Dynasty Warriors 8
That’s Dynasty Warriors 8, a mish-mash of fun, brokenness and low production values that in many ways feels like the video game equivalent of a b-movie. It’s a cheap, tacky, mostly easy game that won’t tax your fingers or your mind. But that’s what I like about it. It’s something to play whilst one is hungover, or watching TED Talks on your laptop. The score in stars I afford it is meaningless, as everyone is bound to have their own, divisive opinions. The faults it possesses are large and, to some, will render it unassailable, but if you share my affinity for the cheap and cheerful, you’ll find a lot to love.
For a game built on such a solid mix of exploration and combat, to have both systems feel so broken is almost criminal, especially when a different, better version of the same game exists on another platform. Are any of the problems game breaking? That's kind of up to you to decide. I can tell you, having previously experienced the absolute magic that this game can be, this version is just not worth the time. Maybe for someone who hasn't played the PC version, if all they have is an Xbox, if that is their only choice to play it, maybe it's good enough. But if you have the choice, pick up the original on Steam.
I cannot wait to carry on playing and enjoying and experiencing. It is not a game for everyone, it is not even a game for most, but for those who want a challenging, deep, role playing game that doesn’t pander to a mainstream audience and pushes you as far as you can go then you’ll be in for a treat, but be prepared to die!