[PS5] Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Complete Edition Review

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Action RPG Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Complete Edition brings us the whole package from Koei Tecmo America and Team NINJA. Learn more in our Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Complete Edition review!

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Action RPG Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Complete Edition brings us the whole package from Koei Tecmo America and Team NINJA. As was the case for the Nioh games, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty draws inspiration from the Three Kingdoms – and, yes, Koei Tecmo America very much also has the hardcore Romance of the Three Kingdoms series based on Luo Guanzhong’s 14th-century historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty takes place during a fictionalized version of the fall of the Han Dynasty.

For this new adventure, you’ll take on the role of a nameless militia soldier who will go on a quest to survive a war in which demons have invaded the Three Kingdoms. You start in a village that is being consumed by the flames and will have a blindfolded young man as your companion to help you during the starting tutorial segment. By using the power of the Five Phases and summoning the majestic Divine Beasts when things get a bit too dicey, you might be able to overcome even the worst of odds.

The first step will be to create your character. You’ll first choose your base between a male, female, or other character. Choose stance, skin color, face skin type, and body skin type so that you can then move on to configuring its face. You can select your character’s face shape by deciding on the depth, height, and width of its forehead, cheekbones, bulge, lower jaw, chin, central chin, and underjaw. Another option you’ll have to decide on is the aging of your character since you’ll be able to add wrinkles and smile lines.

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Select your character’s eyebrows, eye type, size, depth, angle, and spacing; iris size, shape, and color; nose length, depth, height, width, and angle; mouth size, height, depth, corner position, and more, thickness and roundness of upper and lower lips, work on its ears, add any face decoration or accessories, any ear accessories, work on its hair, add some makeup, configure its body, and select its voice type… or just randomize the whole thing and call it a day.

You’ll control your character with the left analog stick as you move the camera around with the right one. Your character will dash if you press in on the left analog stick. You can jump with the X button and dodge with the Circle button. The Circle button can also be pressed just as an enemy’s attack is about to land so that you can deflect it. This is very important since it will allow you to control how you approach a battle against groups of enemies that might rush toward you since you can redirect their attacks as you dish out some damage.

Regular attacks are mapped to the Square button. You can lock onto an enemy by using the R3 button by pressing in on the right analog stick. Spirit attacks are set to the Triangle button. The L1 button will allow you to guard from incoming attacks as needed. Your ranged weapon can be aimed with the L2 button. Items can be used by pressing up on the D-pad, and you’ll be able to change between them by pressing left and right on the D-pad. The R2 buttons will be used for Wizardry spells, which are activated by also pressing the Square, Circle, X, and Triangle buttons, depending on what you’ve equipped.

Something to keep in mind is the Morale Rank System. Your Morale Rank will affect your combat power, and it will also affect how dangerous your opponents can be. Boosting your Morale Rank will allow you to completely destroy weaker enemies. Going up against enemies with a high Morale Rank means you’ll need to pay attention to their movement and attack patterns so that you can find the right window of opportunity to attack as you try to guard and deflect their attacks.

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You will have to raise Battle Flags along the way to be able to heal your wounds, replenish your items, save your progress, and improve your character. By spending the Genuine Qi you collect, you’ll be able to improve your character as you boost its Wood Virtue, Fire Virtue, Earth Virtue, Metal Virtue, and Water Virtue. Each one of these is important, and it will change the type of build you decide to take on for your character.

Wood Virtue will affect HOP and how much Spirit is lost when attacked. Fire Virtue affects how much Spirit is gained when attacking and how much Spirit is consumed by martial arts. Earth Virtue will affect the equipment weight limit and Spirit gained when deflecting an attack. Metal Virtue affects the duration that a high level Spirit can be maintained, as well as the Spirit consumed by Wizardry spells. Water Virtue will affect how easily enemies can detect you and the amount of Spirit consumed when deflecting.

Along with physical and Spirit attacks, you’ll also gain access to Wizardry spells. These spells are tied to your current level for each of the aforementioned Virtues. This is why it’s important to decide what your character’s build will be since you won’t be able to level up all Virtues in full in a single go – at least not unless you decide to spend dozens of extra hours grinding for Genuine Qi! What Wizardry spells will you be able to use during your journey?

From the Wood Virtue, you can unlock Lighting Bolt, which will call down a bolt of lighting onto a target to deal some extra damage or Absorb Vitality, which will allow you to restore some of your lost health by dealing damage to enemies. From the Fire Virtue, some of your options are Flame Weapon, which will enchant your weapon with fire damage for a short period of time, or Bursting Fireball, which launches a large fireball that will explode into multiple fireballs. There are many more Wizardry spells for you to unlock, but you’ll have to play the game to find out!

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Since this one has Complete Edition right there in its name, that means it has more stuff available when compared to the original game that was released last year, right? That would be correct! Along with the base game, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Complete Edition also includes all three different DLCs for the game: Battle of Zhongyuan, Conqueror of Jiangdong, and Upheaval in Jingxiang.

Battle of Zhongyuan presents the saga of Cao Cao’s army, who, after the collapse of the anti-Dong Zhuo coalition, aims to expand throughout the Zhongyuan region, no matter the cost. Along with the new story chapter of the same name, you also get new armor, a new weapon category, new demons, a new Divine Beast, and a higher-end difficulty mode.

Conqueror of Jiangdong is the second DLC that was released in September of last year. It presents the additional story of Sun Ce as he and his forces set out to take over Jiangdong after the death of Sun Jian – that would be Sun Ce’s father. This adds additional endgame content, new weapons and equipment, a new Divine Beast, and new battlefields to take on.

And then we have Upheaval in Jingxiang, the third DLC for Wo Long. It depicts Liu Bei’s forces as they fight back against the threat of Elixir, who has taken over the Jing Province after the passing of Yu Ji. As is the case for the other two DLC packages, we get a new story chapter for the titular Upheaval in Jingxiang, as well as new equipment, a new Divine Beast, new Demons, and a higher difficulty level. Are you up to the challenge?

The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy. The good news is that none of the trophies are missable. The bad news is that this is not going to be a short – nor easy – trophy run. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Complete Edition is also a Cross-Buy title, so your purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost. Oh, and most of the trophies will pop if you transfer your save from one version to the other.

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Each version of the game will have its own trophy list for you to work on. Each of these lists will have 38 Bronze trophies, 10 Silver trophies, and 2 Gold trophies for your collection. That means there are many objectives for you to complete, such as leveling up your character to levels 15 and 80, upgrading your first piece of equipment, decorating an item at the forge, learning all Wizardry spells, raising your Morale Rank to 20 for the first time, collecting all tablets, raising all Battle Flags, and defeating the bosses. Each of the DLCs will also add some extra trophies. Battle of Zhongyuan has 13 Bronze trophies, Conqueror of Jiangdong has 13 Bronze trophies, and Upheaval in Jingxiang has – you guessed it – 13 Bronze trophies. If you need some extra help, you can check out this Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Trophy Guide.

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Complete Edition brings us the whole package for the excellent action RPG from Koei Tecmo America and Team NINJA. We’re getting the base game along with the three DLC packages Battle of Zhongyuan, Conqueror of Jiangdong, and Upheaval in Jingxiang. Each of them will add new content for you to play through, additional equipment, and Divine Beasts, as well as a boost to the overall challenge, making this the definitive version. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Complete Edition is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Complete Edition is out with a $59.99 price tag.

This Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Complete Edition review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Koei Tecmo America.

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