Samurai Warriors: Chronicles Review
Samurai Warriors: Chronicles Box Art
System: 3DS
Dev: KOEI Omega Force
Pub: Tecmo KOEI
Release: March 27, 2011
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: N/A Mild Violence

Of course, this doesn't stay too interesting for long, and it certainly isn't enough to break up the monotony of the relentless "PRESS A!" gameplay. Still, for all its foibles in the realm of gameplay, I have to admit that Samurai Warriors Chronicles is a good-looking game. Character models are highly detailed, and environments look surprisingly good. Though the repetitive elements that have come to define the series are omnipresent, the 3D cutscenes and character animations are all done extremely well, placing this title at the higher end of the 3DS launch spectrum, visually.

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In addition to taking advantage of the 3DS' 3D capability, Samurai Warriors: Chronicles also uses the 3DS StreetPass feature in a way similar to Super Street Fighter IV. You are able to assemble a team of allies, each with their own equipped weapons and gear, and when you pass by someone who is also playing the game, your parties will clash, and you'll be able to check the results next time you start up the game. Though tricking out your party for eventual StreetPass meetings can be fun, it lacks the depth of the Street Fighter version of this mode. However, if you are expecting to go somewhere with a bunch of Musou fans, this mode can be fun.

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The enjoyment you get out of Samurai Warriors: Chronicles really depends upon your individual expectations. If you want yet another Musou game, and love repeatedly hitting a single button for glory, then this will likely be your favorite 3DS title ever. Though the game does inject some strategic elements into the mix with the menu-based objective system, and the StreetPass mode does have potential, Samurai Warriors Chronicles is yet another Musou title that disappoints. While I would never want the series to completely change its DNA and go in a different direction, I think there is more to the melee-fighter genre than just a new visual forum in which you can spam the A button. Samurai Warriors Chronicles had a great opportunity to do something a little different on Nintendo's new handheld, but instead they went with the exact same approach to the same content that we've seen on consoles for the past decade. What a shame.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Visuals are highly detailed, and 3D is extremely well done.
2.7
Control
Control is easy to use, but never goes beyond the "PRESS A!" motif.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Background music is repetitive, but Japanese voiceover is done well.
2.3
Play Value
Though the campaign is of decent length, the lack of new content really hurts this title.
2.7
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Control the Battlefield: As general, you have complete control over the tide of battle. Choose and switch between four strategically placed warriors on the battlefield as the situation dictates. With this much control over your army, there is no war you cannot win...
  • Experience a New Tale of a Classic Era: Players can play through classic history, through a story taking place in the epic Warring States period of Japan. During their battles and interactions, players will form bonds with historical figures that will open new scenarios, forging their own unique story. Connect with Other Players: Through StreetPass Mode you can form an army of four warriors and have them fight with armies of other players who you pass by in real life. Depending on how many times you battle, and your results, you can win new items.
  • Morale and Friendship: Take care of your comrades, and they'll take care of you. As you complete specific missions on each battlefield, you will lower the enemy morale making them easier to conquer. Using some warriors more than others, and how you interact with characters, will affect your friendship with particular characters and open up new endings for the game and unique cutscene interactions.
  • 3D Graphics Make Battles Come Alive: Thanks to the 3D capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS, players will experience a living battlefield like none they've ever seen. Gorgeous graphics and stunning 3D effects will immerse you in the world of the samurai.

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