Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce - PS3

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Also for: Xbox 360, PSP
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Strategy: Combat
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: Omega Force Soft. Co.: Koei
Publishers: Tecmo Koei Europe (GB)
Koei (US)
Released: 2010 (US)
19 Feb 2010 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Connectivity: Network Players


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Dynasty Warriors is one of those action games where, no matter how hard you try, there's always something that makes you want to go back and play again. The feudal Asian setting of the series, coupled with the awesome feeling of leading a pack of (rather rubbish) foot soldiers towards an enemy castle has helped make these games more addictive with each instalment.

Strikeforce mixes the series up a bit, in that you lose the lemmings and instead lead a crack squad of four warriors along various quests in a dangerous time for Imperial China. You'll need to command your team mates effectively as you plan co-ordinated assaults on heavily-armed fortresses. As well as infiltrating strongholds, you'll be conquering various locations and even tackling monstrous beasts.

You'll need to think fast on your feet – and off of them – to overcome your enemies, as they will be using all of the space available to take you down. In response, you have the ability to engage in aerial combat, so you can pull off combos in the air as well as the ground. “Fury” transformations also give you supernatural powers like super-speed and the ability to fly, and using customised weapons in tandem will give you the tactical edge in any given fight.

As well as having AI players to complete the quest with you, there's the option to take the quest online with up to three other players, so you can co-operatively tackle each mission together. Add some special features that include downloadable add-on content and – exclusively for the PlayStation 3 – bonus characters from the Ninja Gaiden series, and you have an action-packed game that any warrior would be proud of.