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  • Summary: 'Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends' introduces entirely new levels of fun to the refreshing gameplay vanquishing swarms of enemies with mighty warriors found in 'Dynasty Warrors 8.' In story mode, where you can immerse yourself in the vivid tales of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, it is'Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends' introduces entirely new levels of fun to the refreshing gameplay vanquishing swarms of enemies with mighty warriors found in 'Dynasty Warrors 8.' In story mode, where you can immerse yourself in the vivid tales of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, it is now possible to play as the mighty warrior 'Lu Bu,' and embark on a journey that depicts his way of life. Additionally, many new hypothetical scenarios to existing Romance of the Three Kingdoms battles have been added, as well as new playable characters, weapons types, growth/speedrun elements, and more! What's more, a revamped Ambition Mode and completely new Challenge Mode offer whole new ways to enjoy the 'Dynasty Warriors 8' universe. Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 100
    DW8:XL remains the series peak across all of the innumerable Warriors titles that Koei has produced, and having it on a portable for the first time only cements the Nintendo Switch further in my esteem.
  2. 90
    Absolutely jam-packed with content and technically proficient on the Switch, Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition is far and away the most complete entry in the long-running franchise.
  3. Jan 24, 2019
    85
    This game slashes a lot of nails on the head and excels in so many areas that the most recent releases seem to have forgotten about. I just hope taking a look at this game reminds Omega Force and Koei Tecmo what is supposed to be at the heart of a Warriors game and the Warriors series.
  4. Jan 10, 2019
    80
    Overall, if you enjoy Dynasty Warriors 8 and you want the console version that runs the smoothest, be sure to check out the Switch version. Even with the slight flaws it carries, the Switch version is the ultimate version of DW8 for me.
  5. Mar 4, 2019
    80
    DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition is probably the most content-rich, sit-down and zone-out kind of game that has ever existed. With a multitude of modes at your disposal, and with friends in tow, you can’t go wrong with this.
  6. Feb 6, 2019
    80
    Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition is a long but accurate title, as this really is the definitive edition of the eighth chapter of the Dynasty Warriors series. With its immense amount of content and competent gameplay, this version of Dynasty Warriors 8 is a very enjoyable and long-lasting experience and it's only harmed by an occasional feeling of repetitiveness and some fluidity issues on multiplayer.
  7. Dec 28, 2018
    68
    This is a game with genuinely days upon days worth of missions, challenges, objectives, characters and things to collect. It's not content light by any means - though it also doesn't change up at any point during its entire playtime. This is a pretty great Dynasty Warriors game, and Warriors fans will find hours of fun, but I'm not sure that more casual fans of action games will find it as endearing.

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  1. Apr 28, 2019
    10
    I really loved this game! It was the most fun I have had with a dynasty warriors game since DW3. In this entry they got rid of the enemiesI really loved this game! It was the most fun I have had with a dynasty warriors game since DW3. In this entry they got rid of the enemies coming through gates that you can close and added a weapon switching system. I kinda miss being able to shut off the enemies in some levels but it did seem to make it a bit more realistic. The weapon switching was a bit challenging to learn at first but once I got the hang of it, it made the game that much better. It allowed me to use other general's weapons that I might have already leveled up with my weaker characters which made getting them stronger a bit more interesting. I also liked how the story system changed in that you start at the beginning of each respective faction and go through a timeline using many different characters. It was a bit different than just choosing one guy and going through the same 6-7 levels over and over again. They still retain the free mode where you can play all the levels you've unlocked and added in a dynasty mode where you can choose one character and build up a city with defeated generals joining your cause. The game looked great in handheld mode, as I saw very little difference between playing on a tv. I really have no complaints about this game. It was really the perfect Dynasty Warriors game. Expand
  2. Jan 1, 2019
    4
    I personally found this series of games to be very inaccurate to history or the original novel even though it uses terms like "historicalI personally found this series of games to be very inaccurate to history or the original novel even though it uses terms like "historical route" inside the games. The story isn't written with the values of that time period in mind. Some of the content is very rude towards particular historical figures of China, while the developers' favourites gets special treatment. I just cannot give the game a higher score because of how disrespectful I found it to be.

    The game has lots of content, but it is very repetitive grind. It works like an RPG where you can upgrade characters and collect weapons doing different stages. Most of the stages involve you running around a map to complete some tasks, mostly killing some enemy, to unlock the next area. You get to see your character execute cool looking attacks simply by pressing attack buttons randomly. Or when you're more accustomed to your character your will learn different button combinations give different attacks.

    It would have been good if it was coupled with a well written story, but even though the story was taken from a Chinese classic, I found the delivery to be very disappointing. The developers favour particular characters over the actual important people in history and novel, the story makes an effort to criticise particular characters and it shows that they don't understand the values of China at that time. The dialogue is cheesy and lack depth, and it just feels like a poorly written anime. This is a very bad version of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. If you're wanting to learn about Chinese history or culture, I recommend looking elsewhere. Looking to grind and collect items? You can consider this game.
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