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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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User Reviews

Xu Chu should be emperor! Pixelspeech (1006) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
Empires gives DW a Brain-Transplant, is it worth your $? Yes. Kyle Levesque (935) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars

Critic Reviews

Cheat Code Central Mar 30, 2006 4.5 out of 5 90
GameSpot Mar 29, 2006 7.2 out of 10 72 Aug 12, 2006 71 out of 100 71 Jun 29, 2006 14 out of 20 70
Game Informer Magazine May 01, 2006 6 out of 10 60
IGN Mar 30, 2006 5.3 out of 10 53 (UK) Jul 11, 2006 5 out of 10 50


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