Samurai warriors is a veteran video game saga created by Koei Tecmo. It dates from 2004 and currently has a total of 21 games in different systems and generations. From the hand of Koch Media, which provided us with an analysis code, comes the fifth part of this great saga. Prepare because Samurai warriors 5 comes to offer you hours of pleasure.
The genre “Musou”
The Japanese word “Musou” is a term that could be translated as “the only one”. Applied to the world of video games, by extension, it would deal with a hero / heroes, with powers or might beyond normal. The heroes / heroes face hordes of enemies in epic-component battles and with attacks in the form of combos and super special attacks. Normally, these titles are located in feudal Japan, in which there are disputes between different warlords for different territories.
The Musou genre was also born with the same developer that concerns us: Koei Tecmo. His cannon shot was fired with Dynasty Warriors 2, in 2000. Although they are widely accepted in Japan, they entered the Western market through the back door. The decline of beat’em up with the arrival of the 21st century has redirected some of these players, who have seen the genre disappear, towards hack and slash. Musou is a hack and slash raised to the umpteenth degree, so little by little the genre began to have a certain reception in the Western public. Its acceptance even gave rise to great sagas such as Zelda with his Hyrule Warriors, embrace the genre and take advantage of their frankness in this area.
Story and game modes
In this fifth installment of the saga, we find a prequel set after the Ōnin war, in which different Japanese personalities demanded the annexation and control of various territories..
In main mode, Musou mode, we will play the famous military commanders Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi and live their stories during the Sengoku period. We will see other characters of the saga from other points of view, such as the youth of Nobunaga, the meeting between Nobunaga and Mitsuhide, the bloody battle to the death that involves the Oda family and the Honnōji incident. It would be all Musou’s classic story mode.
In Citadel mode, we can collect resources that can be used to upgrade different buildings in the My Castle menu (in which we can enter our officers and award them points from the skill tree). The battles in this game mode consist of the player protecting his base and defending it from approaching enemies. Many missions will appear throughout the battle and if we manage to complete them we will be graded according to the time we have used. In Citadel mode, troops are used. These will attack the point indicated and once this territory has been conquered, they will stay there to defend it from enemies who intend to invade it.
As characters take part in a battle together, their friendship level will increase. If your friendship levels are at their max, we’ll unlock special scenes that don’t appear in Musou mode. Of course, you have to finish Chapter 1 of Musou mode to unlock it.
The Vault, allows players to view their game stats and completed missionsas well as view event scenes, listen to songs from in-game music and learn more about the world of Samurai Warriors and their characters in the Biographies section.
Remarkable graphic appearance
Although the game only has one version for Xbox one and we won’t be able to see any next gen or 4k resolution enhancements, the game is consistent, graphically speaking. The saga has undergone a change and now the game looks very similar to the cell-shading technique (that the saga Borders so popularized) and the truth is that touching it gives it a breeze of freshness and a certain originality in terms of genre. Musou
It’s also convenient highlight some cutscenes, with a touch of graphic novel which give it a more mythical allure.
Maybe it’s criticized that the scenarios don’t have a lot of detail. This is undoubtedly due to the large number of enemies that will be shown to us on the screen. To move all of this around with ease, scenarios need to be more “spartan” and avoid the overload of details. And it is true that, despite having many enemies, there is not a single slowdown and the game is very smooth. For the rest, the game is consistent, without especially excelling in any graphic aspect
Sound and effects
This section is especially important when it comes to storytelling in cutscenes and character voices. The voice acting in English and Japanese is at the top limit and incorporates the nuances of each character’s personality as well as the mood or situation they are facing.
All this, combined with an instrumental soundtrack, which sometimes has nuances that transport us to something epic, make this section one of the most remarkable.
The gameplay, the great asset of Samurai Warriors 5
The Musou are always characterized by their simplicity, and it is With just 4 buttons we can perform basic hits, combos of over 1000 hits or massive attacks which will kill hundreds of enemies at once. Samurai warriors 5 is no exception and the playability is maximum.
Yes, it is necessary to underline certain non-existent additions in other Musou, like Four skills to choose from that we will have as we unlock. With them, we will improve our attack / defense capacity and, for example, they will allow us to face bosses with more guarantees. These are distinguished by their power and especially by their ability to cover and defend themselves from our attacks. Thanks to these abilities, we can destroy their attack blocks, cover ourselves with their skins or recover the energy of the special attack bar.
We will have a staff of up to 27 characters between heroes and villains as we progress through the story and unlock them. They are all different from each other and they also support some degree of customization. Since then, we can distribute points in a skill tree as we gain experience. Added to this is the power to equip weapons, which will be found scattered throughout the different scenarios.
In addition to our typical health bar, we will have the special attack bar. When charging, thanks to combos and the elimination of enemies, we will unleash a brutal and devastating attack that will cause hundreds of enemies under our sword. It can also be combined with anger (Rage) to be even more powerful.
Samurai Warriors 5 Conclusions
Musou might be a genre with a certain repetitive tone, but Samurai warriors 5 incorporates small novelties and game modes that stand out from the rest. The existence of skills, game modes, the number of characters and certain dynamics, make it a more than interesting bet.
Perhaps the most negative point is the absence of Castilian both in the dubbing of the voices and in the texts. You might think that in this type of kill and kill game, history takes a back seat. However, the cutscenes are worth seeing and for anyone who does not have some grasp of the Shakespearean language, can easily get lost in the narrator’s phrases and the character dialogue.
Otherwise, Samurai warriors 5, is a game that will provide hours of fun for fans of the beat’em up and hack and slash genre without worrying about making bigger and bigger combos kill more enemies simultaneously. Don’t forget to visit us on the Web and Xbox Area networks to find news and analysis from your favorite console.
Samurai warriors 5
- New game modes
- Nice graphics section
- Very good dubbing and melodies
- Musou can end up being repetitive
- No version for Xbox Series S / X
- Lack of Spanish in vocals and subtitles