The Sengoku Basara series is one of enormous popularity in its homeland of Japan. Apparently the newest installment Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes is moving Nintendo Wiis and PS3s overseas (unintentional rhyme). Unfortunately of the numerous Japanese releases the only game to make it to the States was Devil Kings for the PlayStation 2.
This will change with the release of Samurai Heroes next week. I had the chance to sit down with the demo for the game and I must say I enjoyed myself. At first glance it feels like Capcom’s take on the Dynasty Warriors series. Understand that this is in no way a bad thing. You choose from two characters; a purple, effeminate samurai and a brash yellow fighter.
I preferred the samurai because he was quick and very stylish. You’ll be tackling hordes of feudal warriors who present absolutely no threat to the flashy and stylish samurai. It comes as no surprise to learn that one of the game’s producers also did the last Devil May Cry game. The combat is undeniably cool and swift, with a flair similar to that beloved series. In fact, veterans of DMC 4 should be able to draw similarities between Dante’s weapons, Yamato, Gilgamesh to the samurai and fighter respectively.
The mini map in the top corner of the screen reminds you a lot of DW as well, but is helpful and effective. Throughout the course of the demo your goal is to conquer the map and eventually defeat the boss of the level, but really you just go through ravaging the legions of ambitious samurai fodder.
As you go along you’ll collect money, for what i’m uncertain, and various kinds of power-ups. Eventually a giant warrior will emerge and begin to hunt you down. The game instructs you to run away from him, but I was convinced I could take him (because the game had me feeling so confident) and I was amicably proven wrong.
When you outrun him to a certain point, he’ll begin dropping lightning bolts wherever you’re standing, and this reminded me of another moment from DMC. Clearly I have strong feelings for the series, so these similarities pleased me. After you slay your weight in samurai and escape the giant warrior. You’ll fight the boss who happens to be the yellow fighter, and he’s pretty tough.
After you beat him, it’s over and a wide frown will stretch across your face. By the end of the demo, I was thrilled and eagerly excited about Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes. The stylish action constantly reminded me of one of my favorite series. Capcom’s not new to the world of beat’em up, and this demo showcases their expertise. The full game goes on sale October 12th.