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  • Summary: In this Tactical Action game players can enjoy the thrill of taking down thousands of enemies and become the greatest hero in Chinese history.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 85
    A great rendition of an old IP by using the functionality of the PS Vita in the best ways.
  2. Feb 22, 2012
    It works as both a cathartically satisfying hack-and-slash on the easier difficulties, and a surprisingly thoughtful action-based strategy game on the higher levels.
  3. 75
    The addition of various Vita technology adds to gameplay, rather than detracting and feeling forced on you. Yes, the combat is mostly repetitive, and yes, the graphics are nothing to write home about. But with plenty of items to collect and various strategies to try before going into battle, Omega Force has made some significant changes that change up the monotony of battle.
  4. Apr 4, 2012
    Some neat touches shake things up, but it's still the same old hack'n'slash formula. [May 2012, p.103]
  5. Feb 24, 2012
    Does Dynasty Warriors Next deliver a new gaming experience? Not at all. But with all the added Vita-elements the arcade character of the infamous mass brawler reaches new heights, which might just be what this franchise needs.
  6. Mar 27, 2012
    The same old song, even though in a flashy new dress. Still not enough to gain more than a sufficiency.
  7. Feb 22, 2012
    Dynasty Warriors Plus comes with new touch-based diversions, but they don't prevent this entry from being the same old button masher.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Feb 14, 2014
    love the dynasty warrior games and this is no exception, it is a game I can take on the go which make it even better with new things that are not on the console games, this was a must get for me and I am glad I go it Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2013
    Boring. Repetitive. Overused. These adjectives are thrown around a lot when people are describing Dynasty Warriors: Next. The Dynasty Warriors series generally stay pretty formulaic, you go into a large area and slaughter everyone in it mindlessly until the numbers for the enemy go down to zero and a large gold "Victory" spreads across the screen. Yet none of this should scare anyone away, whether you are a long standing Dynasty Warriors fan or not. This Vita title brings some new ideas to the table for those of you that are veterans of the series. The battles now have mini game like touch sections, that can range from fun, to a boring distraction. Yet, even the ones that are boring only last ten to fifteen seconds, so they hardly interrupt the gameplay. In addition, there is now regenerating health. I personally like this change to the gameplay, but purists might not. Now there is really no need for the health pick ups (which are for some reason still in the game) but besides that, the formula stays tried and true, with some minor improvements made. Now, if you are new to the series, you will almost certainly love this game, as long as you are a fan of action games. In this game you will spend about 95 percent of your time, tearing everything around you to pieces, and it's a blast. I love running out into the middle of a fight and pulling off some slick combos that destroy a hundred enemies that made the mistake of standing around me. The game play can feel a little button mashy at times, but that is easily remedied if you just look at home many people you are killing. Graphically the game is stunning, it looks almost exactly like the console games, and the slow down is rare, and will only pop up for a couple minutes after several hours of playing the game straight. Yet the most amazing part of this game is the value, this game can be purchased for about thirty dollars at some places now, and i personally have gotten over 50 hours out of this game, and it is still in my Vita as I write this. The campaign is good, but the conquest mode, which plays like a simplified version of Risk, is the best. With battles that range from 5-10 min and light strategy eliments, you are almost sure to get hooked on this mode. The final things that i will say about this game are that it is as addictive of a game that i have played in a very long time, and if you are a Vita owner, than you have no reason to miss it. Expand
  3. Feb 21, 2014
    Lets be honest, the Dynasty Warriors series isn't the cornerstone of innovation, but the games are great, and this Vita port is no exception, with easy controls, a variety of play styles a decent campaign that lasts a good time, Dynasty Warriors Next is a great Dynasty Warriors.

    Obviously, a game is not without its cons, a few new introductions such as the duels can become rather irritating after having one every match, sometimes very pace breaking and feeling more like an interruption than a conclusion.

    the performance of NEXT is a strong point, the game will allow you to wade your sword through thousands without a frame drop, and the character designs are creative and attractive, and that's what we expect from Dynasty Warriors.
  4. Apr 13, 2012
    If you own a vita and are a fan of hack and slash games you can't go wrong with dynasty warriors next. Dynasty warriors next is a game based on dynasty warrior 7 a game that came out on ps3 and 360 which is in turn based on the story of romance of the three kingdom. The game uses touch controls to take advantage of the vita functionality. The game is a hack and slash game that has over 60 playable characters. Graphically the game really impresses this is easily the best looking koei game on a portable devices it's a huge graphical leap from samurai warriors on 3ds. It looks almost identical to the ps3 version especially the character models which are very detailed on the vita's beautiful screen. A lot of the music in this game is reused from dynasty warrior 7 which is great because that game had a great soundtrack and the new music added just for this game all sound great. The voice acting is also top notch. Fans of dynasty warriors games should have a good idea of what they are getting themselves into and the touch controls add a little variety to the experience but at it's core it's still a dynasty warriors game. The story mode alone could last you 20-30 hours and the game has more modes like conquest and create a character can definitively increase the play time for those who are into that stuff. It's a great that i definitely recommend and i hope we see another koei game on the vita. Expand
  5. Mar 21, 2013
    This is my first Dynasty Warriors game so I cannot comment on whether DWN is simply more of the same. What I can say is that the gameplay is a ton of fun. Going into a battle playing as one character and wiping out an army of 1000 by yourself is very satisfying. It gives you a sense of power not seen in many other games. Outside of battles, you are constantly conquering nearby kingdoms which also gives a sense of greatness. I find the touch and motion controls of the Vita are done well. They are mostly used in mini-games that breakup the hack and slash action of the main battles. I would say because of these new features in Dynasty Warriors Next, even veteran players will find it somewhat original. There are a couple of things about this game which I don't like. The first is the uniformity of your officers comments during the battles. It would have helped if the developers had added more variety to what they say. Second, the story can get a bit confusing because there are so many characters. Also, key plot points often occur during a battle which the player can easily miss because they are focused on fighting the enemy. Perhaps the game's narrator could have repeated these key plot developments after the battle was finished. All in all, these are minor complaints which don't take that much away from a superb game. Expand
  6. Feb 16, 2013
    Dynasty Warriors next brings you great hack n slash gameplay fused with touchscreen mechanics to create an all around fun experience (handheld or not). While most critics have ragged on Next for it's implementation of touch screen mechanics, I've personally found them to be quite adaptable, and all around pretty fun. Gameplay is smooth and load times are practically non-existent, which I find amazing coming from a portable device. The characters are well designed and look great, when compared side by side to a title like Samurai Warriors Chronicles for the 3DS it becomes obvious which system creates a better visual display. My biggest complaint with Next is the layout of it's campaign, which is akin to a DW Legends title. Rather than being story and task driven, the main objective in and out of missions is simply to conquer every base and eventually take out the enemies main camp. While this does become repetitive, the ability to change up characters is always a nice option. All in all, Dynasty Warriors Next is a far better game then most critics have given it credit for. If you are a DW fan and you happen to pick up the Vita, you will not be disappointed with this title. Expand
  7. Jun 29, 2012
    This is a repetitive, boring and overall a poor game . The first five seconds of playing the fantastically boring game that is Dynasty Warriors Next is the exactly the same as the following hour, and the one after that, and the one after that, and the one after that... Expand

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