Tecmo Koei’s Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends is one of the first PS4/PS3 cross-generation Japanese games to be released (at least in the Asian market), and a video showcasing the difference between the two platforms has popped up on YouTube, courtesy of user UltimateGameChannel.
The video plays the two versions of the game side by side, and the difference is quite visible. The PS4 version has better lighting (with dynamic shadows, that seem to be completely absent or very subtle in the PS3 version), better textures and normal maps. Some of the textures on the PS4 version actually seem completely different from those of the PS3 version.
That said, the two versions really don’t show what you’d call a large generational gap which is unsurprising, considering that Dynasty Warriors has never been too much about showing flashy graphics, as much as about displaying ginormous numbers of fighters on the battlefield.
Despite that, it’s still interesting to see what Tecmo Koei decided to improve for the
next current generation of the game. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation‘s Producer Kenichi Ogasawara, that also worked on the Dynasty Warriors series, actually said in an interview that better results can be achieved by working for the PS4 from the beginning, so we’ll have wait for Dynasty Warriors 9 to see what the console can really bring to the franchise.