It’s been quite awhile since I’ve played a Samurai Warriors game. They don’t release as often as Dynasty Warriors and I was excited about the chance to revisit the series. Here’s my review of Samurai Warriors 4-II.
Koei has refined the gameplay of their beloved Dynasty Warriors/Samurai Warriors games over the years. Samurai Warriors 4-II took a step in the right direction with it’s gameplay, but took several steps back in almost every other category. If you’ve ever played a game from Koei Techmo you’ll know what to expect in this one. You choose one over powered warrior and take him/her up against thousands of grunts that stand no chance of defeating you in combat.
It’s repetitive, but fun as hell and quick to jump in out of. Samurai Warriors 4-II brings a feature that the Warriors Orochi games had in them. It lets us choose more then one hero to play as on each stage. One of the heroes is locked in so that left me with one other hero to choose. I didn’t like this feature because I usually controller characters that I wouldn’t touch outside of story mode. Swapping between characters is really cool because it lets me get to the other side of the map a lot faster instead of having to run all the way there like I would have to do in other games in the series.
This game has all of the characters that I’ve grown to love in the Samurai Warriors series. It didn’t take me long to unlock my favorite characters and start leveling them up. Each character has their own skill trees now, but it’s a big mess to navigate and even if you completely ignore the skill trees you’ll still win 100% of your battles on every difficulty in the game.
Koei still hasn’t learned how to handle graphics on their PC ports. This game uses a mix between the PS4/PS3 graphics. The character models are ported from the PS4 while the environments are ported from the PS3. It’s a fucking joke, but the game is pretty to look at most of the time. I would like to have different graphics options like I do in just about every other PC game that I play, but that would be asking for too much from this company.
This has to be one of the worst PC ports I’ve ever had the displeasure of playing since I’ve been gaming on PC. This game doesn’t have mouse support, but works perfectly fine with a keyboard if you feel like jamming your buttons by mashing them rapidly every second while you play the game. This could have been solved by letting me make the light/heavy attacks map to the left/right mouse buttons while the musou attack could have been mapped to the middle mouse button. I have yet to use my keyboard to play this game. I’ve been using my Steam controller and it’s worked pretty well for this game, but far from perfect.
Samurai Warriors 4-II does not have controller support, but it does have local co op. The way to get that to work is really stupid. If I’m using my Steam controller my wife can’t play with me by using her Xbox One controller. She has to use my keyboard, which isn’t happening, or she can’t play with me at all because this game doesn’t recognize any controllers except my Steam controller and I only have one of those.
I liked the soundtrack to this game, but I didn’t by any means love it. The big issue I have with Koei’s recent games is the lack of English voice acting. Why did they stop hiring English speaking voice actors to voice their games? Most of the Japanese voices are okay, but some of them are awful. I miss the English voice actors, but I doubt we’ll ever get them back in any of the warriors games.
Samurai Warriors 1-3 had good stories. Part 2 actually had excellent stories. I have no idea what happened with part 4. Some of the stories are laughably bad and the cutscenes have even gotten worse.
Usually games like this has a nice variety of game modes for us to sink our time into. This game only has Story Mode, Free Mode, and some kind of endless tower mode that I had zero interest in doing. There’s nothing to do in this game after completing it and that’s a real shame. There’s no conquest mode, or cool board game mode that was in the last game. There’s nothing outside of story mode to keep me invested in this game.
Samurai Warriors 4-2 is the worst Samurai Warriors game ever made, but I still had a good time with it. I don’t see myself playing it as much as I did Samurai Warriors 2, and 3 and that’s a shame. The best game in the series is still Samurai Warriors 2 by a longshot and I don’t see that changing any time soon. I’m worried with the direction this series is going. I think Koei needs to think about giving this series a break like they did with Dynasty Warriors and really take their time with Samurai Warriors 5.