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  • Summary: The game's primary mode, Story Mode, is separated into 2 parts, regional stories, which tell the tales of the officers of various regions around the land such as Kyūshū and Shikoku, and the story of unification, which details events up to the end of the Warring States era. By way of contrastThe game's primary mode, Story Mode, is separated into 2 parts, regional stories, which tell the tales of the officers of various regions around the land such as Kyūshū and Shikoku, and the story of unification, which details events up to the end of the Warring States era. By way of contrast to previous games in the SW series, the battles and the stories surrounding them are portrayed by faction, allowing the dramatic relationships between characters to be explored in more depth than ever before. Experience the convictions, intertwining ambitions and motivations that each character bears for yourself. [KOEI] Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    The reality is that Samurai Warriors 4 is nothing short of brilliant, and a huge leap forward into the new generation of game design by Koei. It's cinematic, its beautiful, it's fast and entertaining, and if you allow it to be, it's even a little educational. And that makes it inspiring.
  2. Oct 29, 2014
    85
    Fans of the series should not miss out on this game, and newcomers wanting to try out a Warriors game will find an easy and fun way to get into them with Samurai Warriors 4.
  3. Oct 21, 2014
    80
    Samurai Warriors 4 suffers from the same pratfalls as the rest of the Warriors series on occasion, but the strong offering of content and robust Chronicle mode will keep you interested for quite a while.
  4. Arguably the best finger-abuser money can buy. An essential purchase for musou fans. [Christmas 2014, p72]
  5. Oct 24, 2014
    72
    It offers you a decent amount of content with the open Chronicle mode taking all the glory. Aside from that don’t expect the Samurais to stray too far from the proven formula.
  6. Oct 31, 2014
    70
    Samurai Warriors 4 is a descent beat them all for the PS4, and if you like Muso games, this is one of the best.
  7. Oct 21, 2014
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.

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  1. Oct 22, 2014
    10
    Played quite a bit last night and had a blast. This is my first Samurai Warriors game but I have played a lot of the Dynasty games. The gamePlayed quite a bit last night and had a blast. This is my first Samurai Warriors game but I have played a lot of the Dynasty games. The game looks good on the PS4, the pop in is much less than it used to be. Don't read the negative reviews that say this is a button mashing game. It is what all the warriors games are, but with more depth. By now, if you like warriors games you will love this one, if you don't like them then you will likely not enjoy this one. Expand
  2. Feb 11, 2015
    10
    I have enjoyed every Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors that has come out and this is now exception
    Tecmo Koei know what there fans want
    I have enjoyed every Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors that has come out and this is now exception
    Tecmo Koei know what there fans want and like and they make sure we get it, Every game has the Story and Free mode and then there is another mode which is different in every version of the game.
    Samurai Warriors 4 has Chronicle mode where you create your own Samurai and travel Japan fighting in battles and meeting all the famous officers that are in the game to try and bond with them.
    Specking of characters to play this has the biggest roster to date in any of there games I think with 55 to pick from and 12 of them playable for the first time.
    Story mode has gone the way of Dynasty Warriors meaning there are 10 different stories for 10 different clans of the warring states, Takeda and Shimazu to name 2.
    anybody who enjoy the other Samurai Warriors game will love this and those that have not should give it a try, it might just surprise you
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  3. Oct 22, 2014
    10
    This is an amazing addition to the Warriors franchise. While it may not have the roster nor depth that Warriors Orochi 3 had, the combat andThis is an amazing addition to the Warriors franchise. While it may not have the roster nor depth that Warriors Orochi 3 had, the combat and feel of the game is vastly improved. If there's one warriors game to get, this would be my recommendation unless you're really into the Chinese lore instead. Expand
  4. Feb 15, 2015
    9
    If there was any Warriors game to get into, it is this. It runs very smoothly, looks great for a Musou game, and it's just as fun. The onlyIf there was any Warriors game to get into, it is this. It runs very smoothly, looks great for a Musou game, and it's just as fun. The only caveat is that there are no English voices, only Japanese, but I can guarantee you that the story is fairly easy to follow. Expand
  5. Oct 23, 2014
    9
    I love this game! The combat and gameplay is much more fluid when I compare it to Warriors Orochi. love this Japanese art style too! thereI love this game! The combat and gameplay is much more fluid when I compare it to Warriors Orochi. love this Japanese art style too! there are flaws, like close up the trees and water are a bit blurry, the characters hair never moves (they really must have strong hair gel!) but it doesn't take anything away from the slash fest. if you like Japanese games, or beat em ups, this will be like hardcore pornography for you! Expand
  6. Oct 26, 2014
    8
    Like other Mûso games like Dynasty Warriors or Orochi Warriors 3 Ultimate (WO3U), Samurai Warriors 4 (SW4) is an action game in which playableLike other Mûso games like Dynasty Warriors or Orochi Warriors 3 Ultimate (WO3U), Samurai Warriors 4 (SW4) is an action game in which playable characters are famous warriors/general taken from History. In this case, they all are generals who fought during Sengoku era (period of civil wars in the XVth century). Don’t expect some austere game like Kessen, because all those legendary people have been given over-the-top superpowers : lightning, fire and laser beams are in order as you re-experience major events of Japan’s History like Mikatagahara or Mitsuhide Akechi’s betrayal.

    Unlike WO3U where you progress with a group of three, SW4 has you control a main character, helped by a second one controlled by the AI. The problem is that the AI is liable to do anything save what is actually useful. Despite the attack/defense orders you can give him, he keeps being stuck at some place. A second issue is that your partner is fairly weak and is quite a hindrance in hard modes.

    This is however the only drawback of SW4. Fighting heavily outnumbered has never been so good. As always in the series, you’ll have to raise the morale of your army by accomplishing certain tasks or taking positions. There also are danger zones (above in red on the map) in which the soldiers are extremely tough : you’ll need some courage to throw yourself into those, or a plan to lower the enemy’s morale.

    Combos are easy to master but at the same time quite rich. Everyone of them is a combination of square, triangle or L1 : start with square or L1 for normal attacks, triangle being used for rush combos by which you can thrust your way forward. Every character has a unique type of weapon and therefore combos of its own, at least 15. But whichever you choose, the combinations of buttons are the same! In the same idea, not only does the smith allow you the strengthen your weapons, but you can also transfer some capabilities to another type of weapon right away. This is wonderfully clever gameplay that makes SW4 enjoyable anytime without any kind of grinding.

    Your character gain experience points and new combos when they level up. There is, similarly to WO3U, a small action/RPG part to consider. Roughly, SW4 is easier than WO3U : hard mode is quite doable, but 地獄 (litt. “inferno”) mode require overboosted characters and a lot of agility. Very often, the game will prompt you secondary objectives within chapters, to be done in limited time. Those ones add to the challenge and will measure your level of mastery of the game.

    So-called professional journalists will tell you that it’s repetitive and that you’d better waste your money in a WiiU. This rhetoric doesn’t apply to SW4. First thing, there are 50 playable characters and therefore more than 700 unique combos + finish moves and 無双奥義 (very badass special attacks). In 42h playing, I might have seen like half of all that. Notice also that unlike Hyrule Warriors, the game can be played in coop via the network in story and skirmish modes, which makes it extremely lively. I did most of the story with @Ichikyo57 (the purple flash above, he’s too quick to even be seen with bare eyes) and the connection didn’t falter even once.

    Not satisfied yet? SW4 gives you the possibility to create your own character with a large number of choices, especially in weapons/combos, with even the option to insert a JPG icon of your own. I was able re-create anime/manga/games characters (above, Ikaruga from Senran Kagura), it being as addictive as the recent SoulCalibur games.

    This player avatar is used in the Vagrant mode, which is in fact in series of battles in all Japan (expect Hokkaido, if I were from Sapporo I would be quite upset). In parallel, you’ll chat with the characters of the story mode in funny mini-events.

    Because the biggest point of SW4 is its extraordinary story-telling. Sometimes amusing, sometimes dramatic, Omega Force’s game does it well in both cases. The historical context is rendered with such precision and intensity that it makes it as good as a museum or a great samurai movie. Geopolitical introductions are amazing and some cut-scenes completely unforgettable.

    Let’s finish by technical aspects. SW4 PS4 being an upgraded version of SW4 PS3 released in Japan last Spring, it is not as impressive as you could expect. Still, main characters have been re-modeled with great care, and all the effects (weather, lightning, etc.) have been refined. But most of all, this PS4 version has so many enemies on the field that you literally draw in them! Besides, the frame-rate had zero drop and loadings barely exist. You thus have a game that has been perfectly optimized and good to look at. The soundtrack is good, but WO3U had left me a better impression on that department. Needless to say, voice acting is still perfect.

    I really didn’t expect SW4 to surpass WO3U, but it did. Exhilarating action game, it is at the same time a wonderful present for those passionate about Japanese history.
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  7. Oct 31, 2014
    7
    Only recommended for those who love MUSOU genre, like me. Graphics are only slightly better than in the previous generation titles. Is nearlyOnly recommended for those who love MUSOU genre, like me. Graphics are only slightly better than in the previous generation titles. Is nearly imposible to find somone to play online due the lack of a good matching game option, which forces you to play alone missing part of the fun of these games. Expand

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