Dynasty Warriors Advance Reader Review
I know what you're thinking. The main review says that the game is garbage that you'd never want to play. To a certain extent, this is accurate for one simple reason - high expectations. You shouldn't expect it to be the PS2 game stripped down, because you're just setting yourself up for disapointment. You have to know what this game is before you even think about playing it, and there is only one way to describe it. This is a button-basher. You will endanger both your thumbs and your GBA just having a casual go, with increased risk if you finish an entire level.
To be fair, the battles I've experienced in this game are true to those on the "proper" consoles. Warriors do arrive in units at a time, your allies do randomly engage overly powerful enemies, and you do have to do almost everything yourself. But that's the way it's supposed to be.
This game is exactly what it should be - great for a quick button bashing frenzy before playing something more serene like The Sims. The RPG elements involved mean all your button bashing does make you more powerful to the extent you end up some kind off demi-god, and it does feel fun. Sure it's really a shallow wolf in sheeps strategy clothing, but who cares! The strategy elements matter just as much as in Kessen and the PS2 DWs (go after the enemy leader with a vengence), the historic elements are a nice touch for those who are interested (like I am) and the huge number of weapons will keep those that do enjoy it entertained for an age.
Sure, the animation... isn't. But as long as you expect a hyper-shallow button breaking experience, you might enjoy this. If you're a fan of the series, you still need this.
7 / 10