Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. Destiny mode is probably the most worthwhile aspect of Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends, so if it doesn't interest you all that much and you already own the original DW5 then there's really no reason for you to purchase the XL version.
  2. It serves as a good addition for those who enjoyed the main game, but in its own right it's too shallow to sustain much interest and gets xtremely repetitive xtremely quickly. [PSW]
  3. Koei jazzes up their flagship franchise just in time for the holidays, but doesn't seem to offer enough to warrant the asking price.
  4. 50
    Anything but original or entertaining. With the same features of previous installments to be found, this latest expansion looks more reminiscent of a bad rerun waiting to be cancelled instead of a supplementary package to what should have been a solid hit.
  5. However, at its marked-down price it does offer a low-risk introduction to the series for anyone who's not yet experienced the undeniably satisfying feeling of cleaving a path through an entire army of foot soldiers.
  6. The basic gameplay remains painfully the same. [Dec 2005, p.176]
  7. It's way too monotonous. Lots of button mashing, frustration, and stupid AI don't a good game make, at least not in 2005.
  8. Xtreme Legends is the archetypal Dynasty Warriors expansion pack, adding more ways to experience the same tired gameplay.
  9. 40
    For regular gamers, this is more of the same with a few slight twists. Unfortunately, none of the twists happen in gameplay, where they're desperately needed.
  10. Only big fans of the Dynasty Warriors franchise will find something worth playing (if only temporarily). If you have never touched a DW title before, there are a half-dozen predecessors to this one that deserve more of your attention.
  11. Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends is an ok game, but Iā€™m sick of the blatant milking of this cash cow.
  12. 52
    The AI is very poor, the gameplay incredibly repetitive and really, any new modes in Dynasty Warriors 5 Xtreme Legends can't save its oh-so-very dated gameplay.
  13. More of the same from KOEI; mindless hack and slash action that is fun in short bursts.
  14. For the love of gaming Koei, this is just another mediocre expansion pack for a game that played like a glorified expansion pack to yet more games which felt little more than expansion packs themselves.
  15. Same old Dynasty Warriors. New modes can't disguise the almost criminal lack of progress in this hack-'n'-slash relic. [Feb 2006, p.92]
  16. A game for zealous fans and gamers with damaged short-term memory. [Jan 2006, p.96]
  17. 40
    Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends shows just how little milk Koei has left in the proverbial cow.
  18. There's just so much to do in Xtreme Legends that any fan will need to pick it up. [Holiday 2005, p.84]
  19. A hilarious waste of time. A few Xtreme Legends updates here and there was bearable, but one for every version of the game is just too much. [May 2006, p.70]
  20. Xtreme Legends is ā€“ quite simply ā€“ the game that Dynasty Warriors 5 should have been. Some real improvements have been made, and the game is much deeper than it ever has been before.
  21. Seeing as this is an add-on, it's a little much to expect it to have the kind of extra content that a full game would have, but what's here is certainly worth the $30 -- provided you haven't gotten tired of the series yet.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. adammaw
    Jul 4, 2006
    8
    dynasty warriors 5 extreme wasnt quite as good as i expected it to be therse alot more to do and destiny mode was great but there is only onedynasty warriors 5 extreme wasnt quite as good as i expected it to be therse alot more to do and destiny mode was great but there is only one bad thing and that is you cant get any troops on extereme mode but apart from that its fine. ps if any one knows how to get troops on extreme mode email me on polaricemaster@hotmail.co.uk Full Review »
  2. AdamM.
    May 17, 2006
    8
    very good can get boring butter than the other ones (exept dw5) worth havin a go at.
  3. AdamB.
    Mar 27, 2006
    10
    Probably the best in the series. Offers RPG-like Extreme and Destiny modes, a scenario-like Legend mode, along with the Edit, Challenge, and Probably the best in the series. Offers RPG-like Extreme and Destiny modes, a scenario-like Legend mode, along with the Edit, Challenge, and Encyclopedia modes which are par for the course. The AI and tactic system is much improved over previous games. While it is true that it offers the same old Dynasty Warriors gameplay, as a stand-alone game it is well worth the $30. Full Review »