In a world thought to have existed only in legend, four brave Mystics rise against the shadow of darkness that has engulfed the land. The four noble warriors must reunite to battle the dark forces, and restore peace using a variety of sword-swinging action, and spell-casting shenanigans.
Koei is best-known for its hugely popular Dynasty Warriors series, and it continues the hack and slash tradition here, with another fantasy action adventure set across vast battlefields. Playing as one of four 'Mystics', your mission will see you treading the somewhat well-worn path of 'good versus evil', but hey, we can forgive them for going over familiar ground when it looks and plays as good as this...
Based on the first Chinese science fiction/fantasy novel ever written: Houshin Engi, Mystic Heroes follows the journey of a group of vigilante-types sworn to uphold peace, and generally protect their world from bad guys. The adventure begins when demonic Emperor Kang decides to unleash a bit of ancient evil, summoning dark hordes to rise up and take over the earth again (third time lucky eh!).
In the tradition of Final Fantasy, Mystic Heroes features RPG-based gameplay, but mixed with 3D beat'em up style action. In addition to basic sword attacks, you can tackle the approaching enemy using nifty spells which increase the ferocity of your moves, and perform specials that daze and confuse the opposition. Each character has their own mystic attacks, depending on their affinity (wind, ice, lightning or fire), which are triggered after collecting runes that are conveniently scattered about the shop. There are over 70 runes to pick up, and once you've accumulated a fair few you'll be able to use stronger and more effective spells.
In addition to the standard single-player mode, you can also engage in a spot of endurance in the Survival mode, or enlist 3 other friends for four-player multiplayer challenges.
Fans of Dynasty Warriors will no doubt be familiar with the massive battlefields, complete with plains, mountains and even labyrinths, that characterise Koei's sprawling adventures. And if you're looking for something similar, Mystic Heroes should be right up your alley. For those who are unfamiliar with the series, Mystic Heroes could be just the introduction you need to get you well and truly hooked on hack and slash adventures...
-Multiplayer modes allow up to four players to take on hordes of evil
-Use a combination of special attacks and magic to overcome the enemy
-Collect more than 70 different runes to trigger unique spells