• Publisher: Koei
  • Release Date: Mar 25, 2003

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. The Dynasty Warrior reign is not in decline. It is, however, in danger of getting complacent.
  2. With the exception of a few minor complaints, Dynasty Warriors 4 is as close to action-gaming Nirvana as you're going to get for quite a while.
  3. This game not only improves the game from all of its sequels, but it even manages to add new things, to keep the formula fresh and new. This is a game not to be missed!
  4. It looks better, it plays better, and brings a lot more to the table than any previous Dynasty Warrior. It’s a very worthwhile title for hardcore fans and those unfamiliar with the series.
  5. I've put more than 100 hours into the game so far, and haven't unlocked everything.
  6. 86
    Has everything that fans could have hoped for: More stages, balanced characters, smarter computer intelligence, and plenty of different modes to choose from... What it doesn't have, however, is innovation.
  7. Dynasty Warriors 4 is good, but it's the same kind of good that Koei has been releasing for almost three years now.
  8. 80
    Koei's obviously performed emergency surgery on the AI routines, because everyone's a thousand times smarter now.
  9. PSM Magazine
    The game still rocks, but as this is the fourth game in the series, we really hoped for some more refinement and evolution. [May 2003, p.34]
  10. Edge Magazine
    Yes it is almost the same, but when it's brilliant fun, and no other publisher is releasing games like this, who cares? [June 2003, p.104]
  11. GMR Magazine
    Imagine the leap a game like "Dead or Alive 2" made when it became "3," and you can see the potential being wasted here. [May 2003, p.63]
  12. netjak
    One of the most notable features of the new incarnation of the game is that you can finally make your own character. The options for customization are fairly limited, but having the ability to make your own character is a plus nonetheless.
  13. Graphically, DW4 is a giant leap ahead of the past Dynasty Warriors games. The animation is now smoother and more imaginative, the effects wild and dazzling, and slowdown is thankfully rare.
  14. The number of hidden characters and items, some of which are carried over from previous titles, ensures plenty of replayability for those eager to get their money’s worth out of a game.
  15. Graphics, control, strategic thought, brawn and even the so-cheesy-you-get-used-to-it rock music and voices work in tandem for an intense experience unlike any other on PS2.
  16. 80
    It makes only incremental improvements to the gameplay formula, as with the first and second sequel.
  17. 80
    An unbeatable story, fantastic fighting engine and fantastic graphics really tie this package together well. Overall, it's a solid title.
  18. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    No other game so seamlessly melds punch-n-munch gameplay with the stat management and grand scale of real-time strategy. [May 2003, p.116]
  19. Game Informer
    I'm amazed at the lack of innovation and improvement Dynasty Warriors 4 brings. [Apr 2003, p.82]
  20. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Regardless of its faults, Dynasty 4 is a pure adrenaline rush - the type, for me, that only the original "Devil May Cry" has rivaled on PS2. [May 2003, p.92]
  21. Cheat Code Central
    I got bored about halfway through due to the repetitive nature of the gameplay despite some new improvements and a two-player mode... It would be nice if there were more depth to the strategy and story development.
  22. GameNow
    Few hack-n-slash games feature the depth, strategy, and thrill of Dynasty 4. [May 2003, p.48]
  23. With the exception of some minor A.I. issues, specifically with your troops and the enemy units staring into each others eyes until you get close enough for them to start combat, DW4 is a near flawless game, with airtight controls and beautiful graphics.

Awards & Rankings

#2 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 200 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 200
  1. DogMat
    Apr 21, 2006
  2. AdamB.
    Mar 27, 2006
    Serves as a great introduction to the series, but brings forth nothing fundamentally new. The character editor is a welcome addition, but Serves as a great introduction to the series, but brings forth nothing fundamentally new. The character editor is a welcome addition, but lacks depth. The remixed music is inspired, and the dialog is as always, both informative and humorous. And the gameplay remains as flawlessly fluid as fans have come to expect. But after playing the Xtreme Legends or Empires games, the standard games in the series feel just that: too standard. Full Review »
  3. Jul 21, 2016
    This and DW3 are my favourite games of the series. If I have to compare them I would say DW3 is more "stylish" or "cool" in terms of designThis and DW3 are my favourite games of the series. If I have to compare them I would say DW3 is more "stylish" or "cool" in terms of design and visual effects and has better gameplay (especially weapon drop system), while DW4 is darker/heavier and made every character weapon and attack more distinctive. Other than that DW3 is better. They both have good music though. DW3 is more electronic, while DW4 is more rock/metal. Even if you think this series is **** it might be worth playing the 2 games just for the music!

    This game should be an 8 but the **** charge attack auto lock system absolutely killed the enjoyment. I wish there was a patch to remove the stupid target auto lock.
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