A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The story involves warlords battling for territories and more control over their lands. It does not dwell on which side may be right, but rather simply places the player, as one of these characters, into the fray. Its focus on violence is further evidenced in the way consecutive kills are tracked. The men have less-than-ideal attitudes toward female characters.
Positive Role Models
While the protagonists' morality rarely comes into play, some characters do demonstrate a decent sense of purpose. However, most of the game revolves around the heroes killing as many opponents as possible for no other reason than reaching a particular objective.
Ease of Play
Increasing the difficulty setting will make things more challenging, but this game is basically an exercise in button-mashing.
Violence & Scariness
This is a basic dash 'n' slash type of game where players run through the environment, encounter hordes underword creatures, jump into the middle of the pile and pound the attack button (or occasionally launch a special attack). Bodies fly around after weapon strikes, but no blood is seen. In the cooperative game mode, players team up to fight demons and otherworldly creatures using a variety of swords, barbed whips, cannons, guns, and other weapons.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual tension exists between protagonists of different genders. The women wear semi-revealing costumes, with some cleavage and buttocks shown.
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Characters admonish one another -- sometimes even themselves -- but the language never becomes particularly coarse.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Central adult plot characters can be seen smoking pipes at camps on the battlefield.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SAMURAI WARRIORS 3 is a hack-and-slash game that sets out a series of objectives and then asks players to fight through hordes of enemy troops to accomplish each task. There is no blood, but combat is clearly the focus of the game; enemies die by the hundreds. Parents should also note that players can play cooperatively in a two-player online mode, although there is no online chat.
Is It Any Good?
Unfortunately, Samurai Warriors 3 follows the same formula and format as all of KOEI's 'Warriors' games, including both the Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors franchises. The character roster boasts a healthy 35 warriors and a few new skills have been added, but the game bogs down in the series' repetitious play style. A frustratingly uncooperative camera doesn't help matters. It's not visually impressive -- even for a Wii game -- and the sound is only marginally better. And while there are several modes to play, there is very little to differentiate them. If you've played any previous Warriors games you can take a pass on this one without missing much.
Online interaction: Murasame Castle mode allows players to hook up with friends or to find others at the same stage in the story mode to play with in a cooperative setting. This requires a WiFi connection.There is no online chat.
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