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Warriors Orochi 4

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fun fantasy brawler lets you fight thousands of enemies.

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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.

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