Video Game Tuesday: Musou Games Are Terrible

Michael Blaker
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This week for Video Game Tuesday I’ve got a counter point to last week’s post. It’s all about why Musou Games Are Terrible!

Wait didn’t you write last week they were great?: Yeah, I said they were good for about only one thing. Stress Testing. However most gamers don’t really care about that sort of thing. In fact it’ll never cross their minds.

So what makes them terrible?: Well they are highly repetitive, all the missions pretty much play the exact same way with only minor variations if any between various missions. There are harder difficulties, but those are only artificial time extenders as most of the time people won’t bother to even do anything past easy or normal mode in any game, let alone one as repetitive as a Musou game.

What else?: Well the games have for almost every single one, a terrible story. Sure there are some exceptions, even one that I’ve personally played but those are just that, exceptions. The story of the main Dynasty Warriors game is based off a very classic Chinese story called Romance of the Three Kingdoms, it’s not a terrible story, but you can only play it so many times before you start feeling like throwing up. The various “crossover” Musou games are generally no better with it either following the original material of some series that it’s featuring or having a really bad “original” tale that serves to explain why all the various characters are playable.

You mentioned exceptions?: Yeah, I’ve got one exception that I’ve personally played and it was actually a great story. The gameplay was less than spectacular, but the story was awesome. It’s Fate/Extella and I really liked the story, it even had a reasonable explanation for each of the various story modes that actually makes sense. The fact that it ties into the Fate/Extra storyline is just icing on the cake. Although I will admit that seeing Tamamo overshadowed by Nero, again was frustrating. Hopefully Extella Link will remedy that, as frankly Tamamo really deserves some love and care.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. Do you like these types of posts? Leave a comment below!


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