Warriors: Legends of Troy Impressions

The warriors come out to play in our first look at this historical hack-and-slash game.

Have you ever desperately wanted to play Dynasty Warriors but didn't understand the layers of long-forgotten history buried within? Or do you just hate the Trojans and want to kill them all? Warriors: Legends of Troy is a Western take on the ubiquitous Warriors line of games, drawing on the histories and gameplay styles favored in occidental lands. We got an early look at this hack-and-slash romp through the Mediterranean today and came away with a profound sense of what happens if you anger a Greek god.

The story, weapons, and environments are historically accurate, using texts from Sophocles as well as literature like The Iliad to craft this tale into something worthy of the name Troy. The combat is not quite so realistic, though, drawing inspiration from the early Warriors games. That means there are hordes of enemies to cut through, which is a really hard thing to do in real life. You can cut and gut these mindless minions with ease, chopping out their throats before their tiny digital voices can rise to the heavens. There are a few more formidable foes mixed in, enemies that block and parry and fight like a trained warrior should.

There are finishing moves as well as the standard hacking and slashing, letting you kill your sacrificial foes in style. These include tried-and-true executions such as piercing a dude's skull with your sword, and there's even a lunging strike that pays homage to Brad Pitt from the movie Troy. You can choose to play through the game from either the Greek or Trojan side, with a well-known character from each faction to play as. For instance, Hector battles for the Trojans, whereas Achilles wears a Greek uniform.

Troilus was the boss at the end of this section. Or at least he was the first of two bosses. Though he is favored by Apollo, the god of war, he went down incredibly fast. But that only angered his benefactor. Apollo then inhabited the body of a statue erected in his own image, forcing Achilles to cut him down in style. Slashing his legs, torso, and various extremities put him on the ground, and a God of War-inspired quick-time event let Achilles chop his marble head clean off.

Unfortunately, unlike in some of the more recent Dynasty Warriors games, there is no cooperative play in Warriors: Legends of Troy. But there is a 7-foot-tall Amazonian to play as, which erases even the biggest mistakes. Warriors is scheduled to come out this fall for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Keep your eyes on GameSpot to see how this epic adventure shapes up.

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23 comments
War_Chiefs
War_Chiefs

ares is god of war lad.apollo is god of the sun

djr1118
djr1118

wait Apollo is the God of War..?wow if thats a typo lol if not then dont tell Kratos cuz he took the throne in his first game id hate to tell him he took out the wrong guy...

Durran_Jerrag
Durran_Jerrag

@cokpolian Dynasty Warriors wasn't lame. It ruled . . . to a point. Why can't game developers understand that the gaming community hates it when soldiers in the middle of a battle don't stand around in one place pissing on the floor. Or my personal favorite, when in DW5, they would run back on forth for no reason. Why are you patrolling ten square feet when your brothers are being slaughtered by the hundreds? Apollo is also the god of archery (blessed Paris' arrow that killed Achilles), but not the god of war as everyone knows.

iNsaneMilesy
iNsaneMilesy

This game is going to be more craptastic movie Troy than EPIC Iliad. What a shame. If they can't even get the God's right (Apollo isn't the god of war) can't imagine they're going to do much better with the rest of the "Historically accurate" stuff.

kangaox
kangaox

WHen did Apollo become the god of war?! Do some research in at least something GS, its ot hard! GS in the last 3 years seems to have been taken over by pre schoolers! with that vanord bloke or what ever his name is as class rep!

cokpolian
cokpolian

lame dynasty warriors rip-off, that game was boring and this one will be as well

T_Money420
T_Money420

@TheReaper180 that makes for a good game. :)

ppg4all
ppg4all

looks like that spartan game for gamecube forgot what it was called but it was a fun game

Xx_Hopeless_xX
Xx_Hopeless_xX

Oh my god...i have been waiting for a game like this :x..i hope it turns out good..

rafael987654
rafael987654

Apollo isn't the god of war but the god of light, poetry and civilization if you like. Ares on the other hand was worshiped as the god of war.

Dan21278
Dan21278

@torpedochicken I know!!!!!!!! lol

TheReaper180
TheReaper180

I never did care for the warriors series. It was just mindless slaughter and really nothing else.

Jean_rainier
Jean_rainier

the SS turns me off the game. all the henchmen are lined up in the same pose and they all look exactly the same. seems lame that they couldnt atleast make a couple of variations on the enemies.

torpedochicken
torpedochicken

"Though he is favored by Apollo, the god of war" I am very disappointed by this sentence

Ozmodiar1
Ozmodiar1

I like that one of the first selling points of the game is that it's apparently historically accurate, whereas the screenshots show a dodgy model of Achilles quite loosely based off Brad Pitt in "Troy". Yeah, nah.

Uhagi
Uhagi

Looks cool up to this point. It reminds me of Spartan: Total Warrior; (xbox) which I thought was a pretty fun game, so I image this will be about the same.

mattiberg
mattiberg

Kratos is the god of war, god damnit!!!!!!:D

Torque203
Torque203

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JanusStormsword
JanusStormsword

Love hack and slash, so this will definitely be at least a rental. Hopefully it's a good balance between the best of Koei's games with its own unique features and style.

belgand42
belgand42

Since when has Apollo been a god of war? The sun, medicine, the arts... but war? OK, yes, he is technically also the god of archery and was pretty important in the mythology of the Trojan War as a result, but going so far as to characterize him as a god of war is a bit much.