Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
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  1. The repetitive, but classic Dynasty Warriors gameplay is still perfectly intact and actually just a bit better than previous titles easily making this the best Dynasty Warriors game to date.
  2. The critic in me tells me this series needs to innovate, but as a gamer I'm once again completely satisfied by the experience. Defying conventional wisdom, Dynasty Warriors is unique in that the gameplay achieves a near perfect harmonious balanced and change would only upset that.
  3. 80
    Any hardcore DW fan will be ecstatic to find another billion hours of gameplay to wade through.
  4. 77
    Just be warned that this is one long, long fight and even though the game may be epic it would be nicer if it was not such a gigantic story that's slow to progress.
  5. If you are looking for an arcade slash game that has the option to use minor elements of strategy then I suggest getting this game; although in honesty there isn't much difference in this game compared to Samurai Warriors.
  6. The thing that is wrong with this game is that it is getting caught up in the technological limitations of the system.
  7. AceGamez
    No Xbox exclusive features have been added that enrich the gameplay.
  8. Official Xbox Magazine
    Even though the visuals look just past their sell-by dates and the game stubbornly refuses to truly distinguish itself from the rest of the series, there's no denying that it's gameplay formula still works. [Nov 2005, p.114]
  9. The aspect that should pain gamers the most is the unfulfilled potential that the series has had since the first sequel.
  10. 70
    Despite being on the more graphically capable Xbox, sadly the visuals are nearly identical to the PlayStation 2. Music remains gratingly repetitive, but the additions of Japanese voices do help to make the experience more bearable.
  11. Combat is a bit chunky and seems to be a crap shoot most of the time. RTS elements are strong and keep interest levels high. Enemy A.I. is suspect.
  12. This sequel actually lacks features found in the Xtreme Legends and Empires versions of Dynasty Warriors 4, which ultimately leaves it feeling a bit lackluster overall.
  13. Play Magazine
    At least this port is enhanced over the PS2 version. [Oct 2005, p.69]
  14. Graphical improvements are minor, the gameplay enhancements are built to match and the AI is still as awful as it ever was.
  15. If the franchise is to continue with any sort of longevity then an overhaul of many gameplay aspects will have to be accomplished.
  16. Game Informer
    When the gameplay is this stale and DW 5 isn't even optimized for the system (there's no online and the draw distance still blows), there's no reason to take this lemon for a drive. [Oct 2005, p.140]
  17. Nothing particularly groundbreaking, but this is quite convincingly the most comprehensive Dynasty Warriors yet. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  18. A game that fails to build on what has gone before, yet is still unashamedly enjoyable at its core. It's hard to be too angry at that.
  19. With so many other exciting games on the horizon, this series as a whole requires a serious overhaul before it truly falls into a pit of mediocrity, something that this latest versions misses by a few inches.
  20. They're all fun and all eventually devolve into button mashing murder, so is Dynasty Warriors 5 worth buying over Dynasty Warriors 4? No. Is the Xbox's version better than the PS2's? Not much.
  21. Dynasty Warrior 5 should be called Dynasty Warrior 2-and-a-half. I would expect more advancement from a franchise with four sequels.
  22. 40
    Maybe in the next generation of consoles, I'll be able to immerse myself in the pretty graphics and forget I'm playing the same damn game yet again, but not this time.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. BobM.
    Dec 6, 2005
    Yeah, yeah. It may have the same STYLE of play, but the game is much improved. I loved the new graphics and the new display. This game is Yeah, yeah. It may have the same STYLE of play, but the game is much improved. I loved the new graphics and the new display. This game is just addicting. Full Review »