Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. May 18, 2011
    80
    Possibly the best Dynasty Warriors game yet. The combat system is a ton of fun and lets you change weapons on the fly as you beat your lowly enemies into pulp in a mesmerizing display of flying bodies and bright color.
  2. May 30, 2011
    75
    This new chapter in the Dynasty Warriors saga introduces some interesting changes on gameplay. The new story mode is fascinating, and the introduction of the 2 weapons really interesting. The gameplay and the graphics are similar to the previous chapter, so the fans will like it, while the others find the game repetitive and boring.
  3. May 25, 2011
    70
    You know it's not a masterpiece, but you're after a bit of escapist fun - nothing less, but nothing more.
  4. Apr 18, 2011
    70
    As usual with the Dynasty Warriors sequels, few things have been improved since the last game. And while it's entertaining, the core game still feels too repetitive after a few played hours. The series needs a real reboot next time.
  5. Apr 13, 2011
    70
    Until Koei can refine the long game, Dynasty Warriors will continue to slip from relevance, in much the same way as Xiahou Dun's good eye, or Sun Quan's colourful beard, have done before it.
  6. Apr 4, 2011
    70
    This is possibly the first game in the series that tries to renew a formula untouched for years. It offers advancements both technical and narrative, and although gameplay-wise it is still stagnated, it works.
  7. Apr 11, 2011
    65
    Another Dynasty Warriors and nothing new to see. The same repetitive gameplay is now structured in four different campaigns that extend the life of the game during dozens of hours, but you might get tired in the very first one. This button-smasher has barely evolved since the second installment and Dynasty Warriors 7 is not an exception: you won't find any surprises but the same kind of levels again and again. Only recommended for those who actually love the series, because they will find new weapons, characters and even a cooperative mode in the Conquest mode.
  8. May 9, 2011
    60
    Overall, the gameplay is repetitive but ultimately fun in very small doses, and with plenty of content included, means you do get your monies worth. If you're a fan, then this is an essential purchase despite desirable features which appeared in other games being absent; such as create a character, tactical 'Risk' like options upgradable body guards and such like. Sadly this means you're left with a bare bones yet interesting game rather than the all encompassing ride a game with a "seven" in the title should be.
  9. May 6, 2011
    60
    With very few improvements on the classic "Dynasty Warriors" formula, like the new and improved weapons, the seventh episode will appeal only to loyal fans of the series.
  10. Apr 25, 2011
    60
    Won't win the series any new fans but should restore some faith in existing ones alarmed by the regrettable, to say the least, direction it went in the last time out. [Issue#71, p.83]
  11. Apr 19, 2011
    60
    Dynasty Warriors may have once provided a novel experience, but like metrosexuality and Jennifer Aniston's hair, things that fascinated us a decade ago eventually grow tiresome.
  12. Apr 15, 2011
    60
    That it's a slight improvement over the last is not a surprise though, and for those of us not in love with the series it's just another disappointingly average action game.
  13. May 8, 2011
    59
    The gameplay tweaks might not win a new audience but should please existing fans. [June 2011, p.89]
  14. May 11, 2011
    56
    Another Dynasty Warriors episode doesn't renews the old gameplay of this brand. Good only for the old Dynasty Warriors fanbase, the other player should stay away from this repetitive and boring game.
  15. 56
    There's a ton of content, but it all feels the same to play.
  16. 55
    Granted, even with a friend in tow, the missions all feel the same--which rings true of DW7 as a whole. [June 2011, p.83]
  17. 50
    Dynasty Warriors 7 are quite an average piece of hack'n'slash genre. The concept of the game itself is not bad but the developers buried all the fun in an extréme stereotype. [June 2011]
  18. May 10, 2011
    50
    Dynasty Warriors 7 is the same even this year: same repetitive-button mashing gameplay, same old graphics engine. Despite the story and the cultural facts behind a truly no-sense game, especially in 2011.
  19. 50
    More than ever, Dynasty Warriors feels like an uncomfortable timefart.
  20. Mar 30, 2011
    50
    Those who are already into the Dynasty Warriors franchise will love Dynasty Warriors 7. Everybody else should stay away.
  21. A few pleasant additions to the tried and tested formula but DW7 isn't searching for new fans. [June 2011, p.94]
  22. Apr 6, 2011
    40
    The Dynasty Warriors franchise is a beast of inveterate laziness. The gameplay is tired and, while the story and characters could be intriguing, the presentation is too bland and wonky to draw in gamers who are new to the series.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Mar 30, 2011
    10
    I'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 theI'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. Full Review »
  2. Mar 30, 2011
    9
    I have to say I'm extremely impressed by Dynasty Warriors 7. I went in expecting an uninspired, mind-numbing time killer like most of theI 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. Full Review »
  3. Mar 30, 2011
    7
    I was amazed with how the story mode has changed, compared to previous Dynasty Warrior games. There is much more to it then before and theI was amazed with how the story mode has changed, compared to previous Dynasty Warrior games. There is much more to it then before and the telling of these tales are given much more life and vibrancy then ever before. The voices of the characters are still a little weird, but aren't quite as awkward as before.

    But besides this, the small changes to game play (like the weapon switching) doesn't really change the fact that this is still a Dynasty Warrior game. Hacking hundreds of mindless soldiers is still the name of the game. Also while the graphics have been improved, there is still some slow downs, especially when the battles become frantic and there are a lot of enemies present on screen.

    Overall, there are a number of good changes made to this seventh entry in the series that does help advance this series more often then not. But overall it still mostly remains to be the same game we've all played many times before.
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