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Dynasty Warriors 5 Review - PS2

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Gameplay: 8 stars 8
Graphics: 7 stars 7
Audio: 6 stars 6
Multiplayer: 7 stars 7
Innovation: 5 stars 5
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The Dynasty Warriors game franchise keeps growing and growing, but you can't really say to the same extent as the quality of the games. The games are being released almost yearly, yet there really hasn't been much change in the games at all. A few more guys, new stories and battles, new weapons, but that's about it. Dynasty Warriors 5 is al all new adventure set shortly after Christ (180 A.D. 222 A.D.) in the ancient world of Asia, of course. The game might not be terribly realistic, but Dynasty Warriors 5 offers some of the best hack-and-slash gaming on the market today. Read on to find out if it's worth your purchase!

Gameplay



Your basic battle in Dynasty Warriors 5 pit's you against about 500 guys. You do have some sort of an army, but much like all other Dynasty Warriors games, they rarely attack the enemy and the enemy rarely attacks them (or you, really). Your biggest concern in a battle are the main characters (much like yourself) of the enemy army, as they can put up quite a fight in the later battles of the game. The rest of the army guys are basically fodder and practice as you gain momentum heading towards your goal of beating the main bad guy in each battle. Adding this scenario to a whole heap of game modes including a main quest mode, and that pretty much sums up Dynasty Warriors 5. The only bad thing is, that summed up Dynasty Warriors 4, Dynasty Warriors 3, and so on. Nothing has really changed much, but we suspect Dynasty Warriors 6 will come out on the Playstation 3 and the battles will be a tad more intense.

The game features several different modes, and Challenge mode split's off into another few different types of gameplay. The main modes are Challenge, Free Mode, and Musou. Free mode allows you to choose whatever battle you want to fight, and you can also select from around 20 different characters as well. In Challenge mode, you've got your basic arcade style gaming in Time Attack, Bridge Melee, Rampage, and Sudden Death. Those modes really don't need much explanation as the name of the game mode says it all. The other main game mode is Musou and this is where you'll find the main story/campaign mode of the game. Musou is that cool magic meter that fills up pretty quickly and allows you to unleash an uber combo attack on your enemies, however that's really got nothing to do with why the campaign mode is called Musou mode.

As you progress through Musou mode and prance through Free mode, you unlock bodyguards, items, officers and weapons. By items of course, we mean items that don't simply run out after they help you in battle. Whenever you kill a main enemy such as a ... (continued next page)