It’s taken more than 10 years for Warriors Orochi 3 to make its way to PC. But for some it will have been worth the wait.
Considered one of the best Warriors games ever made, Warriors Orochi 3 now feels a little dated in some regards. Bringing together heroes from both Dynasty and Samurai Warriors, for example, some will rue the absence of Hyper Attacks, allowing players to quickly travel through environments while slashing at tens, if not hundreds, of enemies. Hell, Warriors Orochi 3 is so old that you can’t even lock on to enemy officers.
Despite this, though, Warriors Orochi 3 still remains fun to play. After all, the core gameplay loop of Warriors titles hasn’t really changed at all since its release. And with this not just being the Ultimate version of the game but the Ultimate Definitive Edition, there’s a hell of a lot to go at.
In story mode you’ll battle your way through eight chapters, each one bursting with stages. Your overall aim is to overcome the fearsome Serpent King, Orochi, but to do that you’ll have to travel back and forward through time, amassing new warriors for your cause and developing them. You can take three characters into battle and switch between them at any time. And as well as characters from both Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors, there are some welcome guests, too, such as Kasumi from Dead or Alive.
The fantastical angle of Warriors Orochi 3 allows for some outlandish enemies and unusual environments. Ultimately though, this is a Warriors game through and through. As well as putting in a good performance on the battlefield, you’ll need to develop bonds between characters and upgrade their weapons if you want to stand a chance at success in anything but the easiest of difficulty levels. But it’s a rewarding, though sometimes repetitive, gameplay loop.
And the fun doesn’t have to be over once you’re done with the story. There’s also a free mode where you can replay story stages or attempt the huge number of stages added as DLC. A Duel mode allows you to take on the CPU or another local player in combat with a card-based twist. And Gauntlet mode lets you put together a party of five characters and lead them through a sequence of challenging stages, activating portals to reveal escape points. Other bonus content includes additional costumes, background music, and more, making this possibly the most content-packed Warriors game ever.
The icing on the cake is that as PC ports go, this is a good one. It may be more than 10 years old now, but Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate Definitive Edition doesn’t look too bad. There’s a range of graphical settings, including v-sync, anti-aliasing, display distance, and more. If your PC is decent you shouldn’t have any trouble getting 60fps. Add keyboard and mouse support, and you have little to complain about.
It may seem strange releasing Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate Definitive Edition on PC now, but as they say, better late than never. It feels archaic in some ways, but there’s no denying that even all these years later it’s still one of the best Warriors titles. And with it comprising of the base game and pretty much all of the content released post-launch, it offers a lot of bang for your buck.