So let’s get the bad news out of the way from the start; the PS3 version is superior. Only slightly, but enough so that it’s noticeable. The Wii U is just not as capable of rendering as many enemies on a single screen as in the PS3 game. Rather than put fewer enemies on the screen (and thus reduce the action quality of the game) Tecmo Koei has instead opted to increase the pop-in of the enemy soldiers.
It’s quite pronounced, too, with enemies popping in literally only when they’re in range of your attacks at times. Once or twice I had trouble tracking down an important enemy commander that I needed to fight as a result. In the grand scheme of things this is not a game-breaking concession to the Wii U’s more challenging architecture for this kind of game, but it’s enough to knock the console down one or two notches in my eyes.
Given the sheer range on offer it’s a little disappointing that Tecmo Koei’s other great Warriors franchise, Fists of the North Star, is not represented, but that’s a minor oversight. Because most of these characters are historical figures, fans of history will get a real kick out of this character mash-up, building teams of their favourite heroes throughout history, even though the setting of the game is itself a fantasy one.
It’s possible to play the game with the TV turned off as a result, and indeed I preferred playing the game on the GamePad in the longer term. Local two player gaming has always been a problem with the Warriors games – it’s always been nice that it’s there, but losing half the screen to another player makes the experience a bit of an eyestrain for everyone. Not so for Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper. One player gets the whole TV, the other gets the GamePad screen. It’s by far the best local multiplayer the series has ever seen.
All the other features from the PlayStation game have also made the cut, and there are a handful of new heroes to win over. As a package, Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper is the most comprehensive edition of a truly great game. If only the minor technical issues weren’t there, this would be a strong contender for the finest Warriors game ever.
- Matt S
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