Review: Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme Legends

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Since the beginning of the PS2, there have been hack n’ slash games that fail to deliver the gaming value we deserved. Then, there was Dynasty Warriors, and after a few sequels and spin-offs, came Samurai Warriors. I remember playing the second Dynasty Warriors, Dynasty Warriors: Orochi (beta-tested though), and now Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme Legends. There’s not much to say about this game, mainly because it’s the same damn thing as the rest. At first, I was going to rip on this game, but now that I have had more time to play I must change my opinion.

If you are not familiar with the Dynasty/Samurai Warriors series, I’ll give a brief explanation. In the Dynasty Warriors series, you play as historical figures from ancient China. The same goes for Samurai Warriors, but takes place in Japan. You choose a hero to conquer the land and along the way you learn more about that character. There’s multiple weapons to choose from, and every character has their own weapon and special powers. The game is fun, for a while, and then you get tired of bashing the Square and Triangle buttons. Also, you replay the same maps from the previous game, except there are a few new ones added on. It’s the same gameplay as all the rest. Small features that stand out, but nothing to really “wow” you.

That said, let’s move on with Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme Legends. The new character roster is, as lightly as I can put it, unique. You have the choice of six new characters to play, but all fall short of playing as the mighty Nobunaga! Here’s the character roster for the Story Mode: Yoshimoto Imagawa, Katsuie Shibata, Toshiie Maeda, Gracia, Motochika Chosokabe, and Kojiko Sasaki.

The music is the same as the previous SW games, so there really is not anything worth mentioning. You know what? As I am typing this and re-reading what I have typed, this game is a great example of what happens to a popular series that strays very little from what it is, and that is a button masher game. During gameplay, as I have mentioned before, the most time spent is pressing the same buttons over and over. More so than most other PS2 and XBOX 360 game. Seriously, this has to change. So instead of having the player go through the same style of gameplay, change it by having them create their own soldier and earn their way to higher ranks in the Story Mode. Instead of playing the famous characters, we are the soldiers and generals. Just a thought.

As I have mentioned before of being fair to this game, I will keep my word. If you are a fan of the series, I suggest you buy it. Some of the reasons is that you can level your characters from 50 to 70, new Charge Attacks, add a 5th weapon, and obtain new weapons for them. The new characters are definitely unique from each other, so there won’t be much of a problem with gameplay repetition. As almost any fan (like me) who would buy EVERY Mega Man game, the same can be said for those who enjoy the Dynasty and Samurai Warriors series.


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