Dynasty Warriors was the first of such Musou-type games which came up in 1997. Since then there have been plenty of Warriors spin-offs which included even famous franchise such as Gundam and One Piece.
With the introduction of the Playstation 4 and the XBox One, let’s take a look at how the new of the warriors series stack up against each other.
Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (PS4 / PS3 / XONE / Vita)
Warriors Orochi is a crossover and combination of Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors. The Ultimate version is an enhancement over the version that was released two years ago. In addition to the completing the game by defeating Orochi, the extra content continues with Da Ji finding a special form of Mae Tamamo, which create havoc for the heroes once released.
You get to choose over 140 characters, including characters such as Sophitia from Soul Calibur, and Kasumi from Dead or Alive. Atelier fans will also recognize Sterkenburg Cranach from Atelier Meruru. Story Mode and Free Play still allow for a team of three characters, but you can now have all three warriors out on the field at once. You can still choose to switch between the characters to control at any time on the battlefield, but having all three fighting together is triple the fun.
The difference between the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors characters are that the Chinese generals make use of devastating, quick musou moves, while their Japanese counterparts depend on drawn-out, combo-based special attacks. There are also more new and powerful weapon available for the various warriors after certain obstacles are conquered.
Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate’s gigantic character roster as well as limitless combination and story plot will make you will find it as one of the most complete Musou ever released.
Dynasty Warriors 8 Empire (PS4 / PS3 / XONE / PC / Vita)
I have always been a fan of turn-based strategy game such as the Romance of the Three Kingdoms and have always loved the idea of choosing a Three Kingdoms warrior and fighting bosses (just like in Dynasty Warriors). Imagine my delight when Koei first introduced the Dynasty Warriors Empire series.
The Empire version is a much deeper game than just the Musou version. I get to choose from 83 characters or create my own character, recruit generals, deploy politics, form alliances, invade other lands etc etc, anything just to become emperor of ancient China.
Once on the battlefield, it will be Musou as usual. But this game may requires some amount of tactical strategy such as collecting strategy cards that gives gamers advantages when used in battle.
If you want to create your own Three Kingdoms storyline in Musou style then this game is for you.
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 (PS4 / PS3 / PC / Vita)
One Piece is one of the longest running manga ever and with One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3, it’s Legend game mode tries to compile the current eight hundred chapters into a fourteen hour campaign. You get to choose up to 30+ of the most powerful and favourite characters of the One Piece world, even the latest ones such as Fujitora who was first introduced in the Dressrosa Arc.
I especially like the part of battling while experimenting with teammate combo attacks. I can, for example, use Luffy’s Gatling Gun before bring in Zoro for the kill. The newly introduced Kizuna drive adds a fresh advantage to your arsenal. Once the Kizuna rush is activated, you will be able to deploy new combos with you power up attacks which can even blow away an entire army with one go. In “dream log” mode, you get to unlock extras to help you level up your characters’ skills or even addition playable characters.
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 is a great improvement over its previous version that has tremendous replay value and great visual appeal.
Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below (PS4 / PC)
Dragon Quest is of the same level of Final Fantasy in terms of RPG. Whereas Final Fantasy may have a more global reach, Dragon Quest is practically THE RPG for Japan. Every game that comes out can reach a million copies sold easily in Japan, and have since its birth, been a benchmark of successfully JRPG. And now, with the combination of RPG and hack-and-slash, we finally have Dragon Quest Heroes.
The story starts off where humans and monsters are happily co-existing. When the dark wizard Velasco casted a spell to make monsters turn their back against humans, that’s where our heroes come in. Besides some original characters for the game, you get to also choose from a whole cast of familiar heroes from its Dragon Quest IV to VIII series. Kiryl, Alena and Maya from IV, Bianca & Nera from V, Terry the swordsman from VI as well as Jessica & Yangus from VIII.
This is also the game where you get to see the 3D models of characters like Alena and Kiryl. Also, the voice dialogue is a first for many of the characters whom we are very familiar with. The slight difference from the other Musou / Warriors games are that Dragon Quest Heroes allows a foursome team combo for combat.
In Dragon Quest Heroes, you may have found the perfect version of JRPG of Dynasty Warriors.
Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)
Another classic game Zelda is. Hyrule warriors is also known as Zelda Musou. The game starts with Hyrule Kingdom been once again under siege as the Triforce has been disrupted.
As much as we are all very familiar with the hero Link, this game allows us to play as some of the more exoctic characters such as Zelda, Ganondorf and Ghirahim. You get to unlock many different weapons as well as characters.
A slight difference for this Musou version is that for Hyrule Warriors objectives achievement rank higher than just hacking everyone on the map.
Although Hyrule Warriors has one of the smallest cast in the Musou universe of games, you will still feel that you are once again in the additive Zelda world, but in 3D-diablo style feel.