Sengoku Basara 4 And Its Wacky Enemy Formations Are Set For January 2014

By Spencer . September 17, 2013 . 12:34am

Sengoku Basara 4, Capcom’s samurai themed hack and slash game, is coming back to consoles on January 23 when its released for PS3. Just like other games in the series, one button is for basic attacks which you can change with long button presses and adding a direction input. Each character has different special skills (mapped to triangle & R1 with different directional input) they can learn when they level up, and secret techniques tied to R2.


L1 is your defense button. Pressing this makes your character guard, but you can also do a knockback move if you press L1 right before an enemy strikes or an evasive maneuver by pressing L1 and the analog stick. When your Basara gauge is full you can unleash a Basara attack. New for Sengoku Basara 4 is the Giga Basara technique (giga being the kanji "caricature") which you can trigger if you and a partner character use a Basara attack at the same time. This changes the game with a Sumi-e art look for the duration of the attack.


Here’s a look at the different characters in Sengoku Basara 4.


Enemies learned a few tricks between Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes and Sengoku Basara 4 too. They can organize into different formations when a tactician on the battlefield orders common soldiers to change their strategy. Soldiers with guns can make a human pyramid that fires bullets in sync. Foot soldiers with spears and shields can create a gigantic moving wall. The Great Wheel formation creates a deadly spinning human wheel and another formation has spear soldiers spinning so fast they create a tornado.


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  • Namuro

    War has changed…

    • AkuLord3

      Wait…Past or Future? Maybe war was always like this 0-0

  • Weird Al Yankovic

    Meh, no Kasuga or Nouhime. Or they’re banished to NPC hell. Either way, pass. I’ll just wait for the quick cash-in whoops I mean “expansion” that’ll “magically” make all the NPC’s playable.

    • Jintama

      except you will be missing some character stories as utage and heroes didnt contain stories for the original cast except some

  • Wappuli

    That’s surprisingly fast, will get right away even though an expansion is a given.
    Was nice to see some action for Naotora, now there are 2 new characters that I’m really looking forward to, but would be nice to have Oichi again too and I’ll still be sad if Itsuki doesn’t return this time either.

  • Warboss Aohd

    but will dey be smarta WITHOUT a strategist.

    i mean, i played da 3rd one, dey had a lower IQ den Dynasty Warriors 3 soldierz.

    • Kai2591

      if only yous was deir warboss, Warboss.

      • Warboss Aohd

        Any Competant Person would make dem work betta.

        a zoggin’ SNOTLING iz more competant den da soldierz in Sengoku Basara 3. At least da snotlingz will actively search fer more enemiez……’ not just run around a allied controlled area fer da entire battle.

        • Kai2591

          U sayz it, Warboss!

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      Most people rave about about DW3 AI.

  • Kai2591

    So ridiculous, so fun.

  • KuroNathan

    “The purpose of striking a pose is not to become like a wallpaper. That’s why we chant loudly when we pose, to draw attention to our magnificence.”

  • Göran Isacson

    Seeing the mooks get new abilities is an interesting twists: I wonder if your soldiers can do this if you order them to, or if it’s just so the enemies offer more challenge.

  • leingod

    Wacky indeed, but awesome :D

  • Sardorim

    Dynasty Warriors could take a page from this and include unique formations and enemy types for the peons to spice up the gameplay.

  • k.b.a.

    gods i miss onimusha so much

  • k.b.a.

    those 2:40 FEELINGS!

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