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Warriors: Legends of Troy is a Tecmo Koei game that is along the lines of Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors. In all honesty there are only two similarities Legends of Troy shares with those two titles: hack ‘n slash style fighting and history.
The Warriors series tries to inject some form of history to each of its games, save for the Gundam series. Legends of Troy is no different with its take on Homer’s The Iliad. While it seems like an odd idea trying to make an epic poem into a video game, it works. The creators of the game took some of the more interesting parts of The Iliad and translated it into the game. You have the battle over Helen, the death of Patroclus and Achilless’ rage, the Greek pantheon meddling with the mortals, Hector’s own death, the little known Penthesilea, and even the Trojan Horse. All in all the retelling of Homer’s poem has translated wonderfully, both story wise and visually.
Going in this game expecting just to mash the attack buttons will work but only for a time. As you get further in the story, and even up the difficulty of your play through, you will find the need to use the character’s combos, dodges, and even the block button. Before long you begin to notice the need for a strategy when it comes to fighting the bosses in the game. Running in and just hitting them doesn’t work when they knock away your attack and strike vital areas. The need for this is gradual, though, and the game is kind enough to give you visual commands at first.
While the other games in the Warriors series allows you to pick a character and go through their story, adjusting their weapons and adding accessories, this game does not. Since it is based on an epic it finds the need to stick to the story already laid out. In other words you cannot play Odysseus in a level that is not his own. There is also the problem of not being able to choose new weapons, but the game gives you the option to pick the character’s accessories and there is an endless combination in that regard.
The down side is that there is little replay value, unless you wish to go for every trophy or achievement in the game. The story never changes and the optional missions are the same. You do have an arena you can play, where you fight a predetermined set of matches against the same warriors. There is a survival mode and another mode where your health is slowly being depleted. All three of these extra modes have two difficulties, which could prove to be entertaining until you find the ins and outs of each mode.
All in all the game is entertaining a breath of fresh air in the Tecmo Koei’s Warriors series. I give it a rating of 3 out of 5 stars.