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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Striking Gold with Strikeforce

As a fan of the Dynasty Warriors series, I always hope that the next entry in will be bigger and better. For the most part, the latest releases always tend to be disappointing (though highly playable) because they don't do much to further push the basic gameplay formula - which is to tell grand stories whether historical or not via nonstop battles that pit your choice of heroes into the fray against armies of millions. Well, those who have been very patient with Koei should be happy to know that Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce is definitely different and it is also the best game in the series thus far.

It's a small town but you can do a lot in it.

I have only played the game for 3-4 hours and I must say that it is quite addicting. What makes Strikeforce special is the game's structure: There is now a hub  that frame the game's standard battle sequences where you can shop and accept quests. It's basically still the same DW game but the sublime changes truly elevate it into something unique. There are many ways to customize your character's statistics and the quests are short in length but they reward you with a lot of items that varies in rarity. It's like Phantasy Star Online, but with your favorite Romance of the Three Kingdoms characters and settings! Playing an online game is easy and you can continue questing alone and building up your character while waiting for others to join your game. Item and character trading are also possible, further strengthening the game's online element. Sadly, there are not a lot of people playing this game when I was looking to co-op earlier. If you have been a DW fan, this game is a must. Those who like dungeon crawlers should find plenty to do with this game as well.

FIRST IMPRESSION: 5 out of 5

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