Samurai Warriors is back and this time with a follow-up to the previously released Samurai Warriors 4. It is not an expansion and it is not DLC but a stand-alone release in the series. However slapping a 2 at the end of an already numbered title always confuses me so I was eager to check out the reason as to why this is a new game and not a revamped previous release. I found Samurai Warriors 4-II to be a mixed bag and it all depends what you expecting heading into this game
Omega Force is the developers of the now famous Dynasty Warriors series, which has spawned the Warriors Orochi series and the Samurai Warriors series. The Dynasty Series had its humble beginnings back in 1997 when Dynasty Warriors released on the Playstation, while Samurai Warriors had its beginning back in 2004, when the first Samurai Warriors game released for the Playstation 2.
Here we are, years later and Samurai Warriors 4-II has released on PS3, PS Vita, PC and the version we are reviewing it on, the Playstation 4. Now you might wonder why the title is Samurai Warriors 4-II. Well it is an alternate take on the Samurai Warriors 4 which released to a mixed reaction as some claimed this to be a huge leap forward for the series while others felt it lacked improvement. Well the developers thought it could use a revamped version so therefore they released this version which includes new character, the Dream Castle mode from Sengoku Musou Chronicle 3 and a different storyline. Samurai Warriors 4-II (Sengoku Musō 4-II), released in Japan on February 11, 2015, North America on September 29, 2015, and in Europe on October 2, 2015.
By now you should know what a Dynasty or Samurai Warriors game feeds you, multiple hordes of enemies for you to mow down as you rack up experience points for the different characters you are presented with. Clear an area and move on to the next one, wrap up enough this and you unlock your characters superpower which unleashes in the most awesome anime fashion you could think of leaving everything and anything in your way flat on its back. The recipe is simple yet it is incredible addictive. I review most of the Dynasty/Samurai Warriors games and I have yet managed to tell anyone anything regarding the actual story or why I am constantly killing off incoming enemies. I don't know why I do it or why I enjoy doing it, it is more of a way to simply tune out everything and just button-mash your way to victory.
Although they all have the same recipe there are always changes, some noticeable and some not so much, and it all depends on how familiar you are with the series. It rabid fan-base dig into these games with the lore and history intact and could easily argue why they feel the story is the best part of these kind of games but to me, it is all about the “me against the world” mentality that draws me in. At times you are set with fighting a boss which is a nice way to cut you away from the button-mashing aspect of the game for a bit and actually use your brain and think tactics. Although you can plough through the bosses with button-mashes it is nice to have the ability to think tactics once in a while in a game like this. This time though you have Hyper Attacks and Rage Attacks to play around with, Hyper Attacks which can break a boss' defence if timed correctly and do incredible amounts of damage to hordes of enemies and the Rage Attacks which gives the player a boost which usually includes insane combos and wild manoeuvres.
If you enjoy the Samurai or even the Dynasty Warriors series then chances are you already got your grabby paws on this release, if you are new to the series and like button-mashers mixed with wild anime then this is a great way to get into the action. If you are like me and don’t pay too much attention to the story but just want to switch your brain off for some time and enjoy some addictive combat then Samurai Warriors 4-II is easily something you can spend hours with and really get into. If you never liked any of the games in the series then this will of course not change any of that but as I said, if you give it a chance you might enjoy them the way I do.