Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed Mobile Review – Hack n Slash Insanity To Go
Dynasty Warriors Unleashed is a spin-off free-to-play action game from Nexon for the Android and iOS devices based off Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors franchise.
The game puts you in the shoes of one of the generals under Warlord Lui Bei in the early stages of the Three Kingdoms period. As the general of Liu Bei, you are tasked to take on hordes of grunts, captains and hero opponents as you follow through the game’s story, which is pretty much what happens in the main Dynasty Warrior titles.
However, unlike in the main series where you can just interchangeably go from one PoV character to the next, Unleashed gives you the option of choosing three heroes that will form your squad. And as a collective, they are considered as the story’s general. You can choose the “leader” of the team and he or she will be the first person you’ll be controlling in matches. You can then tag other heroes in your team to change the one you’re controlling. Also, you can hire “support” officers who will work as the AI controlled hero for a locked period before they disappear in the mission.
The game currently has a roster of 48 officers that you can choose from with each character having three element variants and are classified into three hero types.
Controls follow the usual virtual keyboard style of system where you have a dedicated directional stick with dedicated buttons for normal attacks and active skills plus a musou button whenever you fill up your meter to do it in game.
Unleashed has all the features you’d expect in a Dynasty Warriors title aside from the hordes of opponents. You can also equip weapons, armor, legendary items and other accessories as a means to increase your officer’s stats. You can also increase your officer’s overall power output by increasing its level through the use of experience point giving items or using other officers as experience fodder.
For a free-to-play title, what surprises me the most is that Unleashed has tons of gameplay features that a player can spend tons of time on. Aside from the normal story-driven campaign and 1v1 team-based PvP, Unleashed also presents players the option to go capture resource points that net premium or in-game currency, time-locked skirmishes and various forms of AI controlled instances. Players have a lot of things they can spend time on in-game and would be a really good time sink even though this game relies on energy for players to actually do things non-PvP related. This keeps things interesting even though the game tends to be a bit too repetitive in the late game. However the AI and the solo games Unleashed presents are just the nice icing in the overall cake that the game presents.
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