A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know Dynasty Warriors 8 is a "Teen"-rated game with plenty of violence -- but not blood or gore -- as well as some suggestive imagery (mostly women's cleavage) and references to alcohol. Also be aware the game also supports voice chat, meaning two people can chat online in an unmonitored environment, while they team up and play together.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
Yes, this is a very good sequel –- though it’s not without a couple of issues. First the good news: Fans of the franchise will immediately find themselves in familiar territory here, as you run around huge battlefields and take down many hundreds of enemy soldiers using swords, spears, mallets, and other weapons. But you’ll need to apply some brains to your brawn, too, with many tactics to employ for maximum impact. But there is enough new content here to justify the purchase -- especially for long-time fans. Dynasty Warriors 8 offers new modes -- including the "What If?" challenges and the role-playing, game-like Ambition mode -- dozens of unique male and female fighters, fast horse mounting, more than 40 new stages (castles, forests, plains), and online and offline co-op player. A few issues exist, though, such as bland level design, no drop-in-and-out support for co-op play, and a patch coming to Xbox 360 owners to address online slowdown issues. Overall, though, while this game isn’t for everyone, fans of massive battles, strategy, and Chinese history should enjoy hacking and slashing through this sequel.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Social Studies: events, geography, history
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation
Self-Direction: achieving goals, time management, work to achieve goals
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, strategy
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: KOEI
- Release date: July 16, 2013
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Adventures, Friendship, History
- ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
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