Summary: When it comes to milking a franchise, few companies are as impressive in their zeal as Tecmo Koei. This is a company that has not only released seven Dynasty Warriors games (with an eighth on the way), but managed to produce two major spin-off properties, each with their own sequels, and gets away with releasing two spin-off versions of every main installment it produces.
Conclusion: That it’s a slight improvement over the last is not a surprise though, and for those of us not in love with the series it’s just another disappointingly average action game. For those of you in the other camp, you can add another two points onto the score and know that it’s a safe bet; but then you already knew that, didn’t you?
Conclusion: Although Dynasty Warriors 7 is probably the fastest and best-looking Dynasty Warriors game out there, it doesn't make enough changes to win over those who have abandoned ship (or new fans.) It's a very traditional game that features very repetitious gameplay, with some very basic artificial intelligence and the odd glitch.
Excerpt: When we reviewed Dynasty Warriors 7 back in April we weren’t being over generous when awarding it a very impressive 8 out of 10. It marked a much needed return to form for the Three Kingdoms hack n’ slash after countless years without innovation and the somewhat disastrous 6th instalment, which tried to revolutionize Dynasty Warrior’s trademark gameplay with the “Renbu” combo system, coming up short in every other department.
Pros: Over 60 playable characters., Legend Mode offers plenty of replay value for fans., Still retains the refined gameplay and visuals from DW7., Three new characters.
Cons: XL does not include the original game, you will also need DW7 for the full experience., Online play isn’t well integrated., Legend Mode is nothing we haven’t seen already in past Dynasty Warriors titles., A lack of narrative drive and cinematic feel., Challenge Mode is incredibly thin., Steep pricing., Remix function actually detracts from the original game.
Excerpt: Another year, another outing for this Japanese hack 'n' slash. The Renbu combat may have been axed, but problems still persist...
Pros: Horrible repetitive Renbu combat system has been dropped. Excellent narrative and portrayal of ancient Chinese legend.
Cons: Online co-op mode is almost hidden from view. Many characters still seem ‘Right-click/Copy/Pasted’ although less so than previous games. Repetitive combat is still an issue – but that is par for the course with this genre.
Summary: Dynasty Warriors podia realmente ser um bom jogo... Pelo menos de acordo com os padrões da década de 90, quando deu as caras no emergente PlayStation One. Entretanto, a série tem demonstrado uma dificuldade terrível para se reinventar, preferindo, antes, vender a mesma experiência de jogo a um nicho bastante restrito de jogadores.