Excerpt: As each new game is usually so similar to the last, we’re running out of things to say for Koei’s incessant, but always enjoyable Dynasty Warriors series. It has to be said that stupid jokes of men with funny names and beards have long since become exhausted. At least the Empire games are a little different to usual.
Excerpt: Developer – Koei/Omega Force Publisher - Koei Features 1-2 Players – Offline HDTV 720p Although Koei have been doing the Dynasty Warriors series for years, Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires for the Xbox 360 is their fifth game in the series that has spanned the PS2, Xbox and PSP. For those that have played any of the previous games in the past this most recent release will seem very familiar and even looks the same too.
Conclusion: They constantly repeat: "I have taken this base!" "I have taken this base!" or some other small statement. Sum. Gameplay: 8 Graphics: 5 Replayability:7 Sound: 5 Achievements: 9 Overall: 6.8 I like this game, but that is because I am a serious fan of the series. This is A GREAT game for achievements.
Excerpt: I've reviewed some pretty awful games in my lifetime. Remember Pulse Racer, where if you drive too fast your character has a heart attack? Yep - reviewed that one. What about Superman 64? Where getting from point A to point B without the game crashing was the real challenge. Yep - did that one too. I almost broke down into tears when I found out I had to review those games, but you know what really grinds my gears? What really sets me off?
Excerpt: Functional, but nothing special. The game’s graphical environment seems dated at this day, although it would have been a hit a couple of decades ago in the Amiga. Troops are rather plain though easily distinguishable both in terms of which faction they belong, as well as their type. Army generals on the other hand are more polished and the player can estimate what ‘type’ of general they are facing and his/her armament.
Pros: Turn based part is a nice addition, controls are responsive.
Cons: Repetitive gameplay, voice acting not up to scratch, dated graphics.
Excerpt: Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires, an introduction. The Dynasty Warriors series has always been very popular with action game fans. Set in Ancient China the Dynasty Warriors games, which are based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel, are essentially hack 'n' slash mass combat action games. Dynasty Warrior 5: Empires adds a whole lot of strategy to the basic Dynasty Warriors game play and it's an addition that makes it the best Dynasty Warriors game to date.
Excerpt: A second outing for the tactical version of the Dynasty Warriors franchise, Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires is again set in the legendary Three Kingdoms - Wei, Wu and Shu. The game follows the familiar path walked by previous titles in the series, as players attempt to master a supreme arsenal of new weapons and attacks including 'Musou Rage' and the amazing nine hit Evolution Combos.
Summary: A good game if you ignore the disappointing graphics, this game could possibly be worth the $40.00 that it is selling for. Personally, I say it's a pretty good candidate for rental. If anything, the game is a sure buy for those Dynasty Warriors fans out there who may not have a PlayStation 2, would rather have the 360 Achievements, or would like to play the game at a better resolution. Still for the rest of us, the game really only warrants a rental.
Pros: Another good DW game, top of the hack and slash market, and good BGM
Cons: Graphics don't take advantage of Xbox 360's power, cheesy dialogue, repetition, repetion, repetition