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  • Platform: Playstation 2
  • ESRB: Teen
  • Genre: Action
  • Players: 1-2
  • Online: No
  • Developer: Koei
  • Publisher: Koei
  • Suggested Retail: $29.99
  • Graphics: B+
  • Sound: B+
  • Gameplay: A-
  • Replay: B+
  • Fun Factor: A
  • Reviewer's Wild Card: A


More ancient Chinese fun from Koei

By Troy Roberts     April 02, 2003

One of my favorite Playstation 2 games in recent years has been the DYNASTY WARRIORS series. While the games haven't been full of great storylines or even decent voice acting, the games are action packed and will keep you playing for hours at a time. Looking to Capitalize on the success of DYNASTY WARRIORS 3, Koei has released an "add-on", DYNASTY WARRIORS 3: XTREME LEGENDS.

There aren't a lot of add-on games released on the consoles and XTREME LEGENDS is one of the first that I can recall. But, unlike PC games, you do not have to own the original DYNASTY WARRIORS 3 to play this game (although if you do, you can carry over your save information to this new game).

XTREME LEGENDS adds numerous things to the extremely fun DYNASTY WARRIORS 3. You are able to play as seven new generals in the Musou Mode, including Lu Bu, Diao Chan, and Yuan Shao (the names will be somewhat familiar for people who have played the previous games). The stages have been completely revamped and new scenarios have been added to the missions.

Also new in the XTREME LEGENDS game is the ability to customize your bodyguards. You can now assign a certain player to be your bodyguard (Lu Bu for example) and also can perform double Musou attacks in the game with your bodyguard (something only able to be done before in two-player mode). Also added are new items, new weapons for the characters and a new difficulty level.

That is about it for the new things that you'll find in the game. Other than that, the game is the exact same as DYNASTY WARRIORS 3. The graphics engine hasn't been touched, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing; the last incarnation of the game did look okay.

What makes the DYNASTY WARRIORS series great, in my opinion, is the gameplay. For those of you who haven't played any of the games in the series, think of a 3D FINAL FIGHT set in ancient China with weapons and a lot more enemies (and tons of troops on your side who don't do much of anything along with some bodyguards). I think you have the picture.

One thing that DYNASTY WARRIORS 2 lacked that the third game took advantage on was multiplayer. When I played DYNASTY WARRIORS 2, I kept thinking how much better the game would be if I could play with a friend. Luckily, the third game added that and XTREME LEGENDS keeps it going. If I could play for hours by myself on this game, then I can obviously play a lot longer if someone else is playing with me. Sometimes a friend and I just sit back and see how many enemies we can take out before we die - forget the mission, fighting bad guys is the way to go!

And for people complain about the game's shortness, the game only retails for about 30 bucks so it won't cost the same price as a full game. For fans of the series, it is a definite pick-up for the price. For people who are a little wary about the series, this isn't a bad title to pick up to get into it.


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