|System: PS4*, PS3, PS Vita|
|Dev: Tecmo Koei|
|Pub: Tecmo Koei|
|Release: March 25, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Alcohol Reference, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence|
Challenge Mode brings in a lot of new ways to play the game and simply ditches the whole story razzamatazz. It includes time trials, survival challenges and more, all looking to test your mastery of button mashing martial arts. If you ever owned a Dynasty Warriors title and measured your DAPM (dead Asians per minute) then you will absolutely love this mode. The inclusion of online leaderboards has also deepened the experience, allowing you to test your speed running chops against the entire world, and earning some useful weapons and items along the way.
Finally, the biggest advantage Xtreme Legends 8 has is its graphics. It is easily the best looking Dynasty Warriors on the market. It’s also the most stable version of the game as well. While the original Dynasty Warriors 8 sometimes fell prey to slowdown, clipping errors and weird camera bugs, Xtreme Legends 8 has no such problem. The game is available for the PS4 as well as the PS3, but don’t let it fool you. It was very much designed for the last generation, and the two versions really don’t look all that much different.
Unfortunately, Dynasty Warriors Xtreme Legends 8 doesn’t really have much more to offer than that, and that’s disappointing. If you picked up the original Dynasty Warriors 8, this expansion pack will feel like a tremendous rip-off. You’ll blow through the extra content in a couple hours at best. The new characters are only a drop in the bucket compared to the massive roster of the original, and you’ll get bored of them after trying them out once or twice. Outside of Challenge Mode, which does offer some major replay value for score junkies, you’ll end up paying quite the pretty penny for a game you already played.
So once again, I can only recommend Dynasty Warriors Xtreme Legends 8 to people who haven’t yet bought the original Dynasty Warriors 8 but this creates a weird situation. As I said before, the Dynasty Warriors formula really hasn’t changed and at this point really only appeals to die-hard Dynasty Warriors fans. As such, most die-hard fans will have already picked up the original Dynasty Warriors 8. So one has to wonder, who is Xtreme Legends 8 actually marketed for? The best answer that we can come up with is Lu Bu fanatics, and you’d be surprised how many of those actually exist.
Angelo M. D’Argenio
Date: March 27, 2014