After eight iterations, you’d hope the Dynasty Warriors franchise was reaching its peak.
Sure enough, it seems the lessons from previous versions have all been taken on board as you set out to follow the stories of the kingdoms of Wei, Wu, Shu and Jin through the actions of historical military and political figures of the time.
It proves to be a masterclass in balancing tactical depth with all-out action.
It’s in these action areas that the biggest improvements are uncovered, with each character’s abilities standing out as totally unique from the other 70-odd that are playable. The game also packs in a mass of ingenious weapons, an awesome audio soundtrack and a host of other delicate gameplay touches that will detract from the odd framerate issue when dozens of enemies are on screen all at once.
The DW8 developers have clearly listened, learned and responded to criticisms of earlier titles, delivering a ludicrously enjoyable dose of ancient Chinese hack’n’slash.
You should definitely snaffle it up this summer.