If you're like me and have been playing DW for some years now, The series has had some ups and a whole lot of downs. We've played them all(some, regrettably), and have had mixed feelings about them afterwards. DW 8 is one of those good ones I can add to the batch of really enjoyable DW Titles.
For a while Warriors Orochi 3 was my last stop with the DW series, because it just seemed like they weren't going to try and press the line a bit more after that one. Boy was I proven wrong, but in a very good way. First thing I noticed right off the bat after the game loaded, the was a "tutorial" option in the main menu. If that doesn't ring bells of "Something is different here.." In us long time DW fans, I don't know what will.
There's alot to DW8 that they did right, and some they did wrong that are(but are forgivable). It's in english, the visuals are majorly improved. Now your battlefield isn't just flat or hill-covered terrain with desert, grass, or gravel just to fill in the blanks. All the fields I've played so far are different in their own way.
The characters and their weapons have had a good overhaul. Some iconic characters and their weapons are much more visually grasping with sharp, clean colors, and awesome moves.
You're also able to take 2 weapons into battle, swapping them at with with the RB. The second weapon is like that of create-a-character in a previous DW title where it's another characters weapon. Have a favorite character but are using another one in story mode? Equip the weapon and bam! Zhou Yu can now secondary fight like Pang De.
The music is classic to DW but with a slightly more...Epic edge. The music really compliments the music now and pretty much every song grasps the moments in battle.
Story mode is quite lengthy, fun, and well done in my opinion. Cut scenes cross into gameplay, characters fight accordingly and Missions are really important this time around.
Overall DW is a strong rent, and a definite buy for dedicat
Would have gave it a 10 but the lag issues kill me. 1st off I would like to say that this is by far the best dynasty warriors game ever made. However the xbox 360 version has extremely bad lag issues. Everyone who's played it already already knows this but if you haven't yet then take a shot and rent before you buy and you'll know what the huge fuss is about. Works fine on the ps3 but on 360 it is so laggy it's almost unplayable.