Review: Dynasty Warriors Unleashed
Developers: XPEC, Nexon, Bad Bird
Publisher: Koei Tecmo Games
Platform: iOS, Android
Dynasty Warriors has always been a series that has had a loyal fanbase, but has failed to be innovative in any way since Dynasty Warriors 2‘s release over 20 years ago. Sure, there have been improvements to the franchise here and there, though the game has never strayed too far from its core gameplay. Many gamers have wanted to experience Dynasty Warriors‘ hack-and-slash action on mobile platforms, though they have had to settle for copycat titles of varying quality.
Now, finally, Dynasty Warriors has come to mobiles, and while it is very grind-heavy, it’s actually pretty great.
Dynasty Warriors Unleashed sees players recruiting various iconic characters from the Dynasty Warriors games through a variety of modes. Most players will begin playing Campaign Mode, which re-tells the often re-told story of the Three Kingdoms Period in China. Missions are bite-sized compared to console Dynasty Warriors games, and can be as simple as destroying some ballistae or escorting a general past a handful of other generals. Despite obviously being limited in comparison to its console relatives, Dynasty Warriors Unleashed does a fine job of making each mission feel engaging and important. The only downside to the campaign is that it does feel short, though die-hard players will be able to replay the campaign on harder difficulties.
In addition to the campaign, there are also a number of additional Challenges to complete, as well as Conquest Mode and modes designed to gather resources. The most fun part of the challenges are the daily trials, which can be completed once a day. They are designed to have players use a variety of characters, assuring that players see the importance in having multiple warriors levelled up and well-equipped. Unfortunately, playing the daily trials ultimately grows stale as players will reach the highest-tier rewards quickly with dedicated play. Hopefully some new trials are added soon, or some sort of higher-tier rewards with leaderboards to add more purpose to them.
There is also a Boss Fight mode, which offers a number of rewards to players based on who does the most damage to the boss. At present, there is only one boss, and you’ll need to play him multiple times to beat him even once, though the rewards are decent. Similarly to the Daily Trials, I feel at this point in the game’s life a new boss is needed.
PVP players have two game modes to play: Arena and Skirmish. Arena sees players take on AI-controlled teams from actual players, while, Skirmish Mode is a realtime versus mode. I have no idea where servers are located, but I know one thing for sure: there aren’t any in Australia! The lag is absolutely unbearable for me in Skirmish Mode, so much so that players who have barely levelled up their Generals are capable of absolutely annihilating me!
Coming from Nexon, players can be forgiven for thinking that Unleashed is a money grab, and of course, the pressure to put money into the game is there. There is a staggering amount of pop-up ads when you begin the game, each one advertising either a way to spend a disgusting amount of money on chests and bonuses, or bonuses you would be earning if you had been putting money into the game. I get at least 3 pop-ups before I get my daily free chest and edict, though you can simply mash the close button to show your disinterest. Like other mobile titles, the top players are definitely people with way too much expendable income, but you can still have an absolute blast and be a competitor with Dynasty Warriors Unleashed by simply playing the game.
Ultimately, I’m surprised by how much I enjoy Dynasty Warriors Unleashed. The hack-and-slash gameplay translates well onto mobiles and tablets, and the game manages to be rewarding even without financial investment. A must-play if you’re a fan of the series and keen for a new mobile game.
|Dynasty Warriors Unleashed manages to bring the Dynasty Warriors hack-and-slash gameplay to mobile devices. The grind is real, though dedicated players will still have a great time and manage to compete with other players. Well worth checking out.||3.6 3.6 ( on 5 rating)|