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Dynasty Warriors 9 Review – Reinventing the War

Developer: Omega Force

Publisher: Koei Tecmo

Platform: PlayStation 4*, PC (Steam), Xbox One

ESRB Rating: T

Release Date: February 13th, 2017

MRSP: $59.99

*The PS4 Pro Version was used to review this game

Thank you, Koei Tecmo for providing a review copy!

[Video Review Forthcoming]


Dynasty Warriors 9 is the long awaited new mainline title in the “Dynasty Warriors” series of hack and slash games. This game attempts to completely redefine the series with an open and fully explorable world full of minigames, armies to fight, and sights to see. Will fans of the series have the next true evolution of musou games? Today we dive in and take a look.

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Story:
This series’ story has also been a constant retelling of the classic novel “
Romance of the Three Kingdoms”. This story explains the Three Kingdoms period in chinese history which is essentially a giant Chinese civil war. There are over 80 characters spread out across 5 factions, each of which have stories that carry over to various time periods throughout the war. Playing only one character will give you a story that wouldn’t answer a ton of questions and will constantly have you battling against characters you know nothing about. The more character stories you complete the more sense the overall story with make. The story itself is part cheesy, part serious war drama, and part anime. It isn’t bad by any means, but by the second or third character story you’ll already have seen all the major events at least once.

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Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada Review – Poster Boy Chronicles

Developer: Omega Force

Publisher: Koei Tecmo

Platform: PlayStation 4*, PC (Steam), Playstation Vita (JP Only), Playstation 3 (JP Only), Nintendo Switch (JP Only)

ESRB Rating: T

Release Date: May 23rd, 2017

MRSP: $59.99

*The PS4 Pro Version was used to review this game

A retail copy was purchased by the reviewer for this review.

After a series of spin offs for the “Samurai Warriors 4” line of games, “Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada” seems to be bringing them to a close. Going for a much more linear, drama based story mode instead of the wide scale story angles told in the previous games we see a departure from the traditional Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors spin offs. Does Spirit of Sanada have enough original ideas and mechanics to set itself apart from the plethora of other history based musou games?

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Story:
The story of the Warring States Period is one the Samurai Warriors games will tell again and again until they can’t scrape any new details from the history books. Spirit of Sanada tells the story of these events from the Sanada clan, and does so rather well. The characters are well fleshed out and a lot more likeable than previous entries in the series. They are are only two major gripes I have. One is the pacing between the multi-stage battles has you doing very pointless and repetitive side missions which old within the first few hours. The second is the very confusing and underwhelming ending. It is very undramatized from history almost to a fault. For them to change small details about the events but not change the ending to be a little bit more fulfilling to the character is an odd choice.

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Warriors All Stars Review – A Gathering of Niche Heroes

Developer: Omega Force

Publisher: Koei Tecmo

Platform: PlayStation 4*, PC (Steam), Playstation Vita (JP Only)

ESRB Rating: T

Release Date: August 29th, 2017

MRSP: $59.99

*The PS4 Pro Version was used to review this game

Thank you, Koei Tecmo for providing a review copy!

Warriors All Stars is a love letter from Koei Tecmo to the fans of their many franchises. From the darkest of stories to the happiest, Omega Force has compiled a large batch of characters to duke it out and save the world from an ancient evil. Does this game stand out in the large amount of recent Dynasty Warriors spinoffs or does it fall to the wayside as a failed fanservice present? Today we dive and and take a look for ourselves.

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Fire Emblem Warriors Review – Giant Armies and Giant Expectations

Developer: Omega Force, Team Ninja

Publisher: Nintendo

Platform: Nintendo Switch*,  New Nintendo 3DS

ESRB Rating: T

Release Date: October 20th, 2017

MRSP: $59.99

*The Switch Version was used to review this game

Thank you, Nintendo for providing a review copy!


Fire Emblem Warriors” has been the pipedream that fans of both Musou and Fire Emblem games have wanted for years. With Koei Tecmo game polls and fan UI mockups being posted on the internet for years, seeing the announcement at the Nintendo Switch conference earlier this year was a dream come true for so many people. Since then we’ve learned  information about the game that has become very divisive among fans. Does this game live up the expectations of both sets of fans? Or does it fall to being overly ambitious like so many other games today? Today we take a look.

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Rock of Ages 2 Review – Monty Python’s Rolling Katamari

Developer: ACE Team

Publisher: Atlus

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (Steam)*

ESRB Rating: E

Release Date: August 28th, 2017

MRSP: $14.99

*The PC Version was used to review this game

Thank you, Atlus for providing a review copy!

Rock of Ages 2: Bigger and Boulder is the sequel to the cult 2011 indie game “Rock of Ages“. Rock of Ages is a series which takes elements from tower defense games as well as a few queues from the “Katamari” and “Super Monkey Ball” franchises to create something truly unique. Nearly 6 years after the release of the first game, does Rock of Ages 2 truly live up to the title of Bigger and Boulder? Today we take a look.

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Dragon Quest Heroes 2 Review – Honored Traditions

Developer: Omega Force

Publisher: Square Enix

Platform: PlayStation 4*, PC (Steam), Playstation Vita (JP Only), Playstation 3 (JP Only),  Nintendo Switch (JP Only)

ESRB Rating: T

Release Date: April 25th 2017

MRSP: $59.99

*The PS4 Pro Version was used to review this game

A retail copy was purchased by the reviewer for this review.

It’s been a few years since the release of “Dragon Quest Heroes,” a fun little ARPG tower defense game that served as a love letter to the franchise. With the sequel in the spinoff series going fully open world, and adding various new elements to the mix, will it stand up to the original? Today we take a look at Dragon Quest Heroes 2.

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Strafe Review – Welcome to Die.

Developer: Pixel Titans

Publisher: Devolver Digital

Platform: PlayStation 4, PC*

ESRB Rating: M

Release Date: May 9th 2017

MRSP: $19.96

*The PC Version was used to review this game

A retail copy was purchased by the reviewer for this review.

Strafe” is what some would call an ode to the FPS games of the early to late 90s. It tries to create a procedurally generated roguelike game with the gunplay of such games as “Wolfenstein” or “Quake.” After being kickstarted years ago and being delayed earlier this year we finally have our hands on this unique game. Does it manage to deliver a polished experience to the fans of old school FPS? Let’s dive in and find out.

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Yooka Laylee Review – The Return of Collectathons?

Developer: Playtonic Games

Publisher: Team17

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC*

ESRB Rating: E10+

Release Date: April 11th 2017

MRSP: $39.99

*The PC Version was used to review this game

A retail copy was purchased by the reviewer for this review.

Nostalgia is a powerful thing in the gaming community these days, as it serves as one of the main factors of success in most kickstarted games. A few examples of this are “Shenmue 3,” “Mighty Number 9,” “Bloodstained,” and the newly released “Yooka Laylee.” Yooka Laylee serves as a love letter to the late 90s era of 3D platformers, but does it show the age of the games it tries to imitate? Today we take a look and find out for ourselves.

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Berserk and The Band of the Hawk Review – Steel and Sacrifice

Developer: Omega Force

Publisher: Koei Tecmo

Platform: PlayStation 4*, PlayStation Vita, PC (Steam), Playstation 3 (JP Only)

ESRB Rating: M

Release Date: February 21st 2017

MRSP: $59.99

*The PS4 Pro Version was used to review this game

A review copy was provided by the publisher for this review.

The cleverly titled “Berserk and The Band of the Hawk” is the latest entry in Koei Tecmo’s series of anime themed Dynasty Warriors spin-offs. These games usually take the trademarked aesthetic and atmospheric tones found in each respective series and match that with a never ending amount of soldiers to carve your way through as your favorite anime protagonist. Does this game end up being a good Dynasty Warriors game? Does it end up being a good Berserk game? Lets take a look.

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