- Estimated achievement difficulty: 6/10
- Offline: 28 (880 )
- Online: 4 (120 )
- Approximate amount of time to 1000 : 80-100 Hrs depending on skill and farming
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1+ (Several missions will be repeated)
- Number of missable achievements: None
- Glitched achievements: None
- Do cheat codes disable achievements?: No cheats
This game first appeared on the PSP and has been modified and ported to Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. It is completely different than any other Dynasty or Samurai games you have played. There is now the ability to have aerial fights using floating, jumping, and dashing techniques. Materials are abundant, as are items you can now use in the heat of battle for various reasons. Let’s not forget the inclusion of online co-op. In my opinion this game is great, one of the best they’ve made for the franchise.
First off I would advise scrolling down to the tips area. Things I didn’t know could have saved me hours and hours of gameplay, so I shall help you save your time. Starting the game as any faction you want (Shu, Wu, Wei) pick a character and begin. It can be any character you want, none of them will really make a huge difference on how easy your game will be. Each character has one main weapon and one sub weapon. They can use any sub weapon, but the starting sub weapon is already leveled higher for you. Each officer also has a type. It’s basically a skill they get that’s based on the various Chi (explained later). After you pick your character and are in town, play the first level called Bandit Trap. It’s on the request board at the back near the gate. Do not leave the first area until you have killed at least 1000 guys. Move on and beat the level and watch your character gain massive levels. I went from level 1 to level 9!
Now it’s your choice here, would you like to change your difficulty to easy? Hit start, go to system, then settings, and you can change that if you would like. I would suggest playing on hard, you gain more experience and level up faster! If not, easy is okay too as you will hit 50 well before you complete all missions. Just remember you can always switch difficulty.
Play every storyline quest picking up the legends (refer to guide) as you go along. You may or may not hit 50 by the time you get to Chapter 6. So instead, play all the other chapters in the other factions. This will make Chapter 6 easier. After you beat the game with every faction (but using your trusty main character and strikeforce), it is then time to finish the Gaiden missions.
In playing all the quests you should have a great understanding of this game by now, and have every legend, upgraded your city entirely, have a strike force that’s all level 50, and have tons and tons of materials. You should have a lot of cards by now, as well as have used plenty tactics. This is where the game slaps you for all your hard work. You must buy all weapons, chi, and orbs. This is where people will most likely be duplicating to save on time. You can go trade items with people online, but only the guy gaining materials saves. Easy as that. I wanted to do this, I tried to do this and had done a few items, but guess what I ended up doing? That’s right! I farmed for hours upon hours! I made mistakes that made me farm more than I should have. If you haven’t looked at my tips section, go there now! Buy all your stuff either after duping or farming. Now you’re almost done.
This step took me 40 hours. Don’t worry, you aren’t me and you will learn from my mistakes in the card collector part of the guide. You will need to gain all the cards and use their tactics. You must also finish up the rest of your treasures which should be the card and online based ones. All other treasures you will get easily while playing. After that, go online and play your heart out. Either with people you know, or don’t. Gain the rest of your treasures and your online stuff.
The steps were just a layout of when you should be expecting to obtain the various achievements. You could choose to go online instantly if you wanted to, but just do yourself a favor and read the tips section. I am not a pro at this game, but I have invested 120 hours into it and things I wish I knew while playing, I would like to share with you to save on some misconceptions.
Farming Items: To farm items you will want to put luck on the weapon you use. I had 15 luck on mine personally. You can also buy orbs that give you luck instead! It doesn't end there, you will now want to get a Chi called Serendipity. This will double your found items from chests and enemy/officer drops. At the end of the mission, you will gain double of everything. The only thing it will not double, are rewards for completing missions and bonus objectives. Here is a great link I found on this site for item locations.
I personally didn't use it and it would have probably saved me a good few hours if I did!
Farming Money: The best level for this is in Gaiden missions. It is called Jade Trial. The bonus objective is extremely easy, you just run to the huge moving structure and kill the 4 weapons on the sides, and 3 weapons on the middle first floor. Now just kill the officer you need to defeat by cycling targets until you find him. Kill him and you'll get 12K gold for completion. If you have a friend to play with, as I'm sure some of you will be duping items anyways, play this level online. The winner gets double the rewarded money, so winner will get 24k gold.
Online Play: If you want to beat this game fast, and get all 1000G it's actually best not to play online besides achievements/farming/duping. This will slow you down extremely. I can't even begin to calculate how many hours I played on other missions I had already beaten. If you're nice you'll get stuck playing missions over and over for other people. Also at low levels, if you don't set a level cap, you will have high level show offs coming in your games. They don't care if it's in Chapter 1. They will rip through to the boss and kill him. You think you're saving time until you're on chapter 3 and had gained no experience because you hadn't done any work. Now you have to go replay those missions anyways. Stay away from this to save time.
Weapons: Your main weapon should always be your main weapon. It has the most starting experience and as you use it, will let you get better weapons faster. I would suggest a bow as your secondary. This gives you range against spinning blades, is great against flying magicians, and you can juggle hard officers such as Lu Bu whom if attacks can cause darken. If having a struggle with many officers, it's best to stay back and hit from a distance. Even if it was a red reticle it still worked just fine. Main weapon, anything will work.
Target Reticle: You may notice when targeting someone, the reticle is red, yellow, green, or blue. The color order is from lowest to highest damage output to that targeted enemy. Does this mean you need to worry if it's red? No. You will still kill those with ease! The weapon enemy types did seem to make the most difference from blue to red. If you want to make the game easier, have your main weapon one that has a blue reticle on them! There is a chi that "finds enemy weak points" and I tested it and can only suggest that it brings that color up a notch in your favor when used.
Chi: Lots of different Chi will work well for how you play. Personally I found Rush, Control, and Focus to be my top 3. Fury mode is quite important in this game! The last one was usually random, but I found Aero pretty good as I was getting better at hitting things into the air. I did try various Chi like Fury Armor and Immortal. Fury Armor makes it so you don't fall down. This can cause extreme amounts of damage all at once without you realizing it, as you'll be getting hit by an officer and shot by various projectiles all at once. Being knocked down makes it so you have time to recover. Immortal is nice but if you get hit with the dark element, you will pretty much instantly die! Also healing is extremely easy in this game, so I found immortal to just be wasting a spot that my items could take care of. Also you may want to note your character type. Located in your equipment menu on the top. You should not use the Chi that holds the same name as your type. Basically, you cannot stack your Chi and your type! Your type always holds over the Chi, even if your Chi is a ++. Also you cannot stack the same types together. Restore + and Restore ++ will not result in a combination, but will just result to the higher of the two.
Orbs: Orbs are another great way to customize your character. You can hit X to change your orbs and Y to change the style. There is one style that lets you use 2 orbs. Pay attention to your weapon stats! Let's say you have Attack 15 on your weapon. Using an orb that gives you Attack 20 will not = the sum. Instead you will nullify your Attack 15. This means your orb's real value is only 5! It's nice to add element damage to your weapons. I put the dark element on my bow so that when an officer went into fury mode, I could quickly switch weapons and take him out of it. On my main weapon I liked having Critical Orb X. Critical really seems to cause massive amounts of damage, especially if you have Fury Attack already on your weapon.
Strengthening Weapon: Absolutely not. Do not waste your materials to strengthen a weapon! It is not needed and will only hurt your farming in the end. The game automatically reduces your materials in order to upgrade the weapon. You will eventually be getting a great legendary weapon anyways! When you have your achievements, then you can use whatever materials you want to strengthen you're already powerful 5 star weapon. If you do end up farming pretty good then you may do it as long as you choose what it sacrifices.
Fortune Teller: I was lucky enough to have someone explain this to me in an online match. You can easily get any of the fortunes by testing it out. Clicking the A button right away when the wheels spins will get you the tortoise where waiting til the bar is almost full (on first spin) will result in the bird which gives you an attack boost. It is not random and you can figure out each of the 6 different boosts if you take the time to test it. It's nice to have a little boost on the levels.
Character: I have played as many characters and my personal favorite is Zhen Ji. She uses a flail which is why I like her. It's great against weapons and most officers as well as animals (specifically helped against the animal bosses in chapter 6). Not awesome in normal mode, but while in fury mode, it shoots out waves of energy. This lets you back up a little bit and kill from a distance if need be. Also I can manage some really good air juggles with her Y attack. I have a bow as my sub as backup. I will admit I hated her until I figured her out, which will be the case for some people. With her vitality type, I can heal full health with minimal buns.
Weapon: Temptation (Green Type) Character Type: Vitality+ (+ due to officer trade)
Wood 18, Attack 14, Atk Spd 13, Fury Atk 17, Luck 9. Critical X Orb for 20 Hit
Chi: Aero+, Control ++, Focus ++, Rush ++. Also good to replace Aero for Restore++
That's just what I personally used. You can use anything you want! There is no right or wrong way to make a character, just some ways are better.