Warriors Orochi Z (無双OROCHI Z Musō Orochi Zetto ), is a 2009 hack and slash video game developed by Koei and Omega Force for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows. WOZ is the third installment of the Warriors Orochi series, a crossover video game of the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series. Warriors Orochi: The Collective is set to be a combination of the first two games with more characters and stages on an updated gaming platform. The game was released in Japan for PlayStation 3 on March 12, 2009 and released on Microsoft Windows platform on November 27, 2009. Koei has confirmed that this title will not be released in North America and in Europe.
In addition to the 95 characters from the first two Warriors Orochi games returning, two newcomers are to make their first appearance in the game as well:
- Benkei was a warrior monk of the Heian period, most famously known for his loyalty to Minamoto no Yoshitsune, and his collection of weapons. He wields a giant glove as his weapon and is under the "PWR" category
- San Zang is the central character of the classic Chinese epic Journey to the West, where Sun Wukong also originated from. However, in a break of traditional portrayals, Sanzang in Warriors Orochi Z is portrayed as a female. Her weapons are her sleeves, a weapon from the movie House of Flying Daggers and is under the "SPD" category
Additionally, Dodomekki and Gyuki, two Orochi army generals that were only playable in the VS and Survival mode of Warriors Orochi 2, have been made into fully fledged characters that can be used throughout the entire game, complete with updated and improved movesets.
With the addition of four characters, a total of 96 characters encompass the roster of Warriors Orochi Z.
Also, the Dynasty Warriors 6 costumes for the Chinese Heroes are available, in addition to outfits made for the ones removed from the recent title. The special costumes for the Samurai Warrior characters are now available, with new costumes for removed samurai warriors. Characters not from either series have some new costumes of their own as well...
As Warriors Orochi Z is a combination of the first two games, the gameplay follows the standard set by the first Warriors Orochi; the player selects three characters and uses them in one stage. However, certain aspects of the gameplay have been upgraded.,,
For the first time, the second player can choose their own separate team of three characters, unlike the previous two games where both players use the same characters.
Dream Mode too has been changed; 12 stages have been added, giving a total of 40 Dream mode stages. Unlike Warriors Orochi 2, characters outside the Three Kingdoms and Sengoku periods are included as well. These are also included in the Western release of Warriors Orochi 2 on the PSP, as this game is not being released in Europe or North America.
|San Zang, Zhang He, Magoichi Saika||Tian Shui|
|Benkei, Da Ji, Himiko||He Fei|
|Kiyomori Taira, Yoshitsune Minamoto, Benkei||Sekigahara|
|Sun Wukong, San Zang, Himiko||Nan Zhong|
|Da Ji, Dodomekki, Gyuki||Wuhang Mountains|
|San Zang, Pang Tong, Toshiie Maeda||Anegawa|
|Masamune Date, Benkei, Himiko||Mikatagahara|
|Da Ji, Xing Cai, Gracia||Shizugatake|
|Nene, Hanzo Hattori, Kotaro Fuma||Edo Castle|
|Taigong Wang, Fu Xi, Nu Wa||Chi Bi|
|Orochi, Masamune Date, Keiji Maeda||Bai Di Castle|
|Orochi X, Da Ji, Kiyomori Taira||Koshi Castle|
- ↑ Musou Orochi Z Official Site, Retrieved on 17 November 2009.
- ↑ Spencer, "Koei Cancels Warriors Orochi Z For North America", Siliconera. 2009-06-09.