New Game Lets You Race Famous Horses with Great Warlords
posted on by Eric Stimson
A new online game, Derby Musou, combines the fabled warriors of Japan's Warring States Era (as represented by the Samurai Warriors game series, which is called Sengoku Musou in Japanese) with famous racehorses. It is sponsored by the Japan Racing Association and was launched to promote the 81st Japanese Derby on June 1.
Players can choose from historical figures such as Nobunaga Oda, Yukimura Sanada, Ieyasu Tokugawa and Oichi and ride great racehorses like Deep Impact, Orfevre and Vodka. There are eight different races available and a total of 23 voiced characters. You can choose two different game modes: Rank and File, where you fend off attacks from various ordinary soldiers and beat a certain number of them, or Fated Rival, which is a race against your character's designated rival via button-mashing. Only four racers are available at the outset, but more can be unlocked by winning races — and by reading the "Japanese Derby Scroll" provided with the game.
If you're interested in seeing how Shingen Takeda would look atop Winning Ticket, or how Oichi would look vanquishing mooks on horseback, check out the game here. (Note: It is available in Japanese only.)