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SAMURAI WARRIORS: Spirit of Sanada

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Based on 42 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

52%

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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4May 23, 2017
PCMay 23, 2017

Developer: Koei Tecmo Games

Genre: Action

The latest title in the "Samurai Warriors" series, "SAMURAI WARRIORS: Spirit of Sanada", has arrived at last! All 48 years of the life of Yukimura Sanada, the officer hailed as Japan's finest soldier, are fully depicted! Several characters that have been requested by fans join the battle, such as Yukimura's father, Masayuki Sanada. The depictions of characters change as they develop, adding flare to the story. Several new features are included, such as "Castle Towns", where you can experience the daily-lives and battles of officers in minute detail, as well as "Multi-Stage Battles"!
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Spirit of Sanada breathes some new life into a series showing its age

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Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada brings plenty of welcome elements to the formula and makes me excited for what Omega Force holds for us in the future once it fine tunes everything introduced in this game. While it brings plenty of shiny new features, it feels smaller in scale compared to the last mainline entry. But those new little things do add up to a lot. Spirit of Sanada offers a fresh take on the Warriors experience that can be very welcoming to newcomers and veterans alike.

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Battles are massive multi-stage affairs with thousands of enemies onscreen, and even when you're bored with fighting, there is a breadth of additional content to enjoy. Whether you're engaging in the game's encyclopedia or exploring the countryside and mini-games, there is a lot to consume for the history buffs and Musou fans out there. That's if you can get past the graphics and engine that--much like the story--are remnants of an era bygone.

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That said, the combat system remains completely untouched since Samurai Warriors 4 and for all is minor tweaks and nuances, time's running out for this ageing brand of battlefield action. Even long-time fans will agree that, after being pulled in just about every direction, the series desperately needs to move on. No pressure, then, Dynasty Warriors 9.

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