Warriors All-Stars is an action packed, beat-em up from developer Omega Force. Combining popular characters from parent company KOEI TECMO America is both the premiere feature and this games’ saving grace.
Longtime fans of the genre will feel right at home with the core gameplay. One of the best features that Warriors has to offer is the ability to control up to a five-person squad simultaneously. It’s simply fantastic! Running through wave after wave of bad guys brings a feeling of serenity amidst the absurd chaos happening onscreen. Juggling enemies with the combos of the main character the player is controlling while also controlling the other characters in your squad feels like hitting a homerun. Heroes will become closer to one another when they’re used together often, opening up ways to get stronger powers, etc. There is also a way to trigger “rush” mode that results in the player using one character to annihilate hundreds of baddies while the rest of your team literally cheers you on. It looks like a 70’s game show that would air during the day. The better you do during this time means more cheers, but more importantly, more bravery.
The bravery system works similar to a regular level up system except that it only affects the battle at hand. Similar to a MOBA in that you always start every battle at 1 and work your way up by defeating enemies, so it’s essentially a buff. Certain bosses will be difficult or next to impossible to defeat if your bravery level isn’t high enough. In some ways, this system makes every battle drag along. In other ways, it helps when there’s a character you haven’t used and you’re trying to level them up without having to grind it out on lower level battles.
Warriors All-Stars has an open world structure via the world map. There is an overwhelming amount of side missions that could be skipped, but they will bring in the much-needed XP. Moving around the map may cause even more side missions, monster hunts, or the occasional pot of gold to pop up. It’s less tedious than traveling miles and miles in an open world, but it’s also not nearly as immersive.
The story doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that is such a good thing. The best part of Warriors All-Stars is its awesome cast, and they’re used quite effectively. The story does change according to whom the player chooses to be the protagonist amongst the three warring factions. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to read dialogue taking place during the heat of battles for those who don’t speak the language. They do speak their native language so William spends his time grunting everything in English.
Warriors looks, sounds, and feels like a Japanese game. The graphics aren’t great by any means, but with the amount of NPC’s flying around with just minor drops in framerate still looks good. It’s also possible to pick the game music that plays during battles. All of the songs come from the different All-Stars’ games. Why wouldn’t you want to hear the electric guitar getting shredded whilst shredding bad guys as Ryu?
Longtime fans will feel like Marvel fans watching The Avengers while playing Warriors All-Stars. Newcomers will no doubt recognize some of these characters, but then again maybe they won’t. Either way, button-mashers are going to feel right at home. Decent graphics, decent story, good gameplay gives Warriors All-Stars a 7 out of 10.
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