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Push Rewind: Mercenary Kings, Microconsoles, and Much More

Posted by Sammy Barker

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There’s rarely a quiet week here in the PlayStation Nation, but this was about as close as they come. Arguably the biggest news over the past seven days came from Amazon, as it announced its Fire TV microconsole, potentially putting a nail in the coffin of Sony’s own ill-fated PS Vita TV. Other highlights this week revolved around a couple of reviews, with verdicts on Mercenary Kings and Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition giving you plenty to discuss. Let’s get down to business.

Reviews

Mercenary Kings - 7/10

Initial control issues detract from Mercenary Kings’ old school ambitions a little, but this is still an enjoyable romp that comes wrapped in a charming pixelated package. The ability to customise your weapons and armour is what sets this release apart, allowing you to inject the kind of personality into the action that its predecessors lack. The mission time limits seem unnecessary, but look past them and you’ll find plenty of fun here – especially if you recruit three real-life soldiers to share the frantic foray with.

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition - 8/10

Without question the biggest, best looking, and most refined Warriors title on the battlefield, Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition is an absolute must buy for fans, while newcomers will find themselves jumping into the action at the most opportune time. Although the franchise will have to grind its recurring issues into dust before its next outing, we have a feeling that you won't be seeing an entry that's this robust for a long, long time.

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