What is the Musou Franchise?
Sometimes better known in the west as Warriors games, this series focuses on putting your character on a field with hundreds (and later, thousands) of enemies and a set of objectives that involve you beating them up. The series started off being inspired by the tradition of over-the-top martial arts media- appropriate to the setting of feudal China in the original Dynasty Warriors.
In addition to the generally solid beat 'em up gameplay, success is rewarded with character progression through RPG leveling and loot systems. Elements such as crafting and skill loadouts would also make appearances as the franchise matured.
Over time, the combat has grown to incorporate an almost anime-esque set of ridiculous movesets and powers. With the series’ newfound panache for crossing over with anime (Dynasty Warriors: Gundam, One Piece Pirate Warriors, Berserk and the Band of the Hawk, etc.) and video games (Hyrule Warriors and Dragon Quest Heroes), this comparison becomes even more direct.
While the original Dynasty Warriors: Gundam mostly uses the trappings of Gundam as window dressing, later Gundam titles and other spinoffs would find ways to turn those trappings into actual, appreciable gameplay differences.
Anyways, I love this series a lot. There’s just the right combination of action gameplay with an addictive numbers game of leveling up and getting better equipment/skills. There certainly are a lot of games that don’t benefit from yearly releases, but I like how quickly Omega Force iterates and experiments with various systems with spinoffs, then goes on to incorporate those back into the mainline franchise.
- Which games are your favorites?
- What show/game do you think deserves the Musou treatment, and how would it stand out?
- Whose movesets are the best?
- Why is Red Hare the best horse?
- Did Lu Bu marry YOUR character? He married mine. He gave me Red Hare. This isn’t really a question.