There’s only six days left to next Friday. It may not mean a lot to most, but if you’re a Dynasty Warrior fan like me, you’ll be eagerly awaiting Dynasty Warriors 7 and praying it’s better than DW6. The Warriors series is a highly misunderstood series in the west – often overlooked as a mindless hack and slasher with little to no progression between iterations. What better way then to count down the days to DW7 than to take a look at the series so far and see the evolution of a franchise that continues to be so popular in Japan and so reviled everywhere else.
The original Dynasty Warriors was released on the PlayStation way back in 1997. It was a one-on-one beat em up, similar to Star Gladiator or Soul Blade. There were a lot of good ideas, but overall it was slow, cumbersome and didn’t really do anything to stand out over Namco’s fighters. It’s best not to dwell too long on this original as apart from characters and story, the game completly changes for DW2. We’ll come to that tomorrow, but for now we can take a look at those characters and setting. Dynasty Warriors is based on the Three Kingdoms period of chinese history. There aren’t a lot of official documents from that era however and most things are based on a book written about that era around the same time by a man named Luo Guanzhong. While most of it is reportedly quite accurate, it was still a historical fiction, though there’s no way to tell exactly how much was made up. The people all really did exist and the battles all took place – certain things about numbers and magic are clearly exaggerated, but in such cases the truth is clearly evident.
Come again tomorrow to see the changes made for Dynasty Warriors 2 and the birth of a new genre.