The Dynasty Warriors games are renowned for their longevity - despite the fact they eventually become quite repetitive. However, developer Omega Force doesn't feel that this is enough for Dynasty Warriors fans, and has decided to release add on discs about 9 months after the release of the original game, known as Xtreme Legends. While we're not so sure about the title, we can guarantee that fans of the series will definitely enjoy this add on disc.
Dynasty Warriors 4 was a more detailed telling of the exploits of three rival kingdoms from China around the end of the second century A.D. - as told in the book The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Dynasty Warriors 4: Xtreme Legends is an expansion disc, which adds a load of new characters, maps and play modes to the existing Dynasty Warriors 4 formula.
The main new modes provided by Xtreme Legends are the Xtreme Mode and Legend Mode. Xtreme Mode allows you to take any character into a series of randomly generated, high intensity battles. You build your character as you would in the Musou mode, but you earn gold instead of points, which allows you to buy things such as weapon upgrades, healing items and officers to assist you in combat. There are other little differences such as the fact that your officer no longer regains health in between battles - you must manage that yourself, and the officer's stats must be rebuilt from scratch, rather than carrying over from Dynasty Warriors 4. This may lead to players of Dynasty Warriors 4 getting bored faster, though the concept of random battles may prevent the inevitable boredom factor temporarily.
Legend Mode takes a page out of Musou mode too, but rather than stringing together a bunch of scenarios, it allows you to play one significant story based battle for each of the 42 officers in the game. This lets you take a more in-depth look into certain events that were only covered briefly in Dynasty Warriors 4, such as Xiahou Dun losing an eye. You can carry your preexisting data into the game, so it isn't as challenging as Xtreme Mode, but should provide players with a bit of extra content to pass the time.
There's also a new lot of challenges for the Challenge Mode, including a survival match for the duels, a contest to see how quickly you can destroy 100 objects or defeat 100 men, and so on. There are also Level 11 weapons (which are very tough to obtain), a scourge of new items, 5 difficulty levels, and the AI has been improved.
Despite the new add-ons, Xtreme Legends suffers from the same curse as its predecessors - it eventually becomes a little too repetitive. Fans of the series and beat 'em up fans won't be worried by that, but newcomers will. Xtreme Legends can be played as a standalone game, but we recommend that players pick up Dynasty Warriors 4 to get full enjoyment out of the title. If you are a fan of the series and haven't had enough of the Three Kingdoms, Xtreme Legends is worth a look. Everyone else may be better served by waiting for the upcoming sequel Samurai Warriors.