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Even though Dynasty Warriors 5 Xtreme Legends is an expansion for Dynasty Warriors 5, it's an enjoyable experience even if you don't own a copy of Dynasty Warriors 5 and at the price of £24.99 it's certainly good value. In fact with the addition of the new novice difficulty level it could also be argued that Dynasty Warriors 5 XL is more forgiving for newcomers to the series. The Destiny Mode is definitely the main attraction and will keep you busy for a long time to come. It's also worth mentioning that the game can load up your Dynasty Warriors 5 data but not having played that game it wasn't possible for us to see what extras that brings.
Besides the Destiny mode, there’s 18 new missions in Legend mode, a cooperative option in the Xtreme mode and a few tweaks here and there that even the most hardened of fans may not notice (new difficulty level, more powerful heavy weapons etc), but the question is, is it all enough? Combined with the Destiny mode the series lives to fight another day, but with the eighth game on its way, we’ve got to wonder how much longer we can continue to enjoy the series in its current ageing format.
Destiny mode is probably the most worthwhile aspect of Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends, so if it doesn't interest you all that much and you already own the original DW5 then there's really no reason for you to purchase the XL version. On the other hand, if you're new to the series or were planning to get Dynasty Warriors 5 but haven't picked it up yet, then this is a good place to start, as it's budget priced and still a slight improvement on the other games in the series.
For $30, you’re getting more or less a full game without all the extra crap. From the simple menu that does little more than list the different modes in text to the blocks of text and diagramed screen shots, what’s here is here for the fans, and them alone. If you like the series, by all means, pick up this game, but if you lost interest a while back, you’re not going to find anything new here.
Despite the problems, Dynasty Warriors 5: Extreme Legends is a smash-happy, semi-mindless action extravaganza with a rich historical / mythical setting that works well as a compliment to Dynasty Warriors 5, and even better as a standalone title. If they had only expanded on the modes presented here, and fixed the more glaring flaws in the game engine, then they would have something easily worth the price of a new game, but for $30 it offers a lot and demands only quick reflexes in return.
Game Informer Magazine
If you've been waiting to get a new DW title, this one would be the one to get, even though the basic gameplay remains painfully the same.
Only big fans of the Dynasty Warriors franchise will find something worth playing (if only temporarily). If you have never touched a DW title before, there are a half-dozen predecessors to this one that deserve more of your attention.
Opérant une petite refonte, apportant son lot de nouveaux modes et de personnages inédits Dynasty Warriors 5 : Xtreme Legends permet une nouvelle fois de se plonger dans les turpitudes de la guerre des Trois Royaumes avec plaisir. Néanmoins, il apparaît que les modifications apportées ne font pas oublier les lacunes graphiques et la redondance générale de la série. Il est de ce fait dommage de retrouver ces errances, masquant quelque peu le désir d'évolution que montre cet épisode. Un bon jeu, encore fascinant et jouissif, mais qui mérite une descendance un peu plus inspirée. D'autant qu'il est assez dérangeant de se retrouver face à un simple add-on d'un titre sorti il n'y a pas si longtemps de cela. La méthode Koei en quelque sorte.
Xtreme Legends is the archetypal Dynasty Warriors expansion pack, adding more ways to experience the same tired gameplay.
Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends accomplishes set genre requirements with the air of assurance established throughout its long-running history, but it creates no new elements or even attempts to convincingly reinvent the old. It's a by-the-numbers experience, and that number is 5. Xtreme Legends is yet another example of an entertainment franchise resting on its laurels and being far too reliant on past achievements.
As a follow-up purchase to Dynasty Warriors 5, Xtreme Legends is far from essential to all but the hardest of the hardcore, although there are 18 new maps included as an incentive. However, at its marked-down price it does offer a low-risk introduction to the series for anyone who's not yet experienced the undeniably satisfying feeling of cleaving a path through an entire army of foot soldiers.
Most gamers can see the recycled concepts jutting out from the game's core, yet there is a steady fan base that continues to purchase each and every title that hits store shelves. I fall under the latter of that comparison as I continually enjoy the raw gratification of butchering 7, 593 individuals, shifting the tides of war and single-handedly forging my kingdom's fate. Not all may share my view or see past the repetitive hack-n-slash formula, but to each their own. With a reasonable price of $29.99, devout fans will jump for joy and satisfy their bloodthirsty needs through the welcome addition of modes, weapons, items, etc. As the adage goes: "One must learn from their mistakes or history is bound to repeat itself." In desperate need of an extreme overhaul of their no-brainer gameplay, unsophisticated A.I., simplistic fighting engine and little to nil development of a historically rich title, the Dynasty Warriors series is doomed to vanish off the pages of history.
The Dynasty Warriors series has overstayed its welcome. The AI is very poor, the gameplay incredibly repetitive and really, any new modes in Dynasty Warriors 5 Xtreme Legends can't save its oh-so-very dated gameplay. For $30 though, hardcore fans of the series will be all over the new maps, weapons and such, and they'll probably love the new Destiny mode. It is fairly cool in theory, but the gameplay kills any sort of possible enjoyment the mode ever had. If you didn't like Dynasty Warriors before, you'll still hate this one. If you love the series, you'll probably love this one. Nothing's changed, and that's the problem.
I would not say that DW5: Xtreme Legends is a bad game, but I think it is a game that is very under developed. The ideas for this game were there, especially in the destiny mode, but when you play this mode it just really does not offer any sort of interesting experience. However, if you are a fan of the Dynasty Warriors series and want another quick and inexpensive fix, then DW5: Xtreme Legends may be a game worth checking out. But for everyone else, you are probably better off passing on this game and hoping the DW6 has much more to offer.
Now if you're still with me after all that, after everyone else clicked BACK and headed to Gamerankings.com to one star my ass, I just want you to know that Dynasty Warriors 5 Xtreme Legends is just as repetitive as this entire article. Nothing that Koei's done breathes life into its best selling franchise but that's the thing about Dynasty Warriors. Consumers keep gobbling them up, hence there's very little reason for the game's publisher to panic. But to that I say, I have better things to do with my life than play the same damn thing for the rest of it.
For the love of gaming Koei, this is just another mediocre expansion pack for a game that played like a glorified expansion pack to yet more games which felt little more than expansion packs themselves. Give the series a break and spend some money on a proper overhaul: you’re just insulting your fans and making it harder for everyone else to like Dynasty Warriors with crap like this. The least you could have done is given it a new subtitle, or just added the ‘E’.
Everybody and their mother has played a Dynasty Warriors game by now, and you know what you think about them. Some gamers, god bless you, love the series to death and continue to buy them with reckless abandon. That lot will fall in love with the new modes, to be sure. For regular gamers, this is more of the same with a few slight twists. Unfortunately, none of the twists happen in gameplay, where they're desperately needed. If you've yet to experience KOEI's story-based brawlers, pick up an older used on the cheap. These titles are fun for a few hours of cathartic chaos; but if you've played one, you've played them all. Except for me: I've literally played them all. Eh, it's a living…
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Even as PALGN’s biggest Dynasty Warriors fan, I can see very little incentive for anyone to purchase this particular version of Xtreme Legends. Let’s face facts; the series has changed very little in the last 6 years, and making people pay more this tablescrap-like add-on than they would for the full Dynasty Warriors 5 game is extremely unethical. If you feel like enduring the tortous quest of a weakened down warrior just for a little bit of challenge, or haven’t worn out your Square button, there might be enough in here for a rental, but there’s no logical reason why even the most obsessive fan of the series should pick this up. If you’re really desperate for more Dynasty Warriors, wait for the Empires expansion pack that’s due later in the year.