Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes is a sequel to Sengoku Basara 2 and was already released on July the 29th in Japan, but is now coming to Europe on the 12th of October and for North America on the 15th of October. It will be released on both PS3 and Wii.
The game will give players the opportunity to play through Japanese history as they fight their way against key historical figures. The game features a “Heroes Story” mode that allows players to make decisions that can change the story or influence who your enemies and friends are and in the end decide the fate of Japan.
Just like in the previous game players will be facing hundreds of enemies in each level, however the pace is faster and the controls are slightly different. Levels are very linear and have mini and main bosses. You can also choose to fight your way through the levels with offline co-op mode.
There are sixteen characters you can play, and each one has it’s own moves and you can change the storyline so the game has a very high replay value. The character that we played in the demo had a chain connected to a very heavy ball as his weapon. I was able to swing the ball around, throw it or kick it so it became more of a ranged attack.
At a certain moment we encountered a lot of enemies at once and I swung the ball around; when you keep pressing the attack button the attack will grow stronger and stronger which created a tornado in the end and it was very fun to kill off more than twenty enemies in one large attack.
All characters have their own combos and over the top special moves. You can also upgrade your weapons to improve or add special abilities.
We played the PS3 version of game, but the graphics gave us the impression it was on a Wii; the game art was clearly made for the Wii and just ported to the PS3, which was a bit of a shame.
The game is very popular in Japan so we will see what it does in the western world. If you like Japanese hack and slash then this title is the one you need.