Dynasty Warriors 7 is only the latest in Koei’s love it-hate it Musou/Warriors franchise. Chances are you have at least heard of Dynasty Warriors, even if you aren’t a gamer. The series got its start in the West with Dynasty Warriors 2 serving as one of the launch titles for the PS2, which was over TEN YEARS ago. Since then the Dynasty Warriors franchise has seen mixed success, garnering both critical acclaim and disappointment. Dynasty Warriors’s most commonly cited flaw is how it has become stale over the years. To counteract this, Koei set out to redefine the series and completely change its core mechanics, which has been met with less than positive results. Does Dynasty Warriors 7 redeem the franchise?
One of the biggest and most obvious complaints is that Dynasty Warriors by nature is stuck in its subject material. No matter how you go about it, the series is a retelling of Three Kingdoms period of ancient China. There is only so much you can do with such a set and limited amount of source material. That being said, Dynasty Warriors is not all “by the book”. A great deal of the game’s story and inspiration comes from the novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”. This novel was written way back in the 14th century and is based on the events that took place near the end of the Han Dynasty. This isn’t to say that everything in this game and novel are made up, but let’s just say they take some liberties to flesh out what would have otherwise been a bland story about generic officers and warlords duking it out for land.