Dynasty Warriors comes from Koei who has
traditionally made historically accurate
strategy titles rather than action games. While
this title has its share of historical accuracy,
mostly in the form of characters and their
preferred weapons, don't let it fool you - this
is no boring history lesson.
Each fighter uses a preferred weapon, ranging
from enchanted maces with a short reach, to
long spears and glaives with their long reach.
The combat has been honed to represent
actual weapons combat, and with the
exception of a few high-jumping moves, it
seems fairly accurate.
Unlike Namco's Soul Blade, this title does not
feature wild multi-hit combos, but in order to
maintain its crisp 60 fps frame-rate the game relies on shorter, simpler combos
that can be joined together for a powerful effect.
One particularly nice feature of the game is the extensive defense system.
Rather than most titles which have only a single defensive move such as a
block, Dynasty Warriors has three separate moves. Players can block, parry,
or even redirect opponent's blows leaving them helplessly faced in the wrong
direction. These maneuvers are diffi