it's an expansion but will still keep you busy for many hours
C. Leung "ahchigo", Amazon
18 February 2015
Summary: what's new is a campaign for LU Bu, with 2 endings. also some new extra if-stages are available for the normal 4 kingdoms. new characters: Lu Linqi (Lu bu's daughter), Chen Gong, Fa Zheng, Yu Jin, and Zhu Ran. what? even Zhu ran? I think eventually you can play as Cao Bao in the DW series. original disc is required ONLY if you want to play (again) the original campaign of wei, shu, wu, and jin. otherwise you don't need the original disc.
Summary: I love this game it brings me back to Dynasty Warriors 5, the best one in the series, with its old style of dropping weapons and breaking open objects to get what you need. The only thing that makes this not a five star is the fact that in order to raise the stats of the characters you have to unlock a place in ambition mode, raise to max level, and then spend a lot of in game money in order to train the characters to give them certain stats.
Challenge mode feels tacked on. New characters and weapons ...
7 August 2014
Summary: Challenge mode feels tacked on. New characters and weapons are neat. You can merge your DW8 save file to continue where you left off. Level cap raised to 150 for the new difficulty mode. Ambition mode is expanded for more longevity. New stages for free mode and new hypothetical stages for each faction.
Summary: Dynasty Warriors 8 is a great addition to the series that has provided me so much joy throughout the years. The latest installment was set up in the exact same way as it's predecessors, with a familiar hack/n/slash feel to the sometimes underwhelming attempt at a story-arc. Put that aside, and you have a really fun game to waste time playing.
Good addition to the series but not the best game in the series
2 March 2014
Summary: This game is a good addition to the series, but definitely not the best. I would recommend purchasing Dynasty Warriors 6 instead (less than 1/2 the price). Weapon customization and graphics were significantly improved in this version. Important notes: Text was too small on the screen and it was difficult to read. Game play was fun but redundant (levels were repetitive). Price of game is fair. The game did not live up to my expectations after Dynasty Warriors 6..
Summary: My boyfriend and I struggle finding good 2 player games. He doesn't really like playing things like Little Big Planet or the Lego Games, so finding something that works for both of us is a big plus! The game has a lot of levels to play, but sometimes they can seem a little too similar to each other. Sometimes the action can seem a little monotonous, but if you pay attention to what your mission is it helps drive the game forward.