Dynasty Warriors 3

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Dynasty Warriors 3
Dynasty Warriors 3.jpg
North American box art
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: B
ESRB rating: T (Mild Language, Violence)
GRB rating: 12
Widescreen patch available
CPU intensive game
Supports up to two local players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-50641 & SLUS-20277
Japanese: SLUS-20277 & SLPM-65053 & SLPM-66505 & SLPM-66094 & NPJD-00031
German: SLES-50641
French: SLES-50641
Chinese: SCCS-40006
Korean: SLPM-67523
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20277
Release date: November 26, 2001
CRCs: 4A35E19F
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-50641
Release date: March 22, 2002
September 19, 2003 (Platinum)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J:
Serial numbers: SLPM-65053
SLPM-66505 (Mega Hits!)
SLPM-66094 (Koei Teiban Series)
NPJD-00031 (PS2 Classics)
Release date: September 20, 2001
April 19, 2002 (Koei 2002 Spring Pack)
February 6, 2003 (Mega Hits!)
October 4, 2004 (PlayStation2 Big Hit Series, Korea)
August 11, 2005 (Koei Teiban Series)
January 16, 2013 (PS2 Classics)
2002 (Asia)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Omega Force
Publisher(s): Koei (JP, US, EU, KO), THQ (EU), Koei Tecmo Games (JP)
Genre: Action, Fighting
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: IGN8.5/10, Metacritic78/100
Game description: The third installment of Dynasty Warriors tests your warrior spirit through vast lands and impossible odds. Dynasty Warriors 3 features battlefield action with over 20 stages and 40 playable warriors. Storm the battlefield with more bone-crushing moves, improved Musou attacks, and squad level commands to your massive elephant troops. In addition to Endurance and Time Attack, Dynasty Warriors 3 also includes brand new two-player Versus and Cooperative modes. Can you become a warrior worth a thousand?

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Windows 7 64-Bit
  • Intel i7 @ 3.4Ghz
  • Sapphire R9 290X 4GB
1.2.1 r5875 GSdx 10 (Hardware) 0.1.16 r5875
  • SPU2-X r5875
  • Lillypad 0.11.0 r5875
Game runs well at 5X native resolution. Had some weird screen refresh rate problem during a cutscene, but it only happened once. I did not experience any slow down when a lot of guys were on the field. Bios v 2.0 was used. Zrooney

Linlogo.png Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC Ubuntu 13.04+, Archlinux
  • AMD FX4300
  • Nvidia GTX 650 Ti, AMD Radeon 6850 and 7850
1.2.2 GSdx SPU2X SDL the more soldiers on the screen the more fps bogs down from 60 to 30fps; some scenes require software mode or you get a black screen; very demanding even on the gpu; forget about open source AMD drivers being powerful enough at all; closed source Nvidia drivers essential; game responds very poorly to EE timing or VU cycle stealing hacks; with a powerful enough CPU you can run this game full speed, otherwise playable with slowdowns; ending credits with the female character singing always produces graphical errors DaTankAC


  • Original names: 真・三國無双2 (SLPM-65053) & (SLPM-66505) & (SLPM-66094), 真·三国無双2 (SCCS-40006), 진 삼국무쌍2 (SLPM-67523)
  • Also known as Shin Sangoku Musou 2 + 1 (JP), Shin Sangoku Musou 2 (JP, KO)

Known Issues

FMVs flicker in hardware mode

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: The FMVs will flicker in hardware mode.
  • Workaround: Has been fixed in PCSX2 Git revisions as of the 21st of April, 2016. For older PCSX2 versions: Temporarily switch to software mode by pressing F9 or turn on the game fix called 'Switch to GSdx software rendering when an FMV plays' under the Game Fixes section. Just remember to turn it back off when you're not playing the game.

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Public compatibility forum links