||Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Tokugawa Ieyasu: these are the names of some of the greatest figures of the Sengoku, or "Warring States," period in Japanese history, a time of civil war in which rival daimyo struggled for positions of dominance as they attempted to re-unite Japan. Though Koei has produced many games set during this rich period of larger-than-life figures and epic battles, they've primarily been strategy games like Nobunaga's Ambition, so the Samurai Warriors series ("Sengoku Muso" in Japan) is a bit of an anomaly, but a welcome one, placing players in direct control of these historic personages as active participants in their battles...Aside from the genre, what makes this game special is that previous entries in the series appeared on the PlayStation and Xbox, so Nintendo has definitely scored a coup in getting any kind of exclusivity for this third game on the Wii. It clearly believes in the title because it's not only being published worldwide, but Nintendo is handling the publishing duties itself, even contributing to the inclusion of a mode based upon a Famicom Disk System game never seen outside of Japan...Players with friends will be happy to note that all modes can be played co-operatively with two players via local split-screen multiplayer. When you play with a friend one of you can use a custom character in Story (otherwise limited to built-in characters), and a special Double Muso attack is possible. As if that wasn't enough you can play Murasame online via Wi-Fi Connection with friends or partner randomly with people in your own country or worldwide. Best of all, as with the other modes, rewards of rice and gems earned in online quests are added to your offline pool for unlocking characters and weapons or upgrading equipment, resulting in a game players can enjoy for a very long time...Despite occasionally getting lost and feeling overwhelmed by all the options and moves, Samurai Warriors 3 is a real treat and it's easy to see why Nintendo secured it exclusively for the Wii. Although there is a ton of content, the gameplay is structured in bite-sized pieces so players can make some serious accomplishments in a short span of time. With dozens of characters to explore and upgrade through four game modes, it's a game you can play for a very long time without feeling like it's taking over your life. If you have an interest in games with a strong historic flavour and a mix of action and strategy, it's definitely a game you'll want to check out.