By Steve Baltimore / May 5th, 2020
|Title||Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate|
|Release Date||February 13th, 2020|
|Genre||Beat em Up|
|Platform||PlayStation 4, Steam, XBox One, Switch|
A while back I took a look at Warriors Orochi 4 for the PlayStation 4. I felt it was OK, but was not nearly as good as the previous entry in the series. Now in true Koei Tecmo fashion they have released an update to the game, Warriors Orochi 4 Ulitmate. This new update adds a few more characters, modes and story bits to attempt to flesh out the original release. Is this upgrade worth your coin? Let’s find out.
Overall the story is the same as the previous release. The warriors must once again all gather in order stop a world-ending threat. The key to victory lies in unlocking the power hidden in eight mysterious bracelets. The heroes of course have their own conflicts to resolve, but Zeus is hatching a plot of his own. The King of the Gods of Mount Olympus has set in motion a plan to rebuild the world of Orochi. The heroes must now battle the god themselves in order to set things right in their world!
What is different this time around is the addition of three new chapters. These chapters added more detail to the story and made it possible for multiple endings this time around. I felt the new story content was nice, and the new sub plots were worth exploring. Bringing in the additional series favorite characters such as Joan of Ark, Ryu Hayabusa and Achilles was a nice touch here as well.
The main new attraction here is the Infinity Tower mode. After a certain point in Chapter 5 this mode will unlock and you can start grinding up some unbelievably powerful fighters. There are 12 towers here to challenge, one for each Zodiac Symbol, and each will contain five floors. You will have to meet certain objectives within the time limit. Doing this will not only allow you to max out your characters levels, but you will find some of the rarest items in the game as well. Once a character’s level is maxed out, you can reset them back down to level one for some crazy stat maxing.
A few other bells and whistles have been added her as well. Such as the ability to swap sacred treasures between characters and some UI improvements. If you have the original game I have a hard time recommending Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate as an upgrade at the $39.99 price tag. Just seems a bit steep to me for what’s here. If you haven’t picked the game up yet in its original form and want a robust Musou game with over 170 characters to choose from, then this would likely be your cup of tea. It will set you back the full price of $59.99, but with the new features this version offers I feel like this is a much more compelling package.
Reviewer Note: The score below reflects the purchase of the full package and not the upgrade.
Game was provided by the publisher for review.
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