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Set in ancient China, DW5: Empires brings the Empire mode to the latest DW game, while the basic hack & slash, button mashing gameplay remains the same.

The Empire mode adds a strategy overlay to the basic game, with a map of 25 areas to conquer. Each turn consists of two parts: empire control, and war making. Your territories bring you tax revenue each turn, which you can spend on various different actions. You can create items and tactics for your generals to use in battle. Recruit generals and troops, fortify your territories, among many other command options. You can wage war on other territories, or may be called upon to defend your own. For each battle you select which generals and lieutenants will fight. There are 4 scenarios to unlock, though they offer little to differentiate each other.

There is two player split-screen co-op, in either of Empire of Free play modes. Next to the soundtrack of the base game, this edition also adds soundtracks from previous titles, including Dynasty Warriors 2, Dynasty Warriors 3 and Dynasty Warriors 4.


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Xu Chu should be emperor! PlayStation 2 Pixelspeech (949)
Empires gives DW a Brain-Transplant, is it worth your $? Yes. PlayStation 2 Kyle Levesque (932)

Critic Reviews Xbox 360 Jun 29, 2006 14 out of 20 70
Console Obsession Xbox 360 Jul 31, 2006 7 out of 10 70 Xbox 360 Mar 28, 2006 6.8 out of 10 68
GameZone Xbox 360 Apr 18, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
GameDaily Xbox 360 Apr 03, 2006 6 out of 10 60
DarkZero Xbox 360 Jul 15, 2006 5.5 out of 10 55
Worth Playing Xbox 360 Apr 14, 2006 5.5 out of 10 55
IGN Xbox 360 Mar 31, 2006 5 out of 10 50
1UP Xbox 360 Apr 24, 2006 C 50 (UK) PlayStation 2 Jul 11, 2006 5 out of 10 50


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