Thanks to its continued success, Switch now plays host to even the most niche of genres. In fact, less than two years into its lifecycle, the debut of the Dynasty Warriors franchise on the platform isn’t even the first ‘Musou’ game to appear in hybrid form; everything from The Legend of Zelda khổng lồ One Piece has been given the large-scale melee combat makeover. With the recent Dynasty Warriors 9 having embraced a less than popular open-world setup, it falls to heavily re-released entry number eight to vì the series justice on Nintendo hardware.

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With a title that’s likely khổng lồ put a mid-tier Kingdom Hearts spin-off into fits of jealousy, Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition brings together the entire original game from 2013, including many of the graphical improvements made when it arrived on PS4 and Xbox One & all the DLC và expansion nội dung released with and around the Empires & Legends versions. If you’re familiar with the franchise, that will make some sense to lớn you, but if you’re completely new to lớn Dynasty Warriors then all you need to lớn know is this version is about complete as you’ll ever need it to lớn be.


Ever since the first game began unleashing hell back on PS1 over 20 years ago, the Dynasty Warriors series has followed & re-enacted famous battles from the era of the Three Kingdoms – a period of time during China’s history where the country descended into civil war with various regions and territories locked in a perpetual feud for control of the country & the throne. You can select from over 80 characters, each with their own weapons, fighting style và special ‘Musou’ moves for clearing large numbers of enemies at once. Once you arrive on the battlefield, you’ll need lớn hack-and-slash your way around a sandbox map, killing enemy generals to lớn earn XP, slaying gatekeepers khổng lồ unlock gates and, well, obliterating everything that moves.

It’s an incredibly simple concept, offering a pleasing cross between tactical combat & button-bashing melee. While it’s had a few helpful technical improvements since the series embraced this formula with Dynasty Warriors 2 on PS2, Dynasty Warriors 8 is pretty much the same experience you may have played countless times before. That’s not a bad thing, because Dynasty Warriors 8 is still one of the best entries in the series và this edition comes absolutely overflowing with content. The rich Story mode is here in full, including all the additional missions introduced in the Xtreme Legends expansion.

Alongside the vast Story mode content, there’s a generous helping of trò chơi modes to test out. Ambition mode is all about building the most impressive camp in order khổng lồ gain the support of the emperor himself, while Challenge mode forces you lớn meet certain objectives within a strict time limit and with distinct debuffs and characters. Không tính tiền mode, as its name suggests, enables you lớn simply roam a large map and fight for control of the region without any objectives clouding your mind. If you just want lớn launch 30 goons into the air with your halberd ad infinitum, this is the Dynasty Warriors time-sink for you. địa chỉ in a Gallery and Encyclopedia for all you history buffs & there’s a frightening amount of nội dung to unlock. You could sink over 100 hours into this title và still barely scratch the surface.


As far as porting goes, Omega Force và co have done wonders – the framerate holds together surprisingly well. In fact, it performs better on the whole than the versions first released on PS3 và Xbox 360 almost six years ago. The assets used are clearly mostly based on those versions, but with a smoother approach khổng lồ optimisation and a handful of visual improvements from the Xtreme Legends expansions, the Switch port is far from inferior. With barely any knocks lớn performance when playing in handheld mode – especially when compared to other handheld-based Dynasty Warriors releases – this is the franchise’s best outing in Switch yet.

If you have played Dynasty Warriors 8 before in any of its various versions, this Switch version won’t surprise you with any new content. You can play through most of its modes in local co-op và there’s all the DLC the trò chơi has received thus far; you can also choose between Japanese & English voiceovers. It’s nothing particularly new, but it’s brilliant to lớn finally see the series make the jump khổng lồ handheld without sacrificing either nội dung or performance.


While it might seem odd for Omega Force lớn opt lớn port the five-year-old Dynasty Warriors 8 over the more recent Dynasty Warriors 9, it’s by và far the right decision for Nintendo Switch owners. Not only is Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition the best version since Dynasty Warriors 5, it comes to lớn the hybrid platform offering more stable performance than the versions that once graced PS3 & Xbox 360. Even when its framerate takes a knock when playing co-op, it’s a remarkably robust port boasting an obscene amount of nội dung fresh out of the box.

Great 8/10

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Mon 7th Jan 2019

In answer to your original question on FB, Yes you should bother.

Especially after what they DID, khổng lồ Zhang He in DW9.



Mon 7th Jan 2019

"While it might seem odd for Omega Force to opt to port the five-year-old Dynasty Warriors 8 over the more recent Dynasty Warriors 9, "

Because Dynasty Warriors 9 is a mess on all fronts, & performance wise it even has issues on PS4 Pro & Xbox One X.

Mon 7th Jan 2019

Not played this trò chơi yet not a huge fan of the series though I loved what they did with Fire Emblem Warriors by far my favorite trò chơi of this type.

Mon 7th Jan 2019

I don"t really have any interest in the ordinary Dynasty Warriors series, if I want that type of gameplay I will go for Hyrule Warriors since it has characters I care about.

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Spectra In fairness it includes over £100"s worth of DLC.. Though most are the overpriced costumes but still. It isn"t bad bang for your buck - và it isn"t full price, it"s £34.99/$39.99.

Spectra The lack of physical is shoddy, but that is how little KT thinks of the Western market. The PS4 version doesn"t include all the nội dung the Switch version does however. If you added up all the nội dung to that £10, you"ll be looking at £70 odd.

The DLC is very much overpriced (especially the costumes), but it is valued well in comparison lớn their pricing.

EDIT - Jebus, the DLC is £42 odd on Steam right now, & that"s with everything 70% off.

Mon 7th Jan 2019

Oh well at least Koei tried. Since I don"t have any space left I may had to take a pass on this one unless they decided to bring a phyiscal version down the road.

Mon 7th Jan 2019

Wait, this version contains all additional nội dung from Empires as well?Is that a mistake or am I misunderstanding the sentence?

Empires is techincally not even the same game, it would surprise me a lot if that was included.

Mon 7th Jan 2019

Having spent a significant chunk of last year playing either Hyrule Warriors or Fire Emblem Warriors (over 400 hours between the two of them), I"ve been looking into giving a mainline Musou a shot. Would this be a good entry point?

Kirgo - Only content from DW8, DW8XL and DW8 Complete Edition (and DLCs). No Empires content, so Xun Yu is still a generic officer.

SwitchForce - You can get the physical from Play-Asia, Amazon JP etc. It"s digital only in the West, so you are stuck with a Japanese import. Can"t say for sure if the Asian version has English tư vấn however. EDIT: Having looked into it, seems the Asian version only adds additional Chinese Subs as an option, no English.
HikaruKitsune - It"s unlocked 60FPS, but have seen it can drop to lớn as low as 25FPS at rare times. But often is above 30.

Mon 7th Jan 2019

think about the joycons those poor joycons. But i have to lớn admit I do lượt thích the occasional DW game.

XenoShaun "The lack of physical is shoddy, but that is how little KT thinks of the Western market."

Or, it shows how little the Western market thinks of the very Japanese-centric Dynasty Warriors series. If they thought they could make a profit releasing a physical version in the West, then it"s a given that they would have done so, but this has always been a low-selling niche franchise outside of Japan.

alpha5099 - same here - while I didn"t lượt thích Hyrule Warriors, I was & am in LOVE with sắt Warriors. I"m worried that"s a chất lượng game in the Mushou/Warriors genre (gameplay-wise - felt like a frantic turn-based tactical rpg brought "to life."

Spectra No, it is completely fair. It"s $20 less and not full price. & it includes all previous DLC. Would you prefer they price it at $20 và sell you the DLC lượt thích the PS4 too?

Mon 7th Jan 2019

"boasting an obscene amount of nội dung fresh out of the box."Out of the box... Which box? No way I"m buying this as a digital only title.

Dang69 I was the same way. I had Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U và I never really got into it, but I could really get into fe Warriors on the Switch. There is just something about the Fire Emblem theme that seems khổng lồ work a lot better with this type of game. After that I feel set as far as these games go though.

Mon 7th Jan 2019

Instead of the dynasty games, can we get some nin-ja Gaiden games on Switch. I will even settle for remasters

XenoShaun the post in which you answered about half a dozen people’s different questions was awesome
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