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Dynasty Warriors 3 (PlayStation 2)

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3.4
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The fight to control ancient China has never been this fun. DarkDove (64) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
An outstanding game. Speaker for the Dead (8) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.9
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.3
Overall MobyScore (11 votes) 3.4


The Press Says

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Gamereactor (Sweden)
Genren har aldrig blivit genomförd på ett bättre sätt och de detaljerade historiska personporträtten gör det inte sämre. Trots de högre krav som ställs såhär år 2002 och de svinaktiga bågmännen kan jag inte annat än underhållas av Dynasty Warriors 3. Och just ja, utgivarna THQ har faktiskt kostat på oss ännu en perfekt PAL-konvertering och en mysig manual helt i färg. Tack för det.
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Game Critics
If videogames are ultimately doomed to be subjective and void of objective thinking, perhaps the much industry applauded and heralded advocate of videogames, Dr. Henry Jenkins of M.I.T., is correct in saying that the attraction behind videogames is that it allows us to explore our darker impulses without consequence. Perhaps its inescapable that videogames can only be about escapist violent fantasies. This would inevitably explain the great success that Grand Theft Auto 3 has achieved, and I could sleep better at night knowing that Im not a hypocrite for slaying 600 virtual soldiers and loving every second of it.
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GamersMark
If you’re in need of a hack n slash game that has deep replay value, good difficulty and 2 player action, I really dont think there is a better alternative than Dynasty Warriors 3, atleast on the Playstation 2.
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Futuregamez.net
Dynasty Warriors 3 is a great update to the previous title. Plenty more options, battlefields, characters make this game a winner, even for those that own Dynasty Warriors 2. Perhaps the best inclusion is the 2-player game which is terrific fun, especially when on opposing teams. If you like old school beat 'em ups, or were sitting on the fence with the previous game, then I would recommend you pick up this title.
83
4Players.de
Die Stärken des Vorgängers wurden ansprechend ausgebaut, die Schwächen leider nicht entsprechend ausgemerzt: Die Grafik wurde in allen Belangen massiv verbessert und kann die auftauchenden Schwächen wie Nebelbildung durch die schiere Anzahl an Gegnern und die grandiosen Spezialeffekte vergessen machen. Und trotz -oder gerade wegen- des simplen Spielprinzips kann man Dynasty Warriors 3 jedem Prügelspielfan ans Herz legen. Vor allem, wenn man die herkömmlichen Kämpfe Eins-gegen-Eins satt hat. Da sich die Steuerung als genau so einfach wie effektiv gestaltet, findet man sofort einen Einstieg. Und die fordernden Missionen sorgen ebenso wie die zahlreichen freizuspielenden Waffen, Gegenstände und Charaktere für die nötige Langzeitmotivation - auch wenn der Spielablauf nach einigen Stunden keine wesentlichen Änderungen mehr erfährt. Koei zeigt, dass man auch mit dem Fokus auf Einfachheit ein faszinierendes Spiel auf die Beine stellen kann.
83
Game Revolution
Despite its flaws, Dynasty Warriors 3 is simply a fun game to play. Seeing your kill count reach astronomical heights, playing with a friend or just watching your character increase in power does wonders for the gaming heart. By adding more depth and a much needed multiplayer mode, Koei has improved the series. So if you're a fan of beat 'em up action on a massive level, this is definitely the game for you.
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Gamesmania
Gehirn aus - Dynasty Warriors 3 an. Bei kaum einem anderen Spiel lässt sich so gut abschalten oder Wut abreagieren. Es macht schlicht und einfach Spaß, sich als fast unbesiegbarer Rambo durch die mittelalterlichen Szenarien zu metzgern. Mit lautem Kampfschrei stürzt man sich in den nächsten Feindespulk, nur um ihn mit Flammenschwert und Monsterkombos in sekundenschnelle zur Flucht zu Bewegen oder eben sein Kill-Konto in die Höhe schnellen zu lassen. Auch die harten Bossfights und die gelungene optische und akustische Präsentation lassen die Silberscheibe immer wieder ins Laufwerk wandern.
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GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
Dynasty Warriors 3 has added more depth to the gameplay and the multi-player option leaves no one the sidelines. Pick up a copy of DW3 and if your parents ask, tell them you are doing some history homework.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Un beat'em up sympathique même si l'on aurait aimé plus d'évolution par rapport au précédent, notamment au niveau de la réalisation. Les ingrédients sont les mêmes, le principe également, ceux qui ont accroché avec le 2 devraient aimer celui-ci à moins de trouver que seul les décors ont changé...
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GameSpot
Cao Cao, Liu Bei, Lu Bu, and all the rest are compelling characters in the novel, and Koei has been providing both strategy- and action-oriented versions of their tale for many years. Prospective buyers should note that Dynasty Warriors 3 is not a particularly remarkable progression from what was accomplished in last year's game, and the graphics look sloppy and dated in some cases.
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PSM
For a title combining both action and strategy elements, Dynasty Warriors 3 is a massive and satisfying game with loads of new additions, but the core gameplay is very repetitive.
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Game Informer Magazine
Koei’s battle cry remains constant. In fact, if the Dynasty Warriors 3 logo didn’t flash across the screen, I’d swear I was playing the previous installment all over again. At the very least, I expected to see drastic enhancements made to the engine. With the implementation of dynamic effects and larger character models, this should have been a given. Oddly, Koei didn’t even make an effort. Massive amounts of background fogging continue to cloud every inch of the battlefield. When a dozen soldiers swarm around your location, you won’t be able to see five feet in front of you. Next generation gaming? Hardly.
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GamePro (US)
It could take weeks to unlock all the game?s hidden characters and levels, making Dynasty Warriors 3 quite a bargain for your gaming dollar. Unfortunately, there?s very little aside from aesthetics and mild changes in story to distinguish the characters from each other, giving you little reward for the effort. A deeper RPG-like approach to character development would really go a long way to elevate Dynasty Warriors from a niche franchise to a true classic. As it is, Dynasty Warriors 3 is strictly for gamers who like their mindless action mixed with Chinese historical events.
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Game Informer Magazine
Koei's China syndrome is wearing thin. The fun of facing off against hordes of enemies has lost its luster, despite some additions.