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Metacritic: 73/100
Release: Sep 2015
Reviewed on: PC

Samurai Warriors 4-II

Site Score
8.0
Good: Character creation – Character swapping mechanic
Bad: Does little to innovate the genre
User Score
8.7
(3 votes)
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Samurai Warriors 4-II (the revised version of Samurai Warriors 4) offers hack and slash gameplay in the Sengoku period of Japan. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the series the game is a direct sequel to Samurai Warriors 3.

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This period of Japanese history is well known for its conflict and ruthless military campaigns and the game captures all of these elements flawlessly. While the events do draw from this period and reflect it well they are romanticised and don’t follow historic fact exactly. Spanning from the opening Battle of Itsukushima in 1555 the game spans to the ending battle of the Siege of Osaka in 1615.

Central to gameplay in Samurai Warriors 4 is a character switching mechanic that allows you to take your two preferred fighters into a battle with the option to freely switch between them. In addition to the standard hack and slash gameplay approach of the previous instalments players will now be able to use new moves on the battlefield, Hyper Attacks and Rage Mode.

Hyper Attacks allow access to a secondary moveset which includes massive sweeping attacks designed to quickly dispatch crowds of enemies. While very effective against the lesser enemies officers will deflect these moves or be completely immune. On the other hand Rage Mode provides temporary invulnerability while also enhancing attacks.

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Doing away with the traditional story mode featured in other Samurai Warriors games players will enjoy ten different stories based on the clans and regions. These tie into the playable characters for each level which also means that some don’t even make an appearance during the story elements but are instead playable in the other game modes.

With many improvements over the past additions Samurai Warriors 4 (and its revised Samurai Warriors 4-II edition) continue the franchise legacy.

Summary:

  • Expands on the series and the base Samurai Warriors 4 game.
  • Large story mode that takes you through the Japanese Senogku era.
  • Plenty of different characters with their own skills and designs.
  • Swap freely between your two selected characters in each mission.
  • Play on consoles and Windows.

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Samurai Warriors 4-II, 8.7 out of 10 based on 3 ratings
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