Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends Hands-On

We got our hands on a new version of Dynasty Warriors 7 at London's MCM Expo.

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Tecmo Koei is not known for rapidly changing the formula of its long-standing Dynasty Warriors franchise. The publisher is, however, listening to its loyal fan base and continues to tweak and refine with every new entry, based on what its fans want.

Xtreme Legends will let you import your Dynasty Warriors 7 saves and DLC into the game.

In Xtreme Legends, the development team has focused on introducing a more narrative-based approach to the game and bringing environments and their inhabitants to life. Each time you undertake a quest, you are placed in the Resident's Castle, a derelict city which you are tasked with redeveloping as you progress through the campaign. Littered throughout the town are soldiers, merchants, blacksmiths, and other characters who can provide items for your character or just offer information about the game's plot. Running around the map we saw a much more bolstered environment before heading into the hack-and-slash action, with a more role-playing game slant. This offers a nice respite between the game's nonstop action sequences.

Heading into battle as Guo Jia, one of the game's new characters who was voted for by Japanese fans, the game feels very much like classic Dynasty Warriors. We waged war against swarms of enemies, swung wildly with our weapon of choice, and took out hundreds of enemies at a time. Each character has two Musou attacks--one ground and one air. Both look impressive and are equally devastating. The other two new characters, Pang De, a returning character from Dynasty Warriors 5, and Wang Yi, look equally impressive in battle. In addition to the main Legend mode is Challenge mode, which brings back modes like Bridge Melee and Rampage, as well as two brand-new game types, all with online leaderboards.

Dynasty Warriors has always boasted a wide range of playable characters, but in older versions of the game, they have tended to feel too similar in the game. In Xtreme Legends, each character will have a unique story to tell, as well as two weapons which can be switched during combat. As with previous iterations of the series, characters will each have alternate costumes, with the promise of additional DLC outfits to come in the future.

The game will also include an encyclopaedia and a gallery.

Unlike in Dynasty Warriors 7, all characters will be playable on all levels. Also included on the disc of Xtreme Legends will be the option to use the Japanese voice-over of the entire cast. Players who own a copy of Dynasty Warriors 7 will also be able to transfer their save data, as well as all their DLC packs, into Xtreme Legends.

It's clear that Tecmo Koei has attempted to provide a greater sense of narrative depth to the game. And, with the inclusion of a dedicated encyclopaedia and gallery in the main menu, the team really wants players to become engrossed in the narrative and environments. We know what to expect from a Dynasty Warriors game, and this game is no different in terms of gameplay, but it feels like there has been a real effort from the team to provide a more rounded, complete package this time around.

Discussion

19 comments
Jimbowesker
Jimbowesker

Im a huge fan of this series and I own Dynasty Warriors 2-6.(Never found the 1st or 7th) so to hear about this is a great surprise. I hope Lu Bu returns but without being almost impossible to kill at a low level. Good work Koei!

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

nice I love DW in any shape an form it comes in and I always look forward to seeing whats new is lurking in every edition I get my hands on!

anthonycg
anthonycg

These legends are even more XTREME than the last ones!! Oh wait it's the same dudes...

Llama345
Llama345

@Beaugita and JiGSaW918 an encyclopedia *see spelling in caption* comes with every DW game i have played. tells the tales of the three kingdoms and the fighters. its not a book, its in game. just what i want an education while playing..... boo to the codexes of DA.

Frankenstrat247
Frankenstrat247

"Xtreme Legends"? Seriously? I'm aware that I'm being a little hypocritical with an SSX avatar but c'mon, man!

5529319
5529319

Although almost the same, I really do prefer Samurai Warriors than Dynasty Warriors. I've read enough about the Romance of the Three Kingdoms that I know most of the characters and whatever happens. Now, I want Samurai Warriors, maybe with an 'encyclopedia'!

DLobotomist
DLobotomist

love the series..... can't wait to pick it up....

Beaugita
Beaugita

@JigSaW918 Just GameSpot's way of saying, "Hey! We're fancy!"

JiGSaW918
JiGSaW918

an "encyclopaedia"? what the hell?

megakick
megakick

Yet another Dynasty Warriors! DOA please.

davidyang1123
davidyang1123

I liked it better when it was for the ps2. DW5 was the best. I just can't get over the fact that they took out individual move sets and cloned everything. The joy of this game was playing each individual character because each one was different. Now, it's not the same. But I do have to admit they have done OK so far.Weapon switching should of just stayed in multi-raid. one last comment, BRING BACK SAMURAI WARRIORS TO THE US!!!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

No matter what the critics say the Dynasty Warriors games rock. Maybe they're just for hardcore fans of the series? Either way they're brilliant :) Love em.

kangaox
kangaox

Return of items like in 3, and id be happy!! Also, love how GS seem to think the game sounds okay... yet they

Delroc
Delroc

i would love for them to make another romance of the three kingdoms

weatherman2006
weatherman2006

Only tweaks won't bring Koei stale game formula to life. Just the same old stuff I played on PS2

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Well just make sure you put this on PC and don't bring it out untill you FINISH the game!! that way there is no DLC and I only pay once... unless the dlc is free.

Smokescreened84
Smokescreened84

Does it have the character creation back though or is it strictly pre-mades only? I liked the create a warrior mode, loved making my own characters instead of being limited with pre-mades.

FooMaster
FooMaster

Wish there was an XBox 360 version of XL.

KinGxZer0x5
KinGxZer0x5

Can't wait the 15th getting this nd umvc