发信人: Dinosaur (二十年的杀意), 信区: TVGame
标 题: [Preview]DW4
发信站: The unknown SPACE (Fri Jan 31 01:49:04 2003), 站内信件
Koei's Dynasty Warriors franchise managed to make a place for itself in tod
ay's highly crowded gaming landscape when it made the leap to the PlayStatio
n 2 in 2000. The series' arcade-style beat-'em-up gameplay, which is the spi
ritual kin of classic 2D franchises such as Final Fight, Double Dragon, and
Streets of Rage, offers an accessible alternative to the more complex games
on the market today. We recently had a chance to try out an early build of t
he Japanese version of the fifth installment in the series, Dynasty Warriors
4, to see what it will have to offer. Although early, the game appears to b
e serving up a solid dose of brawling and some new gameplay tweaks, all wrap
ped in a pretty solid graphical package.
For those unfamiliar with the Dynasty Warrior franchise, the games take larg
e-scale 3D brawling and put Koei's distinctive stamp on it by making use of
historical characters and settings. Dynasty Warriors 4 will stick to this fo
rmula and put you in the role of a general from one of three warring states
in the Han dynasty: the Wei, Wu, or Shu kingdoms. This time out, you'll find
three new generals added to the large roster seen in Dynasty Warriors 3, on
e for each kingdom. Dynasty Warrior 4's 50 stages will be set throughout Chi
na and weave bits of history into the action.
Dynasty Warriors 4 keeps the action fast, furious, and hectic.
You'll find several modes in the game: musou, challenge, versus, free, and e
dit. Musou is the series' story mode, and it has undergone some tweaks for t
he latest installment. You'll align yourself with one of the three kingdoms
and pick one of its available officers. At the end of each stage, you'll hav
e the option to continue using that officer or try another one. At the momen
t, it looks like you'll want to stick with one officer in this mode to ensur
e you gain enough experience and upgrades to make your character a butt-kick
ing machine. Challenge is a series of timed challenges you go through with a
single character. Versus is a two-player mode that pits you against another
player and his or her army for a set amount of time. Free lets you and a fr
iend go through a single stage once you've unlocked it in one of the other m
odes. The edit mode in Dynasty Warriors 4 now features a new editing option.
In addition to being able to edit your bodyguards, you'll find an officer e
dit option that will allow you to create an original general to use in the g
The gameplay in Dynasty Warriors 4 expands on the previous entries in the se
ries with quite a few extra features, although it manages to remain accessib
le. The game's brawling mechanics are similar to what we've come to expect f
rom the series, and each general will have a decent variety of attacks that
you'll be able to perform with certain button combinations and a supermove t
hat you'll be able to perform as you fill your character's "musou" meter. Th
e combo system has been tweaked to offer a wider range of moves. A significa
nt addition to the combat is the inclusion of catapults, battering rams, and
other siege weapons, which significantly up the amount of havoc you can wre
ak. Additionally, a new experience mechanic has been added to weapons in the
game, allowing you to upgrade your weapons by killing enough enemies.
The series' combat system has seen some good tweaks. span>
Judging from our early build of the game, Dynasty Warrior 4's graphics appea
r to be staying true to the hallmarks of the series. There aren't any tremen
dous differences between the game's look and the style of the previous insta
llments in the series at this point, although there have certainly been some
additions. As in every game in the series, you can expect to find hordes of
fairly detailed characters duking it out in large environments that are a b
it sparse and foggy. There have been some tweaks to the game's look to coax
more performance out of the PlayStation 2 and keep things visually interesti
ng. You'll now find breakable elements that are actually part of the environ
ments, in addition to the standard assortment of jars and crates. The new si
ege weapons feature some dramatic effects that are suitably impressive. You'
ll also find some improved particle effects when you lock horns with a foe o
r trigger your character's special moves and cut a swath of destruction thro
ugh a cluster of enemies.
The audio in the game consists of an assortment of crowd roars and individua
l enemy death cries during battles. Your character will interact with enemy
generals, most notably in pre- and postbattle smack talking, and let out rou
sing battle cries when performing his or her supermoves. The game's soundtra
ck will feature a blend of modern music with an obvious Asian influence.
Dynasty Warriors 4 looks very promising.
Dynasty Warriors 4 is shaping up to be a promising entry in the franchise. T
he tweaked graphics are looking sharp, and the expanded gameplay should offe
r quite a bit to explore in the game. Dynasty Warriors 4 is currently slated
to ship in late March. Look for more on the game soon.
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