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    Single-handedly alter the course of Chinese history in Koei's epic beat 'em up/strategy hybrid

    Considering Dynasty Warriors 4 is based Luo Guanzhong's novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, it's not what you'd call a particularly romantic game. Hugely violent, yes, but we're at a loss as to where the love element fits in. Ah, apparently 'romance' can also mean 'story' or 'legend'... we'll shut up, then. The fourth instalment of Koei's strategic action series might not rock the boat much, but it certainly refines the series' compelling formula to near perfection.

    As before, you select a general from the Wei, Shu or Wu kingdoms and then attempt to annihilate rival armies using the game's smooth real time combat system. This time round, however, the visuals have been noticeably tweaked to allow for greater character detail and the removal of the frequent 'pop-up' that dogged DW3. Your bodyguards and the enemy troops have also smartened up a bit thanks to some much-needed AI modifications, which means that you're far less likely to take on a group of opponents who politely refuse to fight back.

    Throw in a bunch of enjoyable and original two-player modes (such as the enjoyably destructive Demolition), and new attack moves to the melee mix and you're left with the finest Dynasty Warriors title yet.

    • New 'Siege Engines', including battering rams and tiger tanks


    • Improved visuals and computer AI


    • 33 unlockable characters


    • Customise your own warrior and bodyguard

    Contributed by DreinIX (10668) on Apr 17, 2008.

Press release (8th August 2003) - Xbox version:

    KOEI Ltd Announce Dynasty Warriors 4

    KOEI Ltd. today announced that it will be bringing Dynasty Warriors 4, the latest instalment of the worldwide best-selling Tactical Action series, to the European Xbox market this November.

    Format: Xbox
    Release Date: November 2003
    PEGI RATING: 12+

    With more than one million units of the PS2 version sold in Japan in little less than one month of release, and with success in the US, and the European PS2 version having launched on the 27th June, Dynasty Warriors 4 appears poised to become an instant hit in the European Xbox market as well.

    Grudge and a new rebellion mutiny bring an end to the four hundred year reign of the Han dynasty. The once noble empire of China crumbles into three warring states. In this latest of the Dynasty Warriors saga, honour and loyalty in the face of adversity serve as the game's theme. Obligations to one's lords and allies guide these ancient warriors across the battlefields of Ancient China.

    Dynasty Warriors™ 4 uses the most advanced melee-fighting engine to deliver the next evolution of tactical action. Experience the thrill of taking on multiple opponents at once and fighting against impossible odds. New features not only add more depth to the legend of the Three Kingdoms but also to the individual characters and the dramatic events surrounding them.

    Game Features:
    • Conquer over 50 levels across 17 unique maps. More than any other Dynasty Warriors game!


    • Fierce new one-on one duels with enemy officers!


    • Giant siege engines, essential to battlefield victory, include catapults, battering rams, bridge layers, flame-throwing tiger tanks and more!


    • Create your own officers and bodyguards in Edit mode. A Dynasty Warriors first!


    • Kingdom Play allows you to select a different general for each stage in the revamped Musou mode.


    • New character-specific special attack: jump charge attack, charge rush attack and threaten.


    • Brand- new Weapon Experience System and Orbs allow for devastating elemental and poison attacks.


    • All Dynasty Warriors characters return. Over 40 playable characters fully redesigned and remodelled, along with 3 new officers: Cao Ren, Zhou Tai, Yue Ying.


    • New victory conditions emerge and different events occur as the battle unfolds.


    • A completely new soundtrack blends modern music with classical Chinese Asian instruments and styles


    • Up to 8 bodyguards per player!


    • Elephant troops will be available in the Nanman Stage


    • 1-2 Players, 4 versus and 4 challenge modes


    • Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound


    About the Dynasty Warriors Series:
    Developed by KOEI's world-renowned team Omega Force, Dynasty Warriors 4 is the latest of the award-winning franchise that has generated close to 4 million units sold since the series was first launched for PlayStation in 1997. Last year, KOEI's Dynasty Warriors 3 was one of only six software products that were honoured with the "Excellence Award" by Japans Computer Entertainment Software Association.

    Contributed by Sciere (599137) on Apr 06, 2006.

Press release (17th April 2003) - PS2 version:

    KOEI Ltd Announce Dynasty Warriors 4

    Format: PS2
    Release Date: 27th June 2003
    Elspa Rating: 15+

    KOEI Ltd. today announced that it will be bringing Dynasty Warriors 4, the latest instalment of the worldwide best-selling Tactical Action series, to the European market this June. With more than one million units sold in Japan in little less than one month of release, and with the US version due in store next week, Dynasty Warriors 4 appears poised to become an instant hit in the European market as well.

    Grudge and a new rebellion mutiny bring an end to the four hundred year reign of the Han dynasty. The once noble empire of China crumbles into three warring states. In this latest of the Dynasty Warriors saga, honour and loyalty in the face of adversity serve as the game's theme. Obligations to one's lords and allies guide these ancient warriors across the battlefields of Ancient China.

    Dynasty Warriors™ 4 uses the most advanced melee-fighting engine to deliver the next evolution of tactical action. Experience the thrill of taking on multiple opponents at once and fighting against impossible odds. New features not only add more depth to the legend of the Three Kingdoms but also to the individual characters and the dramatic events surrounding them.

    Game Features:
    • Conquer over 50 levels across 17 unique maps. More than any other Dynasty Warriors game!


    • Fierce new one-on one duels with enemy officers!


    • Giant siege engines, essential to battlefield victory, include catapults, battering rams, bridge layers, flame-throwing tiger tanks and more!


    • Create your own officers and bodyguards in Edit mode. A Dynasty Warriors first!


    • Kingdom Play allows you to select a different general for each stage in the revamped Musou mode.


    • New character-specific special attack: jump charge attack, charge rush attack and threaten.


    • Brand- new Weapon Experience System and Orbs allow for devastating elemental and poison attacks.


    • All Dynasty Warriors characters return. Over 40 playable characters fully redesigned and remodelled, along with 3 new officers: Cao Ren, Zhou Tai, Yue Ying.


    • New victory conditions emerge and different events occur as the battle unfolds.


    • A completely new soundtrack blends modern music with classical Chinese Asian instruments and styles


    • Up to 8 bodyguards per player!


    • Elephant troops will be available in the Nanman Stage


    • 1-2 Players, 4 versus and 4 challenge modes


    About the Dynasty Warriors Series: Developed by KOEI's world-renowned team Omega Force, Dynasty Warriors 4 is the latest of the award-winning franchise that has generated close to 4 million units sold since the series was first launched for PlayStation in 1997. Last year, KOEI's Dynasty Warriors 3 was one of only six software products that were honoured with the "Excellence Award" by Japans Computer Entertainment Software Association.

    Contributed by Sciere (599137) on Apr 06, 2006.

Press release (20th October 2005) - PC version:

    Dynasty Warriors Storms Onto PC This Winter

    KOEI are bringing their multi-million selling Dynasty Warrior series to PC

    Hertfordshire, UK – October 20, 2005
    – Koei Ltd. today announced plans to publish Dynasty Warriors 4 Hyper for the PC in Europe. The Dynasty Warriors series has sold millions worldwide and in doing so built up a huge following. This move onto PC is a first for the series and will see the spectacular massed battles that the Dynasty Warriors games are famed for brought to a whole new audience. The European release of Dynasty Warriors on PC is scheduled for the 9th December.

    More information will soon be available at: http://www.koei.co.uk

    About Dynasty Warriors 4 Hyper on PC

    The Dynasty Warriors series made its debut back on the PSone and has since gone from strength to strength with each release. It now appears on PS2, Xbox, GBA, PSP and will soon give PC gamers the chance to indulge in one of the most frenetically action packed gaming experiences on any system.

    Dynasty Warriors 4 Hyper contains everything that made Dynasty Warriors 4 such a huge hit on PS2.
    • Intense tactical action that pits you against hundreds of deadly warriors in epic battles.


    • An advanced melee fighting system lets you perform powerful moves and dazzling combos.


    • Over 40 playable characters, each with their own unique fighting styles and stories, as well as the ability to create your own officers.


    • Elephants, tigers, battering rams, catapults – each battlefield presents a different challenge.


    • Over 50 stages across 17 unique maps, all based on historical locales.


    • Two-player versus and co-op modes.


    • Fierce one-on-one duels between generals.


    • A weapon experience system adds RPG elements to the action-packed gameplay.


    • Using a multiple scenario system, new victory conditions will emerge and different events will occur as each battle unfolds.


    • Based on Luo Guanzhong's novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms."
    Dynasty Warriors 4 Hyper will also offer players a much more striking visual experience by taking advantage of the PC's higher screen resolution to offer twice as many on screen characters, double the draw distance of previous versions, anti aliasing, texture filtering, dynamic shadows and much improved enemy AI. From the classic Musou Mode to the vast range of special attacks, powerful weapons and lethal bodyguards, PC gamers will be getting the definitive Dynasty Warriors package.

    Commenting on the release of Dynasty Warriors 4 Hyper for PC, David Hope, General Manager of KOEI Ltd said "We are delighted to be able to bring the Dynasty Warriors experience to a whole new audience and we look forward to them enjoying Dynasty Warriors just as much as the legions of fans already out there."

    Contributed by Sciere (599137) on Apr 04, 2006.

Back of Case (U.S. version):
    STRENGTH. COURAGE. DESIRE.

    "...the best-looking game in the series yet." - ign.com

    • Play over 50 stages across 17 unique maps
    • Giant siege engines: battering rams, catapults, bridge layers, flame-throwing juggernauts, and more
    • Fierce new one-on-one duels
    • Create your own officers and bodyguards
    • New character-specific special attacks
    • Brand-new Weapon Experience System
    • Kingdom Play! Select a new general for each stage in Musou Mode
    • 3 brand-new officers for over 40 playable characters
    • New victory conditions emerge and different events occur as the battle unfolds

    Contributed by James P. Wong (2451) on Sep 26, 2003.