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One Warrior Worth A Thousand

Back in the day, when I was at college, during lunch I went into Andover town centre and visited Gamestation (now GAME obviously), and picked up an interesting-looking game called Dynasty Warriors 3.

A variety of characters, hack-n-slashy action reminiscent of Devil May Cry, only with MANY foes at once, and the latest cutting-edge graphics!

I mean, this was late 2001, this was practically photorealistic for the time.

ANYWAY.

This game, this bloody game, sparked a love affair with this series that I’m still neck-deep in.

WHAT THE HELL IS IT?

Dynasty Warriors, made by Koei (later Tecmo Koei, even later Koei Tecmo), is an incredibly long-running hack ‘n’ slash series that serve as a spinoff from their Romance of the Three Kingdoms series of historical strategy games, themselves based off the Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong, a historical novel mixed with the mythical and legendary stories of the era. The novel (and games) tell the story of the fall of the Han dynasty, sparked by the Yellow Turban Rebellion, the formation of three warring kingdoms seeking to unify China (Wei, Wu, Shu), and the eventual unification of China and the formation of the Jin dynasty by Sima Yan.

The books have a definite bias towards the Shu kingdom, glorifying Liu Bei and his people, while Wu and Wei (the latter in particular) serve as the antagonists, with their negative qualities enhanced and their positives minimized, especially when it comes to Cao Cao. Initially, the Dynasty Warriors games followed suit, with Cao Cao and Sima Yi being Very Definitely Evil, with their ambition and ruthlessness amplified.

Even in 9, Sima Yi looks like he enjoys evil laughter a little too much, but he’s not portrayed as evil, just ambitious

Later games in the series (6 onwards) would attempt to bring a more balanced approach to everyone’s portrayals, with Liu Bei’s more questionable qualities being highlighted (in particular, his tendency to be blinded by anger, which led to an absolutely devastating defeat at Yiling and Xiaoting), and Cao Cao’s more benevolent qualities also featuring (his penchant for seeing those who do good work to be properly rewarded, and to recognise and admit when he messed things up and accept criticism). This sees a slight divergence in characterization from the novels to more reflect real life, which is pretty damn cool to me.

FEEL THE POWER OF MY MAAAAAAAAAAGIIIIIIIC

The very first stage of most Dynasty Warriors games is the retelling of the Yellow Turban Rebellion, where Zhang Jiao, in a response to the increasing corruption of the Han dynasty thanks to treacherous eunuchs and officials, leads a peasant uprising in the hopes of overthrowing the evil empire. Under the imperial general He Jin, various lords and commoners alike unite to defeat them!

This was the first ever stage of a Dynasty Warriors game I had ever played, and I was probably playing as the series’ future poster boy, Zhao Yun.

He just radiates stoic heroism

Partway through the stage, you have to counteract the magic of Zhang Bao and Zhang Liang, magic that basically amounts to “make wind” and “drop rocks” but are utterly impeding the coalition forces, and once you get close enough to each Zhang brother, these scenes play:

It was right here, in this very moment, that I fell in love with the game. The overdramatization of it all, the entertainingly schloky voice acting, the intonation of the word MAAAAAAGIIIIIIIIC and the high-pitched “YOU FLAMING IDIOTS!”

I knew I was on to a winner, and then I played as Zhang He.

Real men wear pink. Real men wear high heels and ruffles and long hair. Real men have claws as weapons and dance around the battlefield like ballerinas, cutting down swathes in their wake. Real men ask if the enemy camp was pretty, and charge downhill like falling blossoms! REAL MEN APPRECIATE THE BEAUTY OF BOTH LIFE AND DEATH, AND ZHANG HE IS THE ONLY REAL MAN AMONG US.

His almost famous portrayal as this effeminate, beauty-obsessed, sharp-minded tactician and deadly warrior likely stems from a pun on his name in Japanese, Chō Kō, as Chō is how the word “butterfly” is pronounced in Japanese, so his name is literally “butterfly warrior” which obviously conjures up images of a graceful fighter, so they made his personality as flamboyant to match! He has been my favourite character ever since, with Sima Yi a close second.

Yes, he of the sinister laughter.

P-P-P-P-POWERRRRRR

The main draw for me of Dynasty Warriors, its sister title Samurai Warriors, and their crossover title Warriors Orochi, is the fact each game makes you feel immensely powerful. You are the warrior worth a thousand, you are the anchor which the hopes of your forces are pinned on, you are the difference, the strongest, the game-changer and the reason your side triumphs! You are single-handedly slaying hundreds, if not thousands, of enemies on each stage, turning the tide of the war and snatching victory from the jaws of defeat!

I recently purchased Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate, and I’ve been having an absolute blast with it. My current team (the game has 170+ characters, and you control 3 at a time, able to switch between them at will, even during combos!) is Zhou Tai, Lu Meng and Kojiro Sasaki, though Zhou Tai is the primarily used character at the moment.

A stoic, scarred warrior and former pirate that, despite being Chinese, uses a very distinctively Japanese sword and fighting style, because I love anachronistic stews.

Look at the arc of his attacks! How wide he slashes and how rapid! The speed at which he moves! No wonder he’s my most used.

Anyway, that’s why I love Dynasty Warriors and its related series. The power, the flamboyance, the wide attacking arcs and the historical significance of the era. Because of this game, I have read the books they’re based on (both the abridged and unabridged!), watched films based in the era (Red Cliff being a particular highlight), and taken a great interest in the Three Kingdoms period!

See, video games CAN be used for good!

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Hello! It’s been far too long since I last posted a blog. I wonder if I remember how to?

Of course I do.

Laptop Issues

33 days ago, my laptop developed an issue which I initially believed was due to my charger. I ordered a new one that day, it was dispatched an hour later, and 2 weeks later I had to send stroppy emails saying that it’s not arrived! 2 days after them sending a replacement, I received it!

However, what I didn’t realise was that it was merely the charger brick-thing that connects to the laptop, and did NOT include the cable that goes into the wall. SILLY ME. A week later, the cable arrives, I plug it in, and I’ll let my tweet tell you what occurred:

I got my laptop back from the repair centre yesterday, and all is well again. But what did I get up to in the month I was unable to blog?

(I mean I could have typed a blog post on my phone instead, but no)

Anniversary

January 26th marked my 5th anniversary with my beloved boyfriend. In gay years, we’ve been together since prehistory. We remember dinosaurs and whatnot. Sadly, the actual date crept up on us a little bit and we had made prior plans, so we decided to go to London when I had time off work a week later!

London was awesome. Long story short, we went to the BEST burger place ever, Dirty Burger, we went to My Old Dutch pancake house, we visited Chinatown and the Japan Centre, the Trocadero (sadly not as great as it used to be. A couple years ago we could play Street Fighter 4 on arcade cabinets! Now? A few shops and not much else), Hamleys on Oxford Street, and the UK’s first esports bar, Meltdown!

We had a cocktail that looked like Blanka, and we played Ultra Street Fighter 4 on their consoles. That drew a small crowd and eventually initiated an impromptu winner-stays-on tournament. The boyfriend went UNBEATEN! Once someone challenged him, he brought out his M Bison and went to TOWN.

Cardiff 1, London 0.

Not only was that going on, but there was a Hearthstone tournament that night too. They have weekly tournaments on different days, Hearthstone is Wednesday, Street Fighter is sadly Thursday. We’d have ROCKED that.

This happens to his characters A LOT.

This happened a few times. POISON ROCKS

Abergavenny

Oh my god all the places we like in Abergavenny are either closed forever or changed to things we don’t like, so we went to Cwmbran instead.

Cwmbran is safe.

Cwmbran never changes.

Cwmbran will never hurt us.

A Televisual Feast

While in Cwmbran, we bought series 1 of Archer, and MY GOD we love it so much. He’s going to get me series 2 for my birthday which is in April. Can I wait that long?

I’ve also started watching Judge Rinder in the daytime. It’s basically Judge Judy, if Judge Judy was a sassy English homosexual. I’m addicted to watching him, he’s so captivating.

Benedict Cumberbatch officiated at his wedding! Criminy!

Today, I may start watching an anime I got for Christmas. Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt!

pantystock

It’s basically about angels who were kicked out of heaven for being rather naughty, who seek to redeem themselves by destroying ghosts and collecting ghost coins, which will allow them to buy their way back into Heaven.

They can also turn their lingerie into weapons. What’s not to love?

Games!

Of COURSE I’ve been playing games.

  • Saints Row 4: It’s fantastic, but sadly I ran into some sort of game-breaking issue. I think it might be down to the fact my disc was a preowned one. May be damaged? When we get a PS4, I’m getting the remastered version.
  • Fallout New Vegas: Obsessed with this. Frisky McBiscuit is a smooth-talking rifle-toting genius who, if she can’t talk her way out of a problem, is more than content to shoot it in the head, or punch it in the face with superheated pneumatic gauntlets. I’m still playing through the main game. I’ve got to a point in the main questline where going further will make certain endings unavailable, so I’m plodding my way through the DLCs. Honest Hearts was okay, but Old World Blues was probably the most magnificent DLC I’ve ever played in. Oh my god the Think Tank. The scorpions. The lobotomites!
  • Dynasty Warriors 8 Complete Edition: Handheld fun! I’ve had a major soft spot for the Warriors games since 2004, despite the fact they’re 90% the same game each time.
  • Ultra Street Fighter 4: Of COURSE I’ve been playing this. Poison for LIFE.
  • Hitman: Absolution: Finished it! Wonderful game. Can’t wait for the next one. I mean, there’s a MAJOR sequel hook there at the end, I’d be shocked if they don’t pick it up.
"Go with God, motherfucker!"

“Go with God, motherfucker!”

Stuff Going Forward

I want to do a Final Fantasy Tactics Let’s Play. I want to have my units be you guys! I’ll have more details on this later on, but are you interested in being in it? Let me know!

Warlock stuff, Warcraft stuff, au naturelle.

PANDAREN.

Me blah-blahing about video games.

Until next time, keep feeling fascination!

myaah