Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes

Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes, known in Japan as Sengoku BASARA 3,[1] is a 2010 hack and slash, action video game developed and published by Capcom. It is the third major installment in the Sengoku BASARA game series and the only game in the series to be released worldwide. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Wii on July 2010 in Japan and worldwide in October.

Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes
Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes PS3.jpg
North American PlayStation 3 cover art
Developer(s)Capcom
Publisher(s)Capcom
Director(s)Makoto Yamamoto
Producer(s)Hiroyuki Kobayashi
Designer(s)Mitsuru Endo
Artist(s)Makoto Tsuchihayashi (character)
Narumi Tauchi (background)
Junichiro Ogawa (visual effects)
Writer(s)Shino Okamura
Composer(s)Kow Otani
Masahiro Aoki
Rei Kondoh
Masayoshi Ishi
Yasutaka Hatade
Sara Sakurai
SeriesSengoku BASARA
EngineMT Framework Lite
Platform(s)PlayStation 3, Wii
Release
  • JP: July 29, 2010
  • NA: October 12, 2010
  • AU: October 14, 2010
  • EU: October 15, 2010
Genre(s)Hack and slash
Mode(s)Single-player, Two-player

GameplayEdit

A "hack and slash" combat style emphasizing large battlefields and an element of strategy. The strength of the controlled character allows for superhuman feats of destruction against multiple foes, and the battles revolve around defeating large numbers of enemies. Additionally, missions are completed (in general) by defeating "gate captains" and eventually a boss and/or mini-bosses. Samurai Heroes mixes up the gameplay by adding in other objectives, as well, such as guarding a castle or destroying an enemy's food reserves. The uniqueness of each character allows for different fighting styles, such as those which focus on hitting a large number of enemies versus those which focus on a few (excellent for killing boss characters). Combos can be easily performed, and characters have the ability to gain levels by completing stages, eventually unlocking skills and/or adding additional power to their existing ones. Weapon acquisition and customization is also an integral element of the game.

CharactersEdit

Characters marked with (*) are unplayable NPCs (except for Takeda Shingen, who was only in cutscenes) in the original game that have become playable in its expansion, Sengoku BASARA 3 Utage
Bold denotes starter characters in the main game and Samurai Heroes
Matsunaga Hisahide (**) did appear in Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes as an NPC but he makes his first playable appearance in Sengoku BASARA 3 Utage

SB SB2 SB3 (SH)
Date Masamune Maeda Keiji Tokugawa Ieyasu (older version)
Sanada Yukimura Chōsokabe Motochika Ishida Mitsunari
Honda Tadakatsu Mōri Motonari Ōtani Yoshitsugu
Shimazu Yoshihiro Oichi Saika Magoichi
Oda Nobunaga Fūma Kotarō Kuroda Kanbei
Sarutobi Sasuke* Katakura Kojūrō* Tsuruhime
Uesugi Kenshin* Hōjō Ujimasa* Matsunaga Hisahide**
Kasuga* Kobayakawa Hideaki*
Takeda Shingen* Tenkai*
Maeda Toshiie* Tachibana Muneshige*
Matsu* Ōtomo Sōrin*
Mogami Yoshiaki*

Regional WarlordsEdit

NPC characters that serve as bosses and/or mini-bosses with no role in the story, and aren't playable in any of the games (have made their first appearance in Samurai Heroes):

Nanbu Harumasa, Satake Yoshishige, Utsunomiya Hirotsuna, Anegakōji Yoritsuna, Amago Haruhisa, and Naoe Kanetsugu.

SoundtrackEdit

The opening theme is "Naked arms" by T.M.Revolution. The American version of the game uses the English version of "Naked Arms" as its opening. The ending theme is "Gyakkō" by Chiaki Ishikawa. The American version of the games uses an instrumental track called "Kizuna, Kokorozashi, Inochi" by Kow Ohtani.

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
PS3Wii
1UP.com9.1/10[2]9.1/10[2]
Destructoid7/10[3]N/A
Famitsu34/40[4]33/40[5]
Game RevolutionB−[6]N/A
GamePro     [7]N/A
GameSpot4.5/10[8]4.5/10[8]
GameTrailers5.5/10[9]N/A
GameZone6/10[10]N/A
IGN4.5/10[11]4.5/10[11]
Nintendo PowerN/A7/10[12]
PSM5/10[13]N/A
411Mania8.2/10[14]N/A
Gaming Age8.3/10[15]N/A
Metro4/10[16]N/A
Multiplayer.itN/A7.8/10[17]
NintendojoN/A7.5/10[18]
Play UK7.6/10[19]N/A
PlayStation Universe7.5/10[20]N/A
VandalN/A8/10[21]
Worth Playing8.5/10[22]8.5/10[22]
Aggregate score
Metacritic65/100[23]61/100[24]

In North America, the game received "mixed or average" reviews on both platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[23][24] In Japan, the game received "generally favorable" reviews. Japanese video game magazine, Famitsu, gave the PS3 version a score of 9/9/8/8 for a total of 34/40 and the Wii version a score of 9/8/8/8 for a total of 33/40.[4][5]

Capcom announced later that the game had sold over 500,000 units in Japan by September 8, 2010, becoming the best-selling Sengoku BASARA game and bringing the total sold for the series to 2.1 million.[25] The game was later re-released under the PlayStation 3 the Best label (which means it is a best-seller in Japan).[26] The game sold a total of 292,519 units during its first week on sale in Japan (PS3: 242,698 units/Wii:49,821 units) with the PS3 version being the top-selling game of the week and the Wii version being the fifth best-selling game of the week.[27] This would be the highest debut for a Sengoku BASARA game so far. The game has sold a total of 610,818 units in Japan (PS3: 422,765 units/Wii: 188,053 units).[27]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sengoku BASARA 3 (Japanese: 戦国BASARA3, Hepburn: Sengoku BASARA Surī)
  2. ^ a b "Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes review". 1Up.com. October 20, 2010.
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  5. ^ a b "戦国BASARA3ファミ通スコアWii". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  6. ^ Tan, Nicholas (October 17, 2010). "Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes Review (PS3)". Game Revolution. CraveOnline. Archived from the original on September 8, 2015. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  7. ^ Kemps, Heidi (October 19, 2010). "Sengoku Basara [Samurai Heroes] (PS3)". GamePro. GamePro Media. Archived from the original on February 25, 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Petit, Carolyn (October 20, 2010). "Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes (PS3)". GameTrailers. Defy Media. October 13, 2010. Archived from the original on January 29, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  10. ^ Splechta, Mike (October 20, 2010). "Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes Review (PS3)". GameZone. Archived from the original on April 24, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Gallegos, Anthony (October 12, 2010). "Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  12. ^ "Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes". Nintendo Power. Vol. 261. Future US. December 2010. p. 83.
  13. ^ "Review: Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes". PlayStation: The Official Magazine. No. 40. Future plc. December 25, 2010.
  14. ^ Harris, Jeffrey (December 3, 2010). "Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes (PS3) Review". 411Mania. Archived from the original on December 6, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  15. ^ "Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes (PS3) review". Gaming Age. December 20, 2010.
  16. ^ Hargreaves, Roger (October 14, 2010). "Games review - Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes cuts in (PS3)". Metro. DMG Media. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  17. ^ "Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes - Epic Samurai Action Game". Multiplayer.it. January 8, 2011.
  18. ^ "Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes Review". Nintendojo. December 15, 2010.
  19. ^ "Review on Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes". Play UK. No. 198. Imagine Publishing. December 25, 2010.
  20. ^ "Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes review". PlayStation Universe. October 25, 2010.
  21. ^ "Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes (Wii) Review". Vandal. October 20, 2010.
  22. ^ a b "Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes". Worth Playing. January 1, 2011.
  23. ^ a b "Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  24. ^ a b "Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  25. ^ "Capcom's Popular "Sengoku BASARA: Samurai Heroes" Breaks the 500,000 Mark!". Capcom. September 8, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  26. ^ "Sengoku BASARA 3 (PlayStation 3 the Best) [Japan Import]". Amazon.com.
  27. ^ a b "Sengoku BASARA". Salesdatabase.

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