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  • Summary: (Known as "Shin Sangoku Musou 3: Empires" in Japan) Dynasty Warriors 4 Empires features 5 new stages that haven't been seen in any Dynasty Warriors title: Xi Liang, Bei Hai, Chang Sha, and Jiao Zhi. Clouds and mist envelop you in the mountaintop stage at Yong An. Protect yourself against troops that have landed in the seaside stage of Jiao Zhi. Wherever you go, you are surrounded by sand dunes in the desert stage of Xi Liang. Slog through the mud in swampy Bei Hai. Aim for the strongholds atop the plateaus of Chang Sha. It won't be easy no matter what strategy you use. [KOEI] Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. The new addition of the empire mode and addition of the political policy, a stronger focus on strategy and improved character edit mode and the addition of new moves and combos really gives the game a kick.
  2. Despite the repetitive nature of the game it just doesn’t seem to get old. There is always one more territory to take, just one more turn.
  3. A thinking person's game with just enough button-mashing to keep things snappy. [Oct 2004, p.110]
  4. Tactical combat on a grand scale, but of questionable value to owners of its predecessors.
  5. 70
    This game isn't as revolutionary as I'd hoped, and what was changed for the most part was changed in a way that I didn't like so much.
  6. The twixt-battle strategy curves the game throws in - take on temporary status effects, recoup numbers lost in battle, form alliances with other clans - make it a notch more interesting than any other Dynasty title. [Oct 2004, p.102]
  7. Empire mode becomes repetitive too quickly, and doesn't provide either the strategic depth in the "board" sections or the real thrill, bluster and mania of "Dynasty Warriors 3" (elephants!) in the combat sections to keep you truly interested.

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  1. RamiW.
    Apr 8, 2006
    I`ve been a fan of DW games since the beginning and this just makes it a whoole lot better. And by the way the guy (or Girl) thats named logan this game is 2 players it even tells you just above from here. Expand
  2. Sh*tface
    Aug 29, 2004
    Greatest game ever!!!
  3. EckhardtS.
    Aug 6, 2004
  4. RayT.
    Sep 23, 2004
    I dont know what some of these critics are talking about. the game is great. i think they just expected to much of a change this was more of an expiriment for Koei and i think it turned out rather well. Collapse
  5. LoganD.
    Apr 29, 2005
    This game is really fun, the only thing i would change about it would be to make it two players.
  6. AdamB.
    Mar 27, 2006
    An outstanding remix of the classic Dynasty Warriors formula, successfully introducing some Risk-like strategy into an aging hack-and-slash franchise which truly needs (and deserves) it. The introduction of strongholds brings this strategy to the battlefield as well. The only drawbacks are lack of two-player modes, no online play, and at times frustratingly repetitive gameplay. For example, to eliminate enemy officers from the battlefield you must beat them no less than three times. Still, a refreshing diversion for fans of the series. Expand
  7. BobP.
    Sep 6, 2004
    This is just what the DW games needed. Though while there is not a big infusion of new strategy elements it leads the game in a whole new direction of fun. My only complaint is not being able to play a 2 Player game in Empire mode. Expand