I thought it would be a trading card game.
It's what usually happens when publishers port action-heavy, made-for-console franchises to smartphones. They turn it into a trading card game.
And with Dynasty Warriors' (known as Sangokumuso in Japan) heavy focus on hacking and slashing through tons of bad guys, I figured there was no way they'd be able to accurately reproduce the original console version's mayhem on a touch-driven platform.
Welp, looks like I was wrong.
Smartphone tech has progressed to the point where you can now enjoy a near-fully featured Dynasty Warriors game right in the palm of your hand, as evidenced by the recent release of Dynasty Warriors 2 SLASH (titled Shin Sangokumuso SLASH in Japan). While the Android port does have a couple tweaks to make it work on a touch screen, it still features a lot of the non-stop Dynasty Warriors action you've come to love.
But don't take my word for it, take a look at some actual gameplay in the video below.
Impressive, eh? You're surrounded by enemies, and yet it's still running at a silky smooth 60fps. Gree and Tecmo Koei Games certainly have some talented people working in their tech departments!
Dynasty Warriors 2 SLASH is on the Gree platform, but there's an easy login option that lets you play without having to provide any personal info.
Let's take a look at how the game plays.
The game takes place during the Warring States period in China (around 450BC to 221BC), the citizens of China are impoverished, and the Yellow Turban rebellion is starting to spread. The first steps in the game is picking your side and making your character.
Here, you can choose how your character looks by picking gender, hairstyle, etc., but unfortunately you can't yet choose your weapon.
Naturally, you control your character by touching the screen. You move around depending on where you touch.
The first half of the game pretty much involves just hacking through tons of enemies with little regard for strategy, but as the game progresses, you realize you need to start using cards to get you out of tight spots and be aware of enemies trying to sneak up behind you.
You level up once you return from the battlefield. You also get power-ups depending on which side you fight for, which can help to strengthen your weapons.
This really is a faithful port of the Dynasty Warriors series. If you've had a hankering for some Dynasty Warriors but lacked the console to do so, this game is for you.
It was about a year ago that Gree was heavily marketing their Cerberus trading card game app as one of the best looking games available for smartphones. In just this short amount of time, we've jumped from 2D gaming to 3D gaming, with graphics that rival those of home console games. Yep, looks like smartphones have a bright future.
Translation by Jason Morgan