You are currently viewing SAMURAI WARRIORS 4 DX Review: A Thrilling Return to the Sengoku Era
via KOEI TECMO America

SAMURAI WARRIORS 4 DX Review: A Thrilling Return to the Sengoku Era

Samurai Warriors 4 DX hero
Samurai Warriors 4 DX
Samurai Warriors 4 DX is a thrilling return to the Sengoku era, offering hours of action-packed fun and strategic depth.
Classic hack-and-slash action with refined combat mechanics
Includes all DLC from the original release
Fantastic soundtrack and top-tier Japanese voice acting
Some players might find the gameplay repetitive, despite the variety of modes and objectives
Platform Reviewed: PC

GamingPizza is supported by our readers. When you buy products through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

A PC code was provided to GamingPizza for this review. Samurai Warriors 4 DX is available now on PC via Steam.

When I first heard about Samurai Warriors 4 DX, I couldn’t help but feel a surge of excitement. As a long-time fan of the Musou series, the prospect of revisiting this historical hack-and-slash epic, enhanced with all its DLC, was an enticing one. Developed by Omega Force and published by Koei Tecmo, this game promised to bring a high-definition reimagining of (the already long-released on consoles) Samurai Warriors 4 to life.

Graphically, Samurai Warriors 4 DX holds up remarkably well. While it might not boast the hyper-realistic detail of newer Musou titles, the character models and environments are still quite impressive. Each area has a distinct look and feel, capturing the essence of the Sengoku period’s war-torn landscapes. Even my gaming rig that’s on the last leg of its life was able to muster up some pretty impressive visuals. The game also supports up to 4K resolution at 60 FPS.

What really stands out is the inclusion of all DLC from the original release. This means a plethora of costumes, including some of the more risqué ones that fans might remember. These additions add a layer of visual variety and fun, making each play session feel fresh.

Hack, Slash, and Strategize

Samurai Warriors 4 DX ready stance in white outfit
via KOEI TECMO America

If there’s one thing Samurai Warriors 4 DX excels at, it’s delivering the classic Musou gameplay we’ve come to love. The thrill of mowing down hordes of enemies in battles where it’s you against thousands is exhilarating and satisfying. The combat system has seen some refinements, with Hyper Attacks allowing me to swiftly close in on enemies and unleash devastating combos. Rage mode, activated by pressing one of the analog sticks, boosts your damage and adds status effects to your normal attacks.

One of the game’s unique features is the Switch Character mechanic. This allows you to swap between two characters in real-time during battles, giving you a strategic edge. I found this particularly useful for managing multiple objectives simultaneously, which I’m typically not very skilled at. If an important ally was under attack while I was focusing on a different mission, I could easily switch characters and rush to their aid. The ability to delegate tasks and control the battlefield added a nice layer of depth to the gameplay.

Epic Tales from the Sengoku Era

Samurai Warriors 4 DX outfit selection screen
via KOEI TECMO America

The Story Mode is one of the game’s main attractions, offering twelve different character camp legends that highlight various battles in historic Japan. While I wouldn’t recommend using this game as a history lesson, many of the events depicted are based on actual historical events. It was intriguing to watch how different officers interacted and how their personalities clashed or complemented each other.

Each camp has its own unique narrative, and the game does an excellent job of presenting a fantasy-style Japanese historical story from multiple perspectives. Playing through these storylines, I got to experience the motivations, struggles, and triumphs of characters like Nobuyuki Sanada, Yoshitsugu Otani, and the newly introduced Takatora Todo, Naotora Ii, and Munenori Yagyu.

PREVIOUSLY: Exo One PS5 Review: I’ll Take Some Physics with My Sci-Fi, Please

For those looking to dive even deeper into the Sengoku era, Chronicle Mode offers a more personal and immersive experience. In this mode, you create your own custom character and journey through Japan, fighting battles to achieve my character’s lifelong dreams. This mode allows for a more intimate connection with the game world, as you build relationships with other characters and fought alongside them.

The battles in Chronicle Mode are smaller in scale compared to Story Mode, but they revolve around specific goals like protecting allies or breaking through enemy lines. This focus on primary objectives keeps things interesting and helps the gameplay from becoming repetitive. Additionally, building rapport with other characters unlocks a series of engaging conversations, adding even more to the overall experience.

Rockin’ Tunes and Stellar Sound

The music in Samurai Warriors 4 DX is nothing short of fantastic. The upbeat rock tunes with an Eastern flair perfectly complement the fast-paced action. It’s pump-up music at its finest. Once a stage is beaten, the soundtrack becomes available in the archives, allowing for endless enjoyment.

Voice acting is another high point. The entire game is voiced in Japanese, which adds the authentic touch (and is my personal preference for this type of game). The quality of the voice acting is top-tier, and it’s evident that a lot of effort went into making the characters sound as dynamic and engaging as possible. Sound effects, from the clash of swords to the explosive special moves, are exactly what you’d expect in a game filled with epic battles.

A Treasure Trove of Content

Samurai Warriors 4 DX followsits own blueprint to a tee — and that’s a good thing. The game offers a treasure trove of content, featuring over 55 unique officers, numerous storylines, and an expansive Chronicle Mode. With all the DLC included, there’s plenty to unlock and customize, from weapons to costumes.

For newcomers, this game offers a complete edition that’s hard to pass up. And for veterans, it’s a chance to relive the thrill of the Sengoku era with enhanced visuals and performance. The $49.99 price tag is well justified by the sheer amount of content and the engaging gameplay it offers.

Samurai Warriors 4 DX is a must-play for fans of samurai culture and Musou-style games. It combines engaging combat, rich storylines, and extensive content into a package that’s both nostalgic and refreshing. Overall, Samurai Warriors 4 DX scores a solid 8 out of 10. It’s a thrilling return to the Sengoku era, offering hours of action-packed fun and strategic depth. Whether you’re a long-time fan or a newcomer to the series, this game is well worth your time.

NEXT: GameSir Nova Wireless Switch Pro Controller Review: So Long, Joy-Cons