Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4, PS Vita
- Publisher: Koei Tecmo
- Developer: Omega Force
- Release Date: Aug 29, 2017
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Action, Hack-Slash
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://www.koeitecmoamerica.com/warriorsallstars/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
At its core, Warriors All-Stars does indeed play like any other Warriors game out there. You take a character—in this case one of 30 from different games—and go out onto large scale battlefields killing hundreds—sometimes thousands—of enemies. Players will only need to utilize a few buttons to deal off wicked combos and special attacks which at this point is a staple to the Warriors series of games. However, there are a few changes that developer Omega Force incorporated into Warriors All-Stars that makes this not just a clone of games like Warriors Orochi or Hyrule Warriors. Don’t worry, we’ll break it down for you right now.
In-game, players can take several warriors alongside with them into combat. Each character has a range of special perks that can be given to the main controlled character such as strength up or defense up to the name basics. What’s even cooler is that these characters can be used via special attacks and calling them to your side for damaging combos or to use Hero Skills which each of the 30 warriors possess their own power or move. It would have been nice to switch between them in the same style as Warriors Orochi but Warriors All-Stars works with its execution of these controllable skills. Like Musou Rush which allows your character to deal out damage and kill hundreds of enemies—which seem to just magically appear in front of you— while your allies cheer you on is tons of fun to witness and execute.
You’re going to also need to be weary of who you bring into battle alongside you. Sure pairing Ryo off with some random from another world may seem smart but if they don’t have affinity for one another—which you can check prior to battle and in the hub screen—then you won’t get the boosts you may need on harder difficulties. This makes pairing characters both tactical and interesting for various missions. The same can be said of the Hero Cards which each character can equip for even more advantages in combat such as elemental perks and stat bonuses. Warriors All-Stars is clever in this sense and we really like it as it breaks the typical molding of most prior Warriors games. Still we do recommend playing on Hard Mode if you want to utilize the most out of these new concepts. Easy or Normal will still be cake walk for long time fans or veterans of the Warriors games.
Graphically, Warriors All-Stars looks great at times and okay at others. The best on the visual front has to be the art when characters are just talking. When you’re on the battlefield, Warriors All-Stars looks okay but suffers from the series’ usual issues of bland backdrops and overly simple enemy design. Luckily while you’re in battle you have some amazing music to listen to which has to be the strongest we’ve heard in a Warriors game in some time. Different tracks accompany the various characters from their different game series and it sounds wonderful to hear in Warriors All-Stars.
Now, Warriors All-Stars does suffer from some minor issues but overall not many. The story is probably the biggest issue as it feels like a generic tale thrown together to make it convincing to the audience that all these heroes needed to be gathered here. Is it a terrible story? No, we’ve seen worse here at Honey’s Anime but it won’t particularly excite any fan of the series or newcomer, especially in comparison to the Warriors Orochi stories which sounded convincing and actually made some sense. The other major issue in Warriors All-Stars is the lack of any modes outside Story Mode. We were amazed to see that free battle and anything similar wasn’t included. It’s not impossible to say that they could be added via DLC but as a standard game all you’re getting upon starting Warriors All-Stars up is Story Mode, Encyclopedia and Options. Lack of Co-op does also kind of seem like a missed opportunity but we’re used to it in at this point.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Same Dynasty Warriors-like gameplay we all love
- Nice selection of characters to choose from
- Impressive artwork for still images and cutscenes
- Fun Gameplay
- Impressive Soundtrack
- Hours of gameplay
- Won’t change your mind if you don’t like the franchise
- Only one gameplay mode
- Ho-hum story
- Could have used more gameplay elements from the franchise