Warriors: Legends of Troy Hands-On

We try not to expose our Achilles heel in our hands-on of this hack-and-slash action game at this year's Tokyo Game Show.

Simple as its gameplay might be, the Dynasty Warriors series has a dedicated legion of fans, happy to lose themselves in the large-scale if repetitive battles the games offer up in spades. In our brief hands-on with Warriors: Legends of Troy today, we found that the game bears not only the Warriors moniker, but also its gameplay style. It's uncomplicated fun, and it looks like Dynasty Warriors fans may find plenty to like in this new series.

As its name implies, Legends of Troy doesn't take place in ancient China, but during the 10 years of the famous Battle of Troy. Publisher Tecmo Koei says the game stays true to period influences, including Homer's epic poem The Iliad. In our gameplay session, we played as Achilles and began by moving up a hill to take on some enemy soldiers. Attacks are basic: you have a strong and light attack, and pressing them in different combinations results in some simple combos. Our initial foes were complete pushovers, mostly standing around as Achilles mowed them down with his sword.

The game also features a shield bash button, which makes Achilles push forward his own shield in an effort to unbalance opponents. Using shield bash became useful quickly in our game session, with shielded foes blocking our attacks and needing that extra nudge to open up their guard. Weakened or fleeing enemies can also be flashily executed by simply pressing the Y button--this will make Achilles perform a cool cinematic kill, such as stabbing an opponent in the head or doing a jumping lunge.

It wouldn't be a Warriors game without some sort of super move, and Legends of Troy certainly features those. The game has its own version of the Dynasty Warriors series' musuo bar--activate it and your hero's attacks will do big damage, but the effect lasts only a short while.

While we didn't see it in action, Tecmo Koei reps say the game will feature a similar item drop system to previous Dynasty Warriors titles, with new weapons, equipable abilities, and more dropping from certain foes. There will also be more characters to play as, and each will have a unique style and method of attack.

There's no confirmed release date for Warriors: Legends of Troy aside from sometime in 2011, but it will land on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. GameSpot will have more information on this game as it comes to hand.

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Discussion

20 comments
sacrilege83
sacrilege83

@idontlivehere11 Totally agree with you except for the part that I would prefer a Ninja Gaiden A.I. difficulty. I've been a DW fan for a long time, #2,3,4, & 6 empires (crap). 3 is the best because it actually was a challenge for a beginning character before you level him up half way through the rankings, and the little minions actually attacked and posed a threat. So far the trailers of this game that I've seen is uninspiring where A.I. is similar to the crappy DW6 empires (A.I. & controls). I'll wait for reviews from actual fans of DW, not the bias opinions of game review sites. Graphics are so/so, good enough for me. Always loved the short back stories to the characters in the "warriors" games, be it a written bio, cinematic, and the actual gameplay dialogue which gives personality. The Trojan war is going to give great personalities. I love hack and slash with a challenge. I hate hack and slashing minions who are just as responsive as a crate or statue, because what is the point in the end? As a DW fan I demand more of Koei in terms of A.I.

BenFireFox
BenFireFox

Didn't all fans of the dynasty Warriors Series wait for an Medieval or European Version of the Game? Chinese Background was also nice but after idk how many parts some fresh background was really needed! thumbs up

raith616
raith616

kavadias1981 dude if theres a place to sell that idea im in too!!

Nathalmighty1
Nathalmighty1

kavadias1981 I would buy your game! Go and form a games studio and get started :D sounds ace!

Amauris96
Amauris96

I love the stories of Greek, i'm sure i'll love this game. Hopefully gameplay feeels goood, AI is smart and strong, and the graphics are neat. I really look forward to the hills and rocks I come on to see the beautiful horizon.

Gantrathor
Gantrathor

As Monotonous as Dynasty Warriors is... I actually enjoy them quite a bit. There's something very addictive about seeing how high of a combo you can perform, or seeing how many kills you can rack up in a single level. They certainly aren't perfect games, but they can be pretty damn fun if you just want a quick session of hacking and slashing. I'm looking forward to trying this game. The new setting seems interesting to me, even if they don't change the core gameplay very much.

Indskab
Indskab

wow! Please tell me that this takes place in the battle troy period ? ! And please tell me it is similiar to the movie"Troy", also, I hope Brad Pit is the one who'll voice Achillas.

AngryFingers
AngryFingers

Oh noez, Dynasty Warriors has gone Western.

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

@kavadias1981 As much as I'd prefer that as well... Look at what EA did to Dante's Inferno... I'll admit, when I first heard that hey were making a Dante's Inferno game, I was expecting something closer to Legend of Zelda than God of War. (Imagine my surprise when Darksiders, a game based around War himself, plays more like LoZ than anything - everything I know is wrong...) And, the Cyclops is the son of.. Posidon? I think... :\

idontlivehere11
idontlivehere11

Sounds great, but I'm hoping for an AI better than the usual Musou games. I don't want Ninja Gaiden, but I don't want DW6:Empires, where I could easily rack up 1000 kills even on chaos difficulty.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@Mickleohb The thing is, I am actually Greek so I do love the mythology; believe me, I was brought up with it. But the thing is, there is far more depth and richness to it than "spartans hack n slash, spartans hack n slash". Now look what it is! "trojans hack n slash, trojans, hack n slash." If I were a developer, I think maybe I would try recreating one of the richer myths, in game form. Such as Odysseus' story. Turn it into a game of exploration, navigation, adventure and puzzle solving. As well as collecting other stories about other mythological characters and beasts. So that gamers can actually learn something about the . For example, everybody knows what a cyclops looks like, but how many can tell you how it came to be?

Defsolidus
Defsolidus

I'm surprised that some of the guys on here are talking about God of War and some other games that have pretty much nothing to do with the KOEI "Musou" genre. The author of this article expressed how the fans of those games including me feel about them, we just wanna slash our way through as many opponents as possible in a chaotic environment with cool looking characters, moves and weapons. The fact that those games are inspired from history or myth gives those games a certain special flavour.

Shadowscale18
Shadowscale18

This will probably feature shallow combat, wooden controls, and a convoluted storyline.

Mickleohb
Mickleohb

@kavadias1981 but Greek myths are awesome and incredibly varied. Even if developers are hopping on a Greek myth trains, I don't think that it has become a problem yet

HeLLaDius
HeLLaDius

oh, what a surprise, we are maked into a probably bad and f*ed up history and mythology wise game again... well sign me up if it's like GoW 3 but has replayability like GoW 1/2 (no unlockables in gow3 ,wth)

leysaley
leysaley

I am hoping they provide good hand-to-hand and combat system..because, no-one want to run around and solve puzzles..give us some action with superb animation..we'll make sure ur game'z a hit..:-)

drknessfeeds
drknessfeeds

@kavadias Waiting for a quality original one thats not a God of War rip off.

vitorrdm
vitorrdm

Hahahahaha! Todos Iguais!

bigbigpiggyboy
bigbigpiggyboy

ive never seen so many identical twins in a single picture!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I'm starting to feel that maybe ancient Greek themed games are being milked slightly.