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'Samurai Warriors Xtreme Legends' (PS2) Goes Gold

by Judy on Oct. 16, 2004 @ 3:13 a.m. PDT

Koei announced today that Samurai Warriors Xtreme Legends has gone gold and is set to ship to North American retailers on Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 with a suggested retail price of only $29.99.
Samurai Warriors Xtreme Legends (SWXL) can be used as an expansion pack, but it can also be played without the original Samurai Warriors (PS2) disc. SWXL includes ALL 19 CHARACTERS IN FREE MODE. When the original Samurai Warriors is remixed with SWXL, all of the new XL features will be available in the original game. SWXL is exclusive to the PlayStation2. Each game is sold separately

In SWXL's unmixed Free mode, gamers can play the new Story mode stages using any of the 15 original characters or play SWXL's four new characters: Tadakatsu Honda- a loyal samurai, Ina- the Warrior Princess, Hideyoshi Hashiba- the Unifier of Japan, and Warlord Yoshimoto Imagawa.

When Samurai Warriors is remixed with SWXL, the new SWXL characterizations will appear in the stories of other characters. For example, if you play Nobunaga's Tale in the original Samurai Warriors, at the Battle of Okehazama, Tadakatsu Honda will appear with his new design rather than in a standard officer uniform. Honda will also have his new XL abilities!

Along with the new Battlefield of Komaki-Nagakute, the game features three new stages in Vs mode, a new Survival mode stage and two additional difficulty settings. SWXL also includes a new 6th weapon level for all 19 characters as well as new power up items and character skills. Furthermore, in the game’s new weapon system, players can power–up their weapons by paying a blacksmith or by purchasing items.

Based on user feedback, Omega Force has redesigned the two-player Co-op Musou attack! Now players have the option of using separate Musou gauges or sharing a single gauge.

With SWXL’s new Character growth system, the old max levels from the original Samurai Warriors are obsolete. If a player finishes Samurai Warriors with a “maxed” character, playing the remixed game will continue to raise the character’s ability levels.

The games bonus Archive contains rich historical details of the events that shaped the Warring States period of Japan. Players can take rare glimpses into the lives of the actual samurai and ninja that inspired the incredible characters of Samurai Warriors.

'Samurai Warriors Xtreme Legends' is being d eveloped by KOEI’s internal studio, Omega Force. 'Samurai Warriors Xtreme Legends' is a Tactical Action game for 1-2 Players, and is scheduled to ship to North American retailers on November 9, 2004 with a suggested retail price of $29.99. The game is rated “T” (Teen-Violence) by the ESRB.

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