On the Wii U’s launch it needed titles of popular game series to help give it the necessary push of an new console. One such game to help do that is Warriors Orchi 3 Hyper. A port of Warriors Orchi 3 this crossover game from Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors brings the four factions back together to face off against another force that has risen and threatens their very existence. Spanning a four chapter story arc with 29 battles inside. Your job is to go through each battle rescuing and recruiting potential allies while carrying out the various battle objectives.
On a visual aspect the game is pretty good. The hub world has a hellish dystopian nature with its use of reds and dark browns. In it you only have a few stands and some of the character strewn about. The battle fields are excellent representations of the Three Kingdoms period of China and Warring States period of Japan. Besides that though due to the limited capabilities of the Wii U you will have some issues with enemies fading in and out of existence as you move toward them. Some of the Musou powers that can be used look pretty cool once they have been activated. The character design is also great with the various characters that have been in the series before and the various newcomers. These characters include Ryu Hayabusa or Ayane who have appeared in Ninja Gaiden along with expansion characters like Seimei Abe and Shennong who are actual historical figures.
In the audio department the first thing to be said is that if you do not like hearing a game in a foreign language then this isn’t for you. All of the characters speak in Japanese while they are subtitled. Pardoned that you can hear the voice actors try to communicate the an individuals mood with great success. Musically I have to say that it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. There are some good tracks on them but those do seem a bit generic considering their position in the game itself. Sound effects there is a little to be desired. One particular character has a Musou technique that is similar to a helicopter just without the noise or anything else for that matter. Even a few wind blast lack that making them seem weaker despite the animation of enemies being flung away.
For the game play element if you played any Dynasty Warrior type game then you are already somewhat familiar to it. You go around the various battlefields defeating officer and minion enemies trying to accomplish specific type goals. Some times it is something like prevent an enemy from escaping or lead some allies to escape. In each battle you also have to prevent the defeat conditions like keep a particular ally from falling in battle. Each battle has specific mission that can be taken on. Accomplishing them grants some Bond points. These points will increase the bonds between your chosen team and other characters. The higher the bond the more likely they will help each other out in battle while on a team. Once a battle is over you get Development points which will act as your characters exp to level up in the hub world. Finally your weapons can be fused. Fusing the weapons will allow you to get bonus gems to a particular weapon. These gems have various effects but max out at ten and you only have a maximum of eight slots. To compound the need to fuse is a character can only have eight weapons and they can’t be sold back.
The story take place after the 2nd game where the combined forces of the Three Kingdoms and Warring States defeated Orochi and brought peace to their homes. However a new force has arisen and brought humanity to the brink of extinction. Thankfully a celestial being has come down and given the last three heroes an opportunity to defeat this new evil and bring back allies through time travel. Eventually they find themselves not only at odds with the new force but other potential allies in that believes that their way is correct. Over the course of the game you discover some important facts like one of your allies is actually a piece of Orochi himself.
Overall Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper and brings a few new elements to the table as a port, but it is still essentially the same game. These elements is basically a co-op play with one using the TV while the other playing the GamePad. Also if you would prefer it you can play the entire Story Mode on the GamePad.