Everything You Need to Know About the Stealth PC Release of Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends DE
Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition stealth-released on Steam without any announcement, so we go over the differences in the port.
You may have noticed that some of your friends are playing Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition on Steam for PC — but what is it? With little to no advertising on the game, the whole launch was done relatively stealthily for the gaming industry.
The History of Dynasty Warriors 7
But first, let’s jump into the history of the game. Dynasty Warriors 7 was released for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 back in March 2011, however only Japan received a PC port of the game a year later. As usual, Koei Tecmo also released an expansion, Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends, that as a standalone added three new characters (Guo Jia, Wang Ji, and Pang De) who was playable in Dynasty Warriors 5 already, more weapons, and the Legend Mode that featured “Hero” stages for characters that had only minor roles in the big story mode of the game. The expansion also featured stages from older Dynasty Warriors games labeled as “Legend” stages.
Both the original Dynasty Warriors 7 as well as the Xtreme Legends Expansion received a ton of DLC in the form of costumes, weapons, music, and especially stages that were playable in the Conquest and Legend modes of the game.
What’s included in Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends DE
Koei Tecmo actually released the complete package of both games combined together with all the DLC (except one pre-order costume to the PC as Shin Sangoku Musou 6 with Moushouden), but only released it in Japan.
However, out of nowhere, on December 6, 2018 we got a multilingual release of the game on Steam. Here are all additional features listed that were previously DLC in Dynasty Warriors 7 and Xtreme Legends:
- Scenarios: 109
- Costumes: 169
- Weapons: 145 (including many palette swaps and joke weapons)
- Background Music: 87
- Wallpapers: 39
- Guardian Animals: 2
Publisher Koei Tecmo states that all additional content is available from the get-go on its steam, page which is actually not true.
You can indeed choose any of the additional costumes in every game mode or listen to the additional music tracks in the Conquest and Legend modes. Additionally, you don’t have to unlock characters like you would in the original Dynasty Warriors 7 release. However, all the additional stages for the Conquest and Legend modes have to be unlocked through playing both modes. While most everything is unlocked, don’t expect to be able to dive into all of the content from the moment you boot up the game.
And unlocking those stages takes quite a while since you have to beat both the Story mode with all four fractions, the Conquest mode, and the Legend mode to get all of the additional 109 scenarios. However, many of them are stages from the previous six Dynasty Warriors games and it is pretty fun to play one of the classic stages from the PlayStation 2 games with better graphics and the Dynasty Warriors 7 gameplay features. As a quick unofficial estimate, unlocking all of this content will likely take you over 30 hours of gameplay.
What else is included?
Speaking about the graphics, they are mainly the same as in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. However, the PC port offers higher resolutions and has additional visual options like Depth of Field. You can also increase the number of enemy soldiers now, choose to have a Bloom effect, and change other details like the fog distance, dynamic shadows and how detailed the textures are. It is still not a big difference to the classic versions, even with everything maximized. Worth noting, I had no problems with the frame rate. Unlike the Dynasty Warriors 8 port from years ago and the recent Warriors games released for consoles, this game runs super-smooth.
If you are a huge fan of online play, you will be out of luck. Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends DE removes the online modes of the game that were included in classic releases. However, the game does still offer split-screen play options for nearly every game mode. Mixed in with the removal of trophies or achievements, it’s worth noting that this is not a “complete package.”
Last but not least is the relatively low price of $19.99. Alone, the classic Dynasty Warriors 7 was already a big game that offered easily over 50 hours of slashing your way through ancient China. If you want to conquer and see really every stage in Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition you will spend a lot more time with this title.
It will be interesting to see now if Koei Tecmo is going to release more “Definitive Editions” of their older games. They already announced Samurai Warriors 4 DX for the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch, as well as Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition for the Nintendo Switch and Windows Store. However, this stealth release of DW7XLDE might indicate that we are going to see more complete editions of older Koei Tecmo games on PC as well.
You can grab this edition of the game only on Steam right now.