Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle

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Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle
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Developer(s)Koei
Publisher(s)Koei, THQ Asia Pacific
Director(s)Keiji Okayasu
SeriesDynasty Warriors
Platform(s)Nintendo DS
Release
  • JP: April 5, 2007
  • USA: July 24, 2007
  • EU: August 31, 2007
Genre(s)Tactical action [1]

Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle (真・三國無双DSファイターズバトル, Shin Sangokumusō Dī Esu Faitāzu Batoru, Shin Sangokumusou DS Fighter's Battle in Japan) is a Nintendo DS action video game developed by Koei. It is a game in the Dynasty Warriors series. The game was released on April 5, 2007 in Japan and July 24, 2007 in North America. The European version was released on August 31, 2007.

The game is set in ancient China. The player can choose a warrior out of Suzaku/Phoenix (朱雀), Seiryuu/Dragon (青龍) and Genbu/Chimera (玄武).

Gameplay[edit]

The game features a "Warrior Cards" system with 120 cards. In battles, the cards are used to summon the warriors of the Dynasty Warriors series to assist the player in battles. Decks can be formed by the players. However the number of cards a player can equip is only as much as the number of player's defense points, ration stores and weapon stores in the map.

Cards are classified using the colors blue, red, yellow, green or pink (rare). Blue cards provide a skill for the player to use in battle, whereas red cards provide enhancements of player's attack rating, defense rating or health points (HP). Yellow cards provide both skills and stat increments. Blue and red cards can be leveled up to a maximum of three stars, while yellow cards have fixed stats.

Players can progress to an adjacent point or into buildings housing the enemy general protecting the defense point required number of defeated officers (shown at the top-right corner) in that particular map. However, if the point contains a defense point, rations store or weapons store owned by the player, movement in and out of the point is unrestricted.

Ration stores and weapon stores are 'neutral' at the start of the battle, and can be claimed by either party. Claiming ownership of a rations store and weapon store increases the size and improves the fighting abilities of the owner's army respectively. Once claimed, an allied warrior in the deck will be summoned to protect the store, which can still be taken over by the opponent.

Also featured in this game is terrains with effects. For example, poisonous puddles reduce the HP of whoever steps on it, frozen grounds causes sliding, rocking ships disrupts normal movement etc.

The game is won when one of the two players break through all the opponent's defense points and defeat the enemy warrior in the main base, which only opens up after opponent loses all defense points.

Voice samples are used sparingly in this game, most of which are said by the player's characters. Some of the generals have voices as well, and all of them have different text for pre-fight and post-fight encounters.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings55.46%[2]
Metacritic56/100[3]
Review scores
PublicationScore
EGM5.33/10[4]
Game Informer6.5/10[5]
GameSpot4.5/10[6]
GameSpy3/5 stars[7]
GamesRadar+2.5/5 stars[8]
GameZone6.2/10[9]
IGN5.9/10[10]
Nintendo Power7.5/10[11]
ONM58%[12]
PALGN3.5/10[13]

The game was met with very mixed reception upon release; GameRankings gave it a score of 55.46%,[2] while it got 56 out of 100 on Metacritic.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EA Signs North American Distribution Agreement with Koei Corporation for Upcoming Tactical Action Game Samurai Warriors". Electronic Arts. 2004-02-24. Archived from the original on 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
  2. ^ a b "Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle for DS". GameRankings. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle for DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  4. ^ EGM staff (August 2007). "Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle". Electronic Gaming Monthly (218): 81.
  5. ^ Reeves, Ben (July 2007). "Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle". Game Informer (171): 107. Archived from the original on March 13, 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  6. ^ Navarro, Alex (July 27, 2007). "Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle Review". GameSpot. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  7. ^ Theobald, Phil (July 25, 2007). "GameSpy: Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle". GameSpy. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  8. ^ Ryan, Paul (July 24, 2007). "Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle review". GamesRadar. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  9. ^ Platt, Dylan (August 24, 2007). "Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle - NDS - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  10. ^ Bozon, Mark (August 1, 2007). "Dynasty Warriors [DS]: Fighter's Battle Review". IGN. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  11. ^ "Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle". Nintendo Power. 219: 87. September 2007.
  12. ^ East, Tom (October 2007). "Dynasty Warriors DS Review". Official Nintendo Magazine: 94. Archived from the original on October 8, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  13. ^ Keller, Matt (September 29, 2007). "Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle Review". PALGN. Archived from the original on December 8, 2009. Retrieved July 30, 2014.

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