I’m the last person to talk to about Musou-style games. It’s a genre I’ve never gotten into, not because I don’t like it, just because it’s never been that appealing to me. However, with Samurai Warriors 5, I wanted to see what all the fuss is about. There’s a huge sub-culture of people around the world who adore these games, and if I’m missing something I might enjoy, I want to know about it. I’m happy to report that there’s a lot to love about these games, but particularly Samurai Warriors 5. Coming at it with no prior knowledge, it was still a joy to play, and I think everyone with even the tiniest amount of intrigue in that direction should pick it up and play it.
The main reason that Samurai Warriors 5 is great is that it’s bonkers. You’re battling thousands of soldiers at once, having epic battles with overpowered samurai, and everything has a flair to it that looks visually impressive. No battle feels the same as the other because the story does a great job of switching battles up enough to give them their own unique feel. The Musou Mode story is the place to start, but even after that, you can play for hours longer in Citadel Mode to get even more of this amazing gameplay into your system.
This game isn’t cheap though, but that’s not really a problem. As long as you stick with it, there are hundreds of hours to content to get through here. More than 20 characters are on offer for you to fully upgrade and master, there are bonus objectives to uncover, hundreds of skills to acquire, it’s all very full-on. In terms of value for money though, this is a gold mine. You won’t regret putting down the £50 or so that you spend because you’ll still be playing this at Christmas. It’s a fantastically packed game with so much to offer that it actually puts triple A games to shame. In terms of variety, it’s even better than Call of Duty: Warzone, which is really saying something these days. Give it a go, I promise you won’t regret it.