Tagged: Dynasty Warriors

New footage shows even more Dynasty Warriors 9 gameplay

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Well this is a *far cry* from the Dynasty Warriors I know

Dynasty Warriors 9 is gonna be so weird! The marketing machine has been revving up for a while but within the past week two noteworthy things happened. First, Koei Tecmo America confirmed the game for the U.S. on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. No date has been set but it’s always nice to hear that we won’t have to try and import a new installment.

Second is the release of the latest trailer which shows much more of the actual gameplay. Up to now it’s been a lot of tightly edited clips with no on-screen display but finally we get to see the game in action. The major change from previous entries in the series is the promise of an open world. Before, you would carry out preset missions with remixed targets, obstacles, and objectives on a handful of maps. While it’s easy to dream up something like Dynasty-Warriors-meets-Far-Cry, the reality is looking to land on the well-worn DW side. But that’s not say I am at all disappointed by what I’ve seen so far.

While major battles look pretty much the same — your larger-than-life hero cuts through throngs of idle fodder with dazzling combo strings, working to take over a territory — this latest video reveals some unexpected variety. Somewhat like Red Dead Redemption or Grand Theft Auto V, random side missions seemingly pop up as you’re criss-crossing the landscape. You may be on your way to a battle when a nearby enemy messenger triggers a sudden chase. Or you may stumble across a supply convoy that will make future battles easier if you can wipe it out.

The new footage also shows off something I never thought I’d see in a Dynasty Warriors game: stealth. It’s all in Japanese so I can’t tell you the specifics but seeing fabled tyrant-ruler Cao Cao creeping through the grass and Metal Gear style exclamations pop up over the heads of suspicious soldiers looks absurd and delightful. Stealth can also apparently be used to sneak up on (or sneak away from?) animal encounters. The series has had battle-ready tigers and pandas for years but the latest PR copy implies they’ll be out in the world doing their own thing, probably waiting for you to collect 10 or more of their hides for a side quest.

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All your slash fiction favorites return!

The series is no stranger to RPG leveling, weapon and armor forging, and item crafting. None of that has been shown yet for Dynasty Warriors 9 but given the large scale of the world, the hub towns, and the item drops seen in the video, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of it. Just a few other random sightings from the footage: grappling hooks for scaling castle walls, a bow and arrow for every character with a bunch of different arrow types, exploding casks to shoot with those arrows, air dashes and wall jumps, riverboats for traversing waterways, realtime day/night lighting, troop commands, and glorious slow-mo! Oh, and naturally there’s thrashing guitar rock.

I’ll be back with more when an official date is announced or another worthwhile trailer is released. For now, I’m already fighting the urge to go back to the last entry we picked up or try to power through DW: Strikeforce again. Check out the official site for more screenshots and character art.

Sega reveals elaborate Three Kingdoms strategy arcade betting game

101713-worldofthreeAt the recent ‘Sega Private Show 2013’ in Japan the company showed off some upcoming arcade titles including the incredibly inexplicable ‘The World of Three Kingdoms’. It’s like real-time strategy meets the Three Kingdoms inside of Derby Owners Club and, naturally, it’s never coming out of Japan.

I don’t know much about the game itself but there seems to be a lot of betting and brightly colored, domed buttons. Not wanting to get too excited for a game I’ll never play, I didn’t bother translating any details but I did embed this flashy trailer if you want to see the game in action.

Heartwarming Muguu Diary: Another look from the Open Beta

In a much quicker turnaround time here’s another, slightly higher quality look at Heartwarming Muguu Diary, this time in Open Beta Test form. They’ve patched up quite a few quests and systems so the thing is more playable now and it also seems to run better, even on my PC. Players are very much live and visible now as well though I pretty quickly turn them off in this video and forget to turn them back on for a while. My bad.

I recorded at 720p on my phone so you’ll probably want to watch this on YouTube itself rather than embedded here. It turns out my phone only records up to 3.99gb for video files so it cuts off at the end but you don’t miss much, I was about to end it anyways. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Let me know!

Here’s that Hono Bono video I forgot to post

Watch me watching my phone film a TV screen while I play and talk my way through some of the recent beta for the very first MMO that I’ve ever had any real interest in. This video turned out horrendously as I have no way to capture PC game footage. I went to the trouble of recording direct feed audio and narration but then they got all out of sync with the video. Instead you get me, my PC noise and some music from the game I laid over in the background. Sorry, this video sucks but the game is very, very cool!

I guess I forgot to post this back when I got it on YouTube. I was a little worried it’d be taken down but so far no one from Koramgame has found it. The next beta test starts tomorrow and as far as I can tell it’s open now. I’m excited to jump back in as I’ve had time away from the game to try and make more sense of it.

Newsflash! Obscure Japanese MMO changes its name after Beta Test

In news that is of interest to exactly 0.00001% of the English speaking world, Koramgame has announced a name change for their heartwarmingly cute Japanese MMO that just ended its first week of beta testing.

Originally known as ‘Heartwarming Romance of the Three Kingdoms’, feedback through the beta test has led the publisher to change the name to ‘Heartwarming Muguu Diary’. The reason I took an interest in this game is because of its original title and connection to the Three Kingdoms period. The artwork is incredibly cute but the character design of heroes like Liu Bei and Lu Bu are such a dead-on match to those of Tecmo Koei’s Dynasty Warriors series that I was ready to watch the litigation fly.

It’s unclear if the name change is due to any kind of conflict with Tecmo Koei but the Google translated explanation does make sense. As popular as the Three Kingdoms is, not everyone in Japan is crazy about it and by focusing on the Muguu — the cute, blue bunny invaders, ever-present in the game — they could appeal to an even wider audience. The ‘diary’ refers to the player having daily adventures alongside the Muguu whose story is pretty fresh compared to the centuries-long chronicling of their Three Kingdoms co-stars.

I spent quite a bit of time stumbling through the beta and will hopefully have a shoddily produced video up soon as I desperately wait for the next one to start.