Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires Review kukugames

  •  Genre: Action Strategy
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  • single and multi player
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  • Previous game of the series: Dynasty Warriors 8
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  • Offer: CD Media
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Story


positives
good addition of historic elements
negatives
no emotional bond with the main character
unconvincing dialogues

Design


positives
good map
interesting optional objectives
negatives
we don’t get the feeling that we are in the middle of a great battle
many similar missions
enemies variety
functionality out off the battle
less strategy than the previous title

Gameplay


positives
effective handling
many difficulty levels
difficulty increases over time
addictive action
we are getting used to controls immediately
when we are upgraded gameplay is improved
negatives
opοnents artificial intelligence
very simple combat
all the weapons have the same play style
bots artificial intelligence is bad
our allies have bad artificial intelligence

Graphics


positives
enough detail for the genre
improvement from the previous title of the series
negatives
characters textures
more variety of background graphics needed
bodies immediately disappear

Sound


positives
good soundtrack
negatives
voice acting

Cooperative online against CPU


positives
good adaption from single player to online coop
we can face stronger opponents in cooperative

Cooperative offline


positives
main single player mode can be played with two players
impressive amount of character in split screen
Conclusion - Rating

equal with the best games of its genre in
few sections


wiki


The story mode retains the same faction-based storyline and returns with seamless cutscenes. In addition, each of the characters of the "Other" faction has one scenario dedicated to them, forming a loose "Other" faction story mode, in a first for the series. Stages now have more freedom of progression for the player, unlike the previous installment, which was strongly preset in means of stage routes. A selection of up to four characters will be offered for each stages in Story Mode, instead of controlling a pre-defined character; the mission objectives in each level differ based on the character chosen. The story has been entirely rewritten, with each of the four factions stories dividing into a historical path and a hypothetical path at a critical portion of their stories. Each mission may have a number of optional objectives which unlock additional side story missions or alter the course of history, such as the moment where the flood attack in Fan Castle fails and therefore saves Guan Yus life from being extinguished and therefore in relation also saves Zhang Fei from the betraying officers. In order to unlock the hypothetical path, players must complete all of the optional objectives in both the main and side stories prior to the critical point of the storyline. The game also allows a co-op play of the story mode and it can be played both offline and online. However, online co-op is only available on the PS3, and Xbox 360. The PC version does not have online multiplayer. In the previous installment to the franchise, Dynasty Warriors 7, the story mode was only single-player.
Xtreme Legends adds an additional storyline for Lu Bus forces, primarily focused on Lu Bu, Chen Gong, and Zhang Liao. In addition, a series of hypothetical missions are added to the four main kingdoms storylines, mostly recreating historical events with a slight hypothetical twist (for example, one Wei mission is premised on Cao Cao sparing Lu Bu after the Battle of Xiapi and utilizing him in the Battle of Guandu, while a Shu scenario has Liu Bei turning to Sun Ce rather than Cao Cao after the Battle of Xiaopei). Each of the three main kingdoms contains a two-part "mini-campaign" centered around the new character introduced to their respective factions (Yu Jin, Fa Zheng, and Zhu Ran), while the Jin faction, having no new characters, has a three-part mini-campaign featuring a fictional version of Zhong Huis Rebellion. Each campaign concludes with a whimsical side-story mission, not set to any particular timeline. Additional "Other" scenarios are also included for the Other faction.
The music for the hypothetical portion of each Story Mode is taken from earlier Dynasty Warriors installments, with four pieces specifically remixed for this game (one each from Dynasty Warriors 3, 5, 6, and 7). Furthermore, the four kingdom leitmotifs introduced in Dynasty Warriors 7 return and are further expanded upon in the soundtrack of Dynasty Warriors 8; Xtreme Legends adds a kingdom leimotif for Lü Bus faction based on his recurring theme.
Free mode returns for the first time since Dynasty Warriors 6 in terms of main game. Players will be given opportunity to play as an opposing faction in the stages a la Dynasty Warriors 3 and 4, instead of being forced to play in a faction as in Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends.

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