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  • Summary: Designed for the legions of Dynasty Warriors fans, DYNASTY WARRIORS 6: Empires is game that brings together the best aspects of the action and strategy genres. In this latest edition, players can experience Ancient China’s greatest and most glorious war as an all-powerful lord or as an officer. As a lord, gamers must think strategically. By deciding when to attack, when to resist invasion, or when to initiate policies, a lord can expand their power and influence. An easy-to-learn card collecting system lets players enact policies that will increase their empire’s strength, improve the abilities of their forces, and more. The cards that a player receives will depend on the attributes of the officers and their army. Players can also pledge their allegiance to a kingdom to become an officer. As an officer, players can suggest policies in the kingdom’s war council, complete missions for rewards, or even turn against their ruler should relations sour. Most eagerly awaited by fans is a game mode that allows players to create their own warrior. DYNASTY WARRIORS 6: Empires features an extensive character editing system with options to customize a warrior’s gender, build, skin tone, facial features, voice, clothing, weapon and more. Whomever players choose to be, they can now use mountain ledges and waterways to infiltrate enemy bases and launch surprise attacks on supply depots to change the flow of battle. [Koei] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. At very least, rent this game and see if there's enough in here for you to pick it up for keeps.
  2. For fans of the Warriors series, DW6:E falls right in line with giving the hardcore followers of Omega Force exactly what they want. For general action/strategy fans, DW6:E marks a solid step forward in creating a more consumable form of the Warriors universe.
  3. 67
    Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires is ultimately more of the same tired Dynasty Warriors gameplay, but the added strategic elements -- both in the expanding of your territory and mid-battle base management -- really help this game out.
  4. Even if being the best episode of the Empires series as of today, the game offers repetitive and in the long run boring gameplay. And the graphical defects, with an annoying pop-in/pop-out effect on environment objects, don't help.
  5. This time around, Dynasty Warriors’ horde-slaughtering action is complemented by a greater emphasis on strategy as you attempt to conquer China in Empire mode, the game’s meatiest offering.
  6. 50
    The truly frustrating thing however is that with some rather elementary things fixed (AI that isn't so terminally stupid, environments that don't look like they were made out of papier-mache, an involving combat mechanic) DW games would become not only more enjoyable for the mainstream but also surely more enjoyable for their fan base too. Until then however this is, and will continue to be, an experience to excite the devoted few rather than tempt the masses.
  7. As it is, buying this overly, overly, overly familiar reprise would be akin to sticking two fingers up to every decent developer out there, then murdering their pets. Please Koei, no more. Please.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. scoutk
    Jun 23, 2009
    Its a pretty good game with lots of actions to do whatever you want.
  2. codys
    Jun 27, 2009
    DW6:E is a fun, and addictive game. Especially for fans of the series like me. There are only a couple mistakes in the game that i have seen. But considering there is no online game play, the game is a must buy for fans of DW series. With the new strategies and features of the game like the new weapons, custom characters, ect.. its rating leads up to an 8.5 for me. Expand
  3. MattM
    Jun 30, 2009
    Despite this game being similar to other games in the series, I really enjoyed it. I really don't have a problem with the graphics issues and I liked the models and edit outfits more than previous dynasty warrior games. I played the game exclusively co-op with my bro and we would plan out strategies together so that probably made it more enjoyable for me. I don't even think the combat system is stale either with all the extra abilities it made it more in depth than I've ever seen it. I gotten a lot of enjoyment from this game despite the mediocre reviews it has been getting. Its a hack and slash at heart but delivers well on the strategy elements as a good strategy can win you a battle that you would otherwise lose by far. Expand
  4. AdamB.
    Aug 7, 2009
    DW6:Empires is a fairly enjoyable entry to the series; the Empires games have always been some of the best Warriors games due to the strategy layer and customization features. While the game is mostly solid, the ways it improves on DW5:Empires are offset by the ways it gets things wrong. For example, the upgrade system is unintuitive, the difficulty is much higher, the lack of combos is jarring (you can basically just hit X forever), and some elements that were polished in earlier games are now broken (like selecting from a list of 200 music tracks but without an audio preview). Still, the graphics, sound, customization, and presentation are overall more improved, and the game is worth checking out for fans of the series. If you dislike the Warriors games, it probably won't change your opinion. Expand
  5. GrantR.
    Aug 26, 2009
    This is a solid game for me. First off though, I gotta do a short rant. I see critics who heavily penalize this game for repetitive gameplay, which is fair enough, but then I see the critics bashing this game for being too similar to past iterations--that is where I draw the line. Why? Well, I look up these same critics' reviews of Halo 3, Madden, and other mainstream franchises, and there are glowing reviews with no mention of being too similar to earlier games. I owned all 3 Halos at one point and each one is just a shinier version o the last...actually I believe that the gameplay regressed towards Halo 3 in favor of gilding. Don't get me started on Madden. I guess what I'm trying to say is that most critics, including myself, are hypocrites and one should not base their decision on an arbitrary number. Use critic reviews as a description of the game, not a judgment. Oh, and about DW6. I plays a lot like a combination of 5: Xtreme legends and Empires. It's fun and the English dubs are hilarious at times. Also, it gets FREE DLC, even on the XBL Marketplace, and it's budget priced at $40 ($35 or less used). Expand
  6. WilliamA
    Jun 28, 2009
    Its more or less the same from the last empires game which is not really bad for dynasty warriors, this installment includes a way more detailed edit mode that kept me entertained with my own characters that would rule china but the confusion in 2 player and the drop of free mode and lack of online capabilities disappointed me. But other than that i am very much addicted to it. Expand
  7. ThisGuy
    Jun 25, 2009
    Note to Metacritic staff: The GamePro reviews of this game (both Xbox and PS3) have been pulled. You can verify this by following the "Read Full Review" links, which now redirect to the GamePro site's top page. Perhaps these reviews should be removed from the Metacritic rankings? This comment need not be posted to the site. Expand