Dynasty Warriors 5

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Dynasty Warriors 5
Dynasty Warriors 5.jpg
Developer(s) Omega Force
Publisher(s) Koei
Series Dynasty Warriors
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
JP 20050224February 24, 2005

NA 20050329March 29, 2005
EU 20050624June 24, 2005
Xbox
JP 20050825August 25, 2005
NA 20050913September 13, 2005
EU 20050923September 23, 2005
Microsoft Windows
INT 20060622June 22, 2006

Genre(s) Hack and slash
Tactical action[1]
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution DVD-DL

Dynasty Warriors 5 (真・三國無双4 Shin Sangokumusō 4?, Shin Sangokumusou 4 in Japan) is a hack and slash video game set in China and the fifth installment in the Dynasty Warriors series, developed by Omega Force and published by Koei. The game was released on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It is based on the Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong.

Gameplay[edit]

The gameplay of Dynasty Warriors 5 is based on previous "Dynasty Warriors" games. It is a hack-and-slash beat-'em-up 3-D action game.

The game features multiple modes. Musou Mode presents a number of chronologically consecutive battle stages revolving around one chosen character, augmented by animation and character-voiced storytelling that provides context for battles and actions. Free Mode allows a player to play default levels and those that have been completed in Musou Mode one at a time. Both Musou Mode and Free Mode allow for two-player cooperative gameplay. Challenge Mode introduces a number of specialized stages with specific challenges, including time trials. The Camp feature allows the player to inspect unlocked items, bodyguards, and officers. The Encyclopedia feature gives a description of each officer in Dynasty Warriors 5, including every non-player character. The Options feature stores viewed pre-rendered videos and offers gameplay and presentation options to the player.

The stronghold feature from Dynasty Warriors 4: Empires is also included in Dynasty Warriors 5. This aspect of gameplay introduces bases to the battlefield. Friendly bases may need protection, while defeating enemy bases earns bonuses to attack or defense or a musou and health-restoring item. Neutral bases can also be captured as strategic points.

Characters[edit]

* Denotes new characters to the series

Shu Wei Wu Other
Guan Ping* Cao Cao Da Qiao Diao Chan
Guan Yu Cao Pi* Gan Ning Dong Zhuo
Huang Zhong Cao Ren Huang Gai Lu Bu
Jiang Wei Dian Wei Ling Tong* Meng Huo
Liu Bei Pang De* Lu Meng Yuan Shao
Ma Chao Sima Yi Lu Xun Zhang Jiao
Pang Tong Xiahou Dun Sun Ce Zhu Rong
Wei Yan Xiahou Yuan Sun Jian Zuo Ci*
Xing Cai* Xu Huang Sun Quan
Yue Ying Xu Zhu Sun Shang Xiang
Zhang Fei Zhang He Taishi Ci
Zhao Yun Zhang Liao Xiao Qiao
Zhuge Liang Zhen Ji Zhou Tai
Zhou Yu

Expansions[edit]

Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends[edit]

Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends (真・三國無双4 猛将伝) is a minor expansion to Dynasty Warriors 5. This game was released on November 16, 2005 and is playable only on the PlayStation 2 video game console.

Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends does not allow the player to play Musou Mode or Free Mode if the player does not possess the original Dynasty Warriors 5 game disk. New game modes included Destiny Mode, Xtreme Mode, and Legend Mode.

Xtreme Mode is a parallel to Shura Mode in Dynasty Warriors 5 Special, in which the objective of the game is for the human-controlled character to survive as long as possible while collecting gold dropped by enemies to regain health and increase stats temporarily.

In Destiny Mode, the player is first allowed to customize a character. After creating a personalized character, a player will be asked to join the Kingdom of Shu, Wei and Wu. While in this mode, you will be playing as a character with very few attacks (starting off with only 2 fundamental hits) and will be "protected" by a chosen officer near the character. The officer will heal the character continuously when injured during battle, so long as the character is nearby. A unique feature of Destiny Mode is that at times the player is given the option to betray one force, while setting a ruse for another. For example, a player receives a letter from Cao Cao, the King of Wei, in which he asks the player to defect from the Kingdom of Wu to the Kingdom of Wei. If the player defers the offer to switch sides their commander may approach them in the hopes of creating a ruse to destroy the opposing force. If the player chooses to accept the option from their commander they will fight for the other side temporarily. When the time is right their original commander will have them move the opposing commander to a set position which will trigger their ruse and supporting units will ambush the opposing commander to support the player's defection.

Dynasty Warriors 5 Special[edit]

Dynasty Warriors 5 Special (Shin Sangoku Musou 4 Special) is another expansion to the game. This game was released on the 22nd of December, 2006 on the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows in Japan and shortly thereafter for Windows in Taiwan.

This version of the game is a combination of the original game and some Xtreme Legends features, including Legend Mode and Xtreme Mode. It does not include Edit Mode or Destiny Mode, but it does include the new items from Xtreme Legends. It includes gamepad support, allowing the user to use PlayStation 2 or Xbox 360-style controllers compatible with Windows.

The Windows version also has improved graphical features, such as real-time shadows.

Official system requirements Of Shin Sangoku Musou 4 Special For Windows[2]

Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires[edit]

Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires (真・三國無双4 Empires) is the second Dynasty Warriors Empires expansion by Omega Force of Koei. Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires was released on March 28, 2006 for both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 video game consoles.

This game is focused upon strategy game play. In Empire Mode, which features five new stages not in Dynasty Warriors 5, the player initially enacts various policies within a chosen state by consulting with the state's officers and delegating responsibilities to others. Battle tactics can be discussed, a feature of other titles in the strategy genre, such as Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Other than Empire Mode, new items and weapons are introduced. Another new feature is the ability of being able to order non player officers to group, attack, or defend certain areas of the battlefield and choose which specific officer you wish to carry out these feats. Time limits can also be altered to fit your needs, also special tactics can be used to turn the tides of battle.

In addition to the original Dynasty Warriors 5 soundtrack, this expansion adds soundtracks from previous titles, including Dynasty Warriors 2, Dynasty Warriors 3 and Dynasty Warriors 4.

The Dynasty Warriors Empires expansion is the only expansion where players can play as "minor" officers, that did not originally have their own storyline in any of the previous Dynasty Warriors games. These officers also do not have their own "skin", but there are several group skins for them (in the same battle, officers of the same skin group look identical). In every other Dynasty Warriors game, minor officers are NPCs.

Stages[edit]

Many of the stages are recreations of notable battles present historically or from the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, while original creations became more common with the newer installments.

Trading Card Game[edit]

Koei published a series of trading card game (「真・三國無双 4」トレーディングカードゲーム) based on Dynasty Warriors 5 in 2005-7-29. The cards are illustrated by Hiroyuki Suwahara. Starter box (53 cards) cost 1500 yen, while booster pack (10 cards) cost 280 yen.

Available starter box including Wei set, Wu set, Shu set.

There are total 266 cards in the game, including 36 commander, 160 general, 35 strategy, 15 trap, 20 item. Booster pack include 10 cards from the set of 266.[3]

Reception[edit]

Dynasty Warriors 5
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS2) 70.18%[4]
(Xbox) 66.61%[5]
Metacritic (PS2) 69/100[6]
(Xbox) 66/100[7]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 5/10[8]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 7.83/10[9]
Eurogamer 5/10[10]
Game Informer (PS2) 7/10[11]
(Xbox) 6/10[12]
GamePro 3.5/5 stars[13][14]
GameSpot (PS2) 6.8/10[15]
(Xbox) 6.6/10[16]
GameSpy (PS2) 2.5/5 stars[17]
(Xbox) 2/5 stars[18]
GameZone (PS2) 7.5/10[19]
(Xbox) 7.2/10[20]
IGN 7.7/10[21][22]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 3.5/5 stars[23]
Official Xbox Magazine 7/10[24]
PALGN 7.5/10[25]

Dynasty Warriors 5 was met with average to mixed reception upon release. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 70.18% and 69 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version,[4][6] and 66.61% and 66 out of 100 for the Xbox version.[5][6]

Xtreme Legends[edit]

Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 59.66%[26]
Metacritic 57/100[27]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 6/10[28]
Game Informer 6.75/10[29]
GameSpot 6.3/10[30]
GameSpy 2/5 stars[31]
GameZone 6.6/10[32]
IGN 5.2/10[33]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 3/5 stars[34]
PALGN 4/10[35]

Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends was met with very mixed reception, as GameRankings gave it a score of 59.66%,[26] while Metacritic gave it 57 out of 100.[27]

Empires[edit]

Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS2) 62.26%[36]
(X360) 61.72%[37]
Metacritic (PS2) 62/100[38]
(X360) 61/100[39]
Review scores
Publication Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly 4.83/10[40]
Eurogamer 5/10[41]
Game Informer 6/10[42]
GamePro 3.5/5 stars[43]
GameSpot (PS2) 7.2/10[44]
(X360) 7.1/10[45]
GameSpy 3/5 stars[46]
GameTrailers 6.5/10[47]
GameZone (PS2) 6.7/10[48]
(X360) 6.5/10[49]
IGN (PS2) 5.3/10[50]
(X360) 5/10[51]
Official Xbox Magazine 7.5/10[52]
PALGN 7/10[53]
The Times 3/5 stars[54]

Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires was met with mixed reception upon release. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 62.26% and 62 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version,[36][38] and 61.72% and 61 out of 100 for the Xbox 360 version.[37][39]

See also[edit]

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