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Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty

Developer: Team Ninja Publisher: Koei Tecmo
03 March 2023
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My body was craving a souls-like, and the visuals, reminiscent of Sekiro, did the rest. Surely, I was not expecting a masterpiece, but the game indeed comes out rather bland and half-baked in most of its aspects. It’s enjoyable for the first few hours, mostly thanks to the combat system. Similar scenarios and the exact same enemies get rehashed with little difference for the whole game. My rating could have been slightly higher if the game had been half as long.

While initially engaging with its parry-based mechanics, the combat system loses its edge as the game unfolds. The first bosses pose a satisfying challenge, but the later stages become noticeably easier, especially for those who went through the additional subquests. It's a system that offers a decent level of challenge, but that could have been more consistently rewarding throughout the game's duration.

While the game presents players with the option to utilize spells and customize equipment with special effects, these elements, regrettably, turned out to be disappointingly irrelevant. Opting for the highest-powered gear and mastering the parrying mechanics should be enough to let you win most encounters. Even money and loot end up having little purpose, as you will get disgustingly rich and full of gear without even noticing.

Despite an intriguing art direction in key visuals, the in-game graphics lacked the polish expected, and the level design succumbed to unexpected repetitiveness. The cutscenes are also some of the most uninteresting things I’ve ever seen in a videogame. Poorly directed and atrociously written.

In summary, the game is a decent yet highly forgettable experience.
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How I Learned to Stop Turtling and Love the Deflect Button
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is the ultimate B-tier game. It never feels as epic and all-encompassing as, say, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [ゼルダの伝説 ブレス オブ ザ ワイルド] or Elden Ring, but that hardly matters because it’s just so much damn fun to play. It knows what it wants to be and executes with spellbinding precision.

As we’ve come to expect from Team Ninja, combat is central to the experience. The big innovation here is the Spirit Meter. It’s functionally similar to a stamina bar but the difference is in how you fill it. Dodging, blocking, heavy attacks, and spellcasting drain the bar, as you might expect. Filling it, though, is done by connecting with normal attacks and parrying enemy attacks. The result is that you’ll want to get up in the enemy’s face and push the pace, slashing and deflecting until you’ve gathered enough spirit to deliver a knockout blow. Aggression is the name of the game.

One reason why the game feels so great to play is because Team Ninja boldly decided to bind dodge and deflect to the same button. One tap deflects; two taps dodges. What makes this so brilliant is that it actively encourages players to deflect. I don’t know about you, but when I play Dark Souls or Elden Ring I never use the parry mechanic. It feels too risky – why expose myself when I can dive out of the way or turtle behind a shield instead? Wo Long, in contrast, quickly taught me that deflecting was the way of a true warrior. There’s nothing more rewarding than deflecting a boss’s critical blows only to immediately respond with a finisher of your own.

Visually, Wo Long more than holds its own. Camera work is impeccable, with seamless zooms and pans intensifying the impact of criticals and finishers. Environmental design is varied, featuring lush jungles, bloody battlefields, toxin-drenched sewers, and everything in between. And it’d be a disservice not to mention the character creator, which offers an incredible amount of customization options. You could spend hours fine-tuning just your hero’s cheekbones.

Yes, there is still plenty to grumble about. There are heaps of mostly useless loot to sift through. Enemy variety is on the paltry side, and by the end you’ll be wondering what’s up with Imperial China and burning hedgehogs. The story, meanwhile, is neither good nor “so bad it’s good.” Romance of the Three Kingdoms fans may appreciate it, but as someone who is unfamiliar with the story, I found the large cast of characters and their shifting alliances hard to follow.

But these are minor quibbles. Wo Long is an amazing game, one that kept me completely engaged from beginning to end. Usually by the time I finish a game I’d glad for it to be over, but in this case I absolutely want more. Let us all pour one out for Lu Bu as we await the DLC.
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Azekahh Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty 2024-04-25T17:56:20Z
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  • WhereAreWeSeeing 2023-03-07 21:47:56.205794+00
    Why is the rating so low?
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  • Banana_PD 2023-03-09 21:41:34.253768+00
    If my base (non-Pro) PS4 can run Nioh 1 and 2 with no apparent problems, would I be able to run this? Or should I just wait until I get a PS5? Or wait for KT to optimize their shit?
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    • Jodas 2023-03-12 14:19:01.380171+00
      You can play the demo. I thought the optimization was mediocre (on base PS4).
    • Banana_PD 2023-03-20 16:56:20.566778+00
      Forgot I asked about this, and now I have RE4R coming soon, so I'll have to check the demo later. And/or just buy a PS5. Thanks though
    • Banana_PD 2024-04-11 14:07:37.237935+00
      Apparently forgot I posted here again, but now I have a PS5 and got the complete edition on sale. But Rise of the Ronin is distracting me from playing
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  • thomasstc 2023-03-11 14:24:21.251773+00
    this rating is ridiculous lol, nioh’s should be lower and this should be higher
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    • Michael_Murphy 2023-03-11 15:18:09.810258+00
      Not even remotely, everything people bitch about Nioh is what made it so fun, I spent 50% of the time just dicking around in the menus building my character, Wo Long is just a mix of Sekiro and Dark Souls
    • thomasstc 2023-03-11 16:00:59.146927+00
      I don’t hate nioh but it’s a heavily flawed, this game alleviates some of those flaws (and takes some of the strengths with it, yes). They end up the same to me
    • Nifel 2023-03-13 23:02:36.984287+00
      Well, it does have a horribly stuttering PC port, and graphics and animations making it feel like a PS3 game. Otherwise the game isn't that bad.
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  • Grungy777 2023-03-26 06:24:30.302508+00
    Pretty good game although the difficulty curve is a bit of a mess. Having to place all the flags again on NG+ made me stop playing lol
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  • ssguiss 2023-06-06 00:44:08.325321+00
    criminal rating mess. game's incredibly satisfying and cool to play, very well introduced mechanics and genre fusion, good OST and very pleasant aesthetics. Team Ninja knew what they were doing
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  • Fuzzywuzzy_Burrr 2023-07-29 17:48:41.056884+00
    So far I would rank the team ninja soulslike games like Nioh 2 > ffo: stranger of paradise > wo long > Nioh. I think the biggest upgrade in Wo Long is actually the level design! I really love the encouragement to explore with the battle flag system. I also think they’ve put a lot more effort in having a few really spectacular stand out bosses that act as skill/build checks for the player. A bit more than half way through my first play through excited to see more of it!! Team ninja is honestly on a unbelievable streak of incredible games tbh
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  • r68saga 2023-09-15 23:04:10.02684+00
    this game simply doesnt have the swag of their last few games (doa6 and fire emblem aside). it's not bad, it just isn't very remarkable.
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  • WES9S 2023-12-02 22:39:40.136121+00
    a game's level of swag is the only metric that ever needs to be considered
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