Warriors Orochi 4 set to mangle history on PC in October

Warriors Orochi 4

Let us all forget, for a moment, the unmitigated disaster that was Dynasty Warriors 9 and remember a better time. A time when musou games (as they’re known) were simple, cathartic affairs where one hero gets to beat up hundreds (if not thousands) of foes in a single brawl, all without any of that tedious open-world fluff. Well, Warriors Orochi 4 looks to be going back to those good old days, and for the first time since 2008 is bringing this particular mash-up crossover series to PC.

As is standard for the Orochi side-series, this game is an elaborate excuse to have a silly number of Japanese and Chinese heroes and villains from different eras of history throw down, and possibly beat up a few demons while they’re at it. Both Samurai and Dynasty Warriors are being tapped for characters, so if you ever wondered if Nobunaga Oda was a bad enough dude to pursue Lu Bu, now’s your chance to find out.

So, we’ve got pretty much the entire combined casts of both series’, plus a few extra characters, like… Zeus, Olympian god of thunder. Presumably he’s couch-surfing with some friends in the east after that whole God Of War thing, and will probably go back home after it blows over. For the time being, he’s bringing a little more magic and myth to this crossover, including an all-new magic system that appears to allow for some really big explosive attacks.

While I’m not worried as to whether Warriors Orochi 4 will be mindless popcorn fun, I do have some business and tech-related concerns. Koei Tecmo’s recent PC ports have been a patchy lot, ranging from ‘pretty okay, after an update or two’ (see Nioh) to ‘a bit of a trainwreck’ (Dynasty Warriors 9 again, although admittedly that ran terribly on consoles, too), so that’s one concern. Another is pricing – Koei Tecmo tend to price high and discount infrequently, often bulking that up further with DLC.

Warriors Orochi 4 will be hitting PC this October 16th, and you can wishlist it on Steam here. In the meantime, might I recommend fans of beating up thousands of dudes at once check out One Piece Pirate Warriors 3, and those wanting a slightly more involved and technical combat engine look at Dragon Quest Heroes 2, my two favourite musou games in recent years.

1 Comment

  1. Mara says:

    These games were a blast on consoles (I’ve played the first two). It really gets to breathe when all pretense of historically accurate restraint is thrown out the window.

    Definitely looking forward to this one!

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