I lament how better the console version of Dynasty
Warrior is to the GBA version? Dare I reveal how much
depth and fun is lacking compared to the console version?
I could, I should, I would and I will.
Warriors Advance cannot be at all compared to its
console counterpart. While it may be unfair to compare,
I think that KOEI deserves to be slammed for drawing
the comparisons simply by using the Dynasty Warrior
title on this inferior little button masher. This
game should have been called something else entirely.
Then it wouldn't disappoint so much and possibly tarnish
the Dynasty Warriors series in the process.
Warriors Advance is a basic, button mashing, hack
and slash. The console version featured more moves
and many more enemies onscreen at the same time. There
are only a few enemies onscreen in this GBA version
and as a consequence there isn't that sense of immediacy
or superhuman accomplishment after decimating an entire
army single handedly. The primal basics are missing
which leads me to the conclusion that this isn't a
Dynasty Warriors game.
battle is reduced to only five enemies. You can't
get to the next wave of five enemies until you kill
the very last one in your present battle. Then you
get to do it all over again in virtually the same
place. The environments don't vary and even though
the enemies may become more challenging the gameplay
is so repetitive that the biggest challenge will be
give you some diversion since the control system itself
is limited. You will unlock new weapons, armor and
characters which also adds a bit of diversity but
after a few more rounds of the same old gameplay you'll
be begging for a quick, merciful end.
Warriors Advance is not long on looks. While I knew
better than to expect an epic tale rife with well-acted,
fully animated cutscenes, I did expect a little more
than the lame maps and sprites that I encountered.
The cutscenes are presented nicely with good quality
artwork and at least a desire to tell a story with
some depth to it although it's too concentrated. Too
much detail is thrown in which overshadows the raw
emotion of the situations which the characters would
draw their inspiration from.
music is good but like the graphics, the soundtrack
a pure, out and out challenge, Dynasty Warriors will
give your button mashing fingers a real workout. If
you're looking to experience and explore the depth
of the Dynasty Warrior series you might as well pick
up a Zelda game.