Dynasty Warriors 7 Hands-On Preview

We traverse back to Three Kingdoms-era China and find a few surprises in the latest of this long-running series.

You may think that after six Dynasty Warriors games, there's little new to discover in this sprawling hack-and-slash series. Tecmo Koei is hoping to pleasantly surprise cynics with the newest addition--Dynasty Warriors 7--by adding a considerable amount of new content, particularly in the form of a brand new faction that comes with its own set of new characters and battles.

Dynasty Warriors games have long focused on the three warring clans of Shu, Wu, and Wei, but Dynasty Warriors 7 will for the first time include the Jin clan. For those of you up to speed on the original historical Chinese novels the Dynasty Warriors games are based on--Romance of the Three Kingdoms--the Jin was (spoiler alert) actually the clan that ended up ruling China after this tumultuous period. As such, Dynasty Warriors 7 will include new battles in which to fight in, as well as include several new Jin generals for players to control. With dozens of playable generals already available in Wu, Shu, and Wei, there won't be any shortage of characters to take on the massive hordes of soldiers you'll be up against in this game. The story, too, is supposedly taking a more realistic turn. In previous games, any clan was able to "win" power over China, but history clearly shows that there was only one winner amidst many losers. Dynasty Warrior 7's narrative will now more closely resemble those events.

Gameplay, too, has been enhanced, both in minor and major ways. The biggest addition is the ability to wield different weapons for each character, as opposed to having one weapon that you can find upgraded versions of as in previous Dynasty Warriors titles. Tecmo Koei reps tell us there will be hundreds of different weapons to be found in the game, with characters being able to use any one they wish. Characters are also now able to carry two weapons at a time and can switch between them on the fly while out in the midst of battle with the simple press of one button.

The other changes are a little less dramatic. Musous can now be performed midjump, while missions will now start within a base camp of sorts, allowing you to talk with fellow generals before heading out directly into battle. Finally, Dynasty Warriors 7 will also support 3D televisions, bringing ancient China to the third dimension for the first time.

Our brief gameplay session with Dynasty Warriors 7 proved to be a familiar affair, with fans of the series knowing exactly what to expect from the action in this simple but fun button masher. We particularly liked the ability to switch weapons because it gave the action a different feel, even if the basic mechanics of the game remain unchanged. Dynasty Warriors 7 will be released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 29.

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31 comments
luseiferoth
luseiferoth

lol'd at liu pi's "What the..." as if saying wtf. lolz.

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

Haven't played it since the first one. It was a good coop game. Might get this.

colekhoo
colekhoo

DW5 and musou orochi z were great coz i like the battle system(i mean the normal attack and the charge attack), DW6 was a mess...at least they have it back now :) btw, anyone notice that DW7 is a bit like basara??

Sneakykilla
Sneakykilla

Fun game, one of the best in the series, new stuff has been added but so much of the old is still there. A bit of a niche appeal for those who love the strategy game Romance of the Three Kingdoms and for those who just like to whoop thousands of enemies per battle. DW5 is the best imo but they've improved a lot on the graphics and loading capability so it's worth renting and to play with the friend in 2P Conquest mode.

eliebaz
eliebaz

i have never played dynasty warriors before though i have always thought of getting it should i start with 7??

Masta_Rix
Masta_Rix

yea f gamespot with that gey looking reviewer. Always hating on koei. Warriors orochi 2 was incredible once you get those lev 4 weapons, it was like a whole new game.

jynxce
jynxce

If EA were smart, they'd put up the money to re-brand this as Dragon Age 3 with the sped up combat and streamlined inventory/item system. Let Bioware shoehorn in a "morality wheel" and they'd be ready to cash in on this without any turnaround time.

SanFTW95
SanFTW95

Honestly, I really see difference in graphics between 5 and 7 -.- And if you don't like it, get out of the DW7 pages >.

NickyWithATicky
NickyWithATicky

Gamespot has never been a dynasty warriors fan and can't see beyond the repetetive controls. I've been following this game for ages now and can talk about the conquest mode and the ability to have pandas fight for you and much more beside, but I didn't use gamespot. This is the first info they've had in months and it's no where near the full story, and they don't miss a chance to call it a button masher. Honestly, they don't call pac-man a 'four button presser' or age of empires a 'point and clicker'.

XEN_R3AP3R79
XEN_R3AP3R79

starting to get weary on dw...been play for long time..the battle should be like assasin creed 2 where fancy sword play would be great..and the the enemy should not just standing to get whack..and the battle should be tactical its...war after all no war could be won with out tactic..enough said:)

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Might have to take a look at it after I get bored with Shogun 2. Still, I wish they would take a more serious look at the ROTK series. It needs a major over haul. Either that or CA should start looking into their own version. ~grin~ Still, its pretty much on the bottom of my list with some of the major games coming out this month.

sacrilege83
sacrilege83

I'm not liking the look of this DW7. I thumb up all who agreed DW3 is the best, 4 gave dueling and the rest just plainly sucked. I regret buying DW6Empires. From now on I'll just wait for fans who are critical and know what they're looking for in their DW game because high chaining combos aren't good enough, as well as a new faction. I'll stick to my DW3 since it's apparent 7 is still the same damn thing... AGAIN! It's not even next-gen graphics.

rotting_savior
rotting_savior

You'd think that after 6 games & several offshoot sub-sequals, they would at least TRY to implement next-gen graphics, This barely looks any different from Dynasty Warriors 3...

Uwanq
Uwanq

@ totoran I would expect those elements to be included in the 'empires' should one be released

I-Tira-I
I-Tira-I

Damn i love Dynasty Warriors !!!!!!!!! I Cant Wait :(

Wandrian
Wandrian

@versado: Don't mind me, I prefer to pretend 6 didn't happen >.> But hey! We're going back to the old school combo system! At least the only step back in 7 seems to be one in the right direction :D

versado
versado

@WandrianWvlf: I'm pretty sure Gblazer01 is talking about Dynasty Warriors 6 with his one button comment and he is right. You didn't really need to use anything but the main attack button on the hardest difficulty settings. I love the games to death, but the combat in that game was a joke.

Evan21
Evan21

It's such a shame that this game just won't push through to the next level. The thought of being a high ranking officer on an ancient battlefield is incredibly exciting. However, they keep on with the cookie-cutter mentality. This could really be an amazing game if they took a new approach to it, it's such an amazing concept.

Wandrian
Wandrian

@Gblazer01: You need more than one button if you play on anything other than the lowest difficulty settings. Vanishing enemies? That's always been due to the game pushing the limits of a console's abilities. It only occurs when there are a TON of enemies near enough the player the require being rendered. PS2 topped it at a few dozen, 360 and PS3 don't run into the issue unless(ports of PS2 titles notwithstanding) unless you've got 200+ enemies in a small area fighting at once. Another thing that eats up processor power is how the games load maps. Unlike FPS or other action titles, things are going on across the whole map. Every single part is loaded at once and the game is calculating battles going on beyond your sight. Managing the AI for all the enemies you can see and calculating battles you can't uses up a good bit of memory; to put it lightly. Lastly, blood? No thanks. Adding physics for it and other crap would eat into the processing power it takes to fit two hundred peons onscreen for me to mow down >:) @Totoran: Every officer still has uniqueness to them beyond their appearances. They've got their EX attacks, two unique Musou attacks, exclusive events in story mode, and as many as three exclusive stages in conquest mode. If you want tactics in a DW game, try the Empires spin-offs; especially playing on Hard or higher ;) @sferries33: Because they don't know anything beyond what's in that trailer. You can probably find a lot more on the PS3 board and Koei Warriors.

Totoran
Totoran

Not good enough...1) weapon switchable would make every character without their own "character" and charactistics, 2) Add more element to the series, like tactics. 3) Troops could be more organized than the previous series, and manageable.

Gblazer01
Gblazer01

i really they learned their lesson from the past games, i mean seriously ive followed this series since dw3, n ive regretted buying dw5 and dw 6. yes they did add new stuff, bt they need to totally makeover some things. cuz lets face it, pressing one button through majority of a game is nt fun. i want to see some intense martial arts,and the feel of a real battle for goodness sakes. nt dumb AIs who dnt do anything until yew get around them, and the "disappearing" effect the dw series has been plagued with.im definately renting this b4 buying. one last thing...can they finally put BLOOD in these things, it would be soo much more intense if ppls limbs where flying (: (:

rowzzr
rowzzr

as long as it's hard as dw3, and has the features of dw4, like the dueling thing, then we'll have a dw thats really worth remembering!

sferris33
sferris33

It definitely looks awesome. But why did you gamespot not say much about this game. This game leaves Resistance, Halo, MK, etc in the dust. I heard all about Mortal Kombat and nothing about this launch title. I have played DW3 in more hours than all the MKs combined.

chambiko
chambiko

What about the new modes?

ChaosDynasty
ChaosDynasty

Sima Yi laugh at 0:07 was just amazing. The game seem to have quite an upgrade from 6, in gameplay and graphics now that it is using the "Fist of the north star graphics engine".

wonzan
wonzan

SHIN SANGOKU MUSUO....SHICKS!!!