Dynasty Warriors: StrikeForce Demo Impressions
Koei’s Dynasty Warriors franchise has been a long running franchise in gaming since the original was released in 1997. Strikeforce is the third game to hit the PsP over the years, with the demo released the question is, how does it play?
The StrikeForce demo has three factions of characters who all have different aims for the Han Dynasty, whether it is to conquer China, or save it, these background story cutscenes shown are all pretty similar. Its more like a cut and paste story where *blah blah blah (Insert unique part here) blah blah blah*. As you can see, there isn’t much difference with the story yet and it doesn’t seem terribly interesting as far as I can tell.
Something I’m really disappointed with is that no matter who you choose, you’ll be playing the same level, the same exact way. Seeing how there were multiple factions with multiple characters, I expected maybe at least one different level, but no, the same level played the exact same way. The gameplay is solid enough, however there is a less than intoutive pause system. At this point in time, the start button is expected to pause the game, and sometimes bring up a menu too right?
Well your half right, it brings up a menu, but the game isn’t paused when this occurs. No, you have to press start, go through a small menu to select pause before the game is paused, in the middle of a battle, this can be very aggravating. The control is pretty simple and overall, the game is too.
Most enemies outside boss characters/mini bosses are simple to defeat and doesn’t take much skill from the player. However with bosses, there is a cheap system that allows them to hurt you while knocked down, but you cannot hurt them while knocked down, which can be very unfair in fights.
The presentation of the game is pretty well done, the cutscenes look great, character models/animations as well as to be expected from the psp. The sound effects are well done as well.
If you haven’t noticed by now, I’ve been less than impressed with the demo of Dynasty Warriors: StrikeForce. Overall its just “Meh” feeling i get from the game, everything is solid, however its just not that fun. Its decent enough but there really isn’t anything about the game or gameplay that makes me want to play it more.