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  • Summary: In Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires, the armies of the kingdom are at your command. The player's ultimate goal is to conquer the 25 regions of Ancient China and build an entire Empire using cunning diplomacy and uncompromising force. Before each battle, the player will meet with the war council toIn Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires, the armies of the kingdom are at your command. The player's ultimate goal is to conquer the 25 regions of Ancient China and build an entire Empire using cunning diplomacy and uncompromising force. Before each battle, the player will meet with the war council to decide upon military and political policies for the kingdom, then it's time for war. The game gives armchair generals total control of their kingdom. Now, gamers can issue direct orders to each officer or signal general commands to officers on the field. Players will order when the army will take the offensive, defend their ground, or have all officers gather for an ambush. Gamers can also choose the officers for an attack force, entice captives into joining the kingdom's service and even expel officers from the kingdom. There's even greater authority over Government, Product Development, Diplomacy and Battle Tactics with the game's 25 new policies for a total of 75 in all. The game's imperial-sized action includes 4 scenarios to unlock, 2-Player Co-Op play in "Empire" and "Free" modes, new items to unlock, and control of over 200 officers! Once the dust has settled, there's the real history of Ancient China to discover in the game's detailed Encyclopedia. [KOEI] Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 40
  2. Negative: 7 out of 40
  1. A lot of games these days rely on ridiculous move combinations to advance levels, or increased difficulty means that your enemy has more health and you deal less damage. DW5E actually keeps it real by making the difficulty based on skill more than the other cheap tricks developers are using these days, and the AI is first class.
  2. Aside from the odd cut-scene, the game basically has no story, and the four campaigns essentially differ only in their starting-territory distributions. [May 2006, p.84]
  3. It is a bit of a disappointment in that Empires doesn't look or feel like a next-gen title, instead it's more like a High-Def version of a current-gen game.
  4. The game still comes up short, with only two main modes (Free and Empire Mode) to play around with, an almost completely lacking sense of multiplayer, and repetitive, cheesy audio.
  5. Despite its annoying flaws, Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires isn’t a bad game. It's just a pitifully bare improvement over its predecessors when it should be hitting its oft-teased promise.
  6. 50
    Dynasty Warriors has long outstayed its welcome, and even with Empires' semi-cool strategic elements, the game won't please anyone except the die-hard fans that, for whatever reason, just keep coming back for more. 360 owners deserve more.
  7. Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires would be less annoying if we hadn’t played it about eight times before. [July 2006, p.132]

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  1. NeilV.
    Jul 15, 2006
    9
    Very good game, particularly learning the intracies of the empire mode. It's actually very easy to pick up (takes less than 5 minutes to Very good game, particularly learning the intracies of the empire mode. It's actually very easy to pick up (takes less than 5 minutes to feel like an old pro), but deep enough that you probably won't master it immediately. Very similar to past installments, but newer and better with more options. For the price, this is a very good game. Expand
  2. JayL.
    Mar 31, 2007
    8
    If you enjoy other dynasty warriors games you will enjoy this one. And there are tons of achievements to keep you busy.
  3. Nov 30, 2013
    5
    Now, let me be clear that this game isn't bad. It's actually a pretty good timekiller and with a friend, this game can be a real blast.Now, let me be clear that this game isn't bad. It's actually a pretty good timekiller and with a friend, this game can be a real blast. However, this game does suffer some serious faults. First of all, there's not really any campaign to go through. You've basically got this map of China where you have to dominate the other factions in the area. Sounds fun enough, right? It is to some extent but over time, it just feels like you're fighting the same battle over and over and over. In addition to that, you'll begin feeling like there's hardly much of a map to play with. China begins to feel pretty small which is funny considering how big it actually is. Anyway, it's not really what I'd call a good game but you can definitely kill time with it if you're with a friend. Expand