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Samurai Warriors 4
SW4 JP Cover
Developer(s): Omega Force
Publisher(s): Koei
Release Date:
PS3/PSVita Version
Flag of Japan: March 20, 2014
European flag: October 24, 2014
Flag of the United States.svg: October 21, 2014

PS4 Version

Flag of Japan: September 4, 2014
European flag: October 24, 2014
Flag of the United States.svg: October 21, 2014
Genre: Hack and slash
Game Modes: Single Player, Multiplayer
Ratings: CERO: CERO B Rating
ESRB: Rating US-Teen
PEGI: PEGI 12 Rating
Platform(s): PlayStation 4,
PlayStation 3,
PlayStation Vita

Samurai Warriors 4 (戦国無双4, Sengoku Musou 4) is the fourth main entry in the Samurai Warriors series. Plans for its development was first revealed on Hisashi Koinuma's Twitter and its console availability was later announced at SCEJA Press Conference 2013. The title is being made to celebrate the series's tenth anniversary.

Koinuma returns as producer; Osamu Mieda returns as director; Yojiro Yoshimatsu returns as sound director. The overall theme for this title is "to tell the history of the era's unification" with a Samurai Warriors twist. Koinuma commented that the new story telling method gives more coverage to the "losers" of history in a way which he thought was neglected in previous titles. They believe this title combines traits which fans from any part of the series could appreciate. He stated the main theme for the scenarios is "separation".

First print bonus is a downloadable serial for Yukimura's Samurai Warriors outfit. Reserving the title grants a Yukimura and Nobuyuki microfiber towel. Reserving the game from various Japanese outlets rewards special costumes for select characters. The Treasure Box will include a character illustration book, an original soundtrack CD, 15 postcards and the same bonuses as the Anime Box. The Anime Box edition will include the Blu-ray volume for the anime and a printed card decorated with the anime character designs. The BD featured in both editions includes scenes which were cut for the TV broadcast. The Gamecity Set includes a character and story book and four hand towels. Ordering from Gamecity adds two original clear files with the purchase.

Unlike past Samurai Warriors games, this one only has Japanese voice overs.

GameplayEdit

Similar to Chronicles, players must select two characters for each battle and can freely switch between them as they fight by pressing Select. Character quotes between the two characters will change in battle based on their affinity rating and relationship with one another in this entry's canon; these traits are distinguished by the face icon present over each character's portrait during selection. Specific team combinations may unlock new missions for each stage. If two player co-op is being used, the second player is assigned to the second character chosen before the stage. Players lose the ability to switch between characters while working together. The character who picks up the weapon box from fallen generals in battle is the one who earns it and KO counters are kept separated.

A new feature called "Hyper Attack" ("Shinsoku Action" in Japanese) is a fast attack characters can use to charge into crowds and/or attack an enemy general's weak point. These attacks can be performed by reversing the usual charge attack combo order (i.e. Tri, Tri, Square as opposed to Square, Square, Tri). Hyper attack mode replaces the C1s for all characters. Certain characters are assigned the "Hyper" moveset type. This means they have a bias for using these attacks in their combos; their charge moveset is the same as the Special type's structure.

When an enemy general is low on health, characters can perform a "Mighty Strike" ("Tate") to finish them off if they fulfill various conditions such as stunning their opponent, dashing towards them or so forth. Similar to Warriors: Legends of Troy, these are finishing moves are unique animations which can be triggered when Tri flashes on their opponent.

"Rage Attack" (known as "Musou Gokui") is a feature similar to Awakening Musous. Players can use their Spirit Gauge and press R3 to temporarily enter a powerful and invulnerable state. Once activated, the character's strikes will have a secondary effect. If the player uses their Musou (Circle) while in this state, they will automatically use their Ultimate Musou.

Proficiency levels have been added to all characters' attacks. Each action's effectiveness and strength will increase based on the frequency the player uses them. Proficiency is divided into four major categories located under a character's normal stats: normal attack, charge attacks, special skill, and hyper attack. Resetting character stats to their default state also resets proficiency levels in this entry.

The customizable item system returns with a new rare item called "Heirloom" (kahou) being added. This is a permanent item which can be reused every battle to heal or bolster a character. Each character has their own treasure, and each one can be gained by defeating enemy generals under specific conditions. Armor has been omitted but power-up items can take their place in combat.

Weapon forging returns with a system reminiscent to the third title, but the three weapon types introduced in its predecessor (Normal, Power, Speed) have been discarded. Characters can earn multiple copies of the same weapon (or their third for returning characters). They can earn one rare weapon to diversify its base attack and appearance.

Weapon attributes are visually categorized by a colored gem and can only be learned by the gem(s) matching its color. Attributes may also be sealed and require the usage of a rare gem earned by completing battle objectives in order to unlock. Characters can donate their weapon attributes to strengthen another character's weaponry. Once the procedure is completed, however, the player will need to reforge the donor's weapon if they wish to reclaim its optimized properties. Players can exchange excess gems in favor of rarer ones to a certain degree.

Other details include:

  • Morale remains an important factor for influencing enemy AI. Enemy morale can be decreased greatly by hunting and defeating the new bannerman units on the field.
  • Characters have a smoother animation for mounting horses than previous titles.
  • Edit characters have more customization options and star in their own mode called "Chronicle Mode".
  • Online co-op is available for all modes.
  • Data can be transferred and saved between either PlayStation port of the title. Crossplay between the two ports is not supported.
  • Save data from the Sengoku Musou 2 HD Collection can be used to unlock 10,000 gold in this game.
  • Downloadable content so far include scenarios, costumes, and edit character parts. There are no secondary costumes in the vanilla game; players can only obtain alternates through DLC.

ModesEdit

Story ModeEdit

Story Mode has been changed to be an overview world map of Japan, a la Empires titles. Players can select their preferred scenario through two methods:

  • Regional Stories (Chihou) - focuses on a specific region/clan as opposed to individual characters with in-depth character events and dramatization. Has ten different chapters available.
  • Story of Unification (Tenka Toitsu) - has the entire land as the stage for an overall summary of the land's events. It continues from the introductions in the Chihou scenarios to focus on a detailed end for the era.

Clear the Takeda and Oda chapters to unlock the Tenka Toitsu options; finish other stories to unlock the others. The majority of the cast can be unlocked by clearing the stages in each scenario. Certain scenarios have unlockable side stories.

Free ModeEdit

Similar as previous titles. Edit characters can be used in this mode.

Chronicle ModeEdit

Known as "Rurou Enbu" in the Japanese version. This mode reenacts Mercenary Mode as seen in other Warriors titles yet borrows traits from the main story mode found in the Chronicle titles. Edit characters act as mercenaries and are given the choice to start under one of the factions mentioned in Story Mode. After their allegiance, they are given the freedom to travel between different provinces of the Warring States to complete various requests focused on the main cast. Different times of day can be seen in this bird's eye view of Japan.

One of the main draws of this mode is providing multiple perspectives of the main cast not otherwise seen in Story Mode. Player characters can either befriend or alienate a character of their choice through personal conversations, fighting them in battle, or by traveling with them. The conversations require the player to select between two text options to complete; like the Chronicles games, one response is positive and the other is negative. Their affinity ranking for the player character affects their personal messages during battle. A single member of the main cast is allowed to accompany the player avatar's adventures at any given time.

Rare weapons are easier to earn in this mode. Additional edit parts can be earned, although the majority of the sets will be DLC. Characters who don't have much screentime in Story Mode have more time to shine here in side stories. Additional side stories can become available by clearing each chapter in Story Mode. Players must play this mode if they wish to unlock Goemon, Okuni, Musashi and/or Kojirō.

DojoEdit

Edit character creation, officer encyclopedia, gallery mode, game settings, tutorial and Mobile Joy. Stores pre-rendered movies, events, edit characters and downloadable content.

CharactersEdit

Over 50 main characters and over 1,000 named NPCs will be in the title. The new characters from Chronicle 2nd, Goemon, Musashi, Kojirō, and Okuni reuse their designs from their debut or Samurai Warriors 3 respectively.

ReturningEdit

NewcomersEdit

TrophiesEdit

Trophy Name Unlock Method Trophy Type
SW4 Trophy Unrivaled Warrior Obtain all other trophies. Platinum
SW4 Trophy 2 Historian Maximize the officer gallery to 100%. Gold
SW4 Trophy 3 Dominion over the Land Clear Story Mode with every character. Gold
SW4 Trophy 4 Lives Lived Maximize the event collection rate to 100%. Silver
SW4 Trophy 5 Antique Collector Collect every character's heirloom. Silver
SW4 Trophy 6 Rock God Maximize the music collection rate to 100%. Silver
SW4 Trophy 7 Perfectionist Maximize the mission accomplishment rate to 100%. Silver
SW4 Trophy 8 Military Enthusiast Obtain all rare weapons. Silver
SW4 Trophy 9 To the Victor the Spoils Clear every battle in Story Mode. Silver
SW4 Trophy 10 Networker Maximize a bond with every character in Mercenary Mode. Silver
SW4 Trophy 11 Anger Management Use Rage Mode 5 times in one battle. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 12 Say Ahh... Heal an ally with an item. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 13 To Hell and Back Clear a battle on hell difficulty. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 14 True Warrior Get 1,000 kills in one battle. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 15 Truest Warrior Get 2,000 kills in one battle. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 16 Unstoppable Break an enemy's guard with spirit cancel. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 17 Loyal Soldier Clear a mission for the first time. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 18 Giving 110% Break ability limitations for the first time. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 19 First Brushstrokes Create own officer biography for the first time. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 20 Auspicious Beginnings Win a battle for the first time. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 21 Timing Is Everything Defeat 5 officers with tate in one battle. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 22 Bitter Experience Maximize a character's level for the first time. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 23 Soul Mates Maximize a bond with one character in Mercenary Mode. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 24 My Kingdom for a Horse Purchase Matsukaze at the shop. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 25 Big Spender Spend over 100,000 gold at the shop. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 26 Musou Master Get 500 kills with Musou attacks in one battle. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 27 Aesthete Obtain an heirloom for the first time. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 28 Reliable Underling Raise the mission accomplishment rate to 50%. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 29 Cinephile Raise the event collection rate to 50%. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 30 Bundle of Joy Create an edit officer for the first time. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 31 Aficionado Obtain 20 rare weapons. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 32 Veteran Warrior Defeat a total of more than 100,000 enemies. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 33 Insanity Within an area where enemy morale is high, defeat an enemy using godspeed attack while in Rage Mode. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 34 Carve Up the Battlefield Get 1,000 kills with godspeed attacks in one battle. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 35 The Spice of Life Unlock all officers for use in Free Mode. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 36 Delegator Clear a mission for the first time while switching officers. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 37 Audiophile Raise the music collection rate to 50%. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 38 Rare Find Obtain a rare weapon for the first time. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 39 Eye on the Prize Obtain an heirloom by defeating a character under special conditions. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 40 Half Mast Defeat enemy flag carriers for the first time. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 41 Unlimited Stamina Perform a 2,000 combo chain. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 42 Rampage Perform a 1,000 combo chain. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 43 Commit to Your Betrayal Clear Oda story chapter. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 44 Under the Cherry Blossom Clear Takeda story chapter. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 45 A Friend's Legacy Clear Chūgoku story chapter. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 46 A Father's Will Clear Kantō story chapter. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 47 Never Give Up Clear Kyūshū story chapter. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 48 For the Next Generation Clear Tōhoku story chapter. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 49 Spirit of Rebellion Clear Shikoku story chapter. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 50 The Price of Peace Clear Tokugawa story chapter. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 51 A Sturdy Trunk Clear Uesugi story chapter. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 52 Carrying on the Dream Clear Kinki story chapter. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 53 True Unifier Clear Unification story chapter. Bronze
SW4 Trophy 54 The Flower and the Trunk Clear Sanada story chapter. Bronze

Differences between portsEdit

The PS4 version has updated graphics and fills the screen with more mobs to defeat. Early bird bonus for this port is a serial code for every Samurai Warriors costume (18 total). Players can transfer save data from the PS3 version and keep any downloadable content they may have purchased into the PS4 port. Live streaming SHARE options and chat are present.

Expansions/Spin-offsEdit

Related MediaEdit

Attendees of the Sengoku Street in Numata 2013 event can receive Samurai Warriors fliers and may choose to purchase series merchandise. A Numata themed hand towel is exclusive to this event. The MITSUNARI 11 collaboration from the previous main entry continues with this title. Human sized cardboard cutouts of Mitsunari and Sakon can be seen at Yume-kyo Bashi Akarikan.

A press conference to celebrate the tenth anniversary for the series took place on December 6, 3:30 PM (JST) and was broadcast on NicoNico Live. Koinuma was a guest for the fortieth episode of the Japanese TV show, Game Maniacs, to talk about this game. The press conference to celebrate the game's completion was streamed on NicoNico Live March 5, 13:00 (JST) for fans to enjoy. A third NicoNico Live broadcast prior to the game's sale date is planned on March 13, 20:00 (JST).

Masamune and Takatora are the mascot for Koei-Tecmo's second collaboration with ANA's SKY EYE series representing Miyagi, Ehime, and Shizuoka respectively. Another renewed collaboration for the series is the TBI group character menu; consumers who purchase a dish from the menu can receive a character postcard. The ongoing collaboration with Kumamoto Taxis, Sengoku Musou Taxi, will have Kiyomasa, Gracia and Musashi taxis starting on February 20. People who buy two Lotte items at select stores between March 4~March 17 can receive character themed bookmarks as a gift with their purchase. The series's second charity event for the 2011 Tohoku natural disasters, Gi no Tameni 2, will take place on March 30th; proceeds will be donated to ongoing disaster relief and restoration efforts.

One of the new collaborations for the project is downloadable content themed to the 2014 Taiga drama Gunshi Kanbei. Players can download the drama Kanbei's outfit for Sengoku Musou Kanbei. Outfits for the Taiga drama Kanbei, Hanbei and Hideyoshi can be used by edit characters. Fans of the weapons within the series can purchase replicas in 2014. It is a collaboration with Token no Sato, a team of blacksmiths who are recreating real life replicas of the main cast's weaponry. Tourists can visit the place holding the swords starting July 12, 2014. Character themed glasses are also planned. Samurai Warriors characters are mascots for a blood donation drive and will appear on eighteen different posters. This game will join Sengoku IXA, Sengoku BASARA 4 and other games to be a part of the annual Sanada Yukimura festival. Samurai Warriors merchandise will be available at Marui One's August "Sengoku Marui" Kitasenju no Jin store campaign.

Sengoku Musou Seiyuu Ougi 2014 Spring 10th Anniversary, a voice actor event to celebrate the series's ten year anniversary, took place on March 8~9, 2014. Like the Haruka 3 collaboration, Hello Kitty versions of the characters can be purchased at the anniversary event. Ruby Party's dessert lineup will also include cookies and other goods themed to this event. Nico Nico users could tune into a special live broadcast before the live event, which additionally ties into the Geten no Hana Yumeakari stage event, on February 25, 20:00 (JST). Fans who couldn't make the event can still purchase leftover event merchandise. Additional Hello Kitty and miniature character merchandise can be purchased in Gamecity Shopping's Sengoku Fair. The concept was revived with other Warring States related titles in Sengoku Fair 2014 Aki.

A three-part Kodansha Gekkan Shounen Comic publication of this entry is drawn by Seijiro Narumi. The first part is called Sengoku Musou ~Ishida Mitsunari no Shou~ Senjou wo Kakeru Yume; the second short is Sengoku Musou ~Date Masamune no Shou~ and the third is Sengoku Musou ~Sanada Yukimura Nobuyuki no Shou~. Consumers who purchase the published volume, Mononofutachi no Sekigahara, can obtain a serial code for the heirloom, Soul of the Sanada.

Suzuhito Yamada illustrated the sixth volume of Famitsu Column Game no Koto Omoi Egaku. This volume's theme is "the allure of Warriors series and characters". Aya and Naotora are the cover image.

Sengoku Musou SP ~Sanada no Shou~ is an animated TV special with two versions. Takeshi Kusao (Yukimura Sanada) appeared on the 117 episode of Hiyama Nobuyuki no Animejyu to talk about the anime short and answer fan letters February 26. The television program broadcast five days before the showing can be seen for free at PlayCommu.

Sengoku Musou 4 Ouka Ranman features character image songs and two dramas from new characters in this entry. The original soundtrack is compiled onto three CDs and includes jacket size sticker for first print buyers.

The PS4 port is a part of Gamecity's PS4 Summer online shopping campaign. Samurai Warriors 4 is one of many titles represented in the October 21~November 3, 2014 Marui One Family Mizoguchi Koei-Tecmo Goods Fair. This IP is the second Koei IP to be selected for a Happy Kuji collaboration, or a type of lottery for exclusive character merchandise.

Image SongEdit

Performed by Kuroyume

*Also ending song for the TV anime.

GalleryEdit

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