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Arslan: The Warriors of Legend
AWL EU Cover
Developer(s): Omega Force
Publisher(s): Koei
Release Date: Flag of Japan: October 1, 2015
European flag: February 12, 2016
Flag of the United States.svg: February 9, 2016
Genre: Hack and slash
Game Modes: Single Player, Multiplayer
Ratings: CERO: CERO B Rating
ESRB: Rating US-Teen
PEGI: PEGI 16 Rating
Platform(s): PlayStation 3,
PlayStation 4,
Xbox One (Western only),
Steam (Western only)

Arslan: The Warriors of Legend (アルスラーン戦記×無双, Arslan Senki x Musou, roughly interpreted as "The Heroic Legend of Arslan x Unmatched") is the second video game adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's The Heroic Legend of Arslan and the sixth Omega Force third-party collaboration title. Its visuals and characters are based on the 2015 TV animated series adaptation which uses Hiromu Arakawa's designs from her ongoing comic adaptation.

The producer is Shigeto Nakadai and Tomohiko Aoki is director. Nakadai commented that he, Koinuma, and Aoki are fans of the novels. Koinuma approached him to do the project since Nakadai and Aoki happened to finished other works at the same time. Development for the game began near the same time as the TV series's production. Nakadai was not aware of the TV series at first and was surprised to learn about it. He apologized for the delay and hopes that the quality revisions will please players.

The Heroic Legend of Arslan Production Committee –the animation team for the TV series– are involved with production since the game is being made to appeal to viewers of the animated TV series. According to their development team, the x in the game's logo symbolizes searing warfare and is fashioned after Azrael's scar. The game's image colors are metallic gold and indigo blue to match the desert landscape and Arslan's eye color. Arslan: The Warriors of Legend will cover the first season.

Buy the game new to receive the Daryun "Lion Hunter" costume and weapon serial code. The Treasure Box edition has a comprehensive development databook, an original soundtrack CD, a crystal frame stand and a cleaning cloth. Gamecity Shopping is offering a clear file of the game cover as an exclusive. Various stores are offering character coasters for buying the game; Theta Mizunokuchi is offering a poster.

GameplayEdit

Normal attacks (Square) and charge attacks (Tri) remain the same as other Warriors games. Tilting the control stick while holding down L1 allows the character to evade in that direction by doing a dodge roll. Every character has their own special skill to initiate with R1. Archer characters can alter the angle of their shots by moving the camera.

Mounts are included with controls that are altered from other Warriors titles; mounting/dismounting and the normal attack chain remains the same. Rapidly press L2 to perform the horse whistle and tap Circle to jump while mounted. There is only one charge attack available when idle. When the horse is in full sprint, press Tri to use its alternate charge attack.

While the player progresses through stages, they will find blu-ish "Heat Areas". Press R2 while in these areas to initiate a "Mardān Rush", a limited attack phase that allows players to manually control their own battalion to mow down enemies. Its effects vary on the troop type.

Cavalry - Command a mounted battalion to charge through enemy troops. Tramples over obstacles.
Infantry - Command a battalion of foot soldiers that thrust their spears forward. Quickest melee attackers.
Archers - Immobile projectile support. Aim the attack circle with the control stick and fire.

The player must rely on Mardān Rushes to unlock the "Finish Area" –a designated section of the map which only appears during these attacks– to proceed with stages. If the player fails to unlock the Finish Area in time, they have endless opportunities to retry. Build up combos or KO chains to hasten the Mardān Rush gauge. Rare conditions allow a chain of Mardān Rushes to be executed.

Characters can equip multiple weapons. Players can swap to their secondary weapon as soon as they obtain it in or out of battle. It is possible to use one character to unlock every possible weapon.

The game utilizes a "Charge Shift" system, which a charge attack combo extension that allows characters to swap weapons mid-combo and continue chains. Charge shifts can be performed if the player's character has two or more weapon types equipped. Press R1 immediately after performing a standard charge attack to begin the Charge Shift and swap to the character's other weapon(s). After the swap, the combo string may be continued as normal with square inputs, or the the player can perform that weapon's combo finisher by pressing triangle. Enemies that are defeated by Charge Shifts are likely to drop more experience and rarer drops.

Weapon stats are determined by that weapon's mastery level, reaching a maximum of level 10 for all weapons. The mastery level of a weapon is increased by defeating enemies with that weapon. Weapon Arts are different elemental arts that can be chosen for a weapon. Different weapon arts will offer different effects and finishers when equipped, depending on the element. More weapon arts are unlocked through increasing the weapon's mastery level.

Experience levels up characters. Their stats can be further altered through supplementary Skill Cards that are dropped from defeated foes. Every character has a unique skill to themselves, and every skill card references a scene from the TV series. There are over 200 cards are in the game.

Skill Cards and Recipes can be used to provide additional effects during battle. Each character can only equip up to a maximum of 3 skill cards. Recipes can only be consumed before a mission, and only one recipe can be used per mission at a time, with its effects lasting the entirety of the battle.

Other details are:

  • Mission completion is ranked mid-battle with a letter grading scale. Higher scores reward bonus experience and items.
  • Cel-shaded rendering is done to be faithful to the animated designs. Still images and animated sequences from the TV series shall appear in the game.
  • Alternate costumes can be unlocked for select characters.
  • Five Arslan character image songs can be played during the Mardān Rushes. Players have to clear a side scenario on Hard or Harder and equip the marked skill cards to unlock them.
  • Online and offline co-op are available.
  • Downloadable content so far includes scenarios and costumes.

ModesEdit

Story ModeEdit

Battle briefings are omitted in favor of heavy in-battle cutscenes and dialogue. Characters that can be played during this mode are automatically determined for the player during select intervals in battle. Arslan and Daryun are available by default. Play through this mode to unlock additional playable characters.

Players can find and collect hidden recipe cards in this mode.

Free ModeEdit

Same as other Warriors titles. Side story scenarios are implemented within this mode to include alternate character perspectives than those in Story Mode. Finish Story Mode and every side story scenario to unlock all the side scenarios. Downloadable scenarios can be played in this mode. Hilmes and Zandeh are playable in this mode.

Before starting a stage, players can access the optional Recipes feature. Pay the price for Elam's meals to gain various buffs.

Online ModeEdit

Multiplayer mode. Players can join two player co-op missions for Story or Free Mode through quick match sessions or invites.

GalleryEdit

Includes movies, illustrations, model viewer and an encyclopedia.

CharactersEdit

ParsEdit

  • Arslan - playable
  • Daryun - playable
  • Narsus - playable
  • Elam - playable
  • Gieve - playable
  • Farangis - playable
  • Alfarid - playable
  • Kishward - playable
  • Kubard - playable
  • Tus - playable
  • Isfan - playable
  • Zaravant - playable
  • Andragoras III
  • Vahriz
  • Bahman
  • Hodir - voiced by Takaya Hashi. One of the aristocratic lords of Pars. Plots to use Arslan as his puppet and is slain by Daryun.
  • Husrab - voiced by Mitsuru Ogata. Prime Minister of Pars. Tried to evacuate the Queen from Ecbatana and is trampled to death by the Lusitanian army.
  • Garshasph - voiced by Kenji Nomura. Defended Ecbatana in Andragoras III's absense, and was killed by escaping slaves.
  • Shapur - voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi. Isfān's older half-brother and one of Andragoras's generals who is infamously bitter towards Kubard. Captured and tortured by Bodan before Pars citizens to terrorize them. Pleaded for citizens to kill him to protect their honor. Killed by Gieve.

Silvermask's ForcesEdit

  • Hilmes - playable
  • Kharlan
  • Zandeh - playable
  • Saam
  • Alzang - voiced by Hiromichi Tezuka. One of the Zahhāk Gurus, a cult of sorcerers with ancient connections to the Pars Kingdom. Has the ability to phase his body into the ground.

LusitaniaEdit

  • Guiscard
  • Etoile
  • Balcacion
  • Bodan
  • Clemence - Defender of Chasoom. He played a role in the capture of Maryam, and is cruel towards heathens. He falls for an ambush plan at Chasoom and is killed by Daryun

SindhuraEdit

  • Rajendra
  • Gadevi
  • Jaswant - playable
  • Karikala II - voiced by Hideyuki Umezu. The grievously ill king of Sindhura and Rajendra and Gadevi's father. His failure to name his decisive successor leads to a civil war between the two princes. Eventually issues the Duel Before the Gods to deter his sons from killing one another. Dies to his illness.
  • Mahendra - voiced by Tetsuo Kanao. The Grand Vizier of Sindhura, Jaswant's lone benefactor, and one of Prince Gadevi's supporters. Kind-hearted yet obligated by duty to serve the prince. Regrets decision when faced with prince's cruelty. Fatally impaled during disputed results of the Duel Before the Gods.
  • Gauvin - voiced by Yasuhiro Mamiya. One of Prince Gadevi's generals and commander of Gujarat Castle. Defects to Pars and Rajendra's forces but is misled by Jaswant to launch a night attack. Foiled by Narsus's plan and killed by Daryun.
  • Taara - voiced by Shouto Kashii. One of Prince Gadevi's generals and vice commander of Gujarat Castle. Sided with Gauvin and killed by Farangis during night attack.
  • Daravada - An officer of Gadevi. Fights at Kaveri River and is killed by Kishward.
  • Pulakeshin - One of Prince Gadevi's generals. Vice commander of Gujarat Castle. Despite being blessed with a powerful body, he loses his life to Daryun.
  • Puladalata - voiced by Shunsuke Takeuchi. One of Prince Gadevi's generals. Killed by Daryun.
  • Bahadur - voiced by Taiten Kusunoki. Prince Gadevi's champion for the Duel Before the Gods. Gigantic and beastly man who cannot feel pain and will fight to the death. Compared to a shark. Killed by Daryun.

OtherEdit

  • Haltash - voiced by Itaru Yamamoto. Alfarid and Melain's father and leader of the Zott clan of mountain bandits. Killed by Silvermask.

StagesEdit

TrophiesEdit

Trophy Name Unlock Method Trophy Type
AWL Trophy 1 Liberator Shah Acquire all trophies. Platinum
AWL Trophy 2 Court Chef Collect all cooking recipes. Gold
AWL Trophy 3 Martial Arts Master Maximize proficiency for all weapons. Gold
AWL Trophy 4 Card Fanatic Collect all skill cards. Gold
AWL Trophy 5 Mardān fu Mardān Achieve an S rank in every scenario other than the tutorial missions. Gold
AWL Trophy 6 Array of Heroes Unlock all playable characters. Silver
AWL Trophy 7 Veteran Mardān Clear all scenarios. Silver
AWL Trophy 8 Sher Senani Win the duel against Bahadur. Silver
AWL Trophy 9 The Zenith Star Clear Story Mode. Silver
AWL Trophy 10 All Forces, Yashasuiin Activate a Mardān Rush with every playable character. Silver
AWL Trophy 11 Rush to Victory Achieve a 50,000 hit chain while performing a Mardān Rush. Silver
AWL Trophy 12 All In A Rush Achieve a 10,000 hit chain while performing a Mardān Rush. Silver
AWL Trophy 13 Veteran of the Rush Activate a Mardān Rush 200 times. Silver
AWL Trophy 14 Combination Master Achieve a 500 hit chain. Silver
AWL Trophy 15 Master of Two Weapons Perform a Charge Shift 500 times. Silver
AWL Trophy 16 Dawn of War Clear the first scenario. Bronze
AWL Trophy 17 The Defeated Clear the Battle of Atropatene Plains. Bronze
AWL Trophy 18 The True King Defeat Kharlan. Bronze
AWL Trophy 19 The Eastern Fortress Gather allies in Peshawar. Bronze
AWL Trophy 20 Shirghir Clear a gaiden scenario for the first time. Bronze
AWL Trophy 21 Glory of the Mardān Achieve an S rank for the first time. Bronze
AWL Trophy 22 Elam's Secret Ways Discover a detour. Bronze
AWL Trophy 23 A Father Avenged Defeat Hilmes while playing as Alfarid. Bronze
AWL Trophy 24 Father and Son Defeat Kharlan while playing as Zandeh. Bronze
AWL Trophy 25 Untouched Perfection Clear any scenario with no damage. Bronze
AWL Trophy 26 Gale Speed Clear every scenario within 2 minutes or less. Bronze
AWL Trophy 27 Bold and Brave Clear any scenario with the highest difficulty setting. Bronze
AWL Trophy 28 Unstoppable Force Defeat 1,000 enemies in a single battle. Bronze
AWL Trophy 29 Stalwart Knight Defeat 1,000 enemies while on horseback. Bronze
AWL Trophy 30 Winged Hero Attack with Azrael. Bronze
AWL Trophy 31 Marzbān Activate a Mardān Rush for the first time. Bronze
AWL Trophy 32 Dual Weapons Perform a Charge Shift for the first time. Bronze
AWL Trophy 33 A Killer Strike Perform a finishing move for the first time. Bronze
AWL Trophy 34 Personal Attacks Perform a character's specific ability for the first time. Bronze
AWL Trophy 35 Unmatched Mardān Maximum level with any character for the first time. Bronze
AWL Trophy 36 Novice Cook Eat a cooked meal for the first time. Bronze
AWL Trophy 37 Weapon Master Achieved maximum Mastery with a weapon for the first time. Bronze
AWL Trophy 38 First Synthesize Synthesize a skill card for the first time. Bronze
AWL Trophy 39 First Sale Sell a skill card for the first time. Bronze
AWL Trophy 40 Beginning Card Collector Collect a limited skill card for the first time. Bronze
AWL Trophy 41 Brother-at-Heart Clear a scenario with another player during online co-op. Bronze

Related MediaEdit

Advertisements for this title are played or announced during the TV series's broadcasts and its web radio program, Radio Yashasueen!.

Participants of the official quiz and Twitter/Facebook campaign have a chance of winning an autograph from voice actors who appear in the game if they answer every question correctly. All contestants can receive a free wallpaper for their smartphones. The campaign begins July 3 (JST).

Nakadai and Aoi Eir, the vocalist for the TV series's first ending, went on stage to present the game July 27 at the 2015 Hong Kong PlayStation Japanese Animation, Comic and Video Game Event. Snippets of this game was shown during the SCEJA Press Conference 2015. This game is one of the titles that had a playable demo at Koei-Tecmo's Tokyo Game Show 2015 booth. Manami, one of the booth girls, was in Farangis cosplay. The game was presented on stage on September 17, September 19 and September 20 (JST).

Nakadai did another live demonstration in Famitsu's Tokaigi TV on September 23, 21:00 (JST). During the program, he announced a press conference to celebrate the game's completion scheduled for September 24, 13:30 (JST); Yusuke Kobayashi (Arslan) and KENN (Gieve) were the voice actor guests. Both actors acted a short in-character exchange for KENN's stage entrance. Manami briefly went on stage with her Farangis cosplay. Another sneak-peek NicoNico Live broadcast shall show September 29, 21:00 (JST). The same voice actors from the press conference are guests with Natsuki Hanae (Elam) joining them.

A limited edition Arslan PS4 model will be up for purchase in white or black colors. Unlike previous special models, purchasing it will not include any other bonuses or a copy of the game.

The trial version shall be up for download September 24.

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