Samurai Warriors 5

  • Online Co-Op: 2 Players
  • Couch Co-Op: 2 Players
  • + Co-Op Modes
Battle Hordes of Feudal Foes in Samurai Warriors 5, Out Now on Consoles and Steam
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Battle Hordes of Feudal Foes in Samurai Warriors 5, Out Now on Consoles and Steam

Thousands of digital bad guys are ready to fall to your sword.

It has been three years since Dynasty Warriors 9 and Warriors Orochi 4 graced consoles and a whopping seven years since Samurai Warriors 4. In that time, we've seen numerous licensed "Warriors" titles, but the wait for a mainline release has stretched on. That wait has finally ended now that Samurai Warriors 5 has arrived on consoles and PC.

Never played a Samurai Warriors title before? No worries - Samurai Warriors 5 is a soft reboot of the series. All of the Samurai Warriors games take place during the Sengoku period of Japan's history, though they focus on different parts of the 148-year period. This game starts in 1546, focusing on the lives of Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi, with the story ending after the Honnou-ji Incident in 1582.

The characters have undergone a visual redesign, and the playable cast has been scaled back from 55 in Samurai Warriors 4 to 37 characters here. This should make for a more focused game and a perfect entry point for new players. Although the game isn't enhanced for Series X|S or PlayStation 5 yet, it does run at a fluid 60 FPS on those consoles, making for a great gameplay experience.

As with most games in the series, Samurai Warriors 5 supports both 2-player split-screen co-op and 2-player online co-op. To unlock co-op, players will first need to complete the first three missions of Chapter 1: Nobunaga's Path in single-player. Chapter 1 consists of five missions. As these missions are completed, new features like the Dojo, Blacksmith, and Shop will unlock. Think of it as an extended tutorial.

Samurai Warriors 5 is available now in a regular edition ($59.99) and a Digital Deluxe edition ($89.99) that includes bonus outfits and a season pass. Get it on XboxPlayStationSwitch, and Steam. Remember, you can also try Chapter 1 out with the free demo on all platforms - progress transfers over to the main game!