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.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,591 reviews)
Release Date: May 13, 2014

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August 20

DLC now available (including Japanese voice option)

The second (and final) round of DLC has been released on the Steam store. New stages, costumes, weapons and the Japanese voice option have been added.

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August 6

DLC now available

The first round of DLC has been released on the Steam store. Weapons, camp themes, music, in-game wallpaper and various costumes to choose from. More to come later this month.

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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

    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 18 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard audio device
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 18 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard audio device
Helpful customer reviews
31 of 39 people (79%) found this review helpful
39.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I pursued Lu Bu and did not die.

I want my reward.
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32 of 42 people (76%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
A "Complete Edition" Shouldn't have 200 dollars of DLC. I call ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
80.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
really good action game
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
337.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Look upon my hours spent on this game, ye mighty, and despair.

I'm not saying you too will be spending over 280 hours killing hordes of Chinese peons upon buying the latest version of Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends, but there is something innately satisfying to the series. If all you have is a PC and you haven't played any games from the franchise since Warriors Orochi, then you owe it to yourself to shell out for this version. Especially if there's a steam sale or some such.

Dynasty Warriors 8 is uncomplicated yet deep, with a huge cast of characters just waiting to be experimented upon, each character with their own unique gimmick/playstyle. This really needs to be stressed: Omega Force, the developer of the series, has done a bang-up job establishing exclusive weapon mechanics for each of its 82 characters that will keep you engrossed in finding out how to best maximize your slaying prowess. They're introduced 3 at a time at the beginning of each stage in Story Mode and even their higher functions are unlocked through leveling, so you're never intimidated by having everything thrown to you at once.

At least, not in Story Mode. Outside of Story Mode are scores of extraneous game mechanics which ultimately add nothing to the game, forcing new enthusiasts to run to any of the (honestly quite excellent) player submitted FAQS for help. The weapon system in particular needs to go, where a character's fighting style will be based on the weapon rather than the character. So if Lu Bu is equipped with Guan Yu's crescent spear, he'll start fighting like Guan Yu. Meaning you can have Lu Bu jump around like a little girl by equipping him with, say, Daqiao's magical sticks. My point is that giving every character the choice of every weapon allows cheesing and actually takes away from the uniqueness of the characters. The focus of the game shouldn't be on inanimate objects anyways.

Then there are game modes which will confuse potential players with poorly thought out goals, such as Ambition Mode. The levels are grindy, repetitive and mostly there for the gems and materials needed for upgrading your weapons or artificially leveling your characters. All the money you'll gain playing Story Mode will be spent on the faculties you've built in Ambition Mode, but you have to play Ambition Mode to get the materials that upgrade these faculties into something useful.

Tied to that is my huge disappointment stemming from my experiences playing ye olde Dynasty Warriors 3 on the PS2 in that for a game mode based upon the stated goal of reunifying China, there is little to no strategy involved at all! Ambition Mode introduces Bodyguards, friendly generals whom you can order around the map and change the course of a battle with their special abilities. In practice however, their influence on the battlefield remains minimal. So Ambition Mode becomes randomly generated stages where you unify China under a single Emperor by killing every Chinese general personally and thus bringing them forth to your cause. Bodyguards are a great idea on paper but suffers from no one on the development team having any faith behind it, leading to another extraneous and useless game mechanic.

Free Mode is Story Mode but with added goals. Optional goals. And you can play with the Bodyguards unlike in Story Mode. But it's the same ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ thing. Offers literally nothing that couldn't be added to Story Mode. Like I said: lots of useless clutter in this game.

I (most probably) won't be buying a Wii U but it'll be interesting to see just how Hyrule Warriors compares to the Dynasty Warriors franchise. I remain optimistic in promoting DW8XL, though: as useless as the new options are, Hyrule Warriors doesn't seem to offer any new options themselves. And for all the mistakes that Omega Force have made, they have managed to create 82 characters each with their own engaging fighting style. And that is an achievement in itself.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
145.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I just simply love DW!
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
"Can anybody provide me with a decent challange?" - Lu Bu
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
68.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Great game if you like the series. Added in some nice hypotheticals and extra challenges to make each level a bit tougher. Lots of characters and weapons, get it on sale not quite worth the full price but worth your time.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
97.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Where do I begin? I played some Dynasty Warriors game as a child on my playstation that I have pretty much no recollection of other then being confused. I see all the hype about hyrule warriors and get an itch, I see this game on steam and it has pretty good reviews, so I buy it, then suddenly almost 100 hours later into the game and I'm not done with it, what the heck it's fantastic. It's pure and simple dynasty warriors with an outrageous amount of content. If you have no love at all for the series or this type of game you won't have much fun, but for anyone looking and unsure of curious I implore you to get this game you will not be disapointed by the amount of content at the very least.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
85.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
379.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Since I've just known that there is going to be another DW8 game (Empire) coming to steam next year Janurary, I think some of you may want to know this: some ex-weapons used by certain characters - most pretty bad**s - are going to be replaced by DLC weapons. You might want to take this into consideration when choosing between the two games.

DW is a game I highly recommend as a "casual" game. The good thing is its easy learning curve. Unlike other action games like DMC, you can learn the control and tactics rather quickly. On the other hand, "musou" series are often accused of being lawn mowing and key-bashing games that will make you bored. It's a personal matter depending on what kind of ACT fan you are. KOEI is trying to increase difficulty by adding challenges and annoying archers/wierd high-tech weapon into the game, but the point still stands. I personally am completely comfortable with the difficulty setting now, since KOEI has a challenge mode in the game that takes time to master (with rare drop reward). If you think this is too easy, either buy a mission DLC or switch to some other games -- almost every musou game might be relatively easy in the perspective of hardcore ACT players.

What's new? I think this game is better optimized than its DW7 counterparts, so it has better performance on PC (unlike the previous game, DW8 does not have that "invisible soldier" glitch that makes your life miserable). It adds new characters and assign each of them an UNIQUE weapon, which is also better than DW6 and DW7. Most characters get less weird costumes. The weapon looting system is less time consuming compared with its previous counterparts and other looting games, since you can always utilize the blacksmith. It adds a rage gauge and a Rock-Paper-Scissor attribute system. The most important plot breakthrough is the introduction of a hypothetical mode, which generally integrates DW5, DW6 and DW7 stories into one game. Also, in story mode, you can now choose from several characters for each battle instead of the mandatory one.

That said, the story telling of DW8 is not as good as its previous games. I know KOEI hired a professional director last time, but the problem mainly comes from the hype route system. (I'll save spoilers here) Generally you have the option to save certain important generals in some historical event, where they are supposed to die. However, even if you fail, they die only after battle, so there are less heroic, tragic and epic death moments in the game. Still, the Wei and Lu Bu campaigns are well-organized and have some of the best developed characters.

PS1: If you are new to the game and now facing the massive population of ancient Chinese generals/beauties, don't expect them to be that balanced. It's now a co-op and do have some dudes that are hard to master. Some of them are clearly OP, and the most OP one is a little pretty lady instead of the mighty Lu Bu or Guan Yu. This game is good for giving you a variety of options.

PS2: Some people might find the game a little insulting due to how easily a large number of soldiers get killed, and some might be insulted by certain actions of some characters. I'm personally fine, but anyway.

PS3: It's highly recommended to wait for a discount. KOEI is not known for lowering price easily and it charges every DLC for a considerable amount of bucks. I only recommend the mission DLCs since they add lots of challenge to the original game. Other additional contents are likely to appear in the DW9 anyway.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Dynasty Warriors 8 is the newest addition to the Dynasty Warriors series, and surprisingly refreshing. The main focus of the game, like all other DW games, relies heavily--not surprisingly--on combat. Before I delve into that, however, there are three main game modes to choose from, each of which play pretty differently, depending on your playstyle.

First, you can play through Story Mode, which is what I recommend to everyone starting off regardless. From here, you play through stories and histories of families in the Dynasty Warriors franchise, playing through epic battles and scenarios. There are multiple paths to take in the storyline...one with the "historical" route, and one with the "hypothetical" route, adding a nice secondary option to all of the storylines for those who wish to view them all. Each scenario allows you to play 2 or 3 heroes at a time, giving you many options when choosing which officer you like to play.

Secondly, Free Mode has returned, which would make a lot of fans happy. From here, you replay stages unlocked in Story Mode, completing certain challenges by capturing, killing, rescuing, convincing, etc...as the name implies, this is the mode where you are "free" to play whichever playable characters you wish, along with any type of customization you want to use with him or her.

The third and newest mode, is Ambition Mode. In this, you choose a family and an officer from that family, choose the weapon sets and skills you wish to use as you try to raise your own camp to a prestigious state where you are able to serve the Emperor with protection, and honor. In Ambition Mode, you will recruit your own officers, purchase certain buildings to be placed in your camp, buy and sell weapons, talk to guards/citizens/officers in your camp, and fight in battles earning you experience, gold, and building materials. This is a great way to play a character of your choosing and getting a fresh start, playing the game how you like it played.

Combat, while the main part of the game, can sometimes be overwhelming, tedious, and almost a little TOO simple in its fighting style. However, the INCREDIBLE amount of weapons you can choose from really adds a whole level of fun to the replay value of this game--not to mention, some of the weapons you are able to use are laughable, in the sense that you actually feel the need to use them, or at least try them out!

While the game can be pretty repetitive at times, the storylines, character customization options, and music, are a few things that keep you coming back for more time and time again. And although I am impressed with the DLC that is offered, a lot of it seems a little too pricey--although I highly recommend the Japanese voiceover pack! All in all, this is a solid game that is well worth the money if you are a fan of the franchise.

I rate it a 7.6 / 10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
127.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
I've been playing since Dynasty Warriors 4. Over the time, I went back and restarted from the original Dynasty Warriors, and I can say there were much improvements. Some people say that this is "the sam3 th1ng 3vry ti3m 0mg s0 stup1d" (Vickram, 2013), but the changes are everywhere overtime - from graphics to gameplay.

They changed a hella lot in the gameplay. I like the new storylines they added over the years, making a storyline of not only the original 3 kingdoms, but also Jin and Lu Bu (don't vs him on ultimate pls he too good breh). The storylines also got accurate over the time, and I really like that.

One thing I disliked about dynasty warriors was that I couldn't really choose who I could be in a level. In Wan Castle, I wanted to be Cao Cao, but I could only be Dian Wei until he died ;_; but what's amazing is that not only could you choose who you can be, but you can also prevent one from dying, and have an alternate ending. It's Koei's own hypotheticals, like "what if Dian Wei was in this battle? Then the Wei forces would probably be victorious in the battle of Chi Bi.." THAT is one thing I would love to see in the future releases.

Let me clear up one thing though; if you're on PC and wanted DW for the graphics, you're out of luck. I really like the additional graphics options that the PC port provides, but seriously. It is literally worse than a PS3 port. And no mouse support yet? It's been over 10 fudging years. Koei, get new developers.

The amount of characters are increasing. The level caps are extending. There are rumors that DW9 will have circa 120ish playable characters, but since Koei USA is not that popular, there might not even be an english release. Part of it is because more playable characters means more dubbing, and more dubbing requires more money. But I do love Japanese voice. I understand that some people prefer English over Japanese, but if you're really into the game, just support the developers in the USA by BUYING it, am I right?

Oh yea, misleading title. "Complete Edition" is not only supposed to be the base game and Xtreme Legends, but ALSO the DLC and other stages. I get that the two are combined blah blah so either give me the DLC or get that "Complete Edition" off the flipping title because I honestly think that theres no other reasoning but a fraudulent purpose for squeezing out money. I got this 50% off the Steam sale though, so it was worth $25 for "Shin Sangoku Musou 6 with Musouden," not COMPLETE EDITION OMG SO COMPLETE. Lol xD

There's much to be said, but I personally prefer this if I had a PS4. If you have one, I recommend buying DW7XLCE, as it is graphically better with everything else the same. it's only worth it on Steam if it were like $20-$30. And if you hate Dynasty Warriors with a burning passion, but love Hyrule warriors, I can assure you that you are a certified ♥♥♥♥♥♥ in the sense of being a ♥♥♥♥ rider to the mainstream culture. Or Vick. I think I'm gonna mess up this spoiler formatting thingy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
359.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Fun game, reminds me of DW5 where all the characters are unique in combat. 10/10!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Its the best the DW series has ever been gameplay wise
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
87.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Slash and slash and slash again!! Interesting historical-whatif stories, although I wonder if it's actually 'historical' when it already has fantasy settings in it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
77.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
A guilty pleasure of a hack n' slash. All the familiar faces from the old Dynasty warriors games plus a few new ones. Not much is added from the last game but any fan on the series will prob want to add this to their library
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
156.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
One of my favorite franchises of all time. I played a previous version on a Playstation years ago at a relatives' house but never had the right console of my own to play it on. I love every part of the game; the multitude of different characters with distinctive personalities and combat styles, the kickass background music, and just being able to run into a horde of enemies and go nuts. Tons of fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
89.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
If you like the previous ones.. than buy it already.. with every new game, koei adds some new features to the game. With Dynasty Warriors 8.. you will be able to play the what if scenarious..
-what if cao cao had not lost to sun quan and liu bei at chi bi?
-what if guan yu were sucessfull in conquering fan castle?
-what if sun quan won the battle at he fei castle?
-and what if sima shi survived the rebellion?
get ready for new hipoterical missions about 5 battles for each kingdom

and added with xtreme legends.. the story of lu bu..
what if lu bu defeated cao cao?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
207.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
A quite enjoyable game. You can easily loose a couple hours just mowing through waves of enemies and meeting those special requirements for the 5th and 6th tier weapons is a lot of fun. Story is pretty much the same as previous Dynasty Warriors games, though the diffrent level designs and new charcters makes it a fresh experince in each itteration.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
62.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Someone please stop letting me buy Dynasty Warriors games. 7/10
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