Review: Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers (PS4).
The universe Dynasty Warriors we usually associate it with action games, where we slaughter hundreds of opponents on huge battlefields. This time it is time to look at the history of ancient China from the tactical side, which is a surprisingly nice change from what we have known so far.
Although this time we didn’t get the battle chop but the standard tactical JRPG, the title is still set in the realities of the world Dynasty Warriors. It still refers to the famous Chinese literary work Romance of Three Kingdoms (The Age of the Three Kingdoms), so despite the presence of new heroes, there will be plenty of old friends. The action of the game begins right after the fall of the Yellow Turban uprising (184-189 AD) during the reign of the late Han dynasty. The fight with the survivors is still ongoing, and the Imperial army has problems with local warlords. We play the roles of Zhao Yun and his learned friend Lei Bin. Young warriors, defending their homeland from the insurgents, release a mysterious little woman named Lixia. The three of them set off on a journey through China to find the magic orbs, the return of which is demanded by cunning Lixia with the ability to manipulate destiny. By the way, the heroes get involved in local conflicts that cannot be avoided in a country torn by turmoil, where an ally can become an enemy at any moment.
The scenario, as you can see from this short introduction, is quite old school, typical of tactics published in the 90s, such as Tactics Ogre, Fire Emblem whether Saiyuki: Journey to the West. This means that it is hard to count on an extensive, multi-threaded story, which, however, does not depreciate it in any way. We got quite an interesting epic based on the history and mythology of ancient China, and at least that’s how it can be approached if we haven’t had contact with the DW world, which greatly expands the audience. Fans of the series, however, will be additionally attracted by the presence of the old guard of officers from the main canon – for example Liu Bei, Cao Cao, Diao Chan and many others, with whom our heroes will ally or fight fierce battles. By the way, we will learn many unknown facts about them, so it is really worth getting drawn into the whole story. I do not hide, however, that the main lure is Lixia herself and the secret that covers her – who she really is and what her true intentions are. In any case, it has to be commended Omega Force for finding a golden mean between creating something for fans of the cycle and people new to the topic.
Visually, it is just as good, at least for a strategic jRPG. Although the graphics are kept in the atmosphere of Asian B movies, especially the cutscenes, but this is where it suits us best, because it gives us a stereotypical image of Chinese knights dressed in richly decorated armor. Dark tones of colors dominate, and the slight dimming of the image creates a serious atmosphere of chaos and constant war. If someone is looking for a getaway from candy items, but without falling into dark fantasy, he should be satisfied. The varied battlefields are quite large and can accommodate many units. The figures of the characters were made satisfactorily, although without unnecessary details, but with panache. You can have some reservations about the camera’s zoom levels, because none of them are perfect. In addition, by turning it at the highest zoom, we create a not very nice effect of blurring details on the models of soldiers. Dubbing, on the other hand, was only left to Japanese, and the voice actors did not show off their artistry during the dialogues. The music itself, on the other hand, suits the events played perfectly and I have nothing to complain about it.
We fight in a turn-based system characteristic of the genre, where we move our soldiers on a battlefield divided into “hexes”. However, while we command only officers, the enemy may have units of ordinary soldiers treated as one unit. There is no special philosophy here – when the enemy is within the reach of our subordinates, we attack him with a normal attack or one of the special abilities. The game, as befits a spin-off of the Musou series, gives bonuses and encourages the destruction of many enemy units at once, which is possible thanks to the action point system. Thanks to him, our officer in his turn attacks several opponents, being able to combine attacks and skills into one string. This increases the speed and dynamics of clashes, which allows you to show your tactical artistry without spending a long time in battles. Each skirmish has outlined victory conditions and they do not always require kicking the opponent to the leg, so we often end the fight within ten minutes. This is a good move, because the campaign is quite long and it would be pointless to extend the fight in no way. The icing on the cake are the Musou-style combat animations, but they are turned off by default and unlocked in the game options, which is really worth doing. In any case, the time during the battles was fast and pleasant for me, although I found nothing original about them.
Apart from the plot, the title doesn’t offer much. We get side battles, of course, but they don’t add anything to the story. The so-called The “path of destiny” of individual officers, both friendly and hostile to us, in the form of short dialogues on topics from their lives. It is worth unlocking them for rewards and additional battles, and by the way, they are an interesting source of information for players who love these characters. The title has a lot of RPG elements, allowing us to freely develop heroes with the help of a skill tree. Unfortunately, there was no idea how to use the accumulated cash, because throughout the game I did not see the sense of spending it on anything. We simply get all the equipment and items in bulk for winning matches.
A tactical variation on the series Dynasty WarriorsContrary to some fears, it turned out to be quite a solid production. Admittedly, fans of the cycle would probably prefer another chop in these climates, but a certain variety will certainly not hurt them. For other players, it’s just a good strategic jRPG, which we don’t have much on PlayStation 4.