Warriors All Stars, is a new hack n slash title by Omega Force & Koei Tecmo with a great nostalgic feeling. It brings together several Koei Tecmo franchise heroes in a quest to save a curious new world and return to their own. Warriors All-Stars has all the elements of a traditional Dynasty Warriors game and contains several additional RPG elements. Essentially a cross-over hack & slash hybrid with RPG elements. It’s good fun once you devote some time to it. It can seem, at first a little slow paced, but diving in can reap a very surprising and pleasant experience.
Developer: Omega Force / Koie Tecmo
Publisher: Koie Tecmo
The game’s narrative takes us to a magical kingdom struck by an unfortunate set of events. It’s once powerful and life-giving spring has ceased to exist in its original form. The kingdom is in turmoil and in it’s time of need, the Royal Queen & Princess have resorted to summoning champions from other worlds to help them best the surmounting odds to restore power to their beloved spring.
Diving In Can Reap A Very Surprising And Pleasant Experience
Players have the option of choosing one of Koei Tecmo’s franchise heroes. Brought together from thirteen different franchises, there is a playstyle for everybody to choose from. Warriors All-Stars does not focus on weapons. These are exchanged for player cards which heroes can equip and in turn level up and customise. The player is able to equip one but carry several others in their inventory throughout their journey allowing flexibility in the builds and specifications chosen.
Each hero also comes with a series of skills normal and charged which allow for an array of combinations to choose from during battle. Additionally each character unlocked during the playthrough is then able to be added to the party. These are not playable all at once. Being a member of your party permits the player to combo up heroes and their abilities for an interesting power combo via R1 to devastating effect.
Information Overload Can Be Daunting But Perseverance Is The Key With Warriors All Stars
The saturation of information is at times at odds with the more simplistic hack n slash play style Dynasty Warrior is known for. Leaving reservations aside however, there is a level of depth and replayability to be found in this title. There is no shame in absentmindedly hacking and slashing the enemies with a repetitive smack of Square or Triangle. Taking a little time to digest all the information available can take some time. Studying these elements of the game require a little more thought, for instance which cards to equip or the heroes to add to the party. Once in the groove however these nuances add to the satisfaction when a battle is well executed.
The storytelling is visually enhanced by the the cutscenes. They add great value to the general plot development. Without which, there may have been a lot yearned for from the player. The in battle map interactions can get lost during the thick of battle and can at times feel lacklustre. Warriors All-Stars has several different endings and a non-linear gameplay lending a sense of freedom in the choices that a player can make. Split between a world map and a battle map there are many diverging paths that a curious adventurer can take. If you’re like me though you may focus on the the more important fights and advance the plot to avoid the risk of battles becoming repetitive.
A Non-Linear Gameplay Lending A Sense Of Freedom In The Choices That A Player Can Make
It can be a pretty game and as already mentioned, the cutscenes add strength to the overall visual presentation. Emotions can be mixed however when in-battle as the textures are very reminiscent of older iterations of Dynasty Warrior games. It would be interesting to see what Warriors All Stars would look like in its next iteration. The particle effects are a rainbow of fluorescent activity and definitely has the usual Koei Tecmo seal over it.
On the surface all’s well that ends well with Warriors All Stars. It exhibits a tendency that if you can ignore its shortcomings, to be a fun game. Especially if you have liked Dynasty Warriors. If you take the time and invest into Warrior All-Stars pursuing diligently everything offered you will be pleasantly surprised with the hidden depth of Warrior All-Stars. It is impossible however to shake off the feeling that we could have been offered much more.
There is a lot of good in this game. Yet at times this is overshadowed by a level of complacency often found in cross-over titles. It attempts to ride on the strength of its source franchises when it could have built in it’s core a more independent strength. It would have been more satisfying if more attention to detail had been paid especially in the way of more combinations and equipables. Less is sometimes more. I would play this game again. If you love a hack n slash, give it a go. Warriors All Stars is like an ice cream without the biscuit. Enjoyable on it’s own. But had we been given more, it would have pushed to a greater height.