Warriors Orochi 4 is the latest game from KOEI Tecmo that follows the same Dynasty Warriors/Samurai Warriors type of formulaic gameplay. These hack and slash games have a rabid fanbase, although the genre also has its many critics too. Warriors Orochi 4 is a big crossover game because it features famous characters from both the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors franchises. Does this new game in the series add anything new and innovative? Find out in our full review of Warriors Orochi 4.
Warriors Orochi 4 features a lot of content for fans because the roster count is one of the biggest I have ever seen for an action video game. Thanks to adding protagonists from the both the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors video games, the full roster count is over 100 playable characters! You unlock new characters as you progress through the 70 levels in the main campaign and each character has their own unique weapons, items and abilities.
In terms of the story, Warriors Orochi 4 has a pretty cool concept. The god Zeus is the main enemy and he wants to make a new world at the expense of the current one. However, he loses bracelets that fall down to Earth and are captured by humans both good and evil. Now the heroes have to defeat enemies with the bracelets as well as stop Zeus from going with his evil plan!
The characters are all together in this timeline and you will see familiar faces from all the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors games. It’s probably one of the biggest crossovers you will ever see in a video game and it’s great to see all of the characters interacting with one another in this game.
I actually loved the amount of playable characters that are available in this game because it made me want to rotate the party of three characters in every mission. One character had a bow and arrow, while another was very good at swords and magic. My favorite character though is Naotora Ii because she uses her powerful legs like Chun-Li to decimate the hundreds and thousands of soldiers that litter the battlefield!
Playing as Naotora Ii is also fun when you are riding on top of a horse. When she attacks enemies with a horse, she uses gymnastics to kick and knock out all of the enemies that stand in her way. She unique move set is one of the best in the game and I played with her throughout the entire game, while I rotated out other characters.
Speaking of characters, I really appreciated the fact that you can swap between three characters anytime you want and also add some support characters too. By pressing the R2 or L2 buttons, you can change to another character instantly making the combat feel fresh and exciting. Not to mention characters have different magic attacks and weapons so you’ll rarely see the same attacks over and over again if you keep changing to different characters.
The magic abilities are interesting in this game because the characters have powers that rival a god. Due to the game’s story, the characters have access to some of Zeus’ bracelets that have fallen to Earth giving them abilities that normal mortals usually doesn’t have. You can use these powers on the field constantly and they pretty much decimate hundreds of soldiers all in one go! However in using these abilities, it does make the game slightly easier than previous entries. Even on the hardest difficulty setting, the enemies and bosses are no match for the god-like powers you can now possess.
There’s not much else to say about the core hack and slash style of gameplay because it’s the same repetitive grind that the series is known for. If you were hoping for something different, you’re better off playing something else because Warriors Orochi 4 doesn’t add many new features to the core gameplay. That said, fans that hated the open-world concept in Dynasty Warriors 9 will be happy with this game because it features the same gameplay you know and love.
The only thing I don’t like about the gameplay is that it gets repetitive quite quickly. The missions are all the same as you just roam around the map killing hordes of the same looking enemies. Sure there are some bosses thrown in there, but nobody is really challenging. The only thing that broke up the monotony is the new tag-team like special moves that you can do with the characters you have on the field.
Outside of the main missions, there is a special multiplayer mode that you can play inside the Battle Arena. This multiplayer mode is basically where you have to capture bases from the opposing enemy. It’s not a great mode and it wasn’t as fun as you’d hope it to be. If you are playing this game, stick to the main campaign because this multiplayer mode is pretty mediocre.
Visually, Warriors Orochi 4 does not push console technology to its limits. The game’s graphics just look outdated and very last generation in my opinion. It’s a bit unfortunate cause I’ve been playing a lot of visually impressive games recently and it was jarring to play a game that looks this average.
Overall, Warriors Orochi 4 is a fun and enjoyable game for fans of the genre, but it’s not going to please everyone. The game doesn’t not push the genre forward mainly because there aren’t that many innovative new features. However, this game is far better than Dynasty Warriors 9 and the large character roster will please fans for several hours.