Hi I want to buy Dynasty Warriors 4 but I don't know which version I should buy
Posted: Posted November 10th, 2019 by Mark Barker
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Hi I have been told Dynasty Warriors 4 is the best Dynasty Warriors game and I want to buy it for PS2.

However there are 3 different versions. There is Dynasty Warriors 4, Dynasty Warriors 4 Xtreme Legends and Dynasty Warriors 4 Empires.

Which is the best version to buy? I need to know which is the definitive edition.

Or do I have to buy more than 1 version to access all content?

Please help me out

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Can anybody help me out please? Surely there must be someone on this website whose intelligent enough to know about Dynasty Warriors 4

Posted November 12th, 2019 by Mark Barker
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Intellect has nothing to do with knowing anything about Dynasty Warriors. The series' constant hack and slash slog is about as brainless (albeit sometimes fun) as it gets, by the way.

That being said, I have played the original DW4 on PS2 and remember it well. To have all the content, you would need to buy the original DW4 disk to use the Xtreme Legends disk (so you would have to buy both the original game and the Xtreme Legends disk to play all that content). Empires is its own stand alone disk that includes all the content from the original game plus an Empire Mode. However, it is missing the Xtreme Legends content...I think.

Basically, you would have to get all 3 to enjoy all the content. It sounds like you're better off just buying Empire and not bothering with Xtreme Legends.

I hope that helps.

Posted November 12th, 2019 by Laxan
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Thanks for the information Laxan. I thought the PS2 doesn't install content from extra disks though.

So why would I need to buy both DW4 and DW4 Xtreme legends? I thought DW4 Xtreme Legends was a full game, not just a content disk.

I'd rather have the Xtreme legends content than just an empire mode to be honest

Are you 100% sure about all of your information?

Edited November 12th, 2019 by Mark Barker
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I can answer this.

Before I add to what Lexan said, I would recommend DW5 is the "best" in the series. You'll notice one key thing that help you play the game in general: your ability to turn while doing normal/charge attacks that DW4 lacks.

In DW4XL there will be an option to "Load Original" (or something around those lines) that lets you open the disk tray, load DW4 into the disk tray, load the data, then put the DW4XL disk back in the tray (like disk switching for multi-disk games). You would have to do this every time you turn off the console.

To add to what Lexan said, DW4 has its own campaign with the standard Wei/Wu/Shu forces. DW4 XL includes Xtreme mode which is basically a survival mode - how long can you survive through levels (with increasing difficulty). On top of this, Legend Mode in DW4XL is a series of levels unique to each character, not a full campaign for Wei/Wu/Shu. DW4 doesn't have the campaign for DW4XL and vice-versa

Also, in DW4XL the AI has been improved during Duels so don't be surprised if the AI starts trashing you (compared to DW4's block-head AI).

If you want the full DW4 EXP you have to purchased both games. Though you can do one or the other and it would be, for the most part, fine. I played DW4 years earlier (borrowed from a friend), but years later purchaesd DW4XL and enjoyed it just for the Xtreme Mode (for many hours).

The Empires series (DW4 Empires DW5 Empires and etc) are more strategy based with instances were you take control over a character and battle on the field (as you would with most DW games). Though there's generally more strategy involved rather than just raising your force's morale.

Edited November 12th, 2019 by Forte Lambardi (forgot PW)
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I thought Empire came with the original game plus an extra mode. Are you saying Empires doesn't have the original game included, Fort?

Posted November 12th, 2019 by Laxan
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I'll eventually reply while under my usual account. I am at work and I am too lazy to remember my PW lol.
Afaik Dynasty Warriors games became split off into several installments. What I mean in the case of 4 there is:

Dynasty Warriors 4 - https://koei.fandom.com/wiki/Dynasty_Warriors_4
Dynasty Warriors 4 Xtreme Legends https://koei.fandom.com/wiki/Dynasty_Warriors_4:_Xtreme_Legends
Dynasty Warriors 4 Empires https://koei.fandom.com/wiki/Dynasty_Warriors_4:_Empires
Each is usually their own game. Though each game the Core Mechanics are largely the same same (game mechanics battle and field slashy slashy) the installments change some things or their campaigns and "modes" may be completely different.

DW5 has done this. DW6 has done this to an extent (there doesn't appear to be a DW6 XL but there is an Empires). DW7 also does this. Beyond 7 I am not very aware of what happens.

I can also say that Samurai Warriors 1 had a Xtreme Legends, but no Empires. Samurai Warriors 2 had an Xtreme Legends and Empires (the latter which I have played). Yeah it's a mess.

Edited November 13th, 2019 by Forte Lambardi (forgot PW)
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Thanks for the information guys.

I definitely want to get DW4 now and DW4 XL together on the PS2.

Also what console should I buy DW5 for? The PS2 or Xbox 360? I love getting achievements by the way.

Posted November 14th, 2019 by Mark Barker
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If you're into Achievements I would stick to the XBOX360 ver. I don't believe the PS2 version has any achievements (I largely played it on PS2).

Dynasty Warriors 5 does something similar to DW4 in that you can purchase both versions and load the original DW5 while playing DW5 XL. DW5 XL allow you to Create A Warrior (CAW) and go through a scenario where you start like a private under a specific General and work your way up the ranks. I you load the Original DW5, you can play that character in Free Mode (not sure why you can't in Musou mode)

Posted November 14th, 2019 by Forte Lambardi (forgot PW)
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The only version of DW5 you can buy on Xbox 360 is Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires though. Is that the best version of DW5?

Posted November 14th, 2019 by Mark Barker
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I wouldn't say it's the "best" version. It really depends on what you're looking for.

I have a bias towards DW5 XL because I played it tons and was pretty enjoyable. DW5 Empires involves more strategy (though I wouldn't say it's as much as say Romance of the Three Kingdoms series). While DW5 Empires has the slashy slashy bits that makes a DW game a DW game, if you're not into the strategy parts of the game, you may get turned off by it.

I am generally not into the strategy bits of the game because I like beating things with sticks and KO'ing 1000 solders.

Edited November 20th, 2019 by Forte Lambardi (forgot PW)
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