Samurai Warriors 4-II

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

Good
  • Character creation – Character swapping mechanic
Bad
  • Does little to innovate the genre
8

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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Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on November 8, 2015. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.


Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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