GAMES - Review
11:36 - 12th March 2013, by Matt Kamen

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes

A field brawler that sees one player character (two in multiplayer) slaughter their way through endless hordes of oncoming enemies, set in feudal Japan and based loosely on historical figures? Sounds an awful lot like Dynasty Warriors to us. If it does to you too, you're not alone - the series is Capcom's answer to Koei's hugely popular series.

Thankfully, Basara isn't just an endless slash-em-up. There's also a loose implementation of strategy on display, such as maintaining control of certain checkpoints mid-mission, and a whole raft of interweaving plots to follow. With six starting characters to choose from, and ten more to encounter as you progress, there's a lot of replay value to be found if you want to experience the whole story; even more if you want to play through multiple times to explore branching story paths. Inbetween missions - which usually consist of "go here, kill him" - you can upgrade your chosen character's weapons, skills and accessories, all of which offer boosts to your stats and abilities in combat.

Despite fantastic visuals and intuitive, fluid gameplay, Basara's not likely to set the gaming world alight. Those who enjoy its brand of battlefield carnage and unlikely superpowers will enjoy the game immensely though.

Basara will be repetitive to Dynasty Warriors fans, but it also has a lot of fun playing within its own world. Great hack-n-slash stress relief, just don't expect depth.
SCORE: 3.5/5
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