ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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Dragon Quest Warriors is making its move to the West for the PS3 and PS4 on October 13th. A lot of fans are excited to see how this hack-and-slash gameplay of Koei Tecmo's Dynasty Warriors series mixes with that of the beloved Dragon Quest one. These games are exceptionally awesome at times, and we're wondering whether this new form of combat will work for the games.

The Legend of Zelda recently combined this hack-and-slash combat in Hyrule Warriors and it wasn't exactly well received. The two forms didn't really suit one another at times, even though The Legend of Zelda's combat all takes place in real-time. Therefore, could we see Dragon Quest Warriors make the same mistake by abandoning its turn-based roots for a more intense battle system?

Dragon Quest Warriors
Dragon Quest Warriors

Dragon Quest Warriors - Could it Be Similar to The Legend of Zelda's Hyrule Warriors?

First off, what exactly was it that kept Hyrule Warriors from being an excellent game? Why didn't The Legend of Zelda world work as well as it could in this format? Or was it simply poor design choices that held it back from matching the rest of the series? Let's take a look at what some critics disliked about Hyrule Warriors:

  • Poor co-operative play feature.
  • Unimaginative and occasionally repetitive gameplay.
  • Basic missions with a lot of mindless slashing.
  • Doesn't have the long-lasting appeal of The Legend of Zelda series.

Then of course, along with these statements, you had some of the complete opposite:

  • "Hyrule Warriors rewards thoughtful play and demands a strategic approach that transcends the brute force combo-strings of its moment-to-moment gameplay."
  • "Often unfairly criticized."
  • "Delightful Legend of Zelda fan service from beginning to end."
  • "A fine Dynasty Warriors spin-off in its own right."
Hyrule Warriors
Hyrule Warriors

Personally, I wasn't particularly happy with the combat of Hyrule Warriors. I did find it to be reductive and repetitive after a while. Though they did a great job of connecting The Legend of Zelda's lore with this brand new setting. It didn't have the initial power of the franchise, but it was a lot of fun at times. I only wish it had the lasting appeal of some of Nintendo's greats. Do you think the same thing could happen to Dragon Quest Warriors?

What they need to ensure is that there's enough of the original games in Warriors to engage fans in the lore and characters that they adore. The combat should be far more enjoyable than some of the entires of Dynasty Warriors. It can be very repetitive at times, but if they find enough variations to keep us interested, we could be in store for a really great Dragon Quest game.

Dragon Quest Warriors
Dragon Quest Warriors

But what do you think guys? Does Dragon Quest Warriors excite you? Are you looking forward to its release date in the west? And do you think it can outshine The Legend of Zelda's Hyrule Warriors? Let us know in the comments below!


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