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PlayStation 3 Review: Warriors – Legends Of Troy

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You begin with storming the lands of your sworn enemy, engaging them in one bloody battle after another, fumbling your way to victory. Accompanying you are some of the greatest legendary heroes ever, who assist you in your quest to reign supreme. No, it’s not Dynasty Warriors, it’s Warriors: Legends Of Troy — a similarly-constructed game by the same developers (Tecmo KOEI) who, for some reason, felt the world needed another adventure game wherein you wander from Point A to Point B and slaughter everyone in your path.

Normally, that’s not a bad thing in my book. Or anyone else’s for that matter (I imagine). We enjoy going around and making things become dead via video games because we are not permitted to do so in real life — unless you’re a dictator, that is. But that’s irrelevant, of course: our focus point today, kiddies, is Warriors: Legends Of Troy.

Whether you saw that CGI-laden motion picture epic with Brad Pitt or you actually paid attention to that book you were assigned to read in high school, you may have heard of the legendary Battle of Troy, wherein Greek warriors rushed to Trojan shores in order to chew bubble-gum and kick ass: only to discover they were all out of bubble-gum. The game switches back and forth between sides of the fabled conflict: you get to lead your fellow Greeks inhabiting the personas of such mythical champions as Achilles, Ajax (the foaming cleanser), and Paris — but you also get to adopt the bodies of Trojan leaders like Hector and…er, that that one guy.

From the first chapter, in which we are treated to some half-decent animations with narration, we see how the entire game is going to play out: you run around and kill the enemy. Now, as I had previously said, this isn’t necessarily a bore in video games. However, when your game developers have done nothing more than re-dressing the characters and sets of their Dynasty Warriors series, it gets more than a mild tedious at an alarmingly-fast pace.

Do you enjoy hitting the square button repeatedly without ever really having to rely on any sort of variation to your gameplay? Well, this title might just be up your alley, then, because that’s about all you do here. Oh, sure, it tries to disguise the ever-building sense of monotony by throwing in a “guest hero” every now and then to assist your present character in battle — but your computer-controlled co-warrior usually just gets in the way and does little else than irritate you; becoming as unwanted and unwelcome as an Owen Wilson cameo in a Ben Stiller movie. Or vice versa.

While the locations of the game’s battles change from chapter to chapter, they never manage to alter the action (or lack of it, as it were): it’s still the same old shit you saw before in any one of the several dozen Dynasty Warriors games. The character animation isn’t anything you would want to write home about, either. As you’d expect, your “main” lads boast a bit more detail than their peon cohorts do, while the aforementioned cutaway animation is on-par with a PS2 release.

In an attempt to make things a bit more interesting for the “been there, done that” crowd, Warriors: Legends Of Troy has a few side features afoot, such as the accumulation of Kleos (a Greek word often meaning “renown” or “glory”), which you are awarded via victorious skirmishes with your enemies. Your Kleos points can in-turn be used to purchase new items for your battling boys (something Homer would no doubt approve of). Several other features are “locked” at the beginning of the game, and only become available as you develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from continuously hitting the square button (and maybe the triangle or circle).

Ultimately, though, Warriors: Legends Of Troy is about as effective of an invasion as the Bay of Pigs. The game (and its formula) could have greatly benefited from some fresh blood in its system; but, sadly, all was spilled on the beach in the first chapter.

Warriors: Legends Of Troy is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Violence. This game can also be found on Xbox 360.

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Luigi Bastardo is the disgruntled alter-ego of a thirtysomething lad from Northern California who has watched so many weird movies since the tender age of 3 that a conventional life is out of the question. He currently lives in Chico, CA with four cats named Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Margaret. Seriously.
  • Sharkwalker

    Firstly, I have been playing Dynasty Warriors since the 2nd one came out my Freshman year of High School. I love the games and am easily drawn into the new games by them adding a few weapons, revamping the graphics and changing a few animations. I am not an unbiased reviewer.

    That being said, I felt Warriors of Troy is the most unique of all the games. I used X and Triangle in this game much more than square. This is a first in a Warriors game. The average footsoldier in this is stronger, uses better formations, has more health, and more AI. There are far less of them as well. This gives the game a more personal feel. Nothing like lifting an enemy up by their throat with Ajax, snapping their neck with your bare hand and throwing them at their friend who has suddenly frozen in his tracks with a look of fear on his face.

    God of War style Boss battles exist in this one also. The occasional, Cyclops, griffin and such do make appearances.

    On the rare occasion you use a combo with square, you will still find it different as your attacks deal more damage for timing your pushes off the square. In Dynasty Warriors you can just tap it as fast as you want and it really wouldn’t matter.

    This game abandons the anime style voices of dynasty warriors to replace them with more fitting, and much more believable voices. This game also has more epic sounding music as opposed to the Dynasty Warriors electric techno tracks.

    Lastly, This game is bloody. I remember the first time I stunned an enemy with Achilles and stabbed under their chin upwards and lifted them off the ground as the sword slid through their head until their chin was at its hilt. Blood sprayed, and every enemy near leaned backwards in fear. Some began to run. So I picked up a spear off the ground and flung it 50 feet into a fleeing enemy. This one is bloody! This is another first.

    In short, I disagree that this is another dynasty warriors game. You would not be able to win a battle on the hardest difficulty in this by just using square, or by even using the same strategies.