Developed By Omega Force
Published By Koei Tecmo
This Review is of the Playstation 4 Version
Dynasty Warriors 8 doesn’t really have a story to it, there are multiple campaigns that you can choose however I can’t think of any real changes to each campaign, apart from the different kingdoms that take part (Yellow Turban Rebellions have Zhang Jiao’s kingdom), to put it simply, you play an officer that can either try to conquer China or to serve another Ruler as an officer, I honestly can’t even say any more to the story as there really isn’t one.
To be honest I’m glad I don’t have to sit through the same story that the DW games ave been repackaging over the years, but this still doesn’t explain why there isn’t any story at all to be experienced here, there isn’t even any cut scenes apart from Marriage, becoming someones Brother or when starting/finishing the game, simply put don’t expect a good story to be had here.
Dynasty Warriors has pretty much always had the same style of gameplay, with the Empires games changing it up slightly, the basic gameplay as mentioned is no different from most other games in the series, it’s your basic hack and slash title, which honestly is nothing more than button mashing, it’s okay for the first few missions and then it becomes incredibly dull, no enemy feels any different from the other apart from different amounts of health and attack power, you’re basic goal is to mow down tons of enemy troops, capture bases and eventually defeat the enemy commander, this is incredibly redundant and needs to change, there needs to be different modes, give us another objective to do instead of the same stuff over and over again.
When outside of battle, you can either become a commander for a ruler of a certain part of the kingdom or try to make it on your own and forge your own kingdom, on the side you can get married and even have kids, however again this is all incredibly repetitive, it’s always the same pattern; have a war council, complete side objectives (forging an alliance with another kingdom, build a certain type of facility etc.), then invade a part of the kingdom and take it over, after doing this about 5 times, I was just bored.
I would love to say more about this game, I would, but there really isn’t much else for there to say about it, pretty much the only thing I like about the gameplay is the fact that you can create your own character and it’s pretty well done, but overall the gameplay of this title is absolutely abysmal.
The soundtrack for the Dynasty Warriors series has always been great, of course this game is no exception, all songs are very energetic and get me pumped up, some are even just plain nice to listen to, even hearing the fanfare after winning a battle is great to hear, really there isn’t much to say about this one, other than the music is great, no faults to be had for me.
Voice acting in the games is pretty disappointing, however this is only due to the fact that there is no English dub for the game, I just really prefer hearing voices in my native language as I can’t capture emotions well enough when listening to something I don’t understand, this however is just a personal preference of mine.
The graphics on Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires are honestly pretty dated, models aren’t very good and environments are pretty blocky and dull, the opening cut scene looks okay and there are plenty of customization for created characters, attack animations also look pretty fluent, but overall I think the bar has to be raised on this series visual wise.
The Lasting Appeal
I’ve played for roughly 20 hours total and I can’t find any reason to return to this title, for hardcore fans of the series, I would imagine this game could keep your attention for quite a while, where as I got pretty bored after finishing the first campaign, there are of course a set of trophies and achievements for people to obtain, which could boost your time up a decent chunk.
Overall it all comes down to whoever picks up this game and whether that person enjoys or doesn’t mind a lot of repetition, then I would say this game is for you, however if you can’t handle doing the same thing over and over again then definitely stay away from this one.
The Final Thoughts
Overall Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires is a very disappointing entry in the series, I can’t stand the repetitiveness of the gameplay, which in turn caused me to get bored incredibly quickly, while the music is enjoyable, the visuals are pretty dull in general, and beside having no story, admittedly it is pretty nice not having to hear the same story that Dynasty Warriors has been repackaging over the years however if they included some sort of story that would’ve been okay, I would say pass on this one and hope that DW9 can bring new changes to the table, as this series has been too repetitive for too long.
My Score – 5/10
- Enjoyable Soundtrack
- Character Creation
- Boring Visuals
- Incredibly Repetitive
- No Replay Value
- No English Dub
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Review By Jonnie Dixon