Warriors Orochi (intro)
Warriors Orochi Trailer for PSP
Warriors Orochi Trailer for PSP
"Warriors Orochi is a crossover of two historical action epics, Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors. In the game, Orochi the king of demons has merged together in time the Sengoku and Sangokushi periods in an attempt at world domination. The heroes of both Dynasty and Samurai Warriors must now fight together to defeat Orochi and his demon followers.
In addition to generals from both franchises, totalling over 70 playable characters in all, Warriors Orochi adds a new feature to gameplay: team battles with up to three team members. You can switch off between the three members as you take on the hundreds of enemies that line the fields and castles of the strange world created by the Orochi." - gamespy
"The best thing that we can say about Warriors Orochi from the get-go is that it's pretty much everything that you'd expect. If you're not a fan of Koei's hack n' slash action games set in feudal Asian countries, we're not exactly sure what to tell you besides...it's Dynasty Warriors meets Samurai Warriors. For those of you who are fans of the series -- obviously, you're out there, since the games are always popular on traffic metrics on every gaming site, and we still get the occasional flame mail for some of our more scathing reviews of Dynasty Warriors' myriad sequels and spin-offs-- this is fan service on a level that may make your head explode. We got our first hands-on with the Xbox 360 version of the game at Koei's press event, and the PS2 version later that night, and frankly, we can't say much more than "it is what it is."
The game's title comes from the powerful serpent king Orochi, who has come to Earth and kidnapped the best and brightest warriors from China and Japan to test his skills against them. He has smitten most of them, but the fiercest combatants, who largely consist of characters from past installments of the games, are still around to beat him down. The action will take place in four scenarios, consisting of eight to ten branching stages. Three stages will take place in ancient Chinese kingdoms, and one will take place in the Samurai Warriors universe. You'll pick warriors from the Wu, Wei, and Shu Kingdoms, as well as combatants from both Samurai Warriors games.
Visually, the game looks, well, as good as the series can on PS2. It's a franchise that peaked out a while ago on the hardware, and really, at this point, it's the experience that likely counts the most for millions and millions of PS2 owners. On the Xbox 360, it's pretty much like the other 360 ports of Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors: overall, it looks like a much prettier version of the PS2 games. That's not to say that either game looks bad, however. The visuals of the 360 show off a lot of detail in the faces of each warrior, and again, the PS2 version is pretty much at the zenith of how it can look on that platform. Of course, it's a little tougher to look at after the unveiling of Dynasty Warriors 6 at Koei's event, which looks like a truly next-gen Warriors experience.
Warriors Orochi looks like it's exactly what it sets out to be: a title that fuses the best of Dynasty Warriors with the best of Samurai Warriors in the name of a little hack, a little slash, and a whole lot of kicking ass. If you're a fan of these seemingly indefatigable games, there will probably be nothing to stop you from picking this one up save for the fact that we're two months out from its release. It adds the ability to switch between three characters, the ability to fuse the best of your weapons to hone a more solid instrument of destruction, and you'll have nearly forty stages of non-stop button-mashing to keep you happy. The series' harshest critics might not find something to warm their hearts here, but the hardcore fans of the games will undoubtedly not care." - gamespy