Conclusion: Koei have, without question, hit upon a highly successful formula, and I don’t feel it’s my place to say they’re doing anything wrong (they’ve got the sales figures to unquestionably prove otherwise), but sooner or later these identical pieces of straw are going to break the player’s back.
Summary: Samurai Warriors 2 Empires combines the most exciting aspects of Action, Fighting and Strategy games. At the start of the game Feudal Japan is divided into warring states and it is up to the player to resurrect a nation using equal amounts of strategy and strength!
Summary: Stop us if you've heard this one before. Once again those pesky ancient samurais are up to their usual warring shenanigans, and it's up to you to relive their past battles through a lot of completely boring combat and annoyingly acted cutscenes. Yep, it's another Samurai Warriors game from Koei. If you're out of the loop as to what this series, or any other of Koei's Warriors games, is about, just stop reading and know that you're not missing a whole heck of a lot.
Pros: The strategy elements of the empires mode are well designed and fun, Solid create-an-officer mode
Cons: Combat is as bland and uninteresting as ever, Not many features outside of the empires mode, Graphics and audio are stuck in the Stone Age, Repetitive and grating voice acting
Summary: The Way Of The Samurai is a strange one. So many moves to learn, so many facts, so much strategy. This samurai has fought many a battle against modern weaponry, futuristic weaponry and even commanded great armies. Now he has found himself playing Samurai Warriors 2: Empire. Where did the path of the samurai betray him?
Pros: Strategy adds to the fun, Brainless, solider smashing fun, Easy to pick up and play
Cons: Terrible voice acting, Very repetitive, Poor graphics
Conclusion: If you just can't get enough of this stuff, Koei are back with yet another pad busting action game in "Samurai Warriors 2: Empires." Call me crazy but enough is enough. From the moment the menu loads this is overly familiar territory. Get into the meat of the combat and you'll note the complete lack of evolution. Whilst Empires does add to the existing feature set, it's not enough to keep things afloat.
Excerpt: Samurai Warriors 2: Empires places you in the shoes, or would it be sandals, of a warlord in feudal Japan and as the nature of the time dictates it’s up to you to seize as much territory as possible. Along the way you’ll strike up alliances, encourage rebellion and entice rival warlord’s minions to defect to your clan. You’ll have to balance your war tactics with keeping your citizens happy and make sure your territories are prosperous, sound like fun?