Samurai Warriors 4 - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

October 21, 2014

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.
7.7

Summary:

In Samurai Warriors 4, players hack and slash their way through hordes of foes, but now they have new options like Hyper Attacks, which let them close large distances quickly, and Rage mode, which increases the power of attacks once the Spirit Gauge is full. The Story mode splits the action between regional tales starring various officers, and the unification stories that illuminate the Warring States era, and both narratives highlight complicated factions. The new Chronicle mode sends gamers to Japan on a variety of quests to meet new officers and collect unique items. PlayStation 4 gamers can enjoy more densely populated battlefields, a higher level of detail, and the ability to share screenshots and streaming video.

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Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 19GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Engine:
    • riot 6
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disc
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 69 Hours
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Posted:
2015-02-27

Steven_Shaw

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PS4

8.1

'Samurai Warriors 4' was released for the PlayStation 4 back in February of 2015, it was published by Tecmo Koei and it promised to bring more bloody battles to the next generation of consoles. The hack and slash genre isn't reserved solely for games like 'Dynasty Warriors'. In fact, the developers at Omega Force just dropped the fourth entry in their storied slasher series.

While this series is nowhere near as well known as 'Dynasty Warriors' it still packs more than a couple great punches in. We picked up our virtual sword and pressed onward through an invigorating game full of high stakes battle and entertaining drama. Is this the ancient samurai war game for you?

Live by the sword...

Welcome back to the 16th century. Our story starts in Japan during the Sengoku period, which was filled with much political strife that bordered on full out civil war. Multiple regions were at each others throats and countrymen everywhere were taking up arms to defend themselves. Much like the other games in the series, 'Samurai Warriors 4' is a romanticized retelling of a truly fascinating and bloody piece of history. With the help of 55 different characters, many of whom are based on their real life counterparts, you will be tasked to do your part to ensure victory for the proper side. What side that is, remains up to you.

Not unlike the 'Dynasty Warriors' series that leads Koei in sales every year, 'Samurai' pushes more of a similar style of game. You typically find yourself in battle surrounded by nearly endless amounts of foes. You play as one of 55 different heroic characters, each with their own battle styles and special weapons. You must fight through the hordes of low ranking soldiers in order to advance to checkpoints, clear out choke points, or defeat enemy bosses. Along the way you'll accumulate stats, rank up your gear, and find yourself thoroughly thumb-exhaused. The game is a button mashing experience in the truest sense of the word.

If you have spent any time with the varied 'Warriors' titles that are out there in the public then you roughly know what to expect. Whether you are playing the original 'Dynasty Warriors' or any one of the various anime spin offs 'Dynasty Wars: Gundam, for example) the action and central gameplay stays essentially the same. There have been some changes for the PS4s 'Samurai Warriors 4' and that is where we will start diving in.

As we spoke briefly on above, the games in this series typically resort to button mashing madness. While that is absolutely the truth here, there is some method to it as well. Button mashing is an absolutely legitimate strategy but it doesn't give you the feeling of success that locking down different combos does. If you take the time to learn the combo system then your missions will start to go smoother and quicker than ever. You can do some major work by locking in on how to maneuver your hyper attacks.

Another variation that this game will bring to long time fans is the 'tag team' style. You can now bring two different playable characters into each battle. You will be able to seamlessly switch between them with the press of a button and this really speeds up the game and prevents you from growing bored of clearing out hordes of enemies. Picking two characters whose style complements each other is a great way to progress in the game. With 55 different characters to choose from this is a great way to develop some strategy and really add depth to the core gameplay.

As you play through the story mode you will find yourself moving faction to faction, trying to finish all of their missions. These different missions will expand the lore of the game, much like in older titles, and they'll also flesh out the personality of the otherwise seemingly generic characters. There is a lot of content here to delve through with more cut scenes and interesting story to regal the player. Along the way you will collect upgraded gear and other equipment slots.

Conquest mode is where many people will likely spend their post-campaign time. In Conquest Mode you are able to create your own character from scratch. Design him however you want, be it in ridiculous fashion or period appropriate style. Once you've done that you will be able to push through all of the missions from all of the factions. As you progress through this mode you will run into different characters from the campaign. There are moments of actual roleplaying involved in these meetings. Depending on how your meeting went they might increase their friendship and respect for you. If you treat them like garbage they will react to you accordingly. You are also capable of acquiring new weapons and armor through this game mode, fleshing it out into a more complete experience.

The onscreen mayhem that so many of have grown to love is still there and fully represented, and perhaps moreso. The PlayStation 4 amicably takes on the duty of rendering out hundreds of character models who politely wait in the background for you to chop them down. Dipping into your musou is as fun as ever and initiating your hyper attacks is probably the single most satisfying experience of the game. That isn't to say that the story is bland, or anything like that. For a 'Warriors' game, there is a little bit of something for fans of lore and dialogue.

Still, 'Samurai Warriors 4' on the PlayStation 4 is a hack and slash game in the truest sense of the word. The difference between this game and the cheap knock offs is that it still does what it does well. You'll pour hours into the game as you seek to finish the campaign before inventing your own unique character in the Conquest Mode. I had a lot of fun with the title despite it being a more superficial experience, and I think you will too.

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