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  • Summary: Based on Luo Guanzhong’s historic novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the Dynasty Warriors series of Tactical Action games takes players back in time when chaos ruled Ancient China. The new Battlefield Area System creates new strategic gameplay and allows for shorter periods of play ideal for the mobile environment. The "Second-in-command" Officer System gives bodyguards special skills that you control. With hundreds of "Second-in-command" officers to discover, you can collect and select which officers you take into battle and exchange them using the Memory Stick Duo. Play as 42 Dynasty Warriors from all Three Kingdoms and Unaligned forces. Includes Musou mode and Free mode. Uncover seven stories from China's turbulent past. Mount stampeding elephants and swift horses then ride into battle! [KOEI] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. 8 / 9 / 8 / 8 - 33 gold [Dec 2004]
  2. As always, it's a fairly simple affair but fun and addictive all the same to tear through scores and scores of enemies using basic combos. [Apr 2005, p.70]
  3. Also a little disappointing is the permanent map display that takes up the right-hand third of the screen and can't be switched off. Some sort of heads-up display or radar option would have been nice, so you could roar into battle using all of the PSP's widescreen real estate.
  4. Dynasty Warriors on the PSP is quite a good conversion of the home console versions. Because of the technical limitations big battlefields have been split into separate small sections. This makes the PSP version lose the free roaming battlefields though, so all that there is to do is slash at hordes of enemies. [Sept 2005, p.67]
  5. When a game is unpredictably rendered unplayable, spending even one minute with it is one minute too long. [May 2005, p.132]
  6. 60
    Though certainly not perfect, especially given the rather extreme slowdown and bland landscapes, this is a deep action game with plenty to grab you.
  7. A test of patience. Camera and optimization troubles coupled with the loss of some cool features bring this once-proud warrior to its knees.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. AgimS.
    May 21, 2005
    10
    Great game.
  2. MicroshaftWinblows
    Mar 11, 2005
    10
    The game is amazing!! There's just not much more to say. it's that good!
  3. Psphunter
    Aug 5, 2005
    10
    I think this is a 10 only mainly because i am realy good at this game and this was my frist dynasty warroirs game so now i say get it if u r good at that tybe of game and stay away if your not good. Expand
  4. Sep 16, 2011
    8
    Being new to the series, I was blown away by the large scale conflicts and dynamic battlefields. A huge roster of warriors with their own story gives this game plenty of replay value even if the combat differences between them is less than one might hope. The map of the battlefield and the use of a supply bar give each stage a sense of scope. Gameplay is not too complex and instead allows the player to indulge in epic battles between soldiers, captains and generals. This lack of complexity does, however, become the games biggest weakness, with the player eventually becoming bored and craving more depth. Graphically, the game disappoints, with environments and lower class soldiers looking downright embarrassing at times. Expand
  5. DavidH.
    Nov 17, 2005
    8
    A very good beat'm up. Fast paced action, lots of characters and lots of enemies. Some minor issues that does not affect to the gameplay. Bad if you are looking for an adventure game, tactical game or a deep history. Expand
  6. Mar 17, 2012
    6
    Its ugly , everything looks nasty in every way, combined with a desperate rock music as a background , makes the pace desperate and amusing. Still, the action or battles ( whatever they are ) have a nice value , and sometimes feels interesting . The AI is laughable , one of the enemies attacked me and then he stood there , starring me like 20 seconds ,after that he did that repeatedly . While I'm not completely pissed off or disappointed this isn't the game you want to have for your PSP . Expand
  7. LokiStrike
    May 18, 2005
    3
    I really can't see what anyone sees in this game. A newcomer to the series, I felt like there was no point other than mindless slaughter that went on forever. I kept advancing in levels even though I had no idea what my objective was. It got traded in within a week. Expand

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