns, where you can buy various stuff, and "legendary battles", field, which have two or three battles and are locked to a character. It's quite fun and there is a lot of battles to be fought. However, even that doesn't make up for the games biggest flaw: The lack of a Free Mode, in which you can fight every story mode battle with a character of your choice. It's the one DW that really needs one and it's also the only one not to have any. It doesn't even exist as DLC, you actually have to buy the XL expansion (which in my opinion is over-priced) to have it. It's a credit to the game, that it only makes me subtract one point from the score. DW7 is a great game, which I can only recommend to both fans and newcomers. Non-fans should stay away from it. The lack of a free mode is quite a big flaw, but the overall quality of the Story Mode and the sheer fun of the Conquest Mode make up for it. Expand
  6. Mar 30, 2011
    8
    Although I have not played Dynasty Warriors 6, but I can tell you the jump between 7 and 4/5/5 Empires from the PS2 generation.

    Overall, the
    game has improved greatly on the graphics department. Although you might find the frame rate might drop a bit when there's a lot of enemies, it is still playable.
    The story follows the same old one they had since day 1, except they expanded it to make it a tad bit more interesting. Game play is LONG, unlike DW4 where you can finish a faction within 2-3 hours, this actually takes time. I have played for more than 6 hours on Wei, and it's STILL NOT FINISHED (Just beaten The Battle of Chibi stage). Now for the cons of this game:

    Voice acting - I despise English dubs when they are not done in a very good way, in this case, it wasn't. For those that played Warriors Orochi 2 on the PSP, you would know that the added bonus for the NA market was Japanese voices. Why not do that? Weapons/Skills system - 1 word to describe this thing: Confusing. DW4 sported a weapon level-up and officer level-up system through points. These points are generated from which officer you killed, how many infantry, etc. to rack up the points. I don't get why this has to be done MANUALLY now. Oh, and the weapons store is quite useless in my opinion. Morale - They are insane - You can kill at least 90% of the enemy, and your commander can still die after several brief warnings from messengers saying "our commander is under attack, please assist at once". This system brings in stupidity compared to the old morale bar which was simple to read. Choice - Personally, I don't blame Koei for trying to get us to try at least most of the characters on Story mode...but the fact that I can't choose my own character and stick with it for the rest of the story kind of sucks in my opinion. It cuts down A BIT of repetitiveness, but it's something I would miss. Overall, this game has impressed me more than enough. I like this game too much to care about the cons (well...except for the voices which I cannot avoid). I definitely DID NOT regret buying this, and I am looking forward to seeing the next installment.
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  7. May 30, 2011
    3
    This game is just like every other Dynasty Warriors game I have ever played. It's a tired act and each successive game is less and less fun, and honestly it wasn't a great franchise to begin with. When you kill masses of enemies, you don't feel awesome or powerful, instead it feels like the enemies are just pathetic and worthless and just meant to get in the way. The story is fairly long, but that isn't necessarily a good thing, because it gets boring very quickly, and the characters are not very interesting. This game lacks originality and would be an okay game (probably a 6) if it was the first DW, but it is not. Was a huge waste of my money. Expand

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