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Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 37
  2. Negative: 5 out of 37
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  1. Oct 20, 2010
    91
    The first improvement is that everything is smoother.
  2. Dec 20, 2010
    83
    Overall, it's a far more enjoyable experience than you'll find in most of the Dynasty Warriors series, and it's nice to see some competition for the a game type that doesn't get a lot of love in the Western side of the world.
  3. Play UK
    Dec 25, 2010
    76
    Unashamedly dated, but still surprisingly addictive and good fun if Warriors games are your bag. [Issue#198, p.95]
  4. 75
    Mindless, but glorious button-mashing fun, full of crazy characters and over-the-top moves.
  5. Jan 15, 2011
    70
    We already knew that Sengoku Basara: Heroes Samurai was limited to a specific audience, and while not offering anything new, and to offer less than others have already offered, is a game full of dynamism and charisma.
  6. Jan 13, 2011
    70
    Sengoku Basara is a clone of Koei's Samurai Warriors saga, but with some differences of gameplay that will entertain the fan for many hours, trying to unify the feudal Japan along a memorable conflict.
  7. Jan 6, 2011
    70
    For people who have already distanced themselves from Koei's game series, this title will do nothing to change their minds about the genre. For fans of the formula, though, the decision of purchasing this game comes down to whether or not they can live with its trade-offs. For those who can live with the changes, the game provides a fun experience that will last for quite a while.
  8. Dec 20, 2010
    70
    But as it stands, Samurai Heroes probably won't change the minds of those adverse to the Dynasty Warriors template.
  9. Dec 20, 2010
    70
    SBSH is a tough game to score fairly. If you love this genre then there's no doubt this game is for you, and you can be happy with the fact that Capcom has provided a game that will keep you busy for weeks on end. For everyone else though things aren't that clear.
  10. Oct 25, 2010
    70
    In the end Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes definitely should have been released a few years ago and if you're a fan of game such as Dynasty Warriors, than this game might give you a few hours of enjoyment.
  11. Oct 20, 2010
    70
    It's easy to see that this is a Playstation 3 version of a Wii game. But that doesn't stop it from being good fun for all manga fans out there.
  12. Oct 20, 2010
    70
    Despite some very obvious issues, Sengoku Basara is a gleefully self-aware package of big, stupid fun.
  13. Oct 20, 2010
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  14. Oct 20, 2010
    70
    If this is your kind of genre, then you'll get plenty out of this game.
  15. Jan 9, 2011
    67
    This is one of the funniest hack and slash games from the past years. The graphics are nice and the gameplay is pretty cool. If you like hack and slash games, then Sengoku Basara is your game. The only sad part is that the gameplay will be repetitive.
  16. Oct 20, 2010
    67
    Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes is a blatant copycat of the Warriors franchise, and it doesn't care. Of course, when it does the formula better, it doesn't have to care.
  17. Feb 8, 2011
    65
    Capcom improved a lot on their previous release, however Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes still needs a lot of work as its far from perfect.
  18. Jan 13, 2011
    65
    Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes gets the Dynasty Warriors formula and changes the face. It is extremely funny and it will attract the lovers of this genre, but this game is really poor in AI, lack in innovation, and really repetitive and linear.
  19. Oct 22, 2010
    65
    Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes is the new bet of Capcom in the beat 'em up gender. Its greatest virtues are a great spectacle in the combat mechanics and a correct technical section. However, a rather unfortunate IA, some camera problems and lack of online modes just weighing on the experience.
  20. games(TM)
    Jan 20, 2011
    60
    You'll be jabbing the square button until fatigue eventually sets in. [Issue#102, p.106]
  21. Dec 20, 2010
    60
    Looking like a game from the old generation and being too similar to Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Heroes doesn't renovate a genre that needs reinvention.
  22. Dec 20, 2010
    60
    At the beginning it's entertaining, but after a few hours it becomes very repetitive. It's not a bad game, but one that's worse than it main competitor, the Dynasty Warriors saga.
  23. Dec 20, 2010
    60
    Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes brings nothing new to the hack-and-slash table, nor does it improve on any of the genre's typical features.
  24. Oct 25, 2010
    60
    There is little doubt that Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes will be lapped up by tactical action fans; it is mechanically robust, pleasing on the eye and has a vitality that has been sorely missing in recent Dynasty Warrior releases. Those not already enamoured with the genre will find less to enjoy here however.
  25. Oct 20, 2010
    60
    However Sengoku Basara still feels like a blast from the past.
  26. Oct 20, 2010
    60
    One may have a lot of preconceptions when witnessing such an apparent carbon copy of Samurai Warriors, but with a little time to overcome them, Capcom's game finally reveals its differences and qualities. With its over-the-top and satyrical side, it succeeds in establishing itself as a different take on the genre. it's even a well executed take on it, both technically and in terms of gameplay.
  27. Oct 20, 2010
    60
    Our suggestion? Turn off the volume, and get your fingers ready to mash some buttons.
  28. Oct 20, 2010
    60
    Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes doesn't stray far from the traditions of the genre, and is little more than the same old hack-and-slashing with new characters. Even so, I can't deny the short-lived joy of clearing out entire armies with a single character, juggling twenty men as my swords cut explosive streaks through the air, and watching the combo-counter rise with maniacal speed.
  29. Oct 20, 2010
    55
    There's not much to Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes and it pales in comparison to other similar games out there. The large-scale premise is squandered by poor enemy AI and boring combat, and it simply doesn't do anything sufficiently interesting to warrant your attention.
  30. 50
    If we were feeling incredibly generous, we might have given Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes a reserved recommendation based entirely on its uncompromising madness. As it is, however, there's not enough to pull this brawler out of its overshadowing tediousness.
  31. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Jan 6, 2011
    50
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  32. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 25, 2010
    50
    Muddy textures, horrendous voice acting and repetitive gameplay plague an otherwise functional hack 'n' slasher. [Issue#51, p.103]
  33. Mar 31, 2011
    45
    Ultimately, despite the flair and lushness of the presentation, the game is pretty monotonous, with the same hack and slash, or in some cases run-and-gun gameplay over and over again.
  34. Oct 20, 2010
    45
    Shallow, mindless hack-and-slash action makes this a crushingly tedious slog through an anachronistic version of 16th-century Japan.
  35. Oct 20, 2010
    45
    Sure, it's better looking and slightly more entertaining to play than any of the similar games that have come out in recent years, but it's still painfully formulaic and completely uninspired.
  36. Oct 20, 2010
    40
    Unquestionably the best Dynasty Warriors style game so far, but at its core it's still just as shallow and repetitive as any of Koei's games.
  37. Jan 6, 2011
    25
    There isn't a single redeeming quality to Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes that will justify playing the game to its full extent.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. Oct 14, 2010
    9
    If you have played Devil Kings or any of the Dynasty Warriors/Samurai Warriors series then you likely will have a pretty good idea of what youIf you have played Devil Kings or any of the Dynasty Warriors/Samurai Warriors series then you likely will have a pretty good idea of what you are getting yourself into with this game. What really sets this game apart is how completely over the top it is! The gameplay is fast and smooth with not so much as a blip in framerate. The selection of characters is good, but the Sengoku Basara of historical figures that you may be familiar with from the Samurai Warriors frachise will likely be quite different than you are used to. I'm a huge fan of this genre of games and Sengoku Basara is really able to add some new excitement and freshness to the genre without making it seem too different. My only real complaint about the game at all is that Uesugi Kenshin sounds really, really, really weird. That idiosyncratic complaint aside, the game is fast, fun, and completely worthy of your time if you are a fan this genre of games. If you've never played any of the Warriors games, this would be a good place to start. Its not overly difficult, but challenging enough to be fun. There are tons of unlockables and upgrades for your charcters too.

    I'm not typically one to complain about other reviews, but some of the critics who rated this game negatively obviously don't like this style of game. If you do like these types of games or mindless action in general, I assure you it is totally fun and worth playing.
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  2. Oct 17, 2010
    10
    Amazing, if oyu like this style of game this is a top priority for you! 16 great characters, with great stories, difference paths, kick assAmazing, if oyu like this style of game this is a top priority for you! 16 great characters, with great stories, difference paths, kick ass specials, i mean kick ass! Graphics are colourful, effects are great, Voice acting is top notch with funimation backing it up! Laura Bailey, Johhny Yong Bosch, Troy Baker GREAT VOICE ACTING! Get it NOW This is 2000X better than Dynasty warriors/ Samurai Warriors :) Full Review »
  3. Oct 13, 2010
    8
    It's an over the top game which hinges on style and works best when the difficulty is set at maximum, though the technicality of the gameplayIt's an over the top game which hinges on style and works best when the difficulty is set at maximum, though the technicality of the gameplay is minuscule by comparison to Godhand. But either way the game will suffer the same critical fate, forever doomed to misunderstanding and exile. It's worth a try by any measure of quality though. Full Review »