Dynasty Warriors 8 is the newest installment in the series created by Omega Force and brings everything you loved(and some things you probably could do without) about the previous games back and adds just enough to make it worth the wait.
Dynasty Warriors has been a series plagued by bad voice acting. It’s almost as if they were trying to make a game with terrible voice actors, which makes for a most amusing playthrough. Fortunately, or unfortunately if you found humor in the voice acting, Dynasty Warriors 8 seems to have tried to take itself seriously this time around. The voice acting is halfway decent and the story rarely takes the time to make fun of itself. The story seems darker, with emphasis on cinematic deaths of some of mightiest warriors the Three Kingdoms had to offer. That being said, this is a major plus.
Though the gameplay remains largely unchanged(if it ain’t broke) from previous installments, there are a few new features that have been implemented this time around including Ambition Mode which gives the player the chance to create their own army. Also new are some tweaks to the game mechanics including the introduction of the Switch Counter which allows players to counter enemy attacks and strike back instantly.
Also accompanying these new features are some of the same problems from previous games that we all detest. I’m talking about glitches and framerate issues. Oh lord, the framerate issues! Framerate loss has always been a big tiff with longtime fans of the series and even after 15 years, they still can’t get this issue squared away. Hopefully Dynasty Warriors 9 can finally put an end to this, but at this point, I wouldn’t count on it.
The glitches (at least the ones I’ve run into) are pretty annoying. The long, time consuming levels are great but if Cao Cao gets stuck inside a barricade(which kills him and counts as a loss for me) again I’m going to stab someone. Hard. I once had to get through a gate and the only way of getting the doors to open was to defeat the officer guarding it. All the while getting hunted down by the mighty Lu bu because I gave his girlfriend a fat-lip. I was being rushed to open the gate so I could kill the general and end the level, claiming victory and the like. All was going well until I slashed the officer guarding the door THROUGH the gate, making it impossible to finish the level. I was then swiftly brought to justice as Lu Bu caught up to me and put me down like a dog and proceeded to teabag my corpse. Well, that last part never happened, but it sure as hell felt like he did.
In conclusion, Dynasty Warriors 8 is everything a Dynasty Warriors game should be. It has it’s flaws, as all games do, but it still makes for a fun addition to the Dynasty Warriors catalog. When it comes down to it, it’s still nearly the same as previous installments and it still feels somewhat new. Not $60 new, but pretty damn close. And for those of you who have ever dreamed of riding a grizzly bear into battle, I can tell you you will not be disappointed.