Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers is Dynasty Warriors meets Fire Emblem and attempts to do something new with the series, and its blend of strategy, history and action is accessible and exciting along with fresh, new faces and returning favourites.
Godseekers follows the familiar Zhao Yun and two new characters, his childhood friend Lei Bin and the powerful mystic Lixia, as they search for five orbs so that Lixia is able to return to her home whilst battling against the Yellow Turbans who they’re at odds with. Whilst Dynasty Warriors doesn’t have much in the way of a supernatural presence, its spin-offs such as Warriors Orochi certainly do! Godseekers has a strong supernatural tone running through it – it’s literally a massive plot point – but still manages to keep true to the series’ roots where characters and classes are concerned. It may now be a strategy game but it still feels very much like Dynasty Warriors!
If you’re familiar with SRPG’s then you’ll likely pick up Godseekers quite easily. Taking place on a square grid, you direct your units and tell them how to proceed with their turn, allowing you to choose from a variety of offensive and defensive options. Your party will always find themselves incredibly outnumbered but that’s fine because, as we’ve all come to learn from Dynasty Warriors, you’ll be able to slash your way through hundreds upon hundreds of enemies per stage. There will be opposing commanders who act as bosses, making your special move best used when you’re face to face against one. You can use the layout of the areas to your advantage by taking the high ground (literally) so that you can get the jump on your enemy. Each character has different abilities and ranges, so learning how each plays and how best to use them is important to tackle a mission with the most efficiency.
It very much looks like a Dynasty Warriors game but this time it’s isometric, looking almost like a massive chess board. When you perform special attacks I can be easily tricked into believing that I’m about to play a traditional Dynasty Warriors title as it zooms into your character, and overall it’s a very pretty game. It’s not any better looking than the likes of Samurai Warriors 4 which released a couple of years ago back now, but the flair, slick action and neat, easy to follow maps makes it for a game that’s easy on the eyes. Character models are perhaps where Godseekers shines most, boasting great character designs that have been wonderfully brought to life. The Japanese voice talent give convincing performances as their historical figures, and the soundtrack blends in nicely with the games rich lore and paces well regardless of how quick you are with your turn.
Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers is a fresh take on the long-running series and one that I warmly welcome. Addictive, solid gameplay and an abundance of content will keep bringing you back in time and time again, and those looking for a challenge will certainly find one here — don’t worry though, it’s easily accessible and doesn’t feel as if it’s overloading you with information all at once, and gives you plenty of freedom in how to tackle each stage. I’d happily see a Godseekers sequel make its way into development someday as it’s a nice change of pace from the series we already know and enjoy, and it gives us a fresh take on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms that the series is inspired by and based on. If you’re looking for a decent strategy game then Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers should keep you happy, especially if you have an interest in Chinese history.