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  • Summary: Samurai Warriors 2 Empires, the follow-up to the Tactical Action game Samurai Warriors 2, combines aspects of Action, Fighting and Strategy games. Japan is divided into 25 warring states and it is up to you to resurrect a nation using equal amounts of strategy and strength. Before each battle, you meet with their war council to discuss military and political affairs; then it's time for combat. Samurai Warriors 2 Empires is a unique blend of strategy and true warrior action. An account of Japan's Warring States era. A must-have for anyone fascinated by Samurai culture. Vicious multi-Musou attacks with up to four officers. 6 Regional scenarios, plus 5 Unification scenarios. 50 new policy cards based on Japanese history. 30 different tactics cards allow you to hire wind ninjas, set an ambush or form a blockade. – 90 policies in all. Create your own warrior in New Officer mode or choose from among 400 playable characters. 2-player co-op play. Forge alliances with rival clans and hire captured officers. Includes Empire mode, Free mode, and an extensive Archive section with rare art and information on Samurai history and tactics. [Koei] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 29
  2. Negative: 8 out of 29
  1. It improves on the format already established in the previous games, and the strategy level adds another dimension to the game. At the same time, if you've burned out on the series, maybe you should avoid it as it's still the same game.
  2. Samurai Warriors 2 Empires takes the hack and slash formula and adds a touch of tactics to the game, perhaps to break up the somewhat repetitive nature of the combat. It certainly works and adds an entirely new level of depth if you are seeking such things.
  3. Empires is entirely unfocused and excels at nothing.
  4. While the Empires moniker denotes some degree of strategy elements, most of the game falls into the same ol’ button-mashing repetition. You fight large groups of enemies, occasionally killing off a leader, and so on. Basically, this is the same game you’ve been playing for years.
  5. It’s very hard to recommend this game, not only do the combination of strategy and button mashing not sit well together, but the game is exactly the same as the PlayStation 2 version.
  6. A layer of strategy is draped over the hack-and-slash combat: Players can tweak countless variables, from the training of their steeds to the formations their grunts will assume. But no amount of strategic dressing can hide the fact that the game hinges on button-mashing.
  7. 10
    I can't be bothered to go on. Anyone who buys this is an idiot. I wish artistic license would have allowed me to start and end the review in as many words.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. May 5, 2012
    One of the worst games ever created. I am a huge Dynasty Warriors fan, but this game is just horrible. I really wanted to like it. I love Dynasty Warriors and I love Japan so this game should have been fantastic. No, what I got was slower gameplay, insanely unfair enemy A.I., dull graphics, horrendous voice acting, and a ton of other awful problems. Expand

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