Dynasty Warriors (video game)
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|Mode(s)||Single player, two player|
Dynasty Warriors is a weapon-based fighting video game developed by Omega Force and published by Koei. It was released in 1997 for the PlayStation for all territories. Unlike the later installments in the series which are hack and slash, Dynasty Warriors is a "one-on-one" fighting game.
All combat is weapon-based, similar to the Soulcalibur series. Rather than having a single all-purpose block button, as in most fighting games, the player must parry the enemy's strikes by executing their own attack at the same height with the correct timing, leaving the enemy vulnerable to attack. The stages are in morning, noon, and dusk.
Name and series
In Japan, the game was released as Sangokumusou. With the next installment in the series a departure in genre and style from the original Dynasty Warriors, it was entitled Shin Sangokumusou in Japan. Nevertheless, in Europe and North America, the game was released as Dynasty Warriors 2, leading to a discrepancy in title numbers that has continued ever since.
The game features 16 characters, six of whom are hidden by default. These characters are mainly historical figures from the Three Kingdoms era of China, though two characters; Nobunaga and Toukichi are figures from the Warring States period of Japan; two of them only appear in the first game and Koei's Samurai Warriors. Unlike in future games, the characters are not grouped into factions, as each have individual slots similar to most fighting games; for convenience, characters will be listed according to the factions they are accorded to in later games.
|Guan Yu||Cao Cao||Lu Xun||Diao Chan|
|Zhang Fei||Dian Wei||Sun Shang Xiang||Lu Bu|
|Zhao Yun||Xiahou Dun||Taishi Ci||Nobunaga|
|Zhuge Liang||Xu Zhu||Zhou Yu||Toukichi|
Bold denotes default characters.
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