Warriors Orochi 3

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A chat about the power of the Wii U with the developer of a Wii U launch title

A chat about the power of the Wii U with the developer of a Wii U launch title

Dynasty Warriors chief reveals impact of weaker CPU.

We know the Wii U's IBM-made CPU, made up of three Power PC cores, is one of its weaknesses, at least compared to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. But how will this impact the performance of Wii U games?

At the Tokyo Game Show earlier today Eurogamer spoke with the developer of one of the biggest Wii U launch games, Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper, to find out.

The playable version of the game on the Tokyo Game Show floor is not up to the performance levels of past Dynasty Warriors games in terms of frame rate and number of enemies on screen, and is shown up considerably by Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires, the PS3 exclusive also playable on publisher Tecmo Koei's stand.

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Warriors Orochi 3 Review

There are few games so widely misunderstood as those that shelter under Tecmo Koei's sprawling "Warriors" brand.

It certainly doesn't help that there seem to be roughly 12,000 of the things, drawn from what appear to be a dozen parallel franchises, all featuring the same chaotic battlefield action in which the player dashes around, mashing their joypad - and thousands of enemies to death - with relentless fighting strokes. Every few months there's another variation on the theme, and unless you're dedicated to the series it's all too easy to let them all merge into one vague mush of apparently one-note combat and indecipherable stories.

This misconception stems from one simple mistake: the assumption that these are fighting games. And, to be fair, once upon a time, they were. Look more closely, however, and you'll see that whether they're part of the Dynasty Warriors series set in Ancient China, the Samurai Warriors series set in feudal Japan, or the multitude of spin-offs set everywhere from Gundam's sci-fi universe to the siege of Troy, these are ultimately real-time strategy games. And sometimes, they're quite brilliant ones, allowing you to lay waste to hundreds of enemies using superhero powers while dictating and shaping the flow of a much larger war.

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Warriors Orochi 3 European release date announced

Warriors Orochi 3 launches across Europe on 30th March, Tecmo Koei has announced.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game is the third entry in the Japanese button masher series, and sees players slice and dice their way through huge armies.

WO3 includes characters from Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors and, for the first time, characters from Ninja Gaiden, Warriors: Legends of Troy, Bladestorm, Trinity: Souls of Zill O'll and Dead or Alive.

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