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.