Here’s the nice thing about being a games writer: most of the work is already done for you! Take the Musou series of brawlers, for example. Pretty much every outlet says the same thing about pretty much every iteration, which is that not enough has changed, it’s more of the same, yadda yadda. So I’ll just do the same thing here! Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate is more of the same! They didn’t change enough! It’s not emotional enough! Boom, review’s done, time to grab my check and go ho–
–wait, I actually have to talk about the game for myself? Well, alright then.
Joking aside, you already know if you like these games or not. If you do, and if you didn’t play the original Warriors Orochi 4, you’re in for a treat. Much of the original game remains unchanged, with Ultimate largely focusing on the midgame and endgame, so it’s fortunate that Orochi 4 was pretty solid to begin with. We could go into the goofy plot, which now incorporates Greek gods into the Chinese and Japanese insanity, but it’s probably best if we don’t.
Instead, let’s just say that if you love the Musou style of gameplay, which has you wading through armies in search of worthy opponents to battle, then you’ll probably be happy here. I’d argue that this is the strongest example of the older Musou style yet, though I wouldn’t be surprise if we saw a return to this style after Dynasty Warriors 9‘s open world was a little awkward for many players.
What does Ultimate add, then? Well, you’ve got a few new characters, an Infinity Mode that allows you explore towers and grind your characters to new and more insane heights of power once you’ve completed the base campaign, and a few new story missions to complete. Infinity Mode alone might be enough to make this DLC worthwhile, as it adds an enormous chunk of things to do. You’ll unlock characters, explore labyrinths, craft weapons and pretty much all the other Musou stuff you know and love. The early part of Infinity Mode is somewhat underwhelming, but stick with it and it can become an addiction. There’s nearly 200 characters in this game, after all, and getting the most out of Infinity Mode means spending a lot of time with all of them.
The best change in Ultimate, though, might be the ability to swap your characters’ magic abilities around. If you were particularly fond of a certain warrior but their Sacred Treasure just didn’t do it for you, well…problem solved. It’s great, correcting the biggest complaint I had about the original release. I wouldn’t say it’s enough to recommend the DLC. I might think that, though. Just a bit.
So there’s a nice chunk of new content added to a game that was already pretty decent right from the start. The issue, then, might be the price. $40 for DLC – and that’s just the DLC, you can expect to pay $60 if you didn’t have the original game – is a little nuts. Still, Warriors fans might be able to justify the price. If you preferred the classic Musou style over the somewhat bizarre direction that the more recent Dynasty Warriors games have taken, Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate is glad to welcome you back with open arms.