Dynasty Warriors 3
|a game by||Omega Force|
|Platforms:||XBox, Playstation 3, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||7.6/10 - 10 votes|
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|See also:||Dynasty Warriors Games, Hack and Slash Games, RTS Games|
Dynasty Warriors 3 is loosely based on the book Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The game was released in 2001 for the Playstation 2 console, with Japanese video game giant Koei aiming to build on the success of its predecessors.
The idea behind the game is simple. The forces of the three kingdoms of ancient China - Wei, Wu and Shu - are launching a series of invasions in the hopes of changing history. Playing as one of nine different historical characters, it’s our job to cut them down and determine how the story ends.
Dynasty Warriors 3 plays out like a hack-and-slash, but with some cool unique features. The ability to mount a horse in order to travel the battlefield quicker is an awesome addition, as well as the two new musou attacks and combo chains that have been introduced.
There’s also different game modes that you can play, which include Musou, Free, VS, and Challenge mode, which also include Endurance and Time Attack modes. Musou is the more prominent. It’s the equivalent to the story mode on other games, and is what makes up the bulk of the game. Depending on the character you chose, you’ll be given a few different cutscenes depending on which Kingdom you choose to fight for.
You can select your weapon of choice before the game, however, more can be found throughout if you’re getting slightly bored of annihilating your enemies with a pole-axe.
As the fight goes on, announcements are made due to the health and condition of your allies, and whether or not your general is in trouble. The mini-map is also ideal for locating the allies that need your help the most. In order to win, you must successfully cut down the enemy's general.
The lack of complex environments make way for a bigger scope in battles, meaning more soldiers can fit on screen, which is a sacrifice to be made given the concept of the game.
The new game modes - especially co-op - were a great addition. The Musou story mode also brought a more dynamic approach to how the game was played, giving players a slightly different experience with each faction. This added to the games re-playability and prolonged the experience. Dynasty Warriors 3 wasn’t just a retelling of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, it felt like players were individually contributing to the script.
It was a lot more than an update on the second instalment, it was a great new game which defined the direction in which the series was heading.
Dynasty Warriors 3 is a great game if you feel like playing a retro war game. Overall the game gets a 7/10. A great experience, but does feel repetitive after a while. Well-deserving of a remaster.
- Higher combos and new Musou attacks
- Cool soundtrack
- Fluid animations
- Weapons and Morale system
- Repetitive gameplay
- Poor english voice acting