A magazine page scan from a popular japanese magazine, Jump Magazine, revealed today the confirmation of the next series of Koei’s famous video game, Dynasty Warriors…. With the reveal of the 8th series, Dynasty Warriors 8
Even though Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires has yet to be released Koei have apparently gone on ahead and announced the next series of Dynasty Warriors early to shock us all, even though we knew it was coming, the news this soon has taken me by surprise!
Now I can’t translate japanese unfortunately but a friend of mine did and what we have here is the popular Dynasty Warriors character, Zhao Yun from the kingdom of Shu and a brand new character coming to the 8th series, this character in blue has been translated to as Yue Jin, a warrior from the kingdom of Wei, pretty exciting stuff!
Dynasty Warriors 8 has been set for release in Japan for 2013, although nothing as of yet for a overseas release but it is VERY early to tell anything yet, watch this space!
EDIT:: A second character has been announced in more magazine scans!
This guy is Li Dian from the kingdom of Wei, with him and Yue Jin, if anyone remembers the battle of He Fei, these will make that level much more epic!
I have been reading some DW7 players comments and some people are a little stumped on how to unlock certain characters, how to gain the special horses and what they are missing from the PS3 trophies or Xbox 360 achievements so after some searching, I put all or most of what to unlock and how to do it along with all PS3 trophies/360 achievements, enjoy!
|Unlockable||How to Unlock|
|Cai Wenji||Cai Wenji Legendary Battles 1-3 on Conquest Mode|
|Cao Ren||Cao Ren Legendary Battles 1&2 on Conquest Mode|
|Da Qiao||Da Qiao Legendary Battles 1&2 on Conquest Mode|
|Diao Chan||Diao Chan Legendary Battles 1-3 on Conquest Mode|
|Lian Shi||Lian Shi Legendary Battles 1&2 on Conquest Mode|
|Lu Bu||Lu Bu Legendary Battles 1-3 on Conquest Mode|
|Ma Chao||Ma Chao Legendary Battles 1&2 on Conquest Mode|
|Ma Dai||Ma Dai Legendary Battles 1&2 on Conquest Mode|
|Wang Yuanji||Wang Yuanji Legendary Battles 1&2 on Conquest Mode|
|Xiahou Ba||Xiahou Ba Legendary Battles 1&2 on Conquest Mode|
|Xiao Qiao||Xiao Qiao Legendary Battles 1&2 on Conquest Mode|
|Xing Cai||Xing Cai Legendary Battles 1-3 on Conquest Mode|
|Xu Huang||Xu Huang Legendary Battles 1&2 on Conquest Mode|
|Yue Ying||Yue Ying Legendary Battles 1&2 on Conquest Mode|
|Zhen Ji||Zhen Ji Legendary Battles 1&2 on Conquest Mode|
|Zhou Tai||Zhou Tai Legendary Battles 1&2 on Conquest Mode|
I don’t know if this is actually the full character roster for Dynasty Warriors 7 (Shin Sangoku Musou 6), but this appears all of them from what I’ve seen on it’s unofficial facebook page. (http://www.facebook.com/dynastywarriors7)
This shows the characters in the kingdoms of Wei, Wu, Shu, Other and the new kingdom, Jin. The total number of characters in Dynasty Warriors 7 is currently 62, which is the biggest selection of characters EVER in the entire DW history!
Place the cursor over each picture to show the name of each character (Sorry about the quality of the images, they had to be shrunk to fit in the post)
Lu Bu has finally been revealed for Dynasty Warriors 7, it’s been bothering most fans for ages to see what the mightest warriors of the three kingdoms would look like in the upcoming Dynasty Warriors 7 (Shin Sangokumusou 6 in Japan).
The picture below was taken from the Dynasty Warriors 7 facebook page and it shows Lu Bu on a promotional poster for Shin Sangokumusou 6, the picture isn’t great but it’s enough to get a good look at the man himself.
He looks pretty good actually, not like the armoured beetle version of him in Dynasty Warriors 6 and Lu Bu originally had long hair if you read the books based on the three kingdoms era. I’m sure fans, or at least most of them, should be happy with the new Lu Bu coz I sure am!
For nearly 14 years, the Warriors series made by Koei has sprang many lengths from where it started on Playstation to now on the next generation consoles like Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, and over those years, its made many fans aswell as many haters but one thing is for certain, it’s not going to go away anytime soon, it’s here to stay and it’s made a big impact in the gaming world. Here is just a quick rough guideline to how it started and what became of the series as the years went on.
It all started off in 1997, Koei decided to invent a game based on the Three Kingdoms Era of China from the early A.D ages. I would expect that Koei never thought it would progress this far, in Japan, this game is called Sangoku Musou, everywhere else, it was called Dynasty Warriors.
The game itself, many fans won’t be familiar with as believe it or not, the very first Dynasty Warriors game wasn’t a hack and slash that everyone seems to know. This game was actually, a beat m up, the character roster in this game is no where near today’s standards in Dynasty Warriors but it doesn’t include some of the most important and well known such as Zhao Yun, Xiahou Dun, Cao Cao and Lu Bu.
The system was just a bog-standard beat m up, the controls was a little like Tekken along with a 3D environment so you could move around rather than just left and right. The game was quite difficult due to the control responses was a little slow to react but the fighting itself was fun and it also introduced the “Musou Attack” which could turn the tide in any battle.
Sure the graphics then compared to now is nothing but back then, it was pretty detailed regardless of it being blocky, and for a 3D game, pretty fast-paced. The main trouble for this game was that not many copies were released so even upon release back in 97, it was hard to find a copy of the game.
The next Dynasty Warriors game didn’t arrive then until the release of Playstation 2, Dynasty Warriors 2 or Shin Sangoku Musou, arrived in 2000 and this game started the hack n slash revolution. It added a original story, army factions, take on loads of enemies at once and able to bring bodyguards incase you find yourself in a bit of trouble.
The character roster in this game has doubled since the first and has english voice actors, it also began the age that instrumental rock music started becoming popular in gaming and movies. This music is one of Dynasty Warriors trademarks, the high energy instrumental rock music suited the theme of what Koei was trying to show.
The system was completely new, as it introduced the so called repetitive button bashing that gave Dynasty Warriors it’s love/hate relationship with gamers, it worked for many and some was just bored with it but that never stopped Koei trying to reach out to a new audience of gamers.
The game also introduced a character that made Dynasty Warriors 2 a serious challenge, that in history was named the mightiest warrior of the three kingdoms era and in DW2, you should never face this guy alone, he brought fear and concern to fans of the series, especially to new-comers, this man was Lu Bu. In DW2, he was the most difficult character to beat and since you encountered at the second stage, facing him with a early developed character is next to impossible, he constantly healed and powered up everytime he was knocked down and he could defeat anyone with minimum effort even at easy difficulty. The idea to defeating Lu Bu was keeping juggled in the air or making sure he never falls on the floor.
The following Dynasty Warriors 3 (Shin Sangoku Musou 2) appeared in 2002 and it also become available for Microsoft’s Xbox console, this became the start of the major console wars between Sony and Microsoft.
Dynasty Warriors 3 revamped it’s battle system and upgraded it with upgradable weapons, increased combos, bigger character roster and scenarios, a more fair bodyguard system and the hyper musou attack for when you are in a critical state.
The main addition to the game is the Nanman faction, this also introduced a new mount, the elephant since it’s what the nanman used to induce fear into enemy soldiers. The elite nanman soldiers also had special armour to make them resistant to arrows.
Speaking of arrows, this game made a serious upside to archers and crossbows, their attack power has drastically shot up, being hit by a group of archers and your health will have gone down by 1/4. Most people thought this was unfair while some thought that it made the game more interesting and difficult.
On the subject of difficult, the game made differences to Lu Bu, his moveset has been changed, quickened and his weapon lengthened, his overall toughness has been halved but he was still a tough nut to crack regardless.
This also started the expansions to the series as several months later, Koei introduced the Xtreme Legends side of the series, this allowed more expanded things such a more items, more weapons, more modes, you could also add DW3′s data to XL and give the game both main and expansion together.
In late 2003, Dynasty Warriors 4 (Shin Sangoku Musou 3) arrived for PS2 and Xbox, and Koei again made more changes to the system and even more characters to the roster.
One of the biggest additions to this Dynasty Warriors is the Create-A-Warrior option or as everyone calls it now, CAW mode, this allows you to invent your own characters and send them into the fields of Chinese warfare, it also has a side mode to create and name your bodyguards.
Another new addition to the game is a one-on-one duels during gameplay, this only happens when facing enemy officers, in a duel, health and stats have been altered and you have been given a time limit to defeat or survive against the enemy, if you won the duel, your side gets a morale boost and get a morale crush when the time limit runs out, if you lose in a duel, it’s game over so it’s all to play for.
In terms of Lu Bu, nothing major altered in his difficulty, he is a little easier to defeat since they have totally disabled auto recovery and power ups from this game onwards so it makes the game series alot easier for new-comers to the DW series but what is really annoying with Lu Bu is that in duel, he is just as difficult as he was in DW2, unfair strength and reach.
DW4 then had 2 expansions, first there was Xtreme Legends in which offered you a extra story mode and a special Xtreme mode in which you pick a character and you go through endless stages, in which you come across random scenarios, it’s a very fun mode to play, some would say that DW4XL was the best out of the 4th series and I couldn’t agree more really.
Next expansion was new to the series, the Empires game gave a new turn to the hack n slash experience by adding strategy to the fray, conquering tactical locations and forcing the commander out, trying to take control all of china, it is good fun and the CAW mode had been improved with a vast selection of moveset and items of clothing along with a increase of CAW slots.
In 2005, Koei released the 5th series, Dynasty Warriors 5 (Or Shin Sangoku Musou 4) arrived for PS2 and Xbox. The series returned with more improved graphics, music gets a little more hardcore, movesets been refurbished, even more characters added and some more additions.
This game now has a hint of Empires in it as in the story and free modes, there are strongholds to conquer aswell as the officers, the normal games now are trying to be a little more tactical, it’s a nice addition to the game although it wasn’t a big success.
There was a few one-off features in DW5, one was the character, Zuo Ci, a surprisingly great character, many said he was a match for Lu Bu’s unfairness, he is a sage who wondered the lands, he found Cao Cao to tell him of his fate in the three kingdoms era, although a fictional character, he played quite a large role in DW5 and the Warriors Orochi series later on.
Another new feature is the use of Musou Coins which activates Musou Rage, this allowed your character to possess superhuman strength and speed, your attacking speed is doubled and you gain a musou refill and when you use musou attack while in rage state, you use hyper musou attack regardless of health, this is a good tide turner when in a difficult situation
Again, there is a Xtreme Legends and Empires additions to the series, nothing really new about these ones other than in Empires where you have plans before battles to aid you in combat or in politics, apart from that, nothing really new that separates the other versions.
The next generation of Dynasty Warriors hits the world in 2008 with Dynasty Warriors 6 (Shin Sangoku Musou 5), it was released for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 but later was released for PC.
Koei takes a completely new direction for this 6th series, first by removing the odd button mixing system and replacing it was a new “Renbu” system, this basically is even more senseless button bashing but with fewer mixing, you have a sort of combo gauge, the more successful your combos, the more powerful and longer the combos go but this new system had very mixed results, the Japanese utterly hated this new system while Americans thought it was a good turn-about, magazines and websites considered this to be the best in all the DW series but fans thought differently, although it had the best story telling of the series, it was a sort of Marmite effect on fans.
This time there was a character drop in the roster which surprised many, characters like Meng Huo, Da Qiao and Zhang Wei were taken out which upset a few fans but in the Empires version of DW6, Meng Huo returned to lead the Nanman into the new generation.
Sadly, there was only a Empires version of the game for this series, only the Japanese had a Xtreme Legends version but it was mainly called “Special” rather than XL, this gave new movesets to the likes of Cao Pi, Ling Tong and Ma Chao.
The Empires version of the game improved the empires system much more so than DW5′s version, you could now become a officer, ruler or a vagabond, you can free roam as a vagabond, performing mercenary jobs and travel all over the chinese’s states, working for others and then deciding to join a army or forge your own. It is alot more tactical than the other empires games, more plans to use and more ways to improve.
The CAW system in DW6 Empires has upgraded drastically, the number of slots in CAW mode is 100! Koei also released DLCs for DW6 Empires which involves more music to use and listen to and the use of more clothing items for your CAWs which includes a Keiji Maeda, Himiko and Sun WuKong outfits.
In the spring of next year, Koei is set to release Dynasty Warriors 7 (Shin Sangoku Musou 6), for next gen consoles Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 (Apparently Japan will get a PS3 only exclusive but that is just a rumour).
In this 7th series, Koei are set to break standards yet again by removing the Renbu system and replacing it with the good old button bashing from the original series. More characters are set to return along with new characters and a brand new faction to the fray.
The new series is set to have a new mode called Chronicle mode, in which acts like a free roaming session (Or if you have played DW: Online, it works like that), your characters gets to explore china before you take part in vital battles that will shape the story plot.
The new faction is called the Jin army, if you read your history, the Jin faction is Sima Yi’s army after when Wei was close to meeting it’s demise and the Cao family meets it’s end. Several characters of the Jin faction have already been announced such as Sima Shi and Sima Zhao.
From what I have been reading up, DW7 will allow weapon swapping in mid battle, which is similar to that of DW Strikeforce (Multi-Raid), and apparently, each weapon will effect differently to each character and gender but from what some of the people have been seeing in early pics of the game, some were disappointed to see that some of the character’s moves seem similar to other’s but this is just a work in progress so hopefully there will be some changes.
It’s been a long journey for the series but Koei have set a big standard and made a huge impact on the gaming world and I am sure that Dynasty Warriors is here to stay and even if you love it or hate it, there is no stopping the Warriors series from going on and on.
This is one of Koei’s signature gaming series and it’s a gaming series that they should be proud for. Thanks for Dynasty Warriors, it’s made a path for many clones and spin-offs, some become failures, some become surprising good sellers but all-on-all, nothing can make a bigger impact than Dynasty Warriors, master of the hack n slash generation!
Thanks to Koei Warriors for this information on Dynasty Warriors 7!
Dynasty Warriors 7 (or Shin Sangoku Musou 6 / 真・三国無双６) has had a new update as of recent and lots of news has sprung up. Check below for a list of all the new details!
The game will be a PS3 exclusive in Japan and mutliplat overseas and it will be released on March 2011 in Japan.
The storyline will -finally- go beyond the batle of Wuzhang Plains and end at the actual ending of the Han Dynasty at 280 which is the Jin’s unification of China.
The new Jin Kingdom is added to the game, and it will be one of the new kingdoms in the Story Mode including Wei, Wu and Su. In this mode, as you play different stages, different characters are available to use. So, the story will be seen from various character’s point of view.
Story events are seamlessly incorporated into the gameplay like God of War 3.
A new mode called Chronicle Mode which is a create your own story free roam mode
You can visit cities to upgrade weapons inbetween battles and interact with unique characters to unlock more playable characters
Joining a faction in this mode allows you to take part in their events. Some events are based on the ROTK novel
First son of Sima Yi. Assumed authority in Wei after his father’s death. Died early in 255 due to complications of a swollen eye.
Main Weapon: Rapier
Seiyuu: Ryotaro Okiayu
Second son of Sima Yi. Assumed authority after his brother Shi’s death. Father of Sima Yan, the first emperor of Jin who would finally unify China.
Main Weapon: Dao Blade
Seiyuu: Daisuke Kishio
Fictional female warrior who would eventually get married to Guan Suo, fictional youngest son of Guan Yu, and would fight together with him in the battlefield.
Main Weapon: Bladed Yo-yo
Returning Characters so far would be:
劉備 Liu Bei
關羽 Guan Yu
張飛 Zhang Fei
趙雲 Zhao Yun
星彩 Xing Cai
曹操 Cao Cao
曹仁 Cao Ren
夏侯惇 Xiahou Dun
夏侯淵 Xiahou Yuan
徐晃 Xu Huang
甄姫 Zhen Ji
孫權 Sun Quan
陸遜 Lu Xun
周泰 Zhou Tai
Also, many returning characters are retaining their old weapons from DW5 back due to the gameplay system reversal (eg. Zhen Ji’s flute, Xiahou Dun’s scimitar)
Gameplay Changes are in DW7, here are some of them:
- Secondary Weapons, Variable Attack
- The moveset system is back to the good old Charge-based system (DW5 and before)
- Characters now equip two weapons at once that can be changed on hte fly
- Weapons can be changed even in mid-stage
- There will be about 360 different varieties of weapons
- Some weapons will have gender limitations
Called the Variable Attack system, player can switch between the two weapons anytime. The weapons can even be switched during a combo with a weapon without cutting the combo itself. To switch weapons, press R1
Weapon Expertise, EX Attack
Some characters will have special expertise in certain weapon types. When such weapons are equipped, they will be able to unleash EX attacks
The weapons seem to have expertise levels. So far the confirmed levels are ‘apprentice’ and ‘learned’
(Speculation: Adding with the above point, probably each character will first have default expertise in their main weapons, but if they are buffed up they will be able to have expertise in all available weapons to them)
Musou attack upgrades
Jump Musou attack seems to be added
Musou bar is now stackable to 2 bars, allowing you to launch Musou attack twice consecutively
It is said there will be different kinds of Musou attacks. The first one is weapon-based and the second one will be unique to character (perhaps related to main weapon / weapon type expertise?)
Other Known Information
The game supports stereoscopic 3D mode, though this is optional and can be turned off
It will also support Playstation Move
Some characters will have different facial features depending on the storyline progress, like two-eyed Xiahou Dun or non-masked Sima Shi
Character portraits in battle messages have emotion changes just like other recent Warriors games
Sounds like alot of old and new stuff are going into the new DW series, extending the story, back to the old attack system instead of the Renbu system, might be a relief to most, me especially. Again, thanks to Koei Warriors for this information, visit koeiwarriors.co.uk for all the latest information on Koei games and anything related!
I can confirm that I will be attending the London Expo in October 2011, sure it seems like ages away but I am just confirming with you all that I will be visiting London in October next year.
If you are going to a London Expo next year, look out for me during the Expo event in October.
The reason I’m going is for more than just playing the latest games before releases, but the fact that several of my friends are dying to meet me in person, most of all, Koei Wariors creator, Inspector Chin and Cosplayer, Eri Senpai.
I’m sure many other Koei Warrior members will be wanting to see me also since I was once a member of the forum a few years ago.
If you are or thinking of going to the London Expo next October, let me know and we will see about meeting up on the day, whether if I’m staying for the weekend or not is uncertain as of yet but as the time draws closer, I will let you know about it!
A Europe release date for the upcoming Koei game, Hokuto Musou (English title is TBC), has been announced, the European version of the game will be release in the Autumn this year and if your a Dynasty or Samurai Warriors fan, you may love this just as much.
The game is based on the classic anime series, Hokuto no Ken (Fist Of The North Star) in which you will see the story of Kenshiro fight to save his wife from the wrath of a evil overlord, set in a post-apocalyptic timeline, much of the world is in ruins and its become a fight for survival.
I have to warn you, the anime is EXTREMELY gory, lots of blood and guts so it’s not for everyone, especially not kids or teens but by the looks of Hokuto Musou, it doesn’t seem that bloody, probably half of gory as the anime so it maybe more suitable for a wider audience .
The game itself is very similar to that of most Warriors games, possible repetitive button pressing so its one for the fans only.
Possible playable characters confirmed:
There is also Heart and Outlaw but its not announced if they will be downloadable content or as part of the package. There will be more DLCs for this game in the coming future after the game’s release, I have heard of a young Toki dlc recently been released in Japan, just wondering if any of it’s dlcs will also be available for the European version.
The game will be released for PS3 and Xbox 360, game modes include: Legendary, Illusionary Match, Challenge and Introduction modes.
Since I’m a mad fan of the series I will be getting this without question, if you don’t get this on release, you’re already dead!
Europe better get their Wiis ready, Samurai Warriors 3 will be hitting the shops tomorrow, 28th May 2010!
Samurai Warriors 3 will be a Nintendo Wii exclusive and its highly advised that you use a classic controller to play this game as its the same as it every has been.
Appart from Gracia, Musashi Miyamoto and Kojirō Sasaki being removed from the game, the cast is pretty much unchanged and then there is the new characters to play as in Samurai Warriors 3:
- Kiyomasa Kato
- Kanbei Kuroda
- Ujiyasu Hojo
- Muneshige Tachibana
- Hanbei Takenaka
- Motonari Mouri
Just like all other Warriors games, its for the fans only unless your used to the repetitive button pressing.
I, myself, will be getting it and hopefully will be making my own review on this game very soon!
The London Expo is only days away and you should be there if you want to play the latest games by Tecmo and Koei before they are released in europe.
Games such as Hokuto Musou (Fist Of The North Star) and Quantum Theory will have demo booths for you to have a taste of whats in store before general release.
Koei Warriors Founder, Chin Soon Sun, will be there along with other Koei/Tecmo staff for merchandise selling and cosplayers (It can’t be a Expo without it, right?)
What will be in store for the visitors? Here is a list of what to expect:
- Fist of the North Star (Hokuto Musou) game booth
- Quantum Theory game booth
- Samurai Warriors 3 game booth
- Koei/Temco related merchandise to buy
- Koei Warriors own Inspector Chin will be there
- Voice actors from the Dynasty and Samurai Warrior games will be there for autograph signing
- You can get your voice heard in the Fan VodCast
- Loads of Cosplayers to see and talk to
What a Expo this is going to be! Too bad I can’t go but I will visit one soon, you can count on that for sure!