|System: PS3, X360||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Omega Force||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: KOEI||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 19, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Graphically, this game is pretty solid in a technical sense. The 1080p is fairly evident through the sharp action and detailed action sequences. However, the visuals in this game are not spotless. One of the big problems I have with the look of this title is the fact that all of your opponents in a given stage look and act the same.
Anyone who is familiar with the Dynasty Warriors series knows that you face armies of hundreds during most levels. So it is not a huge crime to see only a few character models for the different enemies. However, when you can swing you weapon at a crowd of thirty enemies and watch indistinguishable enemies fall down in an identical manner, it just doesn't look good. Another issue I have with the visuals are the disappearing environments. I am very reliant on landmarks in games as a way to navigate large levels, and Dynasty Warriors is the only franchise I have ever encountered where landmarks like bushes and trees actively disappear. I'm not sure if this serves some type of gameplay purpose, but it is rather frustrating when you try to recall that there is an important enemy near a conspicuous forest, and then you find yourself lost because the forest has suddenly disappeared. It's quite frustrating .
Sound in this game is actually pretty good. I rather enjoyed some of the level soundtracks, and would go as far as to say that some of the tracks are worth having in your music collection. Even if you don't like the series, I would highly recommend downloading the main title as well as "A Ways Away" and "Geniuses' Sanctuaries." These are all very energetic songs and are a real pleasure to listen to. If there is one thing that Dynasty Warriors got absolutely right, it must be the score. The voiceovers are not bad, but the English voiceover does sound a little cheesy. But I'm definitely not complaining about the English voiceover too much, because it gets the job done, and there is always the option to turn it off.
I can't even remember the first Dynasty Warriors game. It feels like a series that has always been there. Although it has never been one of my absolute favorite series, the Dynasty Warriors games provided a little bit of mindless fun and filled my occasional need for aggressive button-mashing gameplay. But I am sad to say that the affection I once felt for this series is beginning to wane. What was once regarded as a fun-but-shallow game series has transformed into a shallow-and-pointless one. Dynasty Warriors 6 does not totally fail as a game, but it has begun my own personal disenchantment with the series. There is a whole lot of potential behind the Dynasty Warriors series, and it is a real shame that it has become stagnant over the years. Even though Dynasty Warriors 6 does do a lot of things better than before, it is just not enough to make it a great game.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer