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Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires

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Available on:PlayStation 4Feb 24, 2015
Xbox OneFeb 24, 2015
PCFeb 26, 2015
Xbox Series X/SNov 10, 2020
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Omega Force

Genre: Action

DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 Empires centers on the chaotic lives of warriors as their critical decisions affect the rise and fall of the nations in Ancient China as they gamely fight across vast plains, bleak wastelands, narrow ravines and immense castles. Players can select from 83 characters, or create their own original character. The visual customization available in Edit Mode goes further with the newly implemented ability to customize horses, banners and "normal" officers. Warriors must fight against not only enemies but also the forces of nature as the changing seasons bring new elements to the more than 35 battlefields affected by seasons and the passing of time. Additionally, the game’s Custom Scenario mode adds the ability to control what will happen across the vast Chinese continent, allowing players to adjust every last detail to form a brand new Three Kingdoms world.

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But this is really a game for a subset of an already small audience. It's hard to see total newcomers, or fans of hardcore strategy, won over by Empires' strategy-management RPG blend, in much the same way that you wouldn't expect fighting game specialists to be entranced by the Musou combat system. It's a strange compromise really, yet somehow it manages to work. As such, it's certainly worth a spin, perhaps with the upcoming F2P version, if only to get a taste of the Musou series' most complex and thoughtful offshoot.

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Almost exactly the same features as Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires, and although it's still more entertaining than the main game the lack of effort put in is downright insulting.

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Ultimately, I came away from Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires extremely satisfied. The tactical elements outside of battle were well balanced as to be challenging while fair, and the combat carries over the best elements from the main game. It's a bit of a specific niche it's catering to -- fans of Dynasty Warriors combat and long-term strategy elements -- but if those two things are your jam, then Empires should have you hooked.

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If Dynasty Warriors is your guilty pleasure, then Empires would be your guilt trip.

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