Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic 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. Mar 6, 2012
    85
    Dynasty Warriors Next was the second title that I got to experience on the Vita and I have to say I'm thoroughly impressed with this mobile offering. At its heart is the same old combat that fans love, but there is enough added Vita supported functions to make Dynasty Warriors Next the new evolution in large scale combat on the small screen.
  3. Apr 10, 2012
    82
    The PS Vita features have been implemented so well that this is a must have title.
  4. May 9, 2012
    80
    For purists, newbies or even those just looking to try a Warriors title again, Next is definitely worthy of being the next game booted up in your Vita.
  5. Feb 22, 2012
    80
    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.
  6. Mar 20, 2012
    77
    Dynasty Warriors Next is an exclusive that convinces for its completeness and longevity. The older fans will find again all the features they loved from the first chapter; the newcomers will discover more than an interesting hack n' slash game.
  7. Mar 2, 2012
    75
    It won't change the opinions of those who despise the series or adore it, but for those on the fence, don't be surprised if you are hooked after a rental.
  8. Feb 28, 2012
    75
    Those who have never bought into the series will not be blown away by the new additions. Those who love the games will enjoy this one as well, even with some touchscreen missteps.
  9. 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.
  10. Mar 20, 2012
    74
    Although the game is very similar to other Dynasty Warriors titles, Next surprises with a touch control that works quite well and a remarkable number of enemies in screen without losing graphic quality. If you like the series this is a good acquisition for the PSVITA.
  11. Mar 2, 2012
    73
    The high-quality presentation, touch features, and substantial cache of content that includes ad-hock co-op and an addictive Conquest mode should please repeat customers and perhaps even bring a few newcomers to the battlefield.
  12. Mar 21, 2012
    72
    Dynasty Warriors Next introduces some minor changes using the touch controls, but the whole experience remains the same everyone knows.
  13. Feb 24, 2012
    72
    A very good Dynasty Warriors entry, if a somewhat traditional one. Its Vita-specific additions are somewhat lacking, and the core action will get repetitive over time, but it makes for a killer diversion and provides a wholly satisfying, console-quality Dynasty Warriors experience for the player on the go.
  14. Apr 13, 2012
    70
    Its title suggests big changes to the formula that just aren't here, but Dynasty Warriors NEXT will appease series veterans who just want to have a copy of their favourite franchise anywhere they go.
  15. Mar 14, 2012
    70
    Next comes across as a game that's embracing the Vita wholeheartedly on a surface level while being much more reserved in terms of Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.
  16. Mar 7, 2012
    70
    By scaling back the epic-scale battle sizes and weaving in nifty mini-games, NEXT is the first title in the series that doesn't feel like a chore, an element that has plagued the franchise for years now.
  17. Feb 22, 2012
    70
    It's mindless to a fault, where eventually, you just want the mission over with. At the same time, this is exactly the type of experience hardcore DW fans want, and for these people, NEXT delivers.
  18. Apr 4, 2012
    69
    Some neat touches shake things up, but it's still the same old hack'n'slash formula. [May 2012, p.103]
  19. Feb 27, 2012
    69
    Dynasty Warriors Next is a good Dynasty Warriors entry on PSVITA. It's a game that will keep you busy for a long time.
  20. Even though Tecmo Koei didn't make any technical sacrifices compared to previous outings in the series, they shun any form of innovation. The result is a very traditional hack & slash game in which the touch controls are only used in annoying mini games. [April 2012, p.100]
  21. Mar 7, 2012
    68
    Dynasty Warriors Next is a solid entry into the series that combines the gameplay of a typical Dynasty Warriors experience with the exclusive controls and features the Vita hardware offers. If you enjoy the series, there's a lot to like about Next.
  22. Feb 24, 2012
    68
    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.
  23. Feb 28, 2012
    67
    I found myself enjoying Dynasty Warriors NEXT, and it managed to get its hooks in me more than part 7 did on home consoles. In the DW series it still doesn't command my interest in the way Gundam 3 did, but it's definitely the best portable DW game I've come across. It won't be the game to draw in non-Dynasty Warriors fans, but if you're riding the fence on picking this up, I don't think it's a bad way to drop $40.
  24. You're still mindlessly hacking 'n' slashing your way through clones, but now you'll also engage in mini-games that use the gyro and touchscreen in very inelegant ways. [April 2012, p80]
  25. The restrictive and repetitious combat is too simplistic to keep your attention for dynastic periods. [Apr 2012, p.113]
  26. Mar 27, 2012
    60
    The same old song, even though in a flashy new dress. Still not enough to gain more than a sufficiency.
  27. Mar 8, 2012
    60
    Just another chapter of the long-lasting Koei series, with some poor new features exclusive to PlayStation Vita.
  28. 60
    Mashing the buttons is done with more style and pomp but continues to be the same mashing of buttons.
  29. Feb 24, 2012
    60
    Dynasty Warriors certainly has a specific and rabid fanbase, and those folks will certainly enjoy Next if they've maintained their interest in the series after so many entries. If you're a member of the gaming population that scratches their head at the popularity of this repetitive franchise, this Vita entry will do nothing to change your opinion.
  30. Feb 23, 2012
    60
    Poor touch controls and a lack of dedicated online multiplayer drag down an otherwise serviceable portable Dynasty Warriors game. Fans of the series will find things to like in Next, but the offering is mediocre at best.
  31. Feb 22, 2012
    60
    Awful obligatory minigames aside, there's a solid game to enjoy at the core. You'll just have to be a really big fan to suffer through the dire moments.
  32. Mar 18, 2012
    50
    More of the same, but not better. Dynasty Warriors Next doesn't boost the strategy elements and insists on its boring and tedious action.
  33. Fans of the series know what they're in for, but everyone else can rest their fingers for deeper games. [Apr 2012, p.60]
  34. Feb 23, 2012
    50
    This is virtually identical to previous Dynasty Warriors games. If you're new to the series and thinking of picking it up with your system on launch day, Dynasty Warriors Next is a game that will keep you busy for a long time. So long as its action-packed gameplay doesn't bore you to death first.
  35. Feb 22, 2012
    50
    Dynasty Warriors Plus comes with new touch-based diversions, but they don't prevent this entry from being the same old button masher.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Feb 23, 2012
    8
    I know this game is going to get bashed for being more of the same...and i have always loved the series for what it is...a button masher. The inclusion of touch screens is nice and gives you some different things to do (ambushes, duels...etc). If you want something mindless and running around chopping people up this is a fun entertaining game. THe graphics are crisper than the console version, but typical problems as far as draw distance and pop up of enemies. Also it feels the camera is to close...be nice if it could zoom out more. Full Review »
  2. Jun 29, 2012
    3
    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... Full Review »
  3. Apr 24, 2013
    7
    I was surprised when I bought and enjoyed it till the end. The story between the three kingdoms was pretty enjoyable. The graphics look superb on the PS vita and and there is addition of the touch screen controls. But i felt some were forced on players but most of them were pretty cool such as a alternative touch screen specials.The story progresses between the 3 kingdoms Wu, Shu, and Wei who are at war. There are many characters to choose from but some might be clones of others. The game play is pretty fun and I found myself enjoying the game but at some moments i felt the game was repetitive. I felt like the game could have added a more variety in maps such weather effects. There are many different tactics a player can take which is different from other dynasty games. This time around players can takes over certain forts that can have different results in the game. You can also control some allies that follow you a around and you can tell them to attack or defend certain points. In conclusion, this dynasty warrior port is a warm welcome to the PS vita library. Full Review »