DW4 got a new feature added, which will let your general face the opposing general in a duel. These duels directly change the morale of your army and the opposing army, also by doing duels will help yourself gain experience for your weapons more quickly. This is a very nice little touch, to give you that one-on-one battle feel. I mean come on, you know youre the shiznic if you can call out other generals in the heat of battle; just that one thing gives DW4 a great feeling of pride and honor, just as those officers might have felt back in those days.
To help on replay value Omega Force added many options and game modes in Dynasty Warriors 4 such as, Musou Mode, Free Mode, Verse Mode, Edit Mode, Encyclopedia, and Challenge Mode.
Musou Mode is the true heart of this game, because its the story mode. This is where you must pick a side and wage war against the other kingdoms to see just who will be the next ruler of China. If you dont want to rule alone ask a friend to join in the carnage. Koei was kind enough to make this game cooperative play, which is always s nice when a game has that Also, by playing in this mode will help you out with the next mode Im about to talk about, the Free Mode.
Free Mode lets the player choose what stage that he or she would like to play. So we have a little cause and effect here people. By beaten stages in Musou mode, youll be able to select more stages to do battle in. This mode also has the option of cooperative play.
Edit Mode will give you the option of letting you create your own character or bodyguard units. You will have the ability to pick a gender, change the look of you character (color of uniform, head, chest, limbs and hip.) You can even change the way your character moves.
Verses mode is pretty self-explanatory, but there are four different types of games to play in this mode: Showdown, Encounter, Influence, and Escort. Showdown is your run of the mill one-on-one match to see who the top dog is. Encounter is like a game of hid and seek to the death, players run around in a darkened room and try to find one another and then destroy them. Influence is an original mode; players must use their Imperial Seal to gain allies to help defeat your buddys team. Last is the Escort mode, players must try to attack and destroy the enemy carriage, while trying to protect his own from being destroyed.
The Encyclopedia mode is what I call the teacher mode. It runs down a complete list of the characters, weapons, and items that you will encounter during the game. This in turn helps you see that game developer Omega Force has taking a lot of ancient Chinese folklore and applied it to Dynasty Warriors 4.
Challenge Mode has four different types of challenges: Endurance, Time Attack, Bridge Melee, and Demolition. In endurance you must see how many enemies you can defeat before you get defeated. Time attack, you get to see what you are made of and see how fast you can take out one hundred soldiers. Bridge Melee, will let you play one of those childhood games, king of the hill but, instead of a hill you must see how many people you can knock off a bridge, before you get knocked off. Picking up the rear is Demolition Mode, where you must destroy as many things as possible, before you kick the bucket.