Recently, a game from a Japanese development studio called Tecmo Koei was released named Warriors Orochi 3. For Dynasty/Samurai Warriors fans, I don't have to tell you about the game as you've likely been following the series long enough to know what it is, or at least the basic premise. For those of you who aren't fans, or don't know, Warriors Orochi is a series that combines the characters of Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors into one game where the two worlds have become merged by the powers of Orochi the Japanese Demon Snake God.
Say what you want about the gameplay, it's all been said before. But the issue here is why Tecmo Koei are probably one development studio all gamers should be supporting more. I can see you asking why, since the gameplay is so "repetitive" and "it's all the same stuff" with these games right? Well for one, that's wrong, but my main point is this.
Warriors Orochi 3 has over 132 characters. None of them are DLC, all of them are included in the game. All the characters have unique designs and their own movesets. None of them are ripoffs, copy paste jobs or in any way inferior quality characters.
Warriors Orochi 3 has multiple full length story modes that guarantees hours of play time. Granted, with 132 characters story modes do overlap a lot, but you're guaranteed more than 1 story experience. Again, all included in the game; all accessible from the start.
Warriors Orochi 3 has online co-op. That, in and of itself, is no big deal these days except to mention that it is not something these games are noted for. To my recollection (correct me if I'm wrong) there are only 2 warriors games that have online on consoles at all. Dynasty Warriors 7 and Warriors Orochi 3. The online is not the main focus of the game and provides that classic, play with a buddy, feel of gaming's past. To me, Koei's online doesn't feel like "today's" online. Feels more like playing the older Dynasty Warriors games where co-op was split screen. Maybe that's just the nostalgia talking. Lol.
Warriors Orochi 3 has a level editor. You can design your own levels and upload them for others to play with in co-op, you can download other's levels to play in co-op yourself. To my knowledge, this is a first for the Warriors series and it's also NOT DLC. It's included in the main game and you don't have to pay extra for it.
And this is the best part. A game with all of this content, if sold by a publisher like Activision, EA, or Capcom; would not only have all of this content cut up for future DLC; but you'd also being paying well over the $60 standard price for the game after factoring in all of this content. Tecmo Koei however are charging $50 for this game and it's available on PSN Store and Live Marketplace for download. I don't know about you, but that's what I call a mega deal.
All of this content is the kind of stuff we USED to have in gaming on consoles before DLC was implemented and milked to death. The funny thing is that Tecmo Koei are acting old school with all of this stuff; but in this day and age what they are providing is unheard of. You can't deny that this is a lot of content to give out for $50 these days.
That's why I think gamers should support Tecmo Koei a lot. Show them that this kind of effort is appreciated. Show other devs and publishers that this is the kind of stuff we want. Games packed to the brim with content for an affordable price.
As the famous line from Field of Dreams says, "If you build it, they will come." Well devs and publishers, if you make a content filled game and don't try to nickel and dime us with DLC content, we'll show you our support.