Warriors: Legends of Troy
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|Warriors: Legends of Troy|
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|Genre(s)||Hack and slash|
Warriors: Legends of Troy, released in Japan as Troy Musou (TROY (トロイ) 無双 Toroi Musō), is a video game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games consoles. The game was developed by Koei Canada and is published by Tecmo Koei. While having a Warriors title, this game differs from the Dynasty Warriors series as it features a greater level of graphic violence; it is the first title in the franchise to have received an M rating from the ESRB. The game had a scheduled release date of Q4 2010 in all regions but was pushed back to Q1 2011 after Koei's announcement during Tokyo Game Show 2010.
On February 25, 2011, the Xbox 360 logo was removed from the North American website, leading to rumors that the console's version of the game would be canceled in North America. Currently it is listed as a PlayStation 3 exclusive in that region, with the Xbox 360 version scheduled for a late December 2011 release date but it was canceled. In Japan and Europe, the Xbox 360 version was released, alongside the PlayStation 3 version.
The gameplay is heavily influenced by its mother series, Dynasty Warriors. It utilizes the same hack-and-slash gameplay, with several modifications. The player controls characters from a third person perspective and is required to face large amounts of enemies. The player is able to use their shield as a weapon and also use throwing weapons such as javelins and boulders, and is able to pick up other soldiers and use them as weapons. The trademark Musou attack from the series is replaced by "Fury", which boosts the player's attacks instead of dealing a powered up special attack. The "Normal" and "Charge" attacks are also replaced by three types of attacks: Quick Attack, Focused Attack, and Stun Attack. As the player slays through enemies, they are awarded Kleos, the currency for the game. Kleos can be used to purchase rare items for use. Collecting Kleos during gameplay is also the only way for the player to restore health, as unlike Dynasty Warriors, there are no recovery items in the battlefield. Like the Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage series, it features a much larger amount of blood and gore than previous Dynasty Warriors games.
The game features various gameplay modes. The story mode is similar to the one found in Dynasty Warriors 7, in which it is divided into two major stories (for the Greeks and the Trojans) that offers predetermined characters for the player to use. While the game's retells the events of the Trojan War, it also dramatizes certain aspects of history. Challenge Mode offers three challenges: Arena (defeating continuous waves of enemies), Rampage (collecting as many Kleos without getting hit), and Bloodlust (collecting Kleos to restore the gradually-depleting health). The game supports online co-op and competitive play for up to four people.
The game features playable characters who participate in the Trojan War, both on the side of the Greeks and the Trojans. The side of the Greeks features Achilles, Ajax, Odysseus, and Patroklos, while the side of the Trojans features Aeneas, Hektor, Paris, and Penthesilea, altogether featuring a total of eight playable characters. There are also unique NPCs that participate in the battlefield, such as Agamemnon, Hippolyte, Menelaos, and Priam, as well as those who do not, such as Andromache, Helen, Kassandra, and Poseidon.
It has a score of 44% on Metacritic. IGN awarded it a score of 6.0 out of 10, saying "with a few friends and the right attitude, Warriors: Legends of Troy can be fun." Jim Sterling of Destructoid awarded it a score of four out of 10, saying "Warriors of Troy just about delivers some simple button mashing action without too much fuss, but hack n' slash fans would do best to wait for Dynasty Warriors 7" PlayStation Lifestyle awarded it a score of 3 out of 10, saying "While the game can be fun in spurts, there are plenty of better options on the market should you feel the need to mash some buttons. Unless you are dying for a taste of Greek Mythology or extremely bored, this is one game you won’t be sorry you missed."
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