- 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
10I've been playing the Dynasty Warriors series since it began and I can say without reservation that this is the best one to date. While the story is basically the same (as it should be since it is based on historical fiction), they have actually made it more accurate to the source material, have an easier to follow story mode (which is great for those not as familiar with the story), and all of the names are pronounced correctly which is a first:) The game play is has been changed slightly in that Musou moves are now one shot mega-blows instead of a meter that drains. A cool and well implemented change. For those who didn't like DW6 (I actually really liked it), this goes back to of the look of DW5 in so much as the style. However, the graphics are fantastic and they, from my estimation, have crammed more enemies on screen than any other DW game to date. If you have even a vague interest in Dynasty Warriors or beat-em-ups in general, this is a phenomenal purchase. There is a veritable ton of content and over 60 characters. I know I'll be playing this one for months.… Expand
9I have to say I'm extremely impressed by Dynasty Warriors 7. I went in expecting an uninspired, mind-numbing time killer like most of the rest of the games in this franchise, but it seems like Koei finally took a long hard look at the franchise, looked at what worked, what didn't work, and used it to make a very solid experience. The game feels fully polished, and its story-telling rivals that of industry giants, and they have added many more battles and events than all of their previous games, though the story and setting remains the same. The learning curve strikes a perfect balance between features you start with and features you need to earn. The only lament I have for this game is that the battles still haven't returned to the tactical depth that they once had in the PS2 era, but the combat system has been improved enough to make the game fun enough that I can barely notice. I highly recommend this game, especially if you enjoyed other Warriors games, because this one is by far the finest to date.… Expand
8It's pretty sad that professional reviewers don't even bother to properly play through the entirety of the DW7 campaign before criticizing the game on aspects that are present in all AAA games. Should Gears of War or even God of War be criticized for the mindless button mashing/holding you will be performing through the 10/20 hours of the single player portion of these games? No, they won't. They don't looking at the real flaws of the game which in my personal opinion is a TPS version of Diablo minus the gigantic looting table.
Short background on myself and my relation with Dynasty Warriors, DW7 is my first DW title after playing DW3 eons ago, Warriors Orochi 2 and Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 and, the former being a relatively entertaining game if you are a Gundam fan, although it plays nothing like how a Gundam game should. So I came in DW7 knowing what type of game I was getting into, killing thousands of weak cannon fodders, some relatively weak lieutenants, and the officers who might or might not be a challenge. It's an easy game even on the normal difficulty, and the harder difficulties like in Diablo are only there for you to play through after you reach a certain level. The leveling system constitutes of earning skill points which are spent in the character skill tree and acquiring stronger armaments, and wow, there are plenty of them. This bring us to the core of the game: Combos that will shatter the heavens!
Combos are performed by mashing your attack button then unleashing a charge skill attack then swapping to your secondary weapon which is another attack in itself depending on the weapon you are using. You can artfully continue the combo with the secondary weapon. The key here is that mashing buttons like an idiot will get you no where, each charge attack have a different purpose: toss your enemy in the air to follow up with an aerial or juggling combo, a stun attack, an aoe attack, a crazy combo attack, a crazy combo attack with an aoe attack embedded. Most weapons have the same style of charge attack with some differences here and there, for example the twin axes stun attack is an extremely deadly one, and the giant sword favors aoe attacks. Since we are on the subject of weapons, there are around 40 of them, and since you can carry two at a time, the combination should allow for some pretty interesting scenarios of mass slaughter.
But you know what I really loved about DW7? Not the gameplay which is fun, not the graphics which are ok for a next gen DW game, not the music which is superb, but the story. I actually cared about the characters I was controlling, I found some of them endearing, and I even felt empathy for them. While there are some giant cliche the three big honchos follow like Liu Bei is a benevolent leader, Sun Jiang the family man, and Cao Cao is the man with a dream who will stop at nothing to make it come true, I actually love how the story does show us how they evolve to that point, their doubts, their fears and how ultimately the story of the Romance of three kingdoms play out down to the last breath of their heroes and leaders. There's even a bonus campaign which is roughly of the same size (10/14 hours) of the three individual campaign (yeah, it's a lengthy game) that brings us to the end of an age and the beginning of a new one. How's that for "mindless boring uninspired" game? If you don't want to spend $xx on every new title, get this one, it's the quintessential DW game.
The music is great specially the ones played during the major battles. Talking about the battles themselves in the story mode (Story Mode and Conquest Mode are the two main mode in DW7), each mission is varied, sure you will go from point A to B, and sometimes back to A before proceeding to C, but it keeps thing fresh with each missions having their own little things happening. During one particular major battle, you will be sneaking to a supply depot to distract the enemy, then proceed to flank and crush the enemy forces who are engaging your side's main army then proceed to get the head of their leader. While in another mission, just when you thought your push towards the enemy base was going smoothly, an enemy force lead by a hero/officer has sneaked around towards your base or your friends might end in ambushes and in need of rescuing. The major battle are packed with more interesting events and even gimmicks like firing catapults at advancing siege weapon or a minigun-like weapon in a few scenarios which were entertaining for the most parts.
The only flaw is the drawing distance but that seemed to be only an issue in Conquest mode which is a bit like a big challenge map with scenarios including escort, search and rescue, and defend as well as arenas and special missions for each characters.
Conclusion. The DW game you want to pick up for the best retelling of the Romance of three kingdoms story. The DLCs released for this game is good as well.… Expand