Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires Review

Dynasty Warriors has been around for a while.  I got to sit down and put an obscene amount of time into the newest iteration, Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires.  Having played the series intermittently, I knew what I was getting into

The first thing you

If you have played a Dynasty Warriors game in the past, you know exactly what you are getting here.  This is

The controls for the strategic portions of the game are simplicity itself.  Think of it like a game of Risk or Stratego

Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires is a blend between action and strategy, with a heavier emphasis on the action aspects.  Omega Force, in an attempt to shore up the strategy elements, has introduced an Empires mode that replaces the story modes present in the previous games.  There are 6 scenarios that will offer you the opportunity to conquer and unify the 25 territories of China in a game that neatly resembles Risk or Stratego, except that instead of just kicking off the enemies pieces from the map, you engage in the battles that determine the outcome of the conflict.  Just like Risk or Stratego, you not only have to assault your enemies, but you also have to protect your own lands and assets at the same time.  Do you commit extra troops to guarding a particular border, or do you utilize those extra assets to assault the enemy stronghold in a brash attempt to remove their powerbase?  If you have ever read Sun Tzu

There is a great deal of things going for, and against, Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires.  Spotty AI, sometimes-lackluster graphics, camera issues, cringe-worthy audio, and a rehash of the same type of gameplay we

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).
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