Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends

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Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends cover
Omega Force
Koei Tecmo
Release dates
Windows May 13, 2014
Monetization DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Hack and slash
Themes China
Series Dynasty Warriors
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends guide on StrategyWiki
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends on MobyGames
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends on Wikipedia
Subseries of Warriors
Dynasty Warriors 4: Hyper 2005
Dynasty Warriors 5 Special 2006
Dynasty Warriors Online 2006
Dynasty Warriors 6 2008
Dynasty Warriors 7 with Xtreme Legends 2012
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends 2014
Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires 2015
Dynasty Warriors 9 2018
Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition 2018
Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires 2021

General information

Released as Shin Sangokumusou 7 with Moushouden (Japanese: 真・三國無双7 with 猛将伝, Simplified Chinese: 真·三国无双7 with 猛将传, Traditional Chinese: 真‧三國無雙7 with 猛將傳) in East Asia.
Traditional Chinese Official Website
Japanese Official Website
Steam Community Discussions

Key points

Unlocks the counterpart DLC of Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires, vice versa and retroactively, if it exists, for purchased DLC.
Based on the PlayStation 3 release.
The online coop mode from the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Vita versions has been removed.
No mouse support.
Loading may freeze on Windows 8 and later.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Complete Edition
Humble Store
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Complete Edition
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Definitive Edition (English, French and German version)
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Definitive Edition (Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese version)
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Definitive Edition (Japanese version)
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Complete Edition
The Definitive Edition on the Microsoft Store includes most of the DLC (collaboration DLC are not included).

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Base Theme Pack
BGM Pack
DW7 Original Costume Pack 1
DW7 Original Costume Pack 2
DW7 Original Costume Pack 3
DW7 Original Costume Pack 4
Japanese Voice Option Only free for Western languages version
New Stage & Animal Pack
New Stage & Camp Symbol Pack
Old Costume Pack 1
Old Costume Pack 2
Old Costume Pack 3
Old Costume Pack 4
Original Costume Pack
Powerful Weapon Pack
Soldier & Officer Uniform Set
Special Costume Pack 1 & Special Weapon
Special Costume Pack 2
Unique Weapon Pack
Wallpaper Pack
Wallpapers 0 4Gamer limited wallpaper (Only for Japanese version)
Weapon System & Upgrade Pack
Weapon System Pack

Version differences[edit]

The Complete Edition was released in 2014 and is a bundle of the original Dynasty Warriors 8 (never released on PC), its expansion Xtreme Legends, as well as some additional content released since the release of the original game on PlayStation 3.
The Definitive Edition was released in 2018 and contains everything from the Complete Edition as well as most of the DLCs released since 2014.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Tecmo Koei\Dynasty Warriors 8\
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/278080/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\TecmoKoei\<Localized Dynasty Warriors 8>\
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/278080/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
16:9 (other aspect ratios are pillarboxed).
Does not allow resolution greater than 1920x1080.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force through driver control panel
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Nvidia cards only; see Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.[1]

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Set AA with Nvidia Profile Inspector[2]
  1. Download and run Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Add a profile for the game.
  3. Set Antialiasing compatibility to 0x004412C1
  4. Set the anti-aliasing quality and sampling in the Antialiasing section.
  5. Click Apply to save your changes. Recommend 4xMSAA with 4-8x SGSS transparency for reduction of white lines with minimal frame rate hit especially in busy fights (AKA most of the game).

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse support unavailable. Keyboard and/or controller only.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput and DirectInput supported. Recommend dual-analog, 11+ button controller with Directional Pad. Pads are not hot-swappable, will not work if removed, and must be inserted well before program startup. No native vibration support for XInput controllers, requires Force Feedback Driver for XInput by Masahiko Morii: http://lavendy.net/special/driver/xi/index.html.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Accept/Musou and Cancel/Jump are bound together, but each joint entry can be assigned to a new button. Those used to more Western style controls will find that comfortable bindings will mean Accept will be on right-most face button (Circle/B) and Cancel on bottom-most (A/X)
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg Generic button prompts only (Sword icon, Jump icon, etc.)
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
For XInput controllers see Force feedback driver for XInput.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX and Voice.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Japanese voices included
Traditional Chinese
Japanese voices included
Available natively in Japan. Non-Japanese players can download Japanese voices as free DLC.
Translation patch based on Japanese version and doesn't include translation for DLCs[3]


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
Must bind second player's controls prior to play
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Loading freezes on Windows 8 and later[edit]

Freezes on loading screens on Windows 8 and later. The workaround for this is running the game in windowed mode and setting the executable to run in Windows 98 compatibility mode so that it only uses a single CPU core.[citation needed] This workaround is reported to not be perfect, though, and may not work for all players.

Other information[edit]

Ambient occlusion[edit]

Set AO with Nvidia Profile Inspector[4]
  1. Download and run Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Add a profile for the game.
  3. Change Ambient Occlusion compatibility to 0x0000001F.
  4. Set Ambient Occlusion usage and Ambient Occlusion setting to desired setting
  5. Apply changes..

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 18 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/278080/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (278080) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.