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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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games xtreme Aug 02, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Da Gameboyz Jun 19, 2006 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Mar 29, 2006 7.1 out of 10 71
MS Xbox World May 22, 2006 7 out of 10 70
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Jul 07, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Console Obsession Jul 31, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Xbox World Australia (XWA) Sep 05, 2006 68 out of 100 68
GameSpy Mar 28, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
AceGamez Aug 02, 2006 6 out of 10 60
ZTGameDomain Apr 07, 2006 5 out of 10 50


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