Arslan: The Warriors of Legend (PS4 review)

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Arslan: The Warriors of Legend takes the anime The Heroic Legend of Arslan and wraps Dynasty Warriors all around it. To fans of both series, it’s a great translation, but I wouldn’t look for much more in this one.

The story mode follows The Heroic Legend of Arslan from 2015 and does a very good job blending the anime cut scenes with the gameplay. I have never previously seen The Heroic Legend of Arslan, but playing the game gave me the feeling of watching it. You control several characters in the story as the first hour gives you a lot of exposition about the world and the characters. At times I found myself asking, “Who is that?” as the game would introduce a character in a way that seemed important, but didn’t feel important to the story. You’ll follow Arslan mainly, as the story is about his journey, but I was more interested in the other characters. If you’re a fan of the story, you’ll get what you’re looking for out of this game.

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The visual look of the game is perfect, to say the least. The cel-shaded graphics were the only natural choice for a video game based off of an anime. The transitions from cutscene to actual gameplay is, at times, seamless, and I love the way you can pause or skip any cutscene. The voice over was all in Japanese with subtitles, which I prefer for my anime, but found it slightly distracting when fighting in the game. Overall the look and sound made it all feel like an anime episode.

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Gameplay is as expected from a Musou game. You have hundreds of enemies in wave after wave that you get to take down with extreme prejudice, but it’s satisfying. Now sure there are small objectives that are sprinkled into the chaos, but for the most part, you are button mashing the square. There’s a card system that allows you to upgrade your characters’ stats, and you can even add elements to their weapons, dealing status effects with each different element. It adds for a small bit of change from other Musou games, but I found myself forgetting all about those features and just mashing my way through it all. Another feature called Mardān Rush just seemed like an add-on that wasn’t thought through. It allows you to rush with a bunch of soldiers either on horseback or foot, through enemy forces and blockades, or just rain arrows down on your foes. It never felt like nothing more than a small break from the steady button mashing.

At the end of the day, this is definitely a Dynasty Warriors, Musou game, and that’s not a bad thing. It does all the things it needs to do successfully for its genre and even adds some small twists. If you were looking for something different out of a game based off an anime you may love, then you won’t get it here. For full price I’d wait for a reduction. I think gamers have seen this type of game long enough to at least get that (I’m talking to you too, Madden), but hey I don’t make the prices.

Rating: 3/5 Atoms

NR 3 Atoms - C

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Aaron's a man whose love for games come second only to his love of a good story... and soccer... and the ladies. Okay, so maybe his love for games isn't that high, but he loves them.