Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 3 review – stylised history, little to wow

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Take up your katana in this hand-held hack-and-slasher as a samurai in the service of legendary warlord Nobunaga Oda.

Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 3 is a highly stylised version of real events, moving between breezy gameplay and dry retellings of the Warring States period of Japanese history with a few “what-if” scenarios mixed in. There are multiple game modes and plenty to uncover, if you have the patience.

The actual moment-to-moment combat is fairly unchallenging, mowing through hundreds of mooks to get to more powerful officers and generals. Managing the army is more interesting; the 3DS’s second screen can switch between characters, manoeuvre officers and react to the battle’s changes. This is a port, however, based on a console version and hence looks a little stripped down; the Vita’s hardware handles large areas and mobs better than the 3DS. It’s a solid package overall, but there is little here to wow the player.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Patrick Harkin, for The Observer on Monday 13th July 2015 08.00 Europe/London

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