Samurai Warriors 5

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Samurai Warriors 5
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Developer(s)Omega Force
Publisher(s)Koei Tecmo
Producer(s)Hisashi Koinuma
SeriesSamurai Warriors
ReleaseSwitch, PS4, Xbox One
  • JP: June 24, 2021
  • WW: July 27, 2021
Microsoft Windows
  • WW: July 27, 2021
  • WW: June 30, 2022
Genre(s)Hack and slash
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Samurai Warriors 5, known in Japan as Sengoku Musou 5 (戦国無双5), is a hack and slash game by Koei Tecmo, and a reboot of the Samurai Warriors series, part of the long-running Warriors series of hack and slash games published by Koei Tecmo. Announced during a Nintendo Direct presentation on February 17, 2021, the game was stated to be a "fresh re-imagining" of the franchise, featuring an all-new storyline, revamped character designs, and a new visual presentation.[1] It was released in Japan in June 2021 for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, with a worldwide release in July 2021 for those platforms and PC via Steam.[2][3] A version for Amazon Luna was made available on June 30, 2022.[4]


Like previous games, the game is a hack and slash, in which the player faces against hundreds of enemy soldiers in a battlefield, with the objective usually being the defeat of an enemy commander. The game features a new Hyper Attack, which allows the player to traverse great distance while attacking enemies, and Ultimate Skill, augments that, depending on their type, can be used to continue combos, regenerate Musou Gauge, stun enemies, or deal a barrage of attacks.[5] The game uses an art style resembling traditional Japanese painting.[2]


The game's scope of the Sengoku period is limited in contrast to previous games. Samurai Warriors 5 focuses on events leading up to the Honnō-ji Incident, with Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi being the prominent figures of the story.[6]


The entire cast of characters has been vastly redesigned from previous incarnations (with the exception of Katsuyori Takeda, who retains his original design from Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada). The amount of playable characters has also been cut when compared to the previous mainline game, Samurai Warriors 4 (which featured 55 playable characters), with only 37 playable characters being featured, 21 returning and 16 new (10 of the characters are Supporting Characters which means that they are not playable in Story Mode, and do not have unique Power Attacks, and a unique Ultimate Skill).[5][7]

* Denotes Supporting Characters who are not playable in Story Mode, and do not feature unique Power Attacks, and a unique Ultimate Skill
** Denotes characters with two playable versions consisting of Youth, and Mature counterparts

Hanzō Hattori Ieyasu Tokugawa Hanbei Takenaka Hisahide Matsunaga Dōsan Saitō*
Hideyoshi Hashiba Katsuie Shibata Kanbei Kuroda Katsuyori Takeda* Fujihide Mitsubuchi*
Kenshin Uesugi Nagamasa Azai Motonari Mōri Takakage Kobayakawa Kazuuji Nakamura
Magoichi Saika Toshiie Maeda Mitsuki
Mitsuhide Akechi** Motoharu Kikkawa*
Nobunaga Oda** Motonobu Okabe*
Nobuyuki Oda*
Oichi Sandayū Momochi
Shingen Takeda Sena
Tadakatsu Honda Shikanosuke Yamanaka
Yoshimoto Imagawa Terumoto Mōri*
Toshimitsu Saitō
Yoshiaki Ashikaga*
Yoshikage Asakura*
Yoshitatsu Saitō*


Unlike the electronic and traditional Japanese music collaborations in the previous Samurai Warriors games, Samurai Warriors 5 largely replaces the electronic music in favour of rock and orchestral music, while keeping the traditional Japanese music entirely intact.


The game has received "generally favorable" reviews according to Metacritic, becoming the highest rated entry in the series. Famitsu gave all versions of the game scores of 9/9/8/9 for a total of 35/40.[12] The game sold a total of 94,366 physical copies during its first week on sale in Japan (PS4: 55,675/Switch: 38,691) with the PS4 version being the second best-selling game of the week, and the Switch version being the third best-selling game of the week.[18]


  1. ^ "Samurai Warriors 5 announced for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC". Gematsu. February 17, 2021. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Samurai Warriors 5 launches June 24 in Japan, July 27 in the west". Gematsu. 25 February 2021. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  3. ^ "Samurai Warriors 5 adds Nobunaga Oda (Mature), Mitsuhide Akechi (Mature), Hanzo Hattori, Sandayu Momochi, Magoichi Saika, and Yasuke". Gematsu. April 23, 2021.
  4. ^ "Samurai Warriors 5 Strikes its Way onto Amazon Luna". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2022-07-14.
  5. ^ a b "New Samurai Warriors 5 Characters, Story Details, and Systems Revealed". Siliconera. 11 March 2021. Retrieved March 12, 2021.
  6. ^ "Samurai Warriors 5 PS4, Switch, PC Game's Trailer Reveals July 27 Release". Anime News Network. February 25, 2021. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  7. ^ "Samurai Warriors 5 expands its cast and welcomes ten new characters!". Nintendo Power. 28 May 2021. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  8. ^ "Samurai Warriors 5 for Switch Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  9. ^ "Samurai Warriors 5 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  10. ^ "Samurai Warriors 5 for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  11. ^ "Samurai Warriors 5 for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  12. ^ a b Romano, Sal (June 16, 2021). "Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1698". Gematsu.
  13. ^ "Samurai Warriors 5 Review". IGN. July 27, 2021. Retrieved July 31, 2021.
  14. ^ "Samurai Warriors 5 Review (Switch) | Aces high". Nintendo Life. 30 August 2021. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  15. ^ "Samurai Warriors 5 Review (PS4) | Aces high". Push Square. 30 August 2021. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  16. ^ Rudek, Jordan (30 August 2021). "Samurai Warriors 5 (Switch) Review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  17. ^ Denzer, TJ (30 August 2021). "Samurai Warriors 5 review: A stylish conquest". Shacknews. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  18. ^ Romano, Sal (July 2, 2021). "Famitsu Sales: 6/21/21 – 6/27/21 [Update]". Gematsu. Retrieved July 2, 2021.

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