|Warriors Orochi 3|
|Genre:||Hack and Slash|
|Game Modes:||Single Player, Multi player|
Warriors Orochi 3 (無双OROCHI2, Musou OROCHI 2) is the next installment of the crossover series Warriors Orochi. The theme of this title is to present a heroic drama with several different characters. Various episodes of friendship, romance, and betrayal have been promised to appear. The producer thinks the game's features has "powered up" the story and action from previous games. He also replied that the title was created to appease fans' demands for another title.
Continuity wise, this title takes place several years after the events in Warriors Orochi 2. The overall story for this title focuses on completely eradicating the Orochi forces. Many people have died during their conflict, and survivors seek to revert their deaths. Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors characters are also given the opportunity to return to their respective time lines.
Early buyers will receive a downloadable serial code granting Santa costumes to Mitsunari, Wang Yuanji, and Da Ji. The Treasure Box release will also include a calendar which has characters represent the months and days individually, an original soundtrack, and an exclusive downloadable serial code for Ma Chao's weapon. Consumers who use Gamecity's shopping service have the option of obtaining a Three Kingdoms or Warring States themed hat.
Only North American copies of the game will be published on a disc for the Xbox 360 version; the PlayStation 3 version will be available as a PSN download and temporarily needs 22GB for the initial download but only 11GB to permanently store. SCEA refuses to publish games without English dubbing on retail discs. This is the second Warriors game to be ported to the west without providing English voice acting, the first being Samurai Warriors Chronicles.
- See also Big Star Weapons
Many features and physics changes from Dynasty Warriors 7 are implemented within this title. The town system has been ported; players can initiate conversations with characters in the area, and weapons can be purchased or sold at a weapon shop. Various features within the battlefield ––such as the enemy A.I, missing morale gauge, swimming, and climbing–– additionally carry over. A music select before battle and the removal of a win pose screen affects this title as well.
Even the Switch Attack function remains, although it has been adapted to instead use characters within the player's current team instead of switching weapons. Known under the name "Switch Combo", the action uses a portion of the Musou Gauge as characters are quickly switched via L2 or R2 (PS3) or the left or right triggers (Xbox 360).
Players can create friendly bonds between playable characters. By doing so, they can alter the story scenario and the characters' attitudes. Bonds can be increased by participating in battle with characters, by accepting character missions during the pre-battle screen and completing them during the stage, or by hosting a banquet in town. Performing a Team Counter a la Warriors Orochi 2 increases the relationship between the character who attacks and the character being rescued. Similar to Samurai Warriors Chronicles, friendly characters may offer weapons for the character's usage.
A majority of the concepts introduced in Warriors Orochi 2 return or have been revised in this game. Triple Attacks are now called "True Triple Attack" and resemble Trinity Attacks or the Soul Bursts in TRINITY: Souls of Zill O'll. As characters hit their foes, a True Triple Attack gauge will be filled. When it's completely filled, characters can perform a simultaneous attack with all three members of the team; the higher the bonds between them, the stronger the attack. It's possible to swap characters for the attack. A special flash effect is shown when these attacks are used as finishers. All enemies will also drop items when they are defeated by this attack, and every single damaging attack landed on them is counted as a critical hit (originally exclusive to the Technique type).
Every character has the ability to deal critical damage after breaking their opponent's guard. They can continue attack with their normal chain or a C2 after connecting a dash attack, which is called a "Dash Chain". As they guard an opponent's attack, characters may choose to initiate a "Break Guard", a parry used with the normal attack button timed during the enemy's attack to force them into a stagger/guard break state with no damage but with possible followups (airborne enemies are inflicted with massively-slow hit stun instead). Depending on the relationship/bond stats between characters, a successful Break Guard can also trigger a reversal from the inactive team member(s) with them performing their normal attack chain into their C4 attack.
Other traits for this title include:
- A new character type called "Wonder" is available, and the Speed and Technique types each have reworked mechanics.
- All character types are limited to a single R1 Type Action with the same visual and audio cues. By proxy, they now act more like typical special attacks but still are still somewhat type-dependent. The musou cost for said Type Actions are now fixed to be the same between all characters' types, with Power types having the most musou cost, Speed types having the least and both Technique and Wonder to have the exact same in-between cost.
- Power-type Type Actions are normally powerful attacks, Speed-type Type Actions often have long range and/or fast execution, Technique-type Type Actions are often auxiliary-based launchers (to set up for critical hits) while Wonder-type Type Actions are combination-based attacks that can also be cancelled with a Spirit Charge for notable effectiveness.
- All Type Actions can be used as a reversal when getting hit or blocking attacks much like a Musou Attack, and by proxy can now all be used to interrupt basic attack chains of any kind. All Type Actions akin to the original Power-types' Sure-Killing Arts, also grant full invincibility until their recovery.
- Several characters have changed to new character types.
- The blue spark emitted from landing a critical hit from specific sources is now more clearly visualized.
- New strategies, abilities, and weapon enhancements have been made.
- The function to equip items on the preparation screen for older titles is available once more.
- Musou can now be regained from taking damage.
- Players can collect rare gems and crystals as they defeat generals or finish stages. These can be used to purchase or strengthen weapons.
- Items can be collected and equipped by characters to augment their overall stats or provide them with various advantages.
- Two player co-op is available for home and online play. Voice chat is applicable for online segments. Team Musous are still available.
- Downloadable content will include scenarios, music, costumes, and wallpapers. The DLC costumes in Dynasty Warriors 7 or Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends are not compatible with Warriors Orochi 3 save data.
The producer remarked that they tried to put in Versus Mode from previous installments, but dropped plans to include it when programming became too difficult. He has no plans to restore it in this title.
In a departure from previous titles, stages in Story Mode are now part of one cohesive storyline divided into four chapters.
Same as various Warriors titles.
Players can create their own scenarios after clearing a single battle and can upload them online for other users. Players can edit the officers on the map within a limited "cost" setting per map. These scenarios can be downloaded with an optional commentary segment available.
Lets players work together to play unlocked stages in either Story or Free Mode. Players need to have the selected stage unlocked in their personal saves before they can play it online. Additional points and stronger weapons can be earned by teaming up with other players.
Similar as before but with galleries for attack motions and voice samples.
All of the characters who appeared in Musou OROCHI Z are returning in this title. Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends and Sengoku Musou 3 Z characters and visuals are being used for the playable cast. They have the same movesets as these games; characters who did not appear in these titles have the same attire and moveset as their previous playable appearance.
In regards to the Dynasty Warriors cast, select characters from the series now use their weapons from Dynasty Warriors Next. New jumping charges have been included for every weapon type while those with shared movesets also receive altered charge attacks that help differentiate. Characters who had aerial Musou attacks from Dynasty Warriors 7 are restricted to using their first one whereas a few who had alternate Musou Attacks now utilize them in this game, with some characters' new R1 Type Actions being possible alternate versions of their missing Musou Attack.
For the Samurai Warriors characters, their True Musou is now replaced by their Ultimate Musou. Furthermore, the animation speed of their attacks has been increased to keep them on par with the rest of the cast, as well as featuring certain new animations up to date due to their base movesets being largely unchanged from their home series even up to this game. Unlike in in the two previous installments, all characters save for Kojirō, Musashi and Goemon retain their missing C5/C9 attacks. Some of their R1 Type Actions however, may be reprisals of their Special Skills from their home series, which is especially true for the Special moveset-type characters.
The following lists new characters in the game.
Characters outside of the Warriors franchises will appear in this title and are called "Collaboration Characters" (コラボキャラクター). These characters will star in their own stages within the game. The producer noted that adding Tecmo characters within a Koei product is something that he has always planned after the company's merger. Yousuke Hayashi, the leader of Tecmo's Team Ninja, has expressed his enthusiasm for the project.
The following lists collaboration characters in the game.
- Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden
- Ayane from Dead or Alive
- Joan of Arc from Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War
- Achilles from Warriors: Legends of Troy
- Nemea from TRINITY: Souls of Zill O'll
- Musou Orochi 2: Special
- Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
- 100man-nin no Musou OROCHI
- Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate
Simultaneous store front meetings in Japan took place at the end of November until mid December for Dynasty Warriors Next and Musou Orochi 2. Attendees could obtain an original clear file for Musou Orochi 2 and could play demos for both games at these meetings. It is one of the titles that Koei presented at Jump Festa 2012. Akihiro Suzuki was on Famitsu TV to showcase the title one day before its release date on December 21. The hosts of NTV's late night televised program, Yoasobi San Shimai, later played the game in their 64th episode.
Two guidebooks will be available for this title. The first guidebook introduces the story, the game's system, and the new characters. Consumers who buy this book will also receive an downloadable serial code for a weapon for Hanbei that is compatible with the PS3 port of the game. The second guidebook includes guides for scenarios, rare weapons, trophies and other information for 100% completion. Another original weapon can be obtained through this book via downloadable serial code. Fans who purchase the official data compilation book (which has various illustrations and personal bios for the cast) can use the included downloadable serial code for an exclusive Shuten Dōji weapon.
Consumers who purchase the 509th volume of Dengeki Playstation magazine will obtain an downloadable code for a Da Ji costume and weapon. A similar offer is also available for PlayStation 3 users who use the product code of the December 22nd Weekly Famitsu issue. This magazine will offer original costumes and weapons for Lu Xun and Gracia and an original scenario.
mu-mo is offering an downloadable serial code for consumers who purchase Sandaime J Soul Brother's collaboration song for this title via their service, Chaku Utafull. The code grants players a Sandaime J Soul Brother themed outfit for Lu Xun. These bonuses are only available for the PlayStation 3 because the developers find it difficult to do the coding for the Xbox 360.
A four panel comic book called Musou Orochi 2 Special Commander is being published and will be available for purchase in March.
Mitsubishi Electric is also performing a collaboration with this title with its 3D wide display throughout December. Interested fans can watch original content on the screens in various store fronts.
Musou Orochi 2 is one of the Warriors titles involved in Koei's collaboration campaign with the Chimney Group in Japan. During the campaign, consumers can use the QR codes written on notification posters to obtain an original image. Da Ji represents the Warriors Orochi series. Additionally, a menu based on the image of Warriors characters will appear throughout February. Consumers who order from the menu can then obtain collectible trading cards with their purchase. The first menu had a short televised segment on TV Tokyo's WBS.
- Music associated with the collaboration characters are re-arranged themes from their respective franchises.
- Ryu - VIVID RYU ~DW SW MIX~ - A remix of "Ryu's Determination" (Act 4, Part 2) from the classic Ninja Gaiden series
- Ayane - TEHU ~DW SW MIX~ - A remix of "Tehu Tehu" from Dead or Alive 2
- Joan of Arc - SAINT OF SALVATION - A remix of "Joan of Arc" from Bladestorm.
- Nemea - FIERCE BATTLE - A remix of the boss battle theme from Zill O'll.
- Achilles - PROFOUND SOLDIER - A remix of the music during his duel with Hektor from Warriors: Legends of Troy
- Various weapons from other Koei games games appear in this game, they are:
- Areus's Sword from TRINITY: Souls of Zill O'll. (Called "Holy Blade" for Kanetsugu Naoe)
- Areus's Radiant Sword from TRINITY: Souls of Zill O'll. (Called "Dark Fire" for Kojirō Sasaki)
- Areus's Amethyst Sword from TRINITY: Souls of Zill O'll.
- Meng Huo's King of Beasts from Dynasty Warriors 5.
- Zhuge Liang's Distinction from Dynasty Warriors 6.
- Lu Xun's Jade Warbler from Dynasty Warriors 6.
- Sun Quan's Dragon's Might from Dynasty Warriors 6.
- Yuan Shao's Sword of Kings from Dynasty Warriors 6.
- Zhang He's Mystery from Dynasty Warriors 6.
- Taishi Ci's Savage Trident from Dynasty Warriors 6.
- Huang Zhong's Immortal Blade from Dynasty Warriors 6.
- Xiahou Yuan's Heavens Destroyer from Dynasty Warriors 6
- Hektor's Sword from Warriors: Legends of Troy, as downloadable content.
- Performed by Sandaime J Soul Brothers
*Used for commercials.
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- Official UK English website
- Official Japanese website, Official Japanese Twitter
- Official Japanese PlayStation site
- Tecmo-Koei online survey for this game
- Japanese wiki