• Publisher: Koei
  • Release Date: Sep 5, 2003

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. There are plenty of stages to sink your teeth into in this one and the improvements and much-appreciated extras will surely keep gamers more than entertained.
  2. 85
    Has everything that fans could have hoped for: More stages, balanced characters, smarter computer intelligence, and plenty of different modes to choose from (the Encyclopedia and Two-Player mode stand out as favorites). What it doesn't have, however, is innovation.
  3. Though the gameplay tends to be somewhat repetitive, there are scores of characters, techniques, and magical items to choose from. [Nov 2003, p.124]
  4. A great game. Two things I can think off hand to change is the music. First, either go all Oriental or all Rock, not put them together. Second fix the AI, sometimes in the heat of battle they just stand there toe to toe with the enemy and do nothing.
  5. It's seamless marriage of large scale action and RPG elements set in an ancient Chinese environment make it one of the more original games on the market today.
  6. 83
    The best of the series. [Nov 2003, p.58]
  7. Isn’t anything revolutionary, rather it’s a simple evolution of the series. The game fixes a number of flaws from its predecessor, and tweaks a few things that didn’t need major adjustments. It’s more of the same, but bigger and better.
  8. Warriors is fantastic, and not even its flaws, notably, slowdown when enemies choke the screen and popup of random objects on the horizon, spoil the beautiful brawling. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.85]
  9. 80
    While the game is still great and a lot of fun to get through, the lack of new features (especially in light of the upcoming expansion), and the odd addition of slowdown, really turned me off.
  10. While Koei has done a fantastic job in bringing DW4 over from the PS2 it would be nice to see the Xbox used a bit more towards its capacity.
  11. 75
    The game's 3D engine, already showing its age on the PS2, is barely passable on the Xbox; the fogged-in horizon and massive slowdown seizures are particularly cringe-worthy.
  12. A tight playing, fun beat-em-up style action game with a small dash of strategy. Don’t let the historical theme fool you; the game is all about fighting, fighting and more fighting.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. MiguelM.
    Apr 1, 2005
    It rocks my world and is addictive to me.
  2. BenW.
    Aug 20, 2004
    This game keeps me awake day and night 24/7!
  3. BrianT.
    Dec 18, 2003
    This game is awesome b/c i remeber when i played the dynasty warriors 2 for psone and it was one great game so if you do have it you have to This game is awesome b/c i remeber when i played the dynasty warriors 2 for psone and it was one great game so if you do have it you have to get the game NOW!!!! Full Review »