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8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9

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  1. ZachF.
    Sep 4, 2007
    9
    A great game for people who actually enjoy Japanese history and characters. People who know nothing of the samurai should never play this game because they won't know what is going on. I love the game altogether, great design and combos, and cool music.
  2. AdamB.
    Mar 15, 2007
    9
    An excellent game with solid gameplay, excellent music, and nice visuals. But it also has no online play, repetitive textures and voice acting, and limited anti-aliasing making for choppy graphics on high definition monitors. Critics whine and groan about Koei's games never changing, but it's the same way for many other series like Grand Theft Auto, Madden, Final Fantasy, Halo, An excellent game with solid gameplay, excellent music, and nice visuals. But it also has no online play, repetitive textures and voice acting, and limited anti-aliasing making for choppy graphics on high definition monitors. Critics whine and groan about Koei's games never changing, but it's the same way for many other series like Grand Theft Auto, Madden, Final Fantasy, Halo, Tony Hawk, and Street Fighter. People like what they like, and don't like what they don't. But don't try to complain about lack of originality when a game is built solid and you just aren't into it. Of all the games in the SW/DW series, Empires is by far the most engaging. Xtreme Legends (especially 5) has more RPG-like elements, however. Fans will enjoy the game, and those who have never played will like the $40 price tag. Others will play other things. Expand
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53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 29
  2. Negative: 8 out of 29
  1. Until Koei takes the time to enliven the painfully monotonous action, this is one samurai best left an honorless ronin--especially since Empires inexplicably abandoned the two-player Live action of its predecessor. [Mar 2007, p.79]
  2. Another sub-par Warriors release, adding only one new mode but demanding 40 dollars. If you're a fan of the series, it may be worth it. Otherwise, pick up one of the older titles cheaper.
  3. A decent title, but it doesn’t offer the same visceral experience that gamers became enchanted with eight-plus titles ago. The "empires" portion adds replay and upgrades the hack-n-slash, but it’s tough to dig deep into those pockets and dole out money for a near carbon-copy artfully repackaged.