Just got my own copy a couple of days ago and finally I can play the game!
Today, I'm going to review THIS game!
SENGOKU BASARA 4
I've tried this game when I went to Tokyo Game Show 2013 and been waiting for this game release ever since!Sengoku Basara 3 is good, but Sengoku Basara 4 is even better.
Capcom did try their best to fix things, and they've done quite well, IMHO.
There are still some things that needs to be fixed, but no game is perfect in my opinion.
There are 3 route in total, Conqueror Route, Dramatic Route and Anime Route.
Conqueror Route can be accessed by all playable character, and usually nothing special about it.
Anime Route can only be accessed by new character, which is Sakon, Shibata and Yamanaka only.
Drama Route only available to some characters, not all.
Like before, once you finish one character's story, you open another playable character.
In total, there are 32 playable characters!
The opening song is Count Zero from T.M Revolution and the ending song is Runner's High from Scandal.
Unfortunately, the character's theme song still the same from Sengoku Basara 3, which is kind of let down for me.
I like Date Masamune's theme from Sengoku Basara 2 instead of Sengoku Basara 3....
Other than that, there are some new stage music and some are quite catchy. ^-^
One big impression... Tadakatsu Honda is (still) a j**k at any stage that's related to Ieyasu Tokugawa!
He still hit as hard, scary as hell and all I can do every time I met him is... RUN LIKE CRAZY!
Battle has improved, while it's still hack and slash, the enemy's AI is getting better.
Sometimes, they actually stopped attacking others and head straight at you.
They also smart enough to re-take their base, which often makes me run back and forth to re-take the base.
Some traps also shows up in the stage, sometimes undetected.
Boss battle also good, a lot of times you have to fight 2 boss at the same time!
Ashikaga Yoshiteru is also an annoying boss with his teleportation skill, and I'm still on NORMAL!
The stages is full of outrageous things and I LOVE IT!
From silly soldiers spinning around to make a typhoon or soldiers making a circle then roll with bombs!
I keep on trying new stages and explore it as much as I can just for the fun of it. ^0^
Partner is also more active, just by pushing L2, you can told them to attack enemies, base or treasure chest.
Once their Basara gauge full, push L2 + O to unleash the Giga Basara, which not only cause a lot of damage, but also looks extra cool with the background of black and white.
You can only bring limited number of weapons (about 20 - 22, I forgot) and they can be gain in the battle or from the shop.
However, you can upgrade your weapon any way you like.
You can change the attribute or upgrade the status using items that you buy from store or getting it from the battle, quite fun actually.... Assuming you can READ Japanese well enough.
Once finished with one route, you can get the alternate costume. Some are nice, some is just... weird. ^^;
The joke weapon is still available and Kojuro got his leek back instead of that stupid flute in SB3. Yaay!
I didn't know if it is intentional or not... But after a couple of hits, the leek will break in two. XDD
Overall, I have fun with Sengoku Basara 4.
I got Masamune's hakama and Yukimura's Azure Dragon for free DLC.
I also bough Dante skin for Masamune and Masamune's avatar too.
I do wish they have new character's theme song though.
And maybe a new attack for old characters...
Don't get me wrong, I loves Masamune's Crazy Storm + War Dance...
But I wish he get a new attack, just one!
The new characters are okay, nice stories.
But why are there only 3 Anime Route for 3 characters, and new too!
Why don't they give Anime Route for Masamune, Yukimura, Saika or hell... Mori?
I'd give Sengoku Basara 4 : 8,5 out of 10.