Monday, October 18, 2010

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes | Review

Synopsis: It is time to review yet another Capcom title, this time it will be Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes for the Nintendo Wii. Samurai Heroes is the recent action beat em up game, where you play as one of a dozen playable warlords working to rewrite history in the quest to rule 16th century Japan. Along with more than two handfuls of playable characters, you have the ability to choose a supporting general to help lead your armies, and decisions made throughout gameplay directly affect the characters in which you will encounter as either friends or enemies. Fans of the Dynasty Warrior games may want to pay attention to this one.

Praise: You can tell this is a Capcom title through and through with the visual art style and white knuckle fast action. Whether you are trying to take control of the numerous camps in each level or trying to just see how big your hit combo can reach, there is no shortage of action or enemies to take out. There is a lot of replay value behind Samurai Heroes as each characters story plays out differently and with each character’s weapon being different, it makes for a different experience with each playthrough. There is also an RPG element to this game as you level up, earn money and natural resources to upgrade equipment, and learn new skills after each level.

Gripes: I don’t know if I am one of the few or one of the many that do not really enjoy this type of game, but there is a LOT of button mashing in this game, even though there are a number of different moves and abilities, it just seems that with the large amount of enemies coming at you at one time, it is just as effective to just keep pressing buttons as it is to try and deliberately nail down combos. The levels and characters all look like carbon copies with the exception of playable characters and bosses, while levels seem to be the same objectives and similar maps with the objective being to take the boss.

Overall, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes us a button masher’s dream and seeing that it is similar to the Dynasty Warriors titles, fans of the Temo Koei franchise may be interested in getting their hands on this title until that next action beat em up is released. While there is a lot of replay value to this title and 2 player offline coop to keep you and your friends playing with each character for a while. Though this is not my cup of tea, it is a pretty solid title for the genre. gives Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes a 5 out of 10.

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes is available now for the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3.

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