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 (1,602 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
44 of 61 people (72%) 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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74 of 118 people (63%) 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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11 of 11 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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
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.

8/10, Recommended!

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9 of 9 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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16 of 24 people (67%) 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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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
80.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
really good action game
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5 of 5 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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6 of 9 people (67%) 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
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
96.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Very good game. Very interesting campaign and addicting Ambition Mode. A lot of characters to play, every with different playstyle.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
There are new characters and u can play with friends!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Fun game, and a good game for breaking the boredom when i can't decide what to do. Not worth full price IMO, but worth a try if it goes on offer!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I have always enjoyed this franchise since Dynasty Warriors 3. I would love to have someone to play this game with. It is a good buy and very addicting once you get into the game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
83.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Let me just start and tell you that I have been playing Dynasty Warriors since the first one came out. I've played every single spin off, such as Orochi Warriors, Samurai Warriors, Strikeforce, etc.

This one is one of my favorites out of all the other ones except for strikeforce.
-Amazing Character and Weapon selection
-Fantastic gameplay (smooth like every single dynasty warrior game)
-Different Storyline choices
-Plentiful amount of modes
-Graphics are top tier for a DW game
-The port was very well done

-It still has the same very cheesy story you've heard a million times over.

9.5/10 It was definitely worth the buy. You could literally spend hours commiting genocide like godzilla.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
60.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
While I love this game to death, I think it's worth noting that it is a Dynasty Warriors game, and if you haven't liked Musou games up to this point, you're probably not going to like this one either. That aside, this game is one of my favorites at the moment, I'd like to break this game down category by category, but tl;dr is at the bottom.

I won't waste time here explaining the DW gameplay mechanics in depth, but suffice to say, you'll take your overpowered character of choice, and use them as a wrecking ball to destroy generic soldiers to enemy officers. Each character is skilled with different types of weapons and has two unique combos with their respective armament. Of course, there are generic combos and skills associated with a weapon that anybody can utilize, but the special combos make your character that much more deadly. One new addition is the affinity triangle - basically every weapon has an affinity on it and certain affinities work better against others. This is a refreshing, though it basically boils down to doing more or less damage to an enemy depending on who has the affinity advantage.

While there are several different modes to enjoy, there are many times that modes like Ambition (where you develop a forward camp into a palace, recruit officers, etc.) can feel like an endless grind. I've put a good deal of hours here and still have a while to go. Though stages have different objectives (randomly generated) in this mode, they more or less boil down to 'kill officer A'. Once you get familiar with these, I can see how the gameplay could get old fast.

I look at graphics in two different categories: design and polish. Design-wise, this game is one of the better ones. The weapons all look cool in their own ways, environments are authentic and very appropriate for the game, and the characters are unique in their own ways. Veterans can argue that they look similar to previous entries into the DW series, but they've never gotten old to me.

Polish is a bit of a different series. The graphics aren't bad by any means, but they aren't outstanding either. To touch on what I said earlier, there are times it feels like they didn't improve the graphics at all, but simply recycled them from older games. It hasn't bothered me yet, but I will say that if you're looking for a graphical masterpiece - you won't find it here.

I've always felt that if gameplay wasn't what you remembered DW for, it's the soundtrack, and DW8 is certainly no exception. The musical score in this game is excellent and has a ton of tracks. The tracks are asian-themed, and really help you get immersed into the action. This is usually the case with DW games, and DW8 continues the trend perfectly. As of the posting of this review, the majority of the soundtrack is available on YouTube, so you can evaluate before you buy (I'm thinking you won't be disappointed).

Also, you can get the original Japanese VAs through a free DLC - this made the sale for me. :)

Before I begin, I used a wired 360 controller for this game, so I can't comment on the mouse and keyboard layout. Controls are simplistic, and easy to get the hang of. Using the default controls, the A button goes back and the B button confirms; this is standard for the Japanese, as I understand, but can be frustrating until you get the hang of it. Combat is another story completely.

Attacking and combos are easy enough to learn, and as you progress in difficulty, you'll find the need to put that into use more and more. Overall, once you get the controls down, I think you'll find them enjoyable and straightforward.


  • Fun and addicting hack and slash gameplay
  • Great soundtrack
  • Game design makes levels feel immersive
  • Very good port - haven't crashed once and runs very smoothly
  • Lots of different weapon types and attack


  • Gets really grindy, especially in Ambition mode and looking for good weapons
  • Graphics are fine, but nothing more
  • $190 worth of DLC, and there's no new levels?
  • When playing with X360 controller, on-screen buttons prompts still reflect keyboard controls.

Summary: If you're a fan of DW or the hack and slash genre, this is a great game, and I think you'll get a lot of fun out of it. Otherwise, I'd hold out for a sale or just steer clear, if you're not a fan of the genre.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Very relaxing and easy to pick up game. I wasn't expecting to play this game for the storyline or plot, but the game tries to cover Three Kingdoms lore as best as an action video game can and allows you to see the viewpoints of all the characters. It does glorify everyone in their own way, but as long as you accept that its more inspired by history instead of trying to teach it, you should be good.

Plays closer to how earlier DW games played before they changed over all the costumes and added magic in, but contains enough elements of both styles to satisfy fans of both game generations. Controller is pretty much required, even though the game says it does not natively support it and the menu progression feels off. Once you get the hang of the controls,

I found the game to be addictive and pushes you to up the difficulty pretty quickly as you start leveling up weapons and the characters. Replayability is very high, as you have a large amount of characters to pick from, costumes (depending on what DLC you grab) and weapons to switch between if things are feeling stale. Even after finishing more than half the story-lines, it feels I've barely tapped into the game's full features and what it offers to players.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
this is the expansion of Dynasty Warriors 8, which is based of a long running Chinese genocide simulator, which is based off a 1 on 1 arcade fighting game, which is loosely based off a book, which is LOOSELY based off actual history.

also this game is a hell of a lot more fun while watching the Three Kingdoms chinese drama at the same time as it follows the exploits of Nobnunaga Oda TSAO TSAO/Mengde
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
70.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
This is a fun game
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