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25 February 2008 @ 08:23 pm
Dynasty Warriors 6  
Yep. Got it upon release last week. It really does feel next-gen. Battlefields are vast and well-populated. Bases seem more naturally integrated into the stage. You have to bust down doors to get into some of the bases, and they tend to look like regular forts and castle areas instead of arbitrary constructions. Castle sieges can't be circumvented by taking down one measly peon with "Defense Captain" over his head. Instead, you guard your siege setup and wait for your dudes to put up ladders. Then you climb up, smash the defense weaponry on the castle wall, and jump down and wreak some havoc.

The piles of people on the battlefield are more interactive than ever before. Your allies do the Spartan cheer when you kick some ass. Sometimes you'll wind up dueling enemy officers within a wide circle of peons. Banner-toting groups will dispense power-ups to fighters on their side.

Too bad that horses are random and getting one of the unique uber horses involves a lot of luck, but I can deal with the pretty good ones I found. Weapons are random, too. At least there's an easy way to farm those if you have an uber character.

Battles tend to take longer than they did in DW5. That's good for a more epic, involved feeling, bad when you aren't feeling very patient, really bad when they take a while for stupid and tedious reasons. Fan Castle has you swimming around playing officer whack-a-mole. And some of the officers will totally ignore you and make a beeline for your commander, so you have to chase them even more if they get away from you. At least there are plenty of fun battles that I like to replay.

bitis_gabonica will be happy to know that Sima Yi lost his nasal voice.

Zhang He talks about a hint of beauty every time he defeats an officer. He says that bases need redecorating. And he sounds like Yoshimoto Imagawa. I always got a kick out of his vain theatrics, but man, this is getting old fast.

Cao Ren is now known as Lunchbox. Giant fork + lots of metal = you do the math. He's still hella fun to play.

Lu Xun is Peter Pan, right down to the flying jump kick after battle.

When Lu Meng died, I got on the school bus and cried. I don't care if that makes me even dorkier. All through Gan Ning's musou mode, he called Meng "old man", even after getting smacked in the head for it. And after Fan Castle when Lu Meng keeled over of illness - "Old man? ...Old man? ...LU MEEEEEEEEEENG!" C'mon, I was touched.
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Counting Crows - Einstein on the Beach
aitai on February 26th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
sounds awesome; i haven't seen it yet...

what will happen to seattle grunge now that lu meng is gone!?
The Heavy Metal Matador: iSmashrydain on February 26th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Lu Xun will carry on in his place. Upset because nobody else will buy him beer, he'll get angsty and stop putting on makeup. Then he will grow to like the unkempt look.

Hey, if Xiahou Dun got bishie hair, anything is possible. Let's just hope that Xiahou Yuan's belly shirts don't catch on.
aitai on February 26th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
ewww belly shirts...i'm glad sima yi isn't all nasal anymore...although it was fun to imitate him saying "slaaaaaay"...yay for the extra evil inflection; haha.
The Heavy Metal Matador: Cao Renrydain on February 26th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Yes on both counts. I mean, men have hair and all, but crop tops only work for pretty boys. Xiahou Yuan just looks like he doesn't know how to do laundry or dress himself.

Thar and I used to play Jie Ting over and over again just for the instruction to slay Ma Su and take control of the mountaintop. And the line about Zhang He scattering the enemy's rear. Speaking of which, DW6 is full of messages about so-and-so's unit being in trouble.
Skurtchasorskurtchasor on February 26th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Ah, the lowly Ma Su....it's as though we've already won.
The Heavy Metal Matador: Naked Timerydain on February 26th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Ma Su should be an Imagawa-ish joke character. Wielding a single feather, he'd fire laser beams at his feet and/or backward. He would finish his musou by tripping on his robes and face planting.
Skurtchasor: FROSTING!skurtchasor on February 26th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Seatlle Grunge will live 4Ever! This next one goes out to Meng!

I'm inching closer to buying the PS3, and when that happens I'll be picking up DW6.