DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition
"Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends" introduces entirely new levels of fun to the refreshing gameplay vanquishing swarms of enemies with mighty warriors found in "Dynasty Warriors 8.
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Mostly Positive (63 reviews) - 74% of the 63 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: May 13, 2014

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“The sheer weight of content that is packed into the game can't be understated.”
90 – http://www.digitallydownloaded.net/2014/03/review-dynasty-warriors-8-xtreme.html

“It's a great way to reincentivize the most enjoyable Warriors game since DW3, and it looks suitably pretty to boot.”
80 – The Escapist

“Without question the biggest, best looking, and most refined Warriors title on the battlefield”
80 – Push Square

About This Game

"Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends" introduces entirely new levels of fun to the refreshing gameplay vanquishing swarms of enemies with mighty warriors found in "Dynasty Warriors 8." In story mode, where you can immerse yourself in the vivid tales of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, it is now possible to play as the mighty warrior "Lu Bu," and embark on a journey that depicts his way of life. Additionally, many new hypothetical scenarios to existing Romance of the Three Kingdoms battles have been added, as well as new playable characters, weapons types, growth/speedrun elements, and more! What's more, a revamped Ambition Mode and completely new Challenge Mode offer whole new ways to enjoy the "Dynasty Warriors 8" universe.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual core CPU 2.4 GHz or better
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 18 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard audio device
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Quad core CPU 2.8 GHz or better
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 18 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard audio device
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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Omega Force's trademark Warriors franchise has developed a sort of immunity to typical criticism.
"Why don't the enemies attack?"
"All you do is press one button repeatedly."
After 20 or 30 games, you'd think the average reviewer would get the hint. This is a franchise very much set in its ways, and as long as it remains appealing to its sizable fanbase, then I see no reason to complain. There isn't a shortage of videogames in the world, so it's not like gamers don't have a choice. Although, it's possible I'm just saying this, because I'm a huge fanboy when it comes to Musou. If I were to list all of the games I played in this genre, the Steam servers would crash harder than during the Winter sales.

Anyway, DW8:XLCE is a ginormous helping of 3rd Century slaughter. In the story mode, you can determine the fates of the Three Kingdoms, follow Jin to conclude the era, or side with the great hero Lu Bu. Each storyline has an optional path, which is unlocked by helping certain "doomed" heroes in their respective stages. Assisting Guo Jia's recovery from his illness, or keeping Sun Jian from taking an arrow in the face, could be keys to accessing these hypothetical stories. These "what-if" routes are pretty entertaining, even if they lack the drama that the Three Kingdoms is well-known for.

The free mode allows players to use any hero on any stage. Yet more stages are unlocked by completing the story mode and its many routes. These stages also have a ranking system. It's a neat idea, but some ranks are determined by completing specific goals. One such goal might be "kill 200 soldiers with EX attacks". EX attacks are charge-attack follow-ups such as X X Y (Y), if the enemy dies before you press Y a second time, then it doesn't count. By the time I got around to this mode, most of my enemies died as soon as I pressed X! While it's not all that well thought-out, at least this addition gives added value to free mode. There's also a challenge mode, which might be worth checking out... once.

When you want to conquer China in the name of the Emperor, then you'll want to play Ambition mode. This is also a fine way to grind out the experience levels of your favorite heroes. At first, your goal is to raise a hamlet into a city fit for an Emperor. This involves a ton of farming missions, and the only real challenge is to not lose your mind. Once that's over and done with, then you get to unify China. By the way, if you managed to recruit all 80+ warriors in part 1 of Ambition mode, then congratulations! In part 2, you get to do it all over again! Better yet, it's a far more painful task! Hurray!

In Ambition mode part deux, in order to win battles, you have to defeat leaders. This involves taking control of nearby bases. It's similarly to DW5, although a bit more repetitive. You also have to account for nearby enemy soldiers, as they will retake bases if given the opportunity. Playing on harder difficulties and capturing more bases before winning battles will allow you conquer lands more quickly, which is great. However, this mode gets very old and extremely dull, if you try to re-recruit everyone. Only the enemy leaders of these battles tend to be playable characters. My advice is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and use a guide to find out where your faves are in each land.

While all of this recruiting, farming, and conquering is going on; you'll also do a little bonding. After every mission, one of the heroes you recruit will have something to say. This can involve everything from "I respect your abilities" to "You're a good friend" to "Please! Wife me this instant!" It's very odd that Dong Zhuo comes off as not the biggest creep in these one-sided conversations. Earlier, Zuo Ci, who must be 300 years old, called me the "epitome of feminity". There's a line I'm going to try the next time I'm at a bar.

The presentation is great, although the voice-acting is still suspect. Overall, it's an improvement over the Playstation 2 days, but some characters sound extremely bored. Then again, I guess if I was stuck voicing a plank of wood like Yue Jin, I wouldn't sound very enthused either. I also still have a soft-spot for DW3's classic "You flaming idiots! Take this!" voice-acting. The cut-scenes are all pretty good, though I tend to skip the in-between story chapters commentary. That's just me, I'm on my fourth reading of the Three Kingdoms novels, I already know the story.

As for the rest of the game, it's altogether very solid. This entry is more dynamic and versatile than DW7, which was already a massive jump over DW5. Almost all of the weapons are fun to use, and the heroes have more interesting EX attacks, which definitely helps in terms of variety. The harder difficulties are fair enough, provided you're a high level, and there are plenty of secrets and awesome items to acquire. Although in standard DW fashion, finding the best weapons pretty much requires a guide. Outfitting these weapons with powerful skills and obliterating hundreds of soldiers in seconds, will never cease to be enjoyable for me.

As far as the port is concerned. I got this game back when it first came out*. At the time, I considered it an okay port. The assets are lower quality than I would have liked, and the lack of online multiplayer is definitely a head-scratcher. On the bright side, at least it runs well on a lower-end PC, the load-times are superior to the console versions, and sweetfx does wonders with the colors. I gave Tecmo/Koei a pass then, because I figured they would deliver improved Omega Force ports in the future.

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With that in mind, I still recommend this version... at least when it's on sale. DW8XLCE is overall a fantastic entry. It has a ton of content, and I believe the game-design, controls, and other elements are the best the series has seen to date. There are the issues that I mentioned earlier in the review, but it's not really problematic. If anything, I respect that Omega Force continues to throw around ideas. Despite countless sequels and spin-offs, this is a franchise that I can go back to again and again, because it has so many appealing qualities. These "comfort" games are perfect to come home to after putting myself through the grinder that is 2D shootemups.

*I probably could have gotten this review out *a little* sooner.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
52.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
This games ♥♥♥♥ing fun, but don't go into it thinking it will be difficult. Its one of those games where you pretty much mindlessly mash 2 buttons the whole game, that said its very fun to mash those buttons. The story in dynasty warriors is nothing special, and can be cheesy as hell at times, but it all adds to the charm of the game. If your looking for a game to sit back, relax, and kill a couple thousand goons, then this might be the game for you. If your looking for a game with challenge, a deep story, and photo realistic graphics, keep moving this isn't it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Lu Bu is OP as hell.



That's all you need.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
10/10 would Lu Bu again.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
166.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
It feels nice to beat swarms of enemies like they were made of sand, until you get to Lu Bu.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
163.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Like most gamers, I don't mind a good ole hack n slash every now and then, but it takes skill to develop basically the same game over and over again, and keep the franchise alive.

DW8XLCE does that in every sense of the word. Have you seen most of this ♥♥♥♥ before? Yes, yes you have. Is there new content? Some, not much admitedly, but some. Is it fun as heck? ♥♥♥♥ yeah it is. And for those of you who are as sad as I am/ don't mind some romancing, there is a very small, very fulfilling part of the game called Ambition mode where if you are a male/female lead character and you body guard with the oposite sex, you can play the waifu/husbando mini game. Granted, it aint much, but its still cheesy and great for those who want it (I know this wasnt its intent, but I did say I was sad).

Overall, a great game, and I'm looking forward to 9, also a good game to play when you're feeling down and want to mind numbingly wack a few thousand ♥♥♥♥♥es. Throwing knives break the game...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Purchased the game at 60% off (£15.99)

Pretty decent console port, glad to see there's VSync support and customizable key mapping. although there are some points to improve:

1. The game has 60fps framerate lock even if VSync is off
2. Pricing: DLC aside the base game cost £39.99 when the PS4 version costs only half as much, only worth buying during sales
3. Supports a maximum of 1080p, so QHD(1440p) and 4K users get potato quality graphics, still looks decent until you look close up.
4. Does not allow the use of a mouse(for camera control), the game is controller or keyboard only

The game is packed with contents, other people have said enough.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
love the musou franchise.
love the characters.
i do hope more musou titles are on its way to steam.
over the top hack and slash, just arcade pure fun.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Gotta be honest, not being able to diagonally run is an issue. Keyboard and controller plug in have the clunky feel too it.
Love the dynasty stories so much, i get put off without smooth gameplay. I'd give it a 3/10.. Can't enjoy it like i want too!
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
A good game to release some anger and frustration.

I feel more relaxed after this game :)
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Tom Aito
17.3 hrs
Posted: September 29
A series of terrible updates and and non-support have made this game literally unplayable. Seriously, the game won't even open at this point. I'm on Windows 10, using an i7, with a 980ti, and an XBone controller- it won't even ♥♥♥♥ing open. ♥♥♥♥ this game.
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The Last Anklebender
4.7 hrs
Posted: September 28
best game
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Capcuzzz
13.3 hrs
Posted: September 27
issue is that i can use my xbox 360's controller and i cant pause when i played
but to all that, Its great game i been play this game all my life strat with DW4 back then.
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GrayFox (eng-rus)
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 26
I was so excited when the 16GB game was done downloading, only to find out I can't even play it. I did not notice when I bought the game, but who the hell makes a PC game with controller support only? Have to buy a controller now... Can't play with keyboard & mouse. AND WHY IS THE SO CALLED "COMPLETE EDITION" HAVE 100$ WORTH OF DLC???? BOOOOOOOO!!!!! NEVER BUYING KOEI GAMES AGAIN. EVER!
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KaossoaK
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 26
The gameplay looks like it might be great, but the controls are terrible for PC. This is a very bad port. All controls are either keyboard or you can program a controller. No mouse use.

If you have the console, I would recommend it on the console, but not on Steam.
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Hans
19.8 hrs
Posted: September 26
NEED MORE LU LINGQI COSTUME <3
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Edward Deng
2.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
my controller doesn't work, and i can't quit game during story mode

but it's still a good game
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