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  • Summary: Experience exhilarating action set in a dramatic historical setting in SAMURAI WARRIORS 5. As the latest numbered entry in the SAMURAI WARRIORS franchise, the story, characters, and visuals have been re-imagined to set the stage for a thrilling new series. The story takes place after theExperience exhilarating action set in a dramatic historical setting in SAMURAI WARRIORS 5. As the latest numbered entry in the SAMURAI WARRIORS franchise, the story, characters, and visuals have been re-imagined to set the stage for a thrilling new series. The story takes place after the Ōnin War during the golden age of the Sengoku period, and features a story that centers on the lives of two of the most representative military commanders of this era: Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi. Choose from a number of new and returning characters while utilizing new abilities to take on evolving enemy forces. Experience electrifying Musou action like never before in SAMURAI WARRIORS 5.
    ・Experience an intense historical drama set during Japan's Sengoku period, told from the perspective of this era's foremost military commanders: Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi.

    ・Both returning heroes and brand new characters have received re-imagined designs in order to showcase the captivating world of the Sengoku period.

    ・Enjoy exhilarating strategic action on an evolved battlefield.

    ・Enemy forces continue to evolve as time passes in the story, making full use of a number of different military tactics to take on the player.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    Samurai Warriors has been one of the most precious things to me for years now. Not only have I loved the games themselves, but they've led me to another passion in Japanese history, and given me ideas for things to do while travelling across Japan that I would never have had otherwise. As it turns out, travelling to old battleground sites and Sengoku-era castles really is a great tourism activity. Samurai Warriors 3 was the start of all that and, with Samurai Warriors 5, Koei Tecmo has produced its finest effort yet. I would be incredibly surprised if this doesn't inspire a lot of people to go out and learn more about one of the most fascinating periods of warfare, contested by some of the most fascinating individuals that the world has ever seen.
  2. Aug 3, 2021
    90
    I wouldn’t quite put it over Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition as far as Switch Warriors games go, but it’s not far from that mark at all. If you enjoyed the Hyrule Warriors games, give this one a go. Link isn’t here, but you’ll still have fun.
  3. Aug 22, 2021
    90
    Samurai Warriors has long been a vessel for an exciting delve into the Sengoku era—one that, despite its extravagances, always puts authenticity at its core. That’s truer than ever in Samurai Warriors 5, with a new, more dramatic approach to storytelling and a singular focus on the legacy of Nobunaga Oda, and the way it balances an extremely divisive historical reputation is nothing short of remarkable. With some welcome refinements to the endlessly enjoyable action-strategy game at the Warriors series’ core to round out the package, this is a fantastic new direction for Samurai Warriors.
  4. Jul 27, 2021
    80
    Samurai Warriors 5 takes the long-running franchise, gives it a wonderfully vibrant lick of paint, throws in some excellent new combat mechanics and fills its story mode with well-directed cutscenes, resulting in a slick and stylish addition to the series that's sure to please fans and newcomers alike. Yes, it makes a few fumbles here and there - we aren't fond of its grindy system of upgrading your Dojo and Blacksmith, it limits your character choices at times in the campaign and that stripped back roster is sure to irk some - but, overall, what's here is a fine addition to the Switch's line-up of Musou titles. This is a fast-paced, flashy hack and slash effort that looks and plays fantastically well and, most importantly, performs almost perfectly whilst doing so.
  5. Sep 25, 2021
    80
    Samurai Warriors 5 brings a fantastic recipe of intense, addictive combat, enveloping plot, a varied and rich cast, and even a mode with tower defense mechanics. All this contributes to an experience that will grab players by their collars and no matter whether experienced or new-comers, will throw them into a frantic experience that fits perfectly with the Nintendo Switch format.
  6. Jul 28, 2021
    80
    Samurai Warriors 5 has a fresh look and new mechanics that make the series look great. Despite some issues, its good gameplay, good soundtrack and large amount of content will make fans enjoy the game, especially those who love Japanese culture.
  7. 70
    It's undeniable the amount of content that Samurai Warriors 5 boasts. Completing Nobunaga's campaign unlocks even more missions, and that's in addition to all of Mitsuhide's and assorted side missions not required to reach the end credits. While mission variety and challenge felt lacking, there are reasons to replay stages to complete every objective and shoot for S rankings, which are actually tied to opening up some of the post-game content. Ultimately, there's a type of mindlessness to playing a game like this that serves as both a nice break from more mentally demanding ones and also a reminder that musou games are still quite niche, and perhaps for good reason. If you enjoy breezy, repetitive gameplay with hours and hours of missions to play and stuff to unlock, Samurai Warriors 5 will do just fine. However, I can't see it doing enough to bring new fans into the series.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 29, 2021
    10
    Its a very well polished game the combat is fun it looks beautiful i highly recommend.
  2. Dec 17, 2021
    9
    As a relative newcomer to the musou style of play, where you’ll often feel like you wield almost god-like power slicing through entire squadsAs a relative newcomer to the musou style of play, where you’ll often feel like you wield almost god-like power slicing through entire squads of enemy fighters with repeated swipes of your sword, I’m by no means a ride or die proponent of it. However, as skeptical as I once was that the subgenre could appeal to my tastes, thinking it would be too goofy and repetitive in some fashion, a simple revelation has made it grow on me. With SW5 specifically I hit a point in my repeated combos, enjoying my meter getting more and more ridiculously high, and then unleashing my fury on a level boss… that there was a reason it appealed to my inner primal gamer. It’s just a different way of playing great games in one of my old-school favorite genres, the beat-em-up. Maybe I’m late to the party, and this is something well-known, but for me it was an easier way to access this world and helped make it click. With that core play out of the way, which can be extremely satisfying when you’re in the zone (though, watching it played back, it looks far more dull than it is in the moment), you can then take in everything else about this specific title that clicks quite nicely. It looks fantastic, full of color and detail, and the story (though perhaps a bit of a soap opera in many regards) is actually fun to watch play out with its twists and turns. I can’t speak to how this shapes up to its predecessors, what tweaks may or may not have been made to its formula, but I feel I can speak to the reluctant gamers out there who’ve never given the series a try. If you have any love for classic beat-em-ups in your heart you should absolutely have a great time with this revisionist take on the formula. The action is intense, if you want to find success you’ll need to be precise and make full use of the formidable powers each character wields, and once you’re in the flow of things it all comes together to be quite satisfying.

    https://www.nindiespotlight.com/2021/07/mini-reviews-july-27th-edition-nintendo.html
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  3. Jul 29, 2021
    8
    On Switch, Samurai Warriors 5 is a very good Musô, well supplied (despite a contained roster) and above all very pleasant to play for itsOn Switch, Samurai Warriors 5 is a very good Musô, well supplied (despite a contained roster) and above all very pleasant to play for its unfailing dynamism. Although it is not the most beautiful game on Nintendo's hybrid console, it remains very fluid and technically well optimized, and if we can be taken aback at first by its renewed artistic direction, we also say to ourselves that a little freshness doesn't hurt. In short Samurai Warriors 5 is a safe bet for amateurs and a good pick for the curious. Spin-offs and control games developed by Koei Tecmo, such as Hyrule Warriors Era of the Scourge and Persona 5 Strikers, have also done a lot of good to the direction taken in home licensing at Omega Force.

    Full review, in french, on my blog Nintendo Legacy. You can follow me on Twitter @NintendoLegacy1
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