Excerpt: Some people think that the Warriors games have been long exhausted, although there’s still a fan base for them, particularly in Japan where the series continues to sell in impressive numbers. I consider myself quite a fan of KOEI’s hack and slash games, but I still think that they’re deserving of an overhaul, and I’m certainly intrigued as to what direction KOEI Canada will take the Warriors game in with Warriors: Legend of Troy, in their attempt to make the series...
Excerpt: In this iteration of the long-running series, developer Omega Force opens its arms to the role-playing crowd with a healthy injection of Risk-like strategies, character ability customization, and side missions devoted to leveling your general and army. While weapons reach their max level too quickly, the new strategies and RPG-inspired systems make this tired, old series interesting and fun again. That is until you step on the battlefield.
Summary: For the first time ever in a Warriors game you get the opportunity to play as either a ruler or an officer. You can choose to be the all powerful decision maker who combines politics and tactics to achieve the ultimate goal or the warrior who carries out those orders and turns strategic planning into battlefield glory.
Conclusion: Warriors fans get more of what they seem to want with Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires. Some subtle differences distinguish it from previous Empires entries, but this is, more or less, what you'd expect. A second player can join you in split-screen play, and franchise faithful will enjoy unlocking various wallpapers, voice clips, and other goodies.
Pros: The Empire mode features a ton of content, Multiple strategic elements add welcome variety to the age-old formula, It's mildly fun to level up and improve your character.
Cons: The combat is still dreadfully repetitive, The visuals are still ugly, The sound effects and voice acting are still awful.
Summary: The human thumb is a resilient thing, and the Dynasty Warriors franchise has exploited that digit's agility for years now. So if you find your own right thumb growing particularly stiff of late, Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires is here to provide your workout routine the button mashing needed to whip it into shape. This comes as no shock to those accustomed to the monotonous and unoriginal combat for which the series is known, of course.
Pros: The Empire mode features a ton of content, Multiple strategic elements add welcome variety to the age-old formula, It's mildly fun to level up and improve your character
Cons: The combat is still dreadfully repetitive, The visuals are still ugly, The sound effects and voice acting are still awful
Summary: If you have ever read of a review of any of Dynasty Warriors games, you will know that ever review starts or ends with this sentiment: If you like the series, you will probably enjoy yet another game in it. If you have intentionally avoided this series, you will definitely want to avoid this next game. If you are new to the series, it's worth trying out to at least see if the gameplay sits well with you. These statements hold true once again.
Pros: Lots of characters to choose from, a chance to create your own characters, and a great soundtrack.
Cons: The additions to gameplay don't add a lot. It gets boring extremely quickly.