Samurai Warriors: Chronicles Review

Game: Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
Genre: Tactical Action
System: Nintendo 3DS
Review By: Illmatic

Samurai Warriors: Chronicles is a handheld version of Dynasty Warriors for theNintendo 3DS. Taking your character back in time to a feudal Japan, you make friendships, take down dynasties, and even fight in epic battles, all in 3D!

Gameplay: Samurai Warriors: Chronicles puts you in control of either a male or female character early in the game. Depending on who you choose, your story will differ slightly. I chose the male character as I felt he had more of a chance to survive all of the epic battles that I was about to be a part of. When you begin your adventure, you are given a little background history on the current state of Japan and on what you will be doing. Soon after the opening cinematic, you are thrown into battle where you must fend for yourself. This is where the fun starts. To say that this game is repetitive is an understatement. Most of the time you will be mashing the same button over and over again. The objectives in each level are clear, and at times can be very monotonous. After each mission you are given the choice to upgrade your characters weapons with other weapons that you may have found in a previous mission. These weapons almost look and feel identical to every other weapon in the game. Once you have selected your new set of weapons, it is time to engage in battle again, and again…and again.

Graphics: The graphics in Samurai Warriors: Chronicles are at best, fair. I understand this is a DS title, but it seems like the graphics needed a little polishing before it was released. The character models at times look very choppy and the environments look very dull and uninspiring. There are certain times during the game when the graphics look decent, but again, these are far and few.

3D: The 3D in Samurai Warriors: Chronicles is probably one of the only things that truly stands out about the title. The 3D used here is not completely game changing, but it does add a very nice touch to the game. Like most 3DS games, I had to lower the 3D setting after a few minutes because it got very distracting and did not feel so well on my eyes.

Sound: This is another are of the game where it is just plain bad. The music can get very repetitive and very boring really fast. Most of the time when I was playing this I had the volume turned all the way down. The voice acting is actually done pretty decently, but you will get tired of it after about an hour or so.

Controls: This is where this game really shines. The controls are almost perfect and respond very well to your commands. I did not have any problems executing any moves during my gameplay. Character movement is precise, and your attacks are always spot on.

Wishes: Well, where do I start. I wish the graphics would have been improved and polishes a little bit before they decided to release this title. Another thing I would wish for is more features or game modes. There really isnt anything to do after you complete the main story mode.

TQ Bottom Line: If you are a fan of the Samurai Warriors or Dynasty Warriors franchise, then this game will probably be for you. However, if you are new to this series I would warn that you might not like this title too much. With that being said, you should buy it used, then try it out to see if this game is for you.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Michelas!

Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
Developer: Omega Force
Publisher: Tecmo Koei America Corp.
Metacritic: 60
MSRP: $39.99 or $34.88 via Amazon: Samurai Warriors Chronicles