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 (1,545 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
17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
115.3 hrs on record
Do you hate how all modern games are so short? Like 8 hour campaign is now considered a full game? Dynasty Warriors 8XLCE gets the total playtime required easily to three digits, if you want to complete it. The big question is: will you get bored?

You will absolutely hate or love Dynasty Warriors. It all depends on if you like the combat or not. You can always play the story (which is pretty darn long too), but the gameplay will easily get repetitive, if you don't like it.

However, if you do enjoy it (like I do) picking this game up is pretty good bang for your buck. I picked it up for 30ish euros and have already played over 60 hours. And I'm probably halfway through it. I say that's pretty good "hours of entertainment for price" ratio compared to some recent AAA titles.

- More playable characters than you can be ♥♥♥♥♥ to remember by name (+80).
- More weapons to collect than I can count without an abacus (over 70 types and each type has like multiple levels and geez).
- More content than you will play before you die of oldness (story, hypothetical battles, some ambition mode, grinding, blacksmithing, village improving, more grinding, even more asian level grinding...)
- Japanese voice acting as free DLC.

Just buy it when it's on sale. Like it is when I'm writing this. 25 euros. Just do it.
Posted: October 2
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
I absolutely, 100% recommend this game. Be warned, however, this game is NOT for everyone.

A lot of people call this "mindless hack and slash gameplay". They're really not correct in this judgement, and are, in fact, being pretty ignorant towards the series.

First and foremost, let's address the combat. I believe there are 83 characters in this game. Each character can carry two weapons. For the first weapon, you ALWAYS want to have their 'Ex' weapon equipped. This is the weapon they perform the best with, and gives you access to special attacks, called 'musous'. With these weapons, you will have better attack power, better combos, better everything. So with one of these weapons per character, it in turn translates to 83 UNIQUE MOVESETS IN HE GAME. Of course, you can equip any weapon you'd like as your second weapon, so go crazy!

Weapons also come in many different forms. I believe there are 6 different ranks of weapon, measured in stars or dots. This determines both the rarity of the weapon and how powerful they are. 6th tier weapons were added in Xtreme Legends; before this edition you could only go up to 5th level weapons. There are a ton of weapons in this game, so if you like weapons, this game's got it. Additionally, each weapon has 1 of 3 'affinities'; heaven, earth, or man. This is basically a rock, paper, scissors type deal. You want to have a weapon equipped that is strong or equal against the opposing officer's. That's why you have two different weapons; both having a different affinity so you'll NEVER be at a disadvantage.

Like I said before, there are a lot of unique movesets and warriors in the game. This keeps the combat fresh, with all the combos you'll be able to pull of and special attacks to try out. On the harder difficulties, you CANNOT just mash buttons and hope to survive. This is why I absolutely hate when people call this game a "button masher". There is legitimate strategy and skill to this game once you put enough time to access the hgher difficulty tiers.

The actual gameplay revolves around a battlefield each time. Think of it sort of as a third-person real-time combat strategy game. There are different strongholds or forts scattered across the map. If you defeat the officer inside of that fort, you'll capture it, and your soldiers will spawn there. This is how you gain more troops to overcome the opposing army you're fighting. Then, you have more powerful officers of the opposing army you have to take down, and various other objectives to complete. These all happen in real-time, so pay attention to your map in order to know what your current objective is.

There's also a ton of content in this game. There's your basic story mode which has SIX different storylines to play. Each storyline additionally has extra, "What-if" scenario stages that really add to the replayability of the game. That's not all, though! There's free mode, which let's you play as any character in any story. Mostly used for levelling up, still nice.

Then there's ambition mode. This is completely new to Dynasty Warriors and is really quite huge. You're goal is to rebuild this little town. You fight consecutive battles without dying, and the further you get, the more rewards you're given. You colelct materials to level up the town and the various buildings in it, and weapons to level up your warrior and suit him up for battle. It's really unique and I highly recommend giving it a try.

After that, there's challenge mode. You use stock characters to complete various arcade-style challenges. A fun way to test your skill.

So, given all this content, it will honestly last you a couple hundred hours if you plan to 100% it. And no, none of what I said included ANY DLC. That is COMPLETELY OPTIONAL and not needed. I know the base game is still expensive, so I wanted to make sure I addressed this. I still do not have any of the DLC and this game is still wonderful and amazing. I really hope more people give this game a shot and enter the wonderful world of Dynasty Warriors.
Posted: September 29
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
65.0 hrs on record
3 Kingdoms ? √
Button mash? √
Same voice action in every not playable officer ? √
Kawaii ? √
Better than Twilight love story ? √
Expensive DLC ? √
Lu Bu ? √
Do you recommend this game ? Yes√
(⌐●_●) deal with it
Posted: October 13
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
67.0 hrs on record
Before there was the 70 mph motorcycle tire changing initiation into the Chinese military, there was the pursue of Lu Bu.
Always pursue.
Posted: October 2
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
27.4 hrs on record
RAP3D with Lu Bu
Will RAP3 with again.
Posted: October 10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
The last DW game I played was 3, so I was blown away by the amount of content and level of improvement on display here. Being able to mow through huge legions of enemies is incredibly therapeutic, It's kind of grindy, but having character levels shared between game types eases the grind a little, and earned bonuses can be shared between characters, so your always earning something useful for the long term.

Try to stay away from the $200 of DLC...
Posted: September 26
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Fast paced action, hordes of enemies, engaging historical background and almost one hundred characters.
The gameplay might het a little repetitive, but still, it's an excellent game to relieve stress.

Strongly recommend, both for Musou/Warriors series' fans and newcomers alike
Posted: October 5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
71.5 hrs on record


Posted: October 12
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Sometimes, I don't start this up to slaughter endless legions of chinese peons. I don't start it up for glorious 60fps battlefields or glimmering PC optimization, which it has.

I start this up and run the thing in the background, because it has some of the best music in a game ever. Welcome to China, Cyclonized Typhoon, The Men Of Intelligence (you're sure this isn't a Kenichi Tsuchiya or Shoji Meguro song? Doubly so?), Struggle for Existence (Slow to open, but those guitars can't half shred), Great Red Spirit (F*** HISTORY), Against All Odds, my god. Even Solid State Mind is pretty damned good.
Posted: October 6
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
554.0 hrs on record
It's good and really deep if you want to explore what you can do with the weapons customization and movesets from each character... In fact it was deep enough for me to write a guide on it.

Shameless Self Promotion:

Well. My opinion may be a little bias at this point.
Also the soundtrack is awesome.
Posted: October 16
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
129.3 hrs on record
I just simply love DW!
Posted: October 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.7 hrs on record
I did pursue Lu Bu, and then I died.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.7 hrs on record
Good Game
Posted: October 14
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.5 hrs on record
It's Dynasty Warriors. It's got all kinds of modes that are all Dynasty Warriors. It's got more playable characters than I've ever heard of in a game, all with unique move sets and nearly all with unique weapons.

If you've never played Dynasty Warriors, here's how it works: You are a massive badass, and you run around the battlefields of Three Kingdoms era China obliterating everything. Depending on your character and weapon you have different abilities, move reach, and combos, but basically you run around decimating entire armies of enemies. This is all reasonably easy unless you've cranked up the difficulty, but really it isn't about skill; it's about efficiency and killcount. KIllcount is astronomically high, often passing 2000 in one level.

Basically don't get this game if you want something technical or cereberal. Get this game if your life feels difficult and you want to do something easy but satisfying.

[As an aside, this claims to be the complete edition, but there is a lot of DLC available that isn't included. Those of us who played this on console expected that DLC to be included with the Complete Addition, but it isn't. That said, if you can get the DLC on sale some of it adds levels and weapons/movesets, which can extend replay value]
Posted: October 19
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
284.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 25
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
I was rather disappointed after I got this game. I wasn't expecting the import from the console version to be so buggy...with the first play through, I had to close the game and restart it after every battle. Before I even did that, I spent 45 minutes setting up the controls to the controller to be somewhat realistic, which messed up the menu selection buttons.....trying to play with the keyboard the way they had it setup was not even remotely possible. Honestly, they should of used the mouse input, but they have NO mouse input at all. Before even doing the controls, setting up the graphics was a pain, instead of being able to select the resolution I wanted and applying, I had to apply every resolution to get the one I wanted, and I only play at 1080p...that takes a while when the game starts at 720p...HOWEVER, if you look past the bugs and craptastic control scheme, and terrible graphics menu management, the game itself isnt that bad. Though I would not recommend buying this game at full price, only 60%-75% sales would be the only time I would recommend getting this game. I am a big Dynasty Warriors fan ever since I played the third installment to the series and this one was a huge let down. Buy the console version over this cheap knockoff import to PC.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Don't buy this trash. The keyboard controls are completely whack. No mouse support whatsoever. If you buy this expect to buy a $50 controller just to enjoy this garbage.
Posted: October 4
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
(This is my first review for a game so might not be the best)

DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition... Where do I start?

After playing the XBOX version for alot of previous versions I was over the moon when purchasing this game! I was very upset with the purchase... Don't attempt to play this with just a keyboard unless you enjoy terrible gameplay!

Honestly wish I never puchased the PC version. It feels like it should be for the console only.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Spent over 30 minutes figuring out how to and then actually rebinding my controller. I then played through the tutorial with no issues (the default contoller bindings are horrid). I then quit and loaded it up the next day...AND ALL MY BINDING HAD RETURNED TO THE DEFAULT SETTINGS. Unbelievabily ♥♥♥♥ed.
Posted: October 7
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
NOTE: This is from the viewpoint of someone who has played the earlier installments of the game, and assuming you are familiar with them. As there are other reviews on Steam and this is not a full game review on a review web site, I didn't just do what everyone else has done on their reviews already by listing pros and cons. If I wanted to do that, I'd have videos and screenshots. This is the angle of someone who has played this on Console (so don't be fooled by the hours on Steam) and my reactions not only to how it compares with other games, but how I feel the port translated on PC. Please keep that in mind.

Not recommended for the price (£39.99 as of this writing), however would say buy on sale. I played an earlier incarnation of this game years ago. I think it was Dynasty 5 or 6, on the PS 2. I played it for hours and hours I loved it so much.

When I bought this game I expected to find the same gameplay as the earlier Dynasty but with next gen console graphics and physics.

Well, I didn't just get the same gemplay, I got virtually the same graphics, exactly the same physics and even the sounds are the same. If this is coming from someone who has played the game 4 versions earlier so much to remember the sounds, you should get the idea of just how much this game hasn't changed.

And the tutorial? Well someone tell me where my "horse head button" is on my controller, I don't know. Eventually after pressing all buttons I can figure out which button they want me to press, other than that the tutorials are useless. "Press the Sword Button to attack." Really?

If that wasn't enough, the resolution is stuck at 720p max. Since my monitor is 1080p, I wanted to run the game in windowed mode, which I can't seem to resize properly, so the window is actually smaller than it would be at 720p.

This game was one big frustration after the other. If it goes on sale and want to enjoy the Dynasty gameplay, go ahead an buy it. Otherwise you are wasting money, especially if you have a previous version of this game already.
Posted: October 14
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