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 (51 reviews) - 78% of the 51 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (2,890 reviews) - 81% of the 2,890 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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eadtrott
51.9 hrs
Posted: September 25
Simply the best hack and slash game out there. I have loved all the dynasty warriors games and this is no different
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The Superior BigMc
9.7 hrs
Posted: September 24
Well done slasher that isn't tooo repetetive but the difficulty settings are some what trashy imo

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Creepy K
13.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
Woooow! First of all shame on you KOEI TECMO! This is NOTHING compare to DW3 or even 4. Hell I rather play 5! Now I started late in the game when my buddies got me to play DW3 on PS2. FELL IN LOVE WITH THE GAME! Best one in my view. Now my PS3 died on me (could play PS1-3) so I had to download pcsx2 and I went out to a disc reply and bought DW4 since I couldn't find 3. Love playing it and hey the controls work how they are suppose to! Oh yeah guess what? The game is a whole, I dont have to waste more money for dlc that should already come with the game! Yeah you just have to play and unlock it all! Todays gamers are a waste, want everything handed to them and these game devs love it! They make the game way too easy and add WAY too much "dlc". This game looks awesome but the game play sucks. The controls are a damn mess and they are never gonna fix it! I tried to get a refund but I had the game too long so I guess I'm goin to make due and play it... As for the rest of you I say go out buy DW3 or 4 and download the pcsx2 and play that! It would only cost ya like 5 bucks! If you really wanna play this I say play it on PS4.
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Dathedr_vodhr
163.7 hrs
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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Kakarot
3.5 hrs
Posted: September 23
Having a high kill count is always fun.
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IYB
40.1 hrs
Posted: September 23
Spend 23 hours on ambition mode got 816/816 allies. Made my castle, got most of bond to max. Maxed character + maxed stats

Got message from minister :- " Do you wish to continue the campaign?"
Me:- " Yes please"

-Lost 750ish allies and only got useless ones left!

Start conquer land and gather allies again..

GG! 10/10 would do it again
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Dan
10.2 hrs
Posted: September 23
This game is really interested!
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KvN
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 23
Utter rubbish. The resolution is always stuck at 800x600 or 1024x768 no matter where i change the resolution in game or from the laucher's configuration.
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Steve
873.5 hrs
Posted: September 22
Yeah, it's alright.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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.

Oops?

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 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
49.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends is my favorite Dynasty Warriors game since Dynasty Warriors 4 on the PS2. The game has an absurd amount of content for us Warriors fans, from the large cast of characters to the combat system. It also has the Ambition mode, where you try to conquer and unite the nation.

The story mode is much the same as usual. The major story doesn’t change for each faction, as, well, it’s based on history. However, the game has hypothetical routes in each of the game’s stories. It’s a genius way to refresh the game’s story while staying true to the history. It added a much needed boost to the original story mode. I don’t recall if this was in any of the more recent previous versions, but then again, Dynasty Warriors 7 was forgettable. I hardly remember a thing about it.

The ambition mode gives you a taste of Dynasty Warriors: Empires. It’s essentially a simpler version of the same mode. I enjoyed it. I hesitate to say such. The mode was such a grind, and I’ve gotten to the point where I simply stopped playing through it because it takes so long with so little payoff. In this mode you can upgrade and fuse weapons to give them customizations that suit you perfectly. While a good idea in theory, I find that the lack of customizability on the 5-star and 6-star weapons renders it much less exciting than it should be. It would take a significant amount of effort to have the upgraded weapons surpass the 6-star special weapons, and all that means is much more grinding. There’s other items you can unlock which require just as much grinding throughout the mode. Seriously, it’s ridiculous. Bonding with other officers was interesting, but the appeal wore off after about the 9th officer.

Challenge mode? Eh. I never understood the appeal. I believe I beat two before I was bored out of my mind and never touched those modes again.

This is the first Warriors game where I felt as if every character was unique. Before, you’d get a few officers with the same move set, and that was damn disappointing. I didn’t see such in this game, and the ex-attacks contributed further to it. I won’t say they’re all likeable (freaking Han Dang), but they’re different.

In regards to the game’s flaws, the most obvious is the lack of create-a-character. It’s in Empires, of course, but not here. As it is in every iteration of the game, the fan-service is a bit annoying. Lastly, despite the game’s mediocre graphics, the game ran with a weird issue. Many times when I would strike, I’d teleport backwards ever so slightly as if knocked back. I’ve watched videos of other people playing, and it did not exist for them. I fiddled with a few settings, and did bing searches, both to no avail. It wasn’t too bothersome for warriors like Lu Bu, but the characters with shorter ranges (ex: Cao Cao), it was completely and utterly annoying to attack twice and the teleporting pushing me back enough to where my target was out of my range.

Overall, a wonderful addition to the series. I loved it. Daqiao was a monster. Best character in the game.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
47.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Classic Dynasty Warriors 8. For those who haven't played recently, there is a new faction! Takes place chronologically after the battle of Wu Zhang plains, and overall the game is tonnes of fun with characters of every style and with a variety of weapons.

100% completion is very difficult, I'd only get the final weapon of the characters you really enjoy!
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22 of 39 people (56%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
I was Lu Bu. None has pursued me since. 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Lu Bu is OP as hell.



That's all you need.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
165.2 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
9.8 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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1,161 of 1,310 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2014
About the Game:
Includes Dynasty Warriors 8 along with the Xtreme Legends expansion and some free DLC.

The DLC from the console version of the game has now been ported to on Steam. The total cost of the DLC is $190.80. I am not going to comment much about the DLC, as this is a review for the game, not the DLC. Yes, I think the price of the DLC is fairly high, but the DLC is optional and not needed to enjoy the game.

I still think the game itself is worth getting without purchasing the DLC.

How it Runs:
Game runs great on highest settings at 1920 x 1080 resolution, I get 60 FPS no problem.

Overall, I haven't had any issues with slowdown or framerate drops that I usually see on the console versions. The loading times are also pretty quick compared to the console versions as well without a solid state drive.

Game Settings:
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Texture Filter: High
Quality Settings: All High
Vsync: 1

Note: I had to set my resolution in the configuration instead of within the game.

(See specs at bottom of page)

Story:
The story is based off the Romance of the Three Kingdoms historical novel, but since it is a video game they have fantasy elements and change some things to make it more exciting.

The Story Mode has a bunch of cinematics before and after battles that help tell the story and they are alright for this type of game.

Graphics:
The graphics seem to be based on the PS3 version of the game, but they still look better than the PS3 version due to higher framerate, resolution, and I think they added a few things in the graphic options that make them look a bit better.

Overall the graphics are average for a console port of a game, but the gameplay is the best part of the Dynasty Warriors series.

Gameplay:
Those who know the Dynasty Warriors series will be familar with the hack and slash gameplay. You can control a hero from a roster of 82 characters, each with their own individual design.

The game is mostly about using weapon attack combos to defeat hundreds of enemies and other officers through battles in the game. There is a lot of flashy effects for the weapon attacks and special musou attacks which make the game more exciting.

You can obtain new weapons to equip your warriors with and each warrior can use two weapons and switch between them in battle. You also can level up each warrior to level 150.

There are story missions for the three major kingdoms (Wei, Wu, Shu), and the Jin and Lubu forces. As well as a Free Mode to replay story and other battles, a Challenge mode that has arcade type battles, and Ambition mode where you can upgrade a camp and conquer territories.

Conclusion:
I purchased the game because I am a fan of the Dynasty Warriors series and I don't own a PS3 or PS4, so I can't get Xtreme Legends unless I pay $50 for this on Steam or go out and buy a PS3 or PS4 and pay $60 for the PS4 version or $70+ for the PS3 bundle.

The graphics seem fine to me, they aren't amazing, but they aren't bad either. I played the Xbox 360 version of DW8 and they seem to be a bit better, but the graphics aren't as important as gameplay with the series.

Online multiplayer would've been a good bonus feature, but I don't think its a mandatory feature for the series. I have never played online in the past titles, I usually play solo or split screen. If you need to have online multiplayer then pick up the PS4 version instead.

The game has been running great and I haven't had any technical issues yet.

Only complaints:
- DLC is now avaiable, but the price is a bit high (though the DLC is optional and not needed to enjoy the game)
- Would be nice to see controller buttons instead of keyboard buttons when using a controller.
- Depending on controller may need to remap your controls.

Overall it is a good game if you are Dynasty Warriors fan or someone who likes hack and slash games. It is cheaper to buy the PC version (North America - USD) than the console version as well which is a plus. Should be glad they brought Dynasty Warriors 8 game to Steam!

Update 1: There seems to be some people having issues with the game crashing, freezing, not starting up, etc. I haven't encountered any of these issues yet, game has been running perfect on my machine. However, I would check out the forums for more information about known technical issues if you think you may have a problem.

Update 2: It seems many people are upset with the high DLC prices. These prices are very similar to the console versions, so its not just a PC thing. I do think the prices are too high, but the DLC is completely optional and not needed to enjoy the game. I would suggest waiting for a sale and only picking up some of the better DLCs (Weapon Packs / Stage Packs).

Note: I would recommend using a controller when playing this game.

Computer Specs:
GPU: Geforce GTX 760
CPU: Intel i5-3570K 3.40GHZ
Memory: 8.00 GB RAM
Resolution: 1920 x 1080, 60Hz
OS: Windows 7
PSU: Corsair 750W
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4,202 of 5,262 people (80%) found this review helpful
47 people found this review funny
Recommended
42.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2014
I Pursued Lu Bu and died 10/10
Would pursue again
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