Dynasty Warriors 8 Review

I don’t know what the big deal is with the “Dynasty Warriors” franchise.  Don’t get me wrong, I like hack-and-slash games well enough.  I just don’t think “Dynasty Warriors” deserves all the praise, and its eighth installment is no exception.

“Dynasty Warriors 8” is yet another hack-and-slash adventure game in the series. Here is why I don’t see what the big deal is: it’s boring! There were numerous times I would just run through the map to the check point areas when I would have to defeat someone before I was able to progress. When I had to chase down my man Vic Mignogna’s character, Xiahou Ba, on the Jin storyline, I just rode horseback until I was forced to fight someone to move to the next area, rinse and repeat. That’s a lot of what this game is. I wouldn’t have such a problem with this if combos were a little better. What made other hack-and-slash-esque games like “Deadpool” and “Lollipop Chainsaw” fun to play was the characters and the dialogue.  In “Dynasty Warriors” everything is just so flat.

Visually, the game is okay.  Character design is really good, but everything else seems bland and unfinished. There were more than a few instances when they show a  character meticulously detailed, vibrantly colored and then the background is mono-colored with zero detail.

They have a stellar cast of voice actors but they are underutilized. This is do mainly to the fact that cut-scenes are short and and not a whole lot is said during combat. They will yell things, but you’re not really paying attention. When they go to the map to tell you what’s been going on and what your next objective is, instead of having a narrator they just leave it as text for you to read; to me that just seems lazy. As I said above, they hired an amazing cast of voice actors with humongous range and you couldn’t grab any of them to record a distinguished narrator voice?

Even though there are multiple storylines to play through and a ton of characters to mix and match weapons with, the repetitive gameplay will bore you fast. I have 4 hours in the game and can tell that this game is not for your average gamer you honestly need to be REALLY into the “Dynasty Warriors” games to want to play this. If you want a fun hack and slash game pick up Lollipop Chainsaw or Deadpool.

Final Verdict for Dynasty Warriors 8:

2 out of 5

  • Bob

    booooo!!! dynasty warriors is awesome!