Run, hack, slash, repeat.

Title: Warriors Orochi 4
Platform: PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4 (reviewed)
Developer: Koei Tecmo Games, Koei Tecmo, Omega Force
Publisher: Koei Tecmo Games, Koei Tecmo, Koei Tecmo America Corporation
Release date: Out now although Europe has to wait until Friday.
tl;dr: The largest roster of playable characters combined with flashy hack ‘n’ slash action.
Price: $60/£50 (across all platforms)
Family Focus: Click here for more information.

No matter what kind of gamer you are, you’ve probably heard of Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors series, even if it’s one of the many spins offs or third party warrior adaptations like Hyrule Warriors or Dragon Quest Heroes. Koei Tecmo has brought us a brand new Orochi entry and oh boy! The roster for this game is insane. like so damn insane it’s been entered into the Guinness Book of Records.

The story for Warriors Orochi revolves around the Greek gods that want to revive the evil Orochi, in order to achieve this goal they must fuse the worlds of the Warriors games using these serpent bracelets which can deify select characters that get their hands on the bracelets, with opportunities unfolding at select points in the story. Different characters will get the ability to turn into a godly super character though most of the faces will be familiar if you played other games in this franchise, with the Warriors characters from Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors as well as the Orochi games, the number of playable characters that feature in this game is a whopping 170 characters!

Gameplay for Warriors Orochi 4 is super simplistic, using the square and triangle buttons to mash together different combos and once you’ve filled your Musou meter you can unleash a powerful special attack unique to each character with the circle button. I’ve never played an Orochi game before so I don’t know if this is new but you can use magic, whilst holding the R1 button you can perform different magics, with the weaker magic being linked to the square button and the stronger magic with the triangle button whilst the circle button with R1 unleashes a unique magic special attack which can devastate the enemy forces. Plus, if you grab a divine power orb on the battlefield, you will be able to transform those select characters into their god form with the click of L3.

As with previous Warriors games it’s you versus thousands of enemy warriors which allows you to flip footsoldiers and warlords left and right without a care in the world. But the main goal is to follow the objective and clear it in the recommended time to achieve that coveted S rank. Also, to give the game another layer of replayability there’s added bonus objectives to each of the story and side missions in the game which reward you with various gems and crystals to help improve your characters and your camp which is essentially an ability board that affects every character.

As expected of Koei Tecmo, the graphics are amazingly beautiful, and each character is handsome and beautiful with incredible and stylish hairstyles with girls having that classic Koei breast jiggle because apparently it’s not limited to Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden which I previously thought. It still makes me laugh because of how ridiculous it looks but it’s really not for everyone and unfortunately, there’s no way to turn it off… Sorry, guys.

The soundtrack for Orochi is amazing as well if various rock riffs and techno beats which matches the wild and crazy battles you’ll fight in during your time throughout Chinese and Japanese castles and cherry blossom tree fields. The game is completely dubbed in Japanese so English dub purists will be disappointed with this but either way the voice acting is impressive and brings the characters alive.

Overall, Warriors Orochi 4 is an amazing game that is worth your time if you’re into mindlessly beating the shit out of characters to a crazy anime plotline with a soundtrack that rocks you throughout the various locales with flashy battles with wild special powers even hinging on the powers of gods! The game has incredible replayability with various difficulties and challenges relating to each mission to give you a reason to jump back in.

The Good

  • Gorgeous graphics that comes to be expected of Koei Tecmo.
  • Mindless hack ‘n’ slash fun.
  • A kick ass soundtrack full of rock and techno vibes.

The Bad

  • Can get repetitive.
  • No English dub for those who prefer dub.
  • Breast jiggle physics may upset people.

Family Focus

Warriors Orochi 4 is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and PEGI 12.

Disclaimer: This review is based on a review code provided by PR for the purposes of this review.