SAMURAI WARRIORS: Spirit of Sanada

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SAMURAI WARRIORS: Spirit of Sanada is ranked in the 63rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 42 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

52%

Critics Recommend

Based on 42 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameSoulz
Unscored
Unscored
May 22, 2017

All in all Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada surprised me, I expected a game between expansion and spin-off and got a truly great Warriors game. It has its flaws and problems, like every Omega Force or Warriors game and isn´t for anyone. Yet, if you´re a fan of the series, you certainly won´t regret the excessive trip to Sanada castle. It´s great, trust me.

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Scored Reviews

Digitally Downloaded
May 23, 2017

By the end of Spirit of Sanada you'll have learned something, enjoyed the prettiest Warriors game to date, and seen just how far Koei Tecmo's been able to take this series, so that it's no longer purely an action game. With Spirit of Sanada, we see a future for the Warriors franchise where every battle and event is given context and purpose, and it's a far deeper and more rounded experience for that.

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TechRaptor
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 24, 2017

The best story that Samurai Warriors has had to offer, as well as the addition of new mechanics to improve the experience, Spirit of Sanada is a great way to close the chapter on the Samurai Warriors 4 era.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 23, 2017

Samurai Warriors 4 was a great entry into the core vein of the series. Samurai Warriors 4-II took things a step further with some slight modifications to the experience both in terms of gameplay and narrative approach as it focused more on the people than the Dynasties that they fought for. Building further on the ideas presented in 4-II, Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada finds a balance of both while also improving upon the gameplay for possibly the best Samurai Warriors entry yet.

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Gaming on PC
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 26, 2017

Omega Force‘s Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada mixes tried and true gameplay elements with a number of noticeable improvements and an excellent story, creating a title that may very well be the developers’ finest yet.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 23, 2017

Ditching the series' ensemble cast in favour of a more personal family drama is one of the best decisions Koei Tecmo has made, and the key feature that elevates Spirit of Sanada to more than just a new entry in the Warriors franchise. The roster is still massive and everyone is playable during free mode, but the story locks down characters by the mission, personalizing the Sanada family over the course of roughly fifty years of Sengoku period history. Multi-stage battles emphasize just how war-torn the Sengoku era was, while offering a breath a fresh air to the traditional series stage format. The combat is as refined as ever and the focus on Masayuki and Yukimura makes for an incredibly intimate story. Spirit of Sanada is, plain and simple, one of best precedents Koei Tecmo has set.

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PS3Blog.net
90%
90%
Jun 5, 2017

Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada is an excellent game that expands on the Samurai Warriors formula by introducing interesting elements such as friendship building and exploration. It feels a bit more personal than previous Samurai Warriors releases, making it a must-play for fans of the franchise.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 24, 2017

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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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 23, 2017

Although Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada is a spin-off of the mainline series of games, it shouldn't be seen as anything less than the best companion to Samurai Warriors 4. I enjoyed returning to the battlefield once more and learning all that I could about the Sanada clan while following their lives over the course of the game. The character driven plot was much appreciated as well as the graphical improvements made to the battlefields from previous games. I would definitely like to see more spin-offs of the series that focus on some of the other clans.

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Wccftech
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
May 23, 2017

Spirit of Sanada is more than just a Samurai Warriors side story, bringing the series to new heights with its largest roster and longest battles to date. The new multi-stage battles will have players take a more tactical approach if they want to reap the rewards.

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Gamers Heroes
8 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

8 / 10
May 27, 2017

Any Samurai Warriors or Dynasty Warriors fan will get exactly what they are looking for in Spirit of Sanada. If you find the formula a bit stale, this might be enough of a change to get you back into the series. This title is a welcome addition to the Samurai Warriors series, and I'm looking forward to the next iteration.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 23, 2017

After more than a decade and a half of these things, it would be understandable to grow sick of the formula over the countless iterations.

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Rice Digital
Jun 1, 2017

Button-mashing is rarely this fun.

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Gamer Escape
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 30, 2017

It has its flaws, but still proves to be a very enjoyable game that I had trouble putting down (as the sparse nature of this review can testify.) If you’re a fan of the series or picking up a Dynasty Warriors game for the first time, I highly recommend this.

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Readers Gambit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 22, 2017

Ultimately, Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada is a pretty strong standalone title that welcomes new players while offering a somewhat fresh experience for fans.

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GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 30, 2017

For any Samurai Warriors veteran, Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada will feel like a pair of comfy old slippers – easy to slide into, and once you're in their warm embrace you won't want to part company with them until they've become a little too sweaty and overbearing.

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NEOsite
8 / 10.0
NEOsite
aysnel

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
May 29, 2017

Feudal fragmentation through eyes of one of the most important samurai. Gameplay is mainly focused on killing hordes of enemies, but there is also complex plot and many RPG elements. Not only for the fans of the genre.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2017

For those who might be tired of the traditional Musou hack and slash format, Spirit of Sanada offers up enough changes to make the series feel fresh while retaining the traditional 1 vs. 1000 hack and slash gameplay that the series is known and loved for.

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Use a Potion
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 29, 2017

Whilst Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada doesn’t really do enough to completely reinvigorate the series, the focus on providing a more story-driven experience along with the introduction of the hub town and smaller side-missions is certainly a step in the right direction. Musou titles are known for being pretty repetitive, but the implementation of these RPG style ideas ensured I had more of a personal investment in the game and kept me hooked in for longer. I didn’t see Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada as something I’d play for a bit of mindless fun, but instead as game that I actually wanted to see through to completion. Whilst I’m sure some of the changes won’t be for everyone, it made Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada a much more unique experience. Not only has it proven that Koei Tecmo have got plenty of neat ideas as far as innovating the musou genre goes, but it’s got me excited to see what they do with the ‘Warriors’ series next.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 26, 2017

Spirit of Sanada breathes some new life into a series showing its age

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 23, 2017

Mechanically speaking, Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada is very much yet another musou game from Omega Force. There's much more to the title than just that, though, as the new focus on just one family allows it to tell one of the most interesting stories from feudal Japan. It's an entertaining history lesson (although as expected it does take certain creative liberties) that also provides a thoughtful look at why war can't always boil down to good versus evil. Despite some dated graphics and gameplay that is sometimes too simple for its own good, Spirit of Sanada ends up rejuvenating a franchise that had been treading water.

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Hey Poor Player
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 23, 2017

Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada has taken some fantastic elements of other games in the series and made a great little musou out of a really interesting part of Japanese history.

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GearNuke
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 30, 2017

Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada is a compelling historical tale of love, betrayal and trust featuring the Sanada clan.

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Worth Playing
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2017

Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada works best as a companion piece to the main game that released a few years ago. The focus on one family of fighters is perfect, since it gives the team time to develop a real story instead of using a larger cast for broader tales. The core action remains just as good as before, but the new minigames and exploration sections fail to elicit the same type of excitement, especially with some of the caveats in play for the secondary characters you pick up along the way. For fans of the series looking for more story, Spirit of Sanada works, but only if you play it after an entry in the main series.

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NZGamer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 20, 2017

Kermath received a digital copy of Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada from Koei Tecmo for review.

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Hobby Consolas
72 / 100
72 / 100
May 23, 2017

This Samurai Warriors spin-off feels outdated in many aspects, but it is fun to play and offers deep strategic options for a "musou" game.

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Game Revolution
May 22, 2017

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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GameSkinny
May 24, 2017

Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada is a competent addition to the Koei Tecmo hack and slash catalog of action games. But it doesn't reinvent the wheel.

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Checkpoint
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 25, 2017

Another entry in the Warriors franquice. A nice way to learn about the history of Japan while button mashing our stress away. More of the same for the people who likes the formula, too bad it lacks multiplayer.

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 26, 2017

If you are fans of the musou genre you will probably enjoy this title, but if you already dislike them it won't change your mind.

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ZTGD
7 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Jun 2, 2017

As someone thoroughly tired and uninterested in anything Musou, I can say without hesitation that Spirit of Sanada did very little in changing my opinion on the genre. Having said that, the focus on telling a tighter, more involved story along with the addition of a variety of RPG elements is a step in the right direction and deserves praise- hopefully pointing towards a renaissance for the genre.

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Rocket Chainsaw
May 29, 2017

There are some faults which prevent it from becoming a truly standout title, but it’s a no-brainer for fans and those who are interested the Sengoku era of Japan.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 13, 2017

If you can overlook the repetition and poor optimisation in favour of mowing down countless soldiers in increasingly spectacular fashion, you'll find one of the more entertaining history lessons in recent times.

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SelectButton
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 25, 2017

Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada is at least a somewhat fresh take on the Warriors system. It's still enjoyable and it offers some new elements, even if the overall affair is what we've come to expect from these games. Some major added benefits though include the game's more polished graphics and ability to render even more enemies on screen. It makes some of those battles truly feel gigantic.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 31, 2017

Come for the historical Japanese setting and story, stay for the pleasing, fast-paced combat. Spirit of Sanada puts combat, its best asset, front-and-centre, and it pays off.

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We Got This Covered
May 22, 2017

The extra weight added by the RPG side of things and the dungeon-style challenges means that Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada has more to recommend the franchise than before. Whether it'll be enough to draw new players in, however, remains to be seen.

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COGconnected
65 / 100
65 / 100
May 24, 2017

I grew bored pretty quick, though that may just be my jaded outlook. If you don't feel beaten down by slashing your way through another sweeping battle, this may be the game for you. If you've related to my weariness for the genre, this one will only exasperate the feeling.

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IGN Spain
6 / 10
6 / 10
May 23, 2017

Because of its characters, Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada is more recommended than the franchise before. Musou genre doesn't allow so many novelties, but we like de RPG elements..

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GamingTrend
60 / 100
60 / 100
Jun 8, 2017

Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada is a fun and heavy slasher game, where you'll mow down thousands of enemies in the spirit of war and blood letting. The game captures so much of what makes the Samurai Warriors series well loved, while bringing in a few new features and environmental adaptations that allow the game to stand on its own. Several issues with balance and presentation betray an otherwise solid game.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
May 23, 2017

Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada attempts to shake things up with a bigger emphasis on RPG elements and a more personal story, but it doesn't always hit the mark. Seeing events unfold from the perspective of just a few characters does make for an interesting and engaging narrative, but the pacing is bogged down by boring filler missions. Likewise, chopping huge historical battles into bite-sized chunks adds depth to each scenario, but the epic scale and the thrill of thriving battlefields are lost in the process. Spirit of Sanada certainly isn't a bad game, but it is one of the weaker Warriors titles on PS4.

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TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
6 / 10
May 23, 2017

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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GameZone
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Jul 18, 2017

'Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada' is frustrating due to its total lack of challenging gameplay. The game makes several mistakes that diminish from the potential this title could have met, making the whole thing feel like a waste.

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