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Dynasty Warriors 8 Review

Dynasty Warriors 8 has been a long awaited game for myself as Ive been a long time fan of the simplistic yet supremely entertaining series. Developed by Omega Force and published by Koei, it is as the name implies the 8th official entry in the series although there have been many off shoots like Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce and the Warriors Orochi Trilogy. Bringing back the classic hack and slash genre that I love and featuring over 70 playable characters the game boasts plenty of hours of game play to keep you entertained. Running on the same engine as Dynasty Warriors 7 the game still looks beautiful with its environments and deep detail to the main characters armor and weapons and has improved upon its story/campaign mode in an effort to create a better “drama” to get the player attached to the story and characters. All in all I found very little I disliked in this installment to be honest, and it has definitely exceeded my expectations for the series so lets jump right in.

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So the story from the Dynasty Warriors franchise is derived and based on the Historical Novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms written by Luo Guanzhong. It is basically depicting a battle for the three kingdoms of China known as Wei, Wu, and Shu and many years down the line eventually a new force called Jin. All of the familiar characters return along with some new faces we have never seen before. The weapons system runs nicely giving the player a little room to customize there favorite officer with two weapons of there choice that you can switch between in mid combo. All the weapons have several elements to choose from and will all differ in attack power which leads you to choose carefully depending on your situation. You will be able to pick from typical weapons such as a Bow, Sword, Spear, Pike, Dual blades, etc, and even go into some ridiculous weapons such as the Kayak wielding Huang Gai. Yes, you can use a kayak as a weapon. But no matter what weapon or character you choose from this vast arsenal the game still gives you the feeling it always had. Your a near invincible god of war on the battle field there only to destroy literally thousands of people. Its the perfect game to play when your having a bad day. Cao Ren

In addition to the four campaigns of Wei, Wu, Shu, and Jin there is another quite entertaining game mode called Ambition mode. While playing this the player must rebuild and construct there own village basically and win fame to impress the emperor. Whether you choose to build or repair a building here, fight a specific battle to win allies, or simply try to win over a specific officer to place where you want them Ambition mode gives you a better sense of freedom over the game. You make it your own kingdom your own way. Definitely a nice touch especially after grinding through all 4 campaigns in less than 3 days. Having said that though each campaign can have between 5 and 6 hours of game play potentially, which when added together with ambition mode is nothing to shake a stick at. Chick 1

The infamous typical heavy guitar filled soundtrack is back and many hardcore fans of the series will feel right at home. Another (thankfully) welcome addition especially to long time fans is that everyone’s name in the game is finally pronounced correctly. I can’t tell you how long I’ve waited for that. There is less frame rate issues than in Dynasty Warriors 7 by far, but once in a great while I would still encounter a slight lag in moments where there was literally a few hundred people on screen while multiple officers were performing special attacks. All in all its a vast improvement even if it still has its momentary hiccups. Xbox 360 users definitely had more of these lagging moments than on the PS3 I noticed, just something to keep in mind. Fan girl 1

So for long time and hardcore fans Dynasty Warriors 8 is another amazing entry in the series that is sure to keep your need for more hack and slash fun satisfied. For someone who has never played the games, it is a very entertaining title but not one that is an absolute must play. Bottom line is if you like the thought of stepping onto a battlefield with literally thousands of soldiers that are there for the sole purpose of being your punching bag and leading you to conquer all of china, then hey, this is your game. All in all I give Dynasty Warriors 8 a recommendation. 8 out of 10. Happy Gaming.

 

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