I spent quite a bit of time in December working on the first two parts of my ‘What makes a Musou?’ series. In these articles I have been trying to tie-down exactly what constitutes the Musou (‘Warriors’ series in the West) formula and why the franchise is adored by fans yet often cruelly misunderstood by the gaming media.
I was quite happy in January when UK Trade Industry Magazine MCV approached me for quotes to support a ‘FRANCHISE FOCUS’ piece they were working on to support the release of Dynasty Warriors 7. It’s really awesome that they would consider writing such as piece on the Musou series ^^, thanks x 1 million to them.
I managed to use a lot of the work I had already done for ‘What makes a Musou?’ on this blog to answer MCV’s questions and I think it resulted in a great article. (The MCV writer is much better than me – he managed to say everything much more concisely and make things much more interesting than I could ^^).
You can read the article below. Many thanks to MCV and I hope this will really help people understand the appeal of the Musou games better. Leady 247 ^^
Edit (11/02/11): If the scan is hard to read, there is an web version of the article here: http://www.mcvuk.com/features/858/Tecmos-ten-year-Dynasty
PS. If you are in any way interested in the UK and European games industry you should read MCV every week or even better get a subscription!