|Dev: Omega Force|
|Pub: Tecmo Koei|
|Release: November 15, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence|
Like many games of its kind, Xtreme Legends is far more entertaining when you play it with a friend. The co-op is limited to two players, but that's understandable when there are dozens of enemies on-screen at any given time. Any more players in a single game may have potentially slowed down the experience too much. But on your own you're already practically unstoppable, and that's doubled when you take on the bad guys with someone else. If you have the chance to do so, I highly suggest giving the co-op a try. It'll be worth it, if only so you have someone else to make fun of the dialogue and scantily clad females with.
Xtreme Legends brings with it some new content to keep you busy for a while, including the brand spanking new Legend Mode, which lets you take on fights from past Dynasty Warriors games. There's also a Challenge Mode that gives you the opportunity to compete against players from all over the world as you complete different scenarios to claim your spot on the leaderboards. Xtreme Legends certainly isn't lacking in content, especially for its cheaper $40 price tag, and the few new things it offers are worthy additions that don't feel tacked on, but much of it will probably feel too familiar to fans of the series. There isn't much that's new here, and this sometimes makes the game feel like it should've been DLC, rather than a standalone expansion.
Even at a budget price I'm finding it a little difficult to recommend this game. It's not bad by any means, and if you're a fan of the series there's a ton here for you to enjoy. But right now there are so many games out there that are trying new and innovative things (Dark Souls, Arkham City) or simply excelling in their respective genres (Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Gears of War 3). So when a game like Xtreme Legends—which is essentially more of the same—comes along at a time when gamers are already inundated with a myriad difficult choices, it's tough to recommend it. If you like fighting your way through a seemingly endless sea of soldiers, this game won't disappoint. Otherwise, I suggest you skip this for a few months until it's nestled comfortably at the bottom of a bargain bin.
CCC Contributing Writer