Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Despite some new modes and rules, deep down it's undoubtedly more of the same and definitely targeted at hardcore Dynasty Warriors fans who already own DW4. Given that, it's definitely a quality product.
  2. netjak
    It's great fun, and I don't know how Koei does it, but they manage to keep this series fun and entertaining without really changing the overall mechanics all that much.
  3. 70
    If you’re new to the game, go out and get the original instead as it has a fun campaign to follow. For those who just can’t get enough Dynasty Warriors, you’ll probably have a blast from the mix of modes this expansion has to offer.
  4. 70
    Yes, [it's] still using the same dated graphics engine that appeared in "DW4", and the music and sound effects likewise remain the same. But the fun, challenging, and over-the-top gameplay that has made this series so successful is also still here.
  5. The new Legend, Challenge, and Xtreme modes offer more scenarios for each character. This helps keep things fresh, even if the beat 'em up routine is the same. [Dec 2003, p.150]
  6. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Dynasty Warriors maniacs (i.e., people like me) will love it. The rest of you should only bother if you'd rather pay 20 bucks less for a stripped-down version of what the full game has to offer. [Dec 2003, p.156]
  7. games(TM)
    Only dedicated fans of the series will get enough mileage out of the add-ons to make it a worthwhile purchase, while the standalone elements lack the sense of achievement and progression of Dynasty Warriors 4. That said, the core game is accomplished enough, and XL is an affordable and enjoyable pick-up-and-play option for those looking for a little no-nonsense mass slaughter. [Feb 2004, p.109]
  8. Edge Magazine
    This closing chapter of the Dynasty Warriors series is admittedly a neat full stop, an exhausting book-end for the enthusiasts, but it offers exactly the same baby step forwards as every other sequel-cum-update. [Feb 2004, p.108]

Awards & Rankings

#61 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#76 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. RamiW.
    Mar 23, 2006
    thanks to koei for another perfect dynasty warriors game I love the arena chllenge its so cool and this game just is cool nothing more to be said.
  2. JeroenV.
    Jul 15, 2004
    It's a very good game and yo have a very nice gaming ITS THE BEST.
  3. LizL.
    Apr 25, 2004
    This is by far the best game I've ever played. Though she's very annoying, Xiao Qiao is my favourite.