Summary: Dynasty Warriors 8 takes place in the far future, where three rival cyberpunk gangs duke it out on the streets of Neo New York, armed to the teeth with laser fingers, eye-whips, and guns that shoot acidic screaming skull bullets. That's a lie, actually. Once again, it's about Chinese kingdoms fighting for control of China.
Excerpt: Dynasty Warriors 8 is a very sturdy game on the PlayStation 3 that does take the franchise to a new level thanks to the tweaked gaming mechanics. With 75 characters to choose from, Dynasty Warriors 8 has this interesting gaming mechanic called "What If?". These What If scenarios allow the player to explore various story choices that change the way the story will play out for the particular character they have chosen.
Pros: The replay value and extras are what all games should strive for., Combat is almost perfect, with tons of customizing options to combat dullness., Story branches? Yes please., Beating the crap out of Lu Bu is extremely satisfying.
Cons: Game cannot decide what its draw distance is., Story may be set in stone, but some characterization would still be welcome., Chasing everything the game has to offer will eventually dull the combat system., Why is his name Lu Bu when he obviously doesn’t use it?
Dynasty Warriors 8 Review: venerable hack-'n-slash back to its best
24 July 2013
Summary: Dynasty Warriors 8 adds in new features and options to the long-running franchise to breathe new life into the game. Fans, get ready for the best experience in the series since DW3. An instant buy for any KOEI fanatic.
Pros: The emotional soundtrack, Ambition Mode, The range of weapons
Excerpt: With more stuff to do, more physics-defying attacks and more on-screen enemies than ever, Dynasty Warriors 8 has a lot going for it. It’s explosive yet elegant, and deliberate in the ways it allows you to dominate the warzone. It even presents new challenges when appropriate. This is easily the best Dynasty Warriors yet.
Pros: Tons of content with clear progression, no clones, great new mechanics
Cons: Some slowdown and low-grade visual tech, the usual concessions for the amount of onscreen chaos
Conclusion: "Besides a bit of extra polish, this is pretty much more of the same, for familiar better or stagnating worse." "Your officer of choice is essentially a Chinese Super Saiyan, plowing through hundreds of enemy soldiers in each skirmish." "Whether you do or don't take it seriously, there's a distinct charm to DW8's over-the-top delivery...
Pros: An absurd amount of content, Decimating enemies with flashy special moves, The campy nature of the characters
Cons: How quickly repetition starts to dominates the gameplay, Not knowing who you are or what you're fighting for, Unbearable slowdown in the 360 version
Excerpt: For a decade and a half now Dynasty Warriors has ploughed its own way through the gaming industry. Originally a side-on beat'em up, the series has developed a cult following keen on its mixture of historical grounding (I use the term loosely) and huge, rampant battles. Although never a favourite of critics, Dynasty Warriors once again returns to offer its unique take on Luo Guanzhing's 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms', but does this edition offer anything different to the...