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 (2,139 reviews)
Release Date: May 13, 2014

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February 26

Patch Note (2015.2.27)

The below DLCs for DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 Empires became available.


* These DLCs are same as what was released for DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 Xtreme Legends Complete Edition.


『真・三國無双7 Empires』で配信中の、以下のDLCが使用可能になります。


※上記DLCは、『真・三國無双7 with 猛将伝』で配信中のものと同じ内容となります。

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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
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142 of 159 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
97.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
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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1,390 of 1,872 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
A "Complete Edition" Shouldn't have 200 dollars of DLC. I call ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.
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122 of 141 people (87%) found this review helpful
56.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
There’s something sadistically enjoyable about killing thousands of warriors on the battlefield. And considering this is the first time I have ever played a full Dynasty Warriors game, I found it to be quite an enjoyable romp through the historical fiction Romance of the Three Kingdoms book.

I don’t think I could coherently put into words how much fun each of the missions are in this game. The missions take place within some very famous battles that really did happen a long time ago, as well as multiple hypothetical scenarios. Each mission starts off in a small closed off area. The calm before the storm. The character can use this time to talk to NPCs, or buy weapons at the shop. Then as your character walks into the battlefield, all hell breaks lose. Story mode is where Xtreme Legends shines, as it makes the player feels as if they are experiencing the battles as if they occurred in real life. Sure one hero is killing thousands of enemies with an oversized paintbrush, but the flow of battles are modelled after a real historical event.

Some may attack the series for predominately being a button masher. At first, I would have agreed with them. I was having quite an enjoyable time on Normal difficulty doing just that; button mashing. Then I decided to try out one of the harder difficulty levels. I sucked. It takes quite a lot of skill to conquer Dynasty Warriors on Hard or the more difficult settings, as it becomes less about plowing your way through enemies and more about balancing the multiple factions of your army, and responding to a range of urgent matters that need to be handled around the battlefields. It turns into a strategic battle. Spend too long in one spot and the battle will be lost, as the war still plays on around the player.

One of the best things about the gameplay is also one of the game's major flaws. These battlefields are enormous, and the number of characters that can inhabit the screen at any one time shows the scale of these environments. There were multiple times where all I could see was an ocean of infantry waiting to attack my lone soldier. Yet on some maps, it can easily take a few minutes to walk from one end to another, and when missions change on the fly that ask the player to travel to the other side of the map, it becomes a very dull trudge indeed.

A big downside to the PC port is the unfriendliness of the control schemes. There are no button prompts for both keyboard and gamepad, and it makes the learning process a pain. Additionally, whilst playing co-op, two players have to share a keyboard. I don’t think I can remember the last game that delegated the arrow buttons and the number pad to player two. Needless to say, that isn't a whole load of fun.

For fans of the series (and the historical events the series is based upon) I have no doubt in my mind they would be happy with the included Encyclopedia alone. It is staggering how much content Tecmo Koei have been able to insert into this game. If I spent time to read all of the history and character descriptions, it would easily take a few hours. Dynasty Warriors 8 feels like a fan service, almost to the point of frightening off new players. In my experiences with games that feature a huge character roster, you’re slowly introduced to the cast, allowing you to experiment and decide which character plays best for you. With 82 characters to select from, the inexperienced player will be overwhelmed by the choice.

In addition to the wonderful story mode, Xtreme Legends offers a Challenge mode and Ambition mode. Challenge mode is pretty self explanatory - you'll be tasked with showing your skills through a range of scenarios, while Ambition encourages players to, as well as the on-field action, build a camp by using the resources they obtain from battles. They’re both not that fun to be honest, and I found myself quickly returning to the story modes.

The PC version of this game allows for players to tackle missions in split screen co-op. Sadly, all this does is cause the framerate to significantly drop. It also lessens the atmosphere that Dynasty Warriors tries so hard to create. I never felt like I was fighting an army in co-op when I was forced to squint at half my screen. Sadly, there is no form of online co-op, unlike in the console version, so if you want to play with friends you’ll have to battle on the same screen.

All said though, I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I got from Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends. There is so much content that you could spend hours just trying to skim the surface. Although as I'm not familiar with the history I never fully understood what I was doing, it didn’t hinder my enjoyment. Both fans and newcomers to the series will have immense joy in fighting on this battlefield.


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73 of 85 people (86%) found this review helpful
403.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
This is the best Dynasty Warriors game since Dynasty Warriors 5 (Shin Sangokumusou 4). The series is turning more and more casual, but I like it. I love mowing down hundreds of enemies at a time. I love the shiny special effects. I love the cheesy cut scenes. I love the iconic battle music. It’s hard to put all of it into words. Whenever I get bored of all the “deep” games, this is what I come back to. You should give a try too, of course with a controller. (Fix for rumble here.)

If you like this game, you might want to check out the DLCs. Most of the them are cosmetic, with a few exceptions:

  • Japanese Voice Option (free): this one is required since the English dub aren’t excellent.

  • New Stage & Camp Symbol Pack: This is the compilation of all 30 DLC stages released for Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends expansion on consoles in one DLC. If you’ve cleared all stages in DW8 Xtreme Legends Complete Edition, considering buying this if you want more. Some of these scenarios are very challenging, especially Battle Royale.

  • New Stage & Animal Pack: This is the compilation of 8 DLC packs for vanilla Dynasty Warriors 8 on consoles. Each pack is a remake of one classic Dynasty Warriors battlefield into 3 variant scenarios, one of witch will give a special animal in game upon completing a certain objective. So all in all 24 stages, Shu side Qi Shan is the most difficult of all.

  • Weapon System & Upgrade Pack and Weapon System Pack: unlike “Unique/Powerful Weapon Packs” these are not weapon reskinned with slightly different attack value. These two DLCs gives you 9 new weapon system with completely different move sets. 9 actual new weapons. Keeps in mind, however, these 9 weapons will be incorporated in-game in the standalone Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires that is to be released on January 2015.

Feel free to add me if want to talk about this game, it’s unfortunate that the PC version doesn't have online co-op though.
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179 of 249 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
57.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
I pursued Lu Bu and did not die.

I want my reward.
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57 of 69 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
This game does not get enough credit.

- Great music (Just that alone is worth it)
- Fun button masher
- Tons to do
- Best Dynasty Warriors since 3 (Mhm)
- Strange sense of nostalgia for long term fans

- Overpriced DLC
- Can get quite boring and repetitive
- Stories end way before I would have liked them to
- Controls alright, but clearly made for a controller
- Any weapons but EX weapons are pretty useless (unless I'm just bad.)

Overall 7/10. I would recommend this game for long term fans or people who are curious and willing to get into the series, or just want to try an overall badass game.
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44 of 54 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
386.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
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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43 of 53 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
402.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
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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25 of 25 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
673.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
-sigh- Where do I begin?

Well, I gotta start by saying, if you're looking to get into the Warriors/Musou games, this would be the ideal title to start with. Easily the best title in the series (at least since DW5).

For those new to the series, Dynasty Warriors (a.k.a. Shin Sangoku Musō) is, basically, a hack-n'-slash based on era of the Three Kingdoms of China, and the romanticized novel of the same name. In its stages, there are thousands of enemies of various calibers to mow down. You got your peons that go down in a few hits, your commanders that are a little tougher, your generic named officers that are a threat, and other playable characters that have the same abilities you do. You have a more-or-less equal amount of allies on your side, and how they fight is determined by your side's overall morale, which itself is determined by your performace. Each character has their own string of combinations, but I'll get into that in the next paragraph.

Being a combination of the base Dynasty Warriors 8 and the Xtreme Legends expansion, this game is chock-full of content. There is a wide variety in the 82 characters available to play, each with their own set of weapons, combos, 2 signature attacks, 3 Musou attacks and 1 devestating Rage attack. Levels are capped at 150. Over 220 stages (300 if you purchase the DLC) accross 60 different maps you get to play through Story and Free Mode. There are six factions, each having two Story Modes, the first of which branches into two different paths, the Historical and Hypothetical route. So that right there can take about 100 hours to complete. If that's not enough, you unlock additional stages to play in Free Mode as you play through each faction's Story Modes. Also, a wide selection of mounts and companion animals (several types and unique variants of horses, elephants, tigers, pandas, bears, attack birds, wolves, and Tenko from Toukiden).

And then there's Ambtion Mode... the beef of the game. There are actually two parts to it, elongating this already-lengthy experience. It is a much less linear game mode. The first part invloves amassing enough materials in battle to build a town to please the Emperor, all while recruiting every single named officer in the game (There are 816, including the 82 playable characters). Developing your town leads to many advantages, notably the ability to customize weapons, either to put on a flashy lightshow, decimate crowds in seconds, or even one-shot even the toughest of opponents. Another important function is the return of bodyguards, who can protect you, go off on their own assault, defend important position, and use their own special skills (fire attacks, emergency support etc etc) on your command. You may select three out of the 816 (that includes the playable characters) to be your bodyguards in between battle. The second phase of Ambiton Mode involves conquering territory. Long-time fans will immediately liken Ambition mode to a very watered down version of the Empires spin-offs. If you like this game but grow weary of just hackin'n'slashin', look forward to that as well, since DW8: Empires is coming out Q1 2015.

On with the story. Divided into five factions (the sixth one is really just what-if scenarios for unaffiliated characters), you get to witness the conflicts that took place during the eras of the later Han and of the Three Kingdoms from Wei, Wu, Shu, Jin, and Lu Bu's perspectives (It covers battles from about 184 to 264 AD). That era in particular is very mesmerizing as it is, but Koei went the extra mile and added a hypothetical ("What-if this happened instead") route to explore the possibilities of how things could have been different as a result of YOUR actions. For example, Cao Cao suffered a infamous defeat at Red Cliff/Chibi. Saving the right people might just change that. I was very pleased with this.

I have had my fair share of misgivings with some of the historical inaccuracies, bias towards Shu, and defamation of other factions (particularly Cao Cao) that have been a thing in earlier titles (you can thank the writer of the novel for this). I am happy to say that this is no longer the case by DW8. Each faction has been made likeable, with their own motives for doing what they do.

Now, some people like to thrash the series for being a "mindless repetitive button-masher." I am one of those people that refute that claim. Most people who say that haven't played beyond "Normal" difficulty. Bumping it up to Hard from the get-go makes for a far more interesting experience, as you must then find the most effecive means of dealing with various situation. What playstyle works best with this character? What works best on crowds? How do you prevent your morale from plumetting since you can't just "mash button square to win" anymore? What works best against an officer on steroids? Ambtion Mode (notably the subjugations) have you make use of your three bodyguards to guard important positions that could easily fall since the morale bar is pretty irrelevant in that mode. Yeah. A lot deeper than just a "mindless button-masher".

Dub fans will enjoy a pretty solid cast of voice actors, and for those who prefer the good ol' consistent Japanese voice track, it is available as Free DLC.

Also, the music is just the bomb. Not only is this game's soundtrack solid by its own right, but fans of the older games might notice some of the music from the previous games are in this game as well. The hypothetical routes of each story mode feature music from DW2-DW6, and included as free DLC are old BGM packs for DW3-DW7.

The PC version is the only one to not suffer from any slow-down whatsover. Though your framerate may drop depending on your rig, lag is virtually non-existent.

Of course, it has its fair share of cons, as well. The gameplay can grow repetitive if you're not invested in the small details enough or its story. That and Ambition Mode can get a liiiitle too grindy. Though, it's still a great way to blow off some steam. The naming can be a little deceiving for new-comers to the series (the game does NOT include the DLC available for purchase), and the DLC itself is rather pricey. Admittedly, this is a pretty niche title, for a niche audience. But all-in-all, if you can get past that, Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition makes for a solid gaming experience.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
If you are a fan of the Dynasty Warroirs series or like hack and slash games, this is a game for you. The soundtrack is also quite enjoyable. 10/10
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Ever needed a game where you can annihilate an entire legion by just changing weapons? Now you can!
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
165.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
100 hours of content if you want to do every stage. More if you want to upgrade weapons and play on harder difficulties. I consider it gamings ultimate stress reliever and headache cure, a game that is quite enjoyable and will never frustrate you. I will be playing this for years in between intense games to simply relax.

Loads of eye candy for both men and women as well.
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62 of 106 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
I cannot recommend Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition. Despite being a fan of the series and the game itself, this version of the game is ported with no polish and several critical bugs. Should you ever minimize the game for any reason, it will pause the game and pull up a menu. However, if you're already in a different menu, it was jumble the two menues together and you will be unable to control your game, forcing a restart. The controls are not adjusted for keyboard and mouse, and require you to use a controller or very awkward keyboard settings. There is no local multiplayer, unfortunately, and the graphics of this game are worse than many games in 2000. All in all, many things could have been done better.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go back to playing now, after I restart my crashed game.
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95 of 167 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
the complete version without all the DLC
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97 of 171 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
58.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
"complete Edition" lol, theres nothing 'COMPLETE', bunch of dlcs, bunch of stuff exclusive to consoles, whats so 'complete' about it?
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
I played this game so much in one week that my girlfriend at the time broke up with me.

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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Slicin' and dicin' through a few hundred enemies at a time is your thing? Not knowing who is friend and foe besides by who has red health bars and who actually seems to be hit by your attacks doesn't bother you? Musou is a word you revere? If at least 50% of those check out, feel right at home here, for KOEI has dignified Steam with way too much game content to ever play through. Throw your wallet at the screen in an as jolly as possible fashion and enjoy the ride.

If the controls aren't properly mapped to your Eggbox 360 pad by default, these are the correct ones:

Movement - left analogue stick (directions)
Normal attack - X
Strong attack - Y
Menu OK/Musou Attack - B
Menu Cancel/Jump - A
Block attack/strafe/camera autocenter - LB
Switch weapon - RB
Call horse - LT
Map - RT
Menu - Back
Pause <in cinematics> - Start
Rage mode - right analogue stick button
Camera - right analogue stick (directions)

(note that you don't want to use the Steam overlay or similar to access this, as Tab and some other buttons will helpfully wipe the controls layout...)

Remember that this game uses the Japanese layout of confirming menu options with B and cancelling with A.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
70.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
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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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
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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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
156.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
I just simply love DW!
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