Dynasty warriors 8: xtreme legends complete edition

     
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With Complete Edition, one final ingredient is added lớn the formula as enemy officers are also able lớn make use of weapon switching, which in turn makes for some increasingly intense encounters. While it"s still possible to mow down the opposition with ease on the lower tier difficulty settings, playing on normal or higher requires a bit more thought as you keep an eye on your foe"s movements & react accordingly. One problem that the series has always faced is that duels with characters of historical importance have never quite held the gravity that they should. Annihilating whole hordes of soldiers only lớn get to lớn their leader và similarly beat them lớn a pulp makes for an enjoyable sense of being horribly overpowered, but the lachồng of challenge diminishes the epic concept behind these gloriously huge battles. Thankfully, all of the changes that we"ve outlined above sầu help lớn finally put a stop lớn what can often be a fun but unrewarding experience.

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Of course, with an increased level cap & a whole host of powerful weapons, it won"t be long before you"re slaughtering anyone & anything that dares lớn stvà in your way, and this is usually the point where you decide khổng lồ crank up the game"s difficulty. As previously mentioned, everything below normal is generally a walk in the park where, if you somehow get into a spot of trouble, unleashing a deadly musou attachồng will be more than enough lớn giảm giá with your aggressors. Tackling hard, very hard, chaos, or the newly added ultimate setting requires a lot more skill, however. Knowing how best to lớn use your favoured character"s special attacks and being adept at utilising their equipped movemix is key to survival, as large enemy health bars mean that the best way khổng lồ win is by keeping your foe in the air with well executed combos. There"s a definite learning curve here, but building up your favourite warriors and then using them to demolish stronger and stronger opposition – who previously soaked up damage lượt thích it was nothing – leads to lớn a very satisfying sense of empowerment.


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Boasting 82 playable warriors & therefore 82 weapon types, there"s bound to be at least a few fighters that you"ll fall in love with, be it because of their elegant designs or their particularly effective techniques. Every officer has access to lớn two ex attacks – which are only usable when they"re equipped with their favourite bit of gear – along with three chất lượng, destructive musou moves. The range of offensive abilities on offer gives you more freedom on the battlefield than ever, and the diversity certainly helps to ensure that wading through oceans of grunts feels fresh, if familiar.

That said, if you"ve never been a bạn of the Warriors format then even this jump to PS4 probably won"t sway you. But for fans, it represents the most refined and complete title in the franchise to date. In our recent review of the PlayStation Vita version of the game, we lauded the handheld title"s ridiculous amount of content, which includes dozens of new hypothetical và historical stages that further flesh out the release"s already gigantic story mode. On Sony"s new system, the wealth of things to lớn bởi perhaps doesn"t seem quite as impressive sầu as it does on a portable device, but it"s still going khổng lồ take hours upon hours to see it all to completion. What worries us, however, is the thought that the inevitable sequel will feel horribly bare-bones in comparison khổng lồ this quái vật, which also makes us wonder just how long Tecmo Koei is willing to lớn go on producing the franchise"s somewhat controversial Xtreme Legends expansions.


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Nevertheless, there"s no denying that the title carries a massive sầu amount of value for money, especially since it"s being sold for slightly less than the standard price of retail PS4 games. With Sony"s newest console still in its infancy, those who are curious about Omega Force"s product may be persuaded lớn give sầu this a go, & it"s arguably the very best place to start not just because of its nội dung, but because of its polished mechanics và systems.

Despite the inclusion of new characters, stages, weapons, music, & modes, the game"s graphics will no doubt become its biggest talking point. Being a visually upgraded PS3 game, it certainly doesn"t come cthất bại lớn the aesthetic chất lượng that exclusive titles like inFAMOUS: Second Son command, but it"s definitely the best that Dynasty Warriors has ever looked. The eighth instalment"s moody lighting has been improved further, with sun rays bathing many battlefields in a warm glow, và the smaller details found on officer"s clothing make their models look quite impressive at times. Meanwhile, the release employs a blur effect that augments distant environments with a hazy, ethereal look. It"s a strange sight at first, but it provides the game with a much more atmospheric visual style. It also helps khổng lồ obscure the rather poor texture work that you"ll sometimes find on rocks và buildings – although, as always, you"ll likely be too busy basking in the flashy effects that accompany your attacks lớn notice.


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There"s no question, however, that the most positive sầu thing khổng lồ come courtesy of the hardware"s power is the title"s solid technical performance. While there are still instances where the frame rate will drop ever so slightly during colossal brawls, they"re far more forgivable because of just how many troops the game can render on screen at any one time. At its very best, the release absolutely packs scenarquả táo with grunts, and here you"ll be able to pichồng out soldiers that are fighting miles inlớn the distance. When you"re utterly surrounded by entire armies, it"s hard not khổng lồ stare in disbelief at how whole platoons swarm the area, almost to the point where you can barely make out your character, before you smash hundreds of them away with a single strike. At long last, it finally seems lượt thích Dynasty Warriors is able khổng lồ fulfil its ambition of creating battlefields that look and feel alive sầu with the help of the new hardware.


So if the PS4"s Complete Edition is the pinnacle of the franchise, where does it still manage lớn go wrong? Recurring problems are usually on hvà lớn prsự kiện the series from attaining true greatness, & unfortunately, that continues to be the case here. Since the seventh title, developer Omega Force has tried to tell a more cinematic story based on the three kingdoms era, but the more it focuses on dramatic events, the more the narrative sầu becomes disjointed from the actual gameplay. For example, you can obliterate thousands of troops with little effort during gameplay, but in cutscenes, main characters will usually be killed off by a mere arrow or a handful of adversaries. It"s a relatively accurate depiction of the source material, but it completely fails to gel with the release"s bombastic và over-the-top nature. Worse still is when you"re forced to follow strict objectives during battle, such as coordinating ambushes or leading foes inlớn traps, even though you"re more than capable of winning through sheer brute strength alone. Until this disparity is patched up, it"s always going khổng lồ be difficult khổng lồ really feel involved with the scenarquả táo that unfold, & although the voice cast tkết thúc khổng lồ vì chưng the best that they can, the series is never going khổng lồ tell a truly engrossing tale when lines of dialogue are so awkwardly executed in order to lớn sync with the character"s cheesy animations.

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Conclusion

Without question the biggest, best looking, and most refined Warriors title on the battlefield, Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition is an absolute must buy for fans, while newcomers will find themselves jumping inlớn the action at the most opportune time. Although the franchise will have sầu to lớn grind its recurring issues inlớn dust before its next outing, we have a feeling that you won"t be seeing an entry that"s this robust for a long, long time.

Great 8/10

Scoring PolicyReview copy provided by Tecmo Koei


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Robert"s been a dedicated PlayStation người since the days of Tekken 2, and he still loves a good dust up. When he"s not practising combos, he"s usually getting lost in the lachạy thử 100-hour RPG, or, y"know, replaying The Witcher 3.


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Tue 1st Atruyền thông quảng cáo 2014

Oh very nice. Got this game preordered và can"t wait lớn finally get my hands on it this Friday. Hoping that many more musou games get the PS4 treatment.From Koei that might be a given, but I really wish Capcom would bởi vì the same with Sengoku Basara 4...


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Tue 1st Apr 2014

Already got it preordered và it"s the first title for the Ps4 that I"ve been looking forward
ShogunRok your description of the technical aspects of the game are enough khổng lồ justify the purchase for me sounds khổng lồ be quite the improvement over the Ps3 version


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Tue 1st Aquảng bá 2014

Played there, felt been there...I hope orođưa ra got translated because I cannot stand a nornal dinasty warior anymore. The new samurai need ps4 edition too


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divinelite Samurai Warriors 4? Already announced for Ps4 as Famitsu ran a comparison of the Ps3 và Ps4 versions last week. No word on a localisation yet tho


MadchesterManc Thanks very much. Yeah, technically I found it to be much better than the PS3 version, and that was already solid apart from a few specifically demanding scenarios. But seriously, the amount of troops that you"ll see on screen at once during the bigger battles is absolutely crazy.


Tue 1st Aquảng cáo 2014


MadchesterManc wowThanks for the info. Now wait for localization...


Tue 1st Aquảng bá 2014


divinelite No problem Not played a release in the series since Samurai Warriors 2 Empires myself so lặng looking khổng lồ jump in again & see how things are if 4 makes its way west


ShogunRok That last part of your reply had me rolling around on the floor lượt thích Yui Hirasawa at the mention of cake. Really looking forward to lớn picking up my copy at the weekend


Tue 1st Atruyền thông quảng cáo 2014

Yep, very excited, I"ll be spending my weekover on this. I think I"ll probably love the shoddy cutscenes.


Tue 1st Aquảng bá 2014

Glad khổng lồ hear it"s refining things. I"m personally not interested in this game, but I loved the DDW6: Empires, so I am very much looking forward lớn DW8: Empires on PS4. I wonder when they will announce it.


ShogunRok Thanks I know this Review is 3 years old but I am looking inkhổng lồ these games now after playing Dragon Quest Heroes II.