Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic 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. 80
    Endless variations on battles and the ability to customize characters make this game a good value for serious fans. People looking for less involvement and hack-and-slash may want to rent or avoid this title altogether.
  3. It's been a while since a Dynasty Warriors game was this addictive, and that's a huge bonus. While established fans will find the game to be incredibly fun, it's highly doubtful that longtime DW haters will be drawn into the series by this new one. Definitely a worthy purchase for those that like Koei's work.
  4. 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.
  5. You're getting the combat and battlefield strategy of the regular titles, combined with some of the more strategy-like elements of the Empire series.
  6. It would have been nice to see the franchise branch out a little, but if you just can’t wait to get back into the Dynasty Warriors groove, you’ll find plenty to enjoy with Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires.
  7. 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.
  8. If there was a series that could really use a reboot, reinvention or a break Dynasty Warriors should be it. The series has been doing the same thing over and over again for so long and it’s not doing enough to entice new players to the series.
  9. I really can't say I recommend this title, especially when Dynasty Warriors 6 is sitting on the shelf right next to it. Unless of course, you're a Dynasty Warriors fanatic, and want to get a new take on the series.
  10. Mowing down wave after wave of comatose fodder kills any chance of this game’s strategies having any meaning. An overhaul on the battlefield is sorely needed.
  11. 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.
  12. 60
    While strategy elements make the title more appealing and accessible to a broader audience, ultimately it’s not enough to compensate the repetitive hack and slash gameplay. Unless you’re fan of the series, then there’s little that will hold your interest.
  13. Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires likes to think that's it's a massive, deep game - there's even an encyclopaedia of historical events included in the start menu, so you can brush up on the background to your mindless slaughter - but the problem is, whilst it is certainly massive, it's a long, long way from being deep.
  14. 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.
  15. There are a few welcome additions, which fans will surely appreciate, but Dynasty Saga's gameplay and structure are getting more and more boring and old.
  16. It's another Empires iteration of a Dynasty Warriors game, and it comes with all the tedium and light strategy you'd expect.
  17. A sub-par romp through what we’ve already seen many, many times before.
  18. Judging by the amount of new content, this is more of a stop-gap than a sequel. Hardcore fans will be best off waiting for the next installment, because this add-on feels desperately half-hearted.
  19. 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.
  20. What makes a game great is the ability to deceive gamers in to believing in an alternate reality by creating immense visuals, believable sounds and a story that keeps you engrossed from start to finish, unfortunately Dynasty Warriors doesn’t do this.
  21. It may be fun, but no amount of political (and entertaining) backstabbing can hide the fact that, at the end of the day, this is still Dynasty Warriors 6 with a slight incentive to keep hacking and slashing.
  22. If you must play one, go back a few games. [Issue#48, p.87]
  23. 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.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. GrantR.
    Aug 26, 2009
    8
    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 repetitiveThis 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). Full Review »
  2. AdamB.
    Aug 7, 2009
    8
    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 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. Full Review »
  3. MattM
    Jun 30, 2009
    8
    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 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. Full Review »