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Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce, originally released in Japan as Shin Sangokumusou Multi Raid (真・三國無双 MULTI RAID Shin Sangokumusō Maruchi Reido ), is a video game for the PlayStation Portable. It is based on Dynasty Warriors 6. It was released in Spring 2009 for North America and Europe. A console release of the game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 was released in Japan on October 1, 2009. A US version was also released on February 16, 2010.
It contains new features such as Awakenings (Or Shin Musou Kakusei in Japan) which is similar to an upgraded version of Musou Rage in Dynasty Warriors 5. The Awakening drastically affects the appearance of the character and increases their stats. Another new feature is the ability to equip a sub weapon which can be any weapon in the game, the player can also equip orbs and chi to customize and boost the characters.
Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce was first seen in the Weekly Shonen Jump in the issue of the week ending 13 September 2008, and then featured in the Famitsu magazine in the issue of the week ending 20 September 2008. The Famitsu magazine showing the Shin Musou Kakusei appearances of Zhao Yun, Xiahou Dun and Sun Shang Xiang as well as showing screenshots.
Huang Zhong and Xiahou Yuan have both had weapon changes. While they both originally wielded scimitars, they now wield bows. Also, while they both share the same moveset, this moveset is different from the moveset used by Sun Shang Xiang.
The game was set to be released in March but was delayed by Koei, as well as the other Dynasty Warriors 6 spin-off Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires.
A demo mode was made available via the Japanese site, that could be downloaded onto the PSP. The demo allowed the player to use all characters from the three kingdoms, however, just a few hours after release, a code was discovered that made all the 'other' type characters also available for use. The code is now no longer available, after a lawsuit threat from Koei. The demo had a level cap of three, and had only three stages, although all weapons were available for use. An English Demo was released on PSN but this demo has a lot less content that the Japanese demo. There are only 4 characters playable (Zhao Yun, Xiahou Dun, Dian Wei, and Sun Shang Xiang) and there is only one stage available. Then the Console version demo was created on the Japanese store, which had 6 characters (Zhao Yun, Xiahou Dun, Dian Wei, Sun Shang Xiang, Ma Chao and Zhou Yu) and there was 4 stages available to be played. Each set of characters is better at certain things. For example, the Shu force is the speedy force, the Wu force is the strong force and the wie force is the best at defending.
GameZone's Dakota Grabowski gave the console versions a 6.5/10, saying "The changes are a blessing to both naysayers and fans alike. If the team can move towards more entertaining elements, then the Dynasty Warriors may end up in the spotlight with critical praise."
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