Warriors Orochi 4

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fun fantasy brawler lets you fight thousands of enemies.

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Positive Messages

There's no real message with the game's heightened focus on combat. Even the elements of perseverance or good vs. evil are erased by the constant hacking and slashing through thousands of enemies.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players will take on the role of multiple fighters. But they must destroy countless adversaries to reach their goal; there's no other option apart from combat.

Ease of Play

This is a simple button-mashing game that's easy to learn.


While there's no blood or gore, there's a heavy focus on violence. As a warrior, you'll take on thousands of enemy soldiers per battle, using swords, staffs, other weapons, along with magic attacks. Once defeated, fallen enemies disappear. Enemies will cry out in pain.


No sex or nudity, but female characters are suggestively dressed, showing cleavage and buttocks (both of which "jiggle" when they move), with close-up camera angles on their bodies.


Latest installment in Warriors Orochi franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Many references to alcohol in game's dialogue.

What parents need to know

Parents should know that Warriors Orochi 4 is a fantasy action game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. It's the latest game in a long-running franchise, and it pits Japanese and Chinese warriors against thousands of enemy soldiers who stand in their way of returning home. While there's no blood or gore, there's plenty of violence, as characters use swords, staves, magic, and other attacks to defeat opponents, who cry out when defeated before disappearing. Female fighters often dress provocatively, though nothing's shown, and the camera has a tendency to focus on their jiggling body parts. There are references to alcohol in the game's dialogue.

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What's it about?

Set in a world on the brink of chaos -- during the Warring States period of Japan and the Three Kingdoms era of China -- WARRIORS OROCHI 4 is the story of a group of soldiers that face resistance every step of the way as they try to return home. They take up arms and use magic to defeat thousands of enemies. There's a larger story here, too, involving the evil Orochi and an effort to end his reign, as well as Zeus, the supreme god among gods, that players will unravel during play. Players can select from more than 170 characters from franchises like the Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, and Warriors Orochi universes. Along with 30 stages and more than 70 scenarios, Warriors Orochi 4 introduces new magic elements (including "Deification" powers that allow characters to be possessed by divine spirits), and online and local multiplayer cooperative ("co-op") options, and you can now toggle between three warrior team members using a "tag" system (and expand to a team of seven).

Is it any good?

If you like fantasy-meets-historical hack-and-slash action, this gigantic game will pack thousands of enemies for you to fight your way through, either alone or with friends. Warriors Orochi 4 packs a huge assortment of playable characters, impressive visuals, and multiple game modes (including online and local multiplayer co-op). The first thing seasoned players of the franchise will find is the increased focus on the supernatural -- and its fusion with actual Chinese and Japanese history -- by adding a mythological premise and gods into the mix. It's a fun departure that moves away from the open-world direction to a more confined plot, but the infusion of special magic abilities has been executed well. By donning a "Deification" bracelet, these magical abilities grant players over-the-top attacks and combos that can clear an entire screen of baddies in one fell swoop.

If you believe bigger is better, Warriors Orochi 4 is now in the Guinness World Record books for having the most players ever in a hack-and-slash game at more than 170, many of which are from other Koei Tecmo games. You can swap these characters out at any time -- even during battles. While some look similar or have comparable moves or abilities, each has unique animations, attacks, and strengths. Only die-hard fans of Samurai Warriors, Dynasty Warriors, and Warriors Orochi games, though, will likely get the most of this enormous selection. Also, while it's an exaggeration, fans will no doubt appreciate the "historical fiction," here, combining real-life Asian generals with mythological deities like Zeus and Ares, to create an over-the-top brawler on an epic scale. It's fun and fantastical. There isn't too much to complain about, despite some shallow skill trees and a limited number of weapons and magic attacks, but those who prefer breadth over depth will enjoy Warriors Orochi 4 as an ambitious action-fighting game that should keep you glued to your screen for hours at a time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of violence in Warriors Orochi 4 affected by the lack of blood in the game, even though you kill thousands of enemies? Would the impact be intensified if there were more realistic blood and gore, or does the gameplay just seem too cartoonish?

  • Why do you think the female fighters are dressed so provocatively? Is this needed to sell the game? Would it be less popular if women were fully clothed?

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