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If you've already sunk a lot of time into the PS2 or 360 versions of Orochi, you might want to pass on this one as it's pretty much the exact same game. Unless, of course, you desperately want to kill a bunch of dudes while riding the bus or something. If you've never played the series before or haven't touched it in a long time, this might be a good way to get back into it. Orochi's one of the most polished of the recent Warriors games.
Ultimately, Warriors Orochi is still the excellent game it always was, and it makes a fine addition to the PSP library. As a port of the full game, however, it is a triumph, packing a ridiculously huge amount of content into a humble UMD. Fans of the Warriors games who own a PSP really should consider making a purchase, as having that much button mashing action on the go is highly recommended. Even if you're not a fan of the franchise, however, I would suggest checking it out -- I have a feeling you may find the game far more palatable in portable portions.
Impressively adding all the elements from both Koei hack-and-slash games, Warriors Orochi is true to the series but shows us nothing genuinely or refreshingly new. Repetitive gameplay aside, the game’s few flaws don’t take away from the action or cool options. This is strictly for the fans.
Pocket Gamer UK
No-frills action makes Warriors Orochi a decent portable experience, especially with co-op multiplayer and the promise of hours and hours of enjoyable - if similar - gameplay.
The Dynasty Warriors franchise is probably one of the best pick-up-and play button-mashers on the market today. It does not labor under the delusions of being a deep narrative or an innovative concept; it's simply another notch on the Dynasty Warriors belt, which is both the charm and the greatest weakness of the series. The developers have gotten this design down, but a complete lack of innovation and some poorly implemented features cripples Warriors Orochi. If you've never played a Dynasty Warriors game before, then this is a good a place as any to start, but if you're already familiar with the series, there is nothing new to gain from Warriors Orochi for the PSP.
Cheat Code Central
Warriors Orochi has some shortcomings, but to be fair I am imposing my personal preference on what the game should, or could be. But it's not totally my fault for thinking this. This is a simple hack-and-slash game. By its very nature it's repetitive. By hinting at more depth with weapon upgrades, 79 playable and combinable characters with upgradable attributes, and a two-player mode, I think it's the developer's responsibility to fully realize these features and implement them in the gameplay. Otherwise don't tease us.
Warriors Orochi is just the same Warriors experience we've seen for years except in portable form. I enjoyed the tag-team dynamic, even if it's more of a novelty than anything else. All the typical problems of repetition, poor story, below average graphics and awful voice acting return once again, but the renowned Warriors button-mashing seems more fitted to quick, portable gaming sessions. There are certainly better PSP games out there, but Warriors Orochi is a fine representation of the console experience and may even surpass its predecessors by existing within a more appropriate medium.
Luckily, no one plays these games for the dramatic narrative. If you've loved the Warriors games in the past, then I wholeheartedly recommend Warriors Orochi. It has all the hack-n-slash action that fans of the series want, with the add convenience of portability.
Warriors Orochi isn’t a bad game since it is another angle on the same Koei-based hack-and-slash games they have been working on for over a decade now. There are also some new things brought to the table, but the gameplay experience is becoming tiring.
Was auch immer sich Koei bei der Vereinigung der Dynasty und Samurai Warriors gedacht hat, das Ergebnis ist ein Armutszeugnis: Akute Einfallslosigkeit und mangelnde Spielqualität treffen auf eine übertriebene Materialmasse. Doch was nützen einem über 70 spielbare Charaktere und mehrere Dutzend Missionen, wenn einen der Spielverlauf schon nach kürzester Zeit anödet? Mag ja sein, dass manche immer noch damit zufrieden sind, durch vernebelte Einöden zu galoppieren und stundenlang auf dieselben Tasten zu hämmern, um hirnamputierte Klonarmeen niederzustrecken. Klar, eine Weile kann man sich dabei hervorragend abreagieren, eventuell sogar kooperativ in eine Art Level-Trance verfallen - so lange man nicht auf den abgespeckten PSP-Koop oder die umständliche Tastatursteuerung (PC) angewiesen ist. Aber echter Spielspaß kommt so oder so nicht auf.
When it's all said and done, if the thought of battling both Lu Bu and Keiji Maeda in the same game makes you squeal with delight, Warriors Orochi was definitely made for you. But everyone else is well advised to keep their distance from this pointless and frequently unfun button masher.