Empires Games, Vast Improvement over DW6, But maybe a step in the wrong direction for an empires titles (See SW2)
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Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires is the inevitable addon for Dynasty Warriors 6, Some, Myself included find these much more enjoyable than the standalone game.
The games soundtrack itself has many long and immersive tracks, past and present with the soundtrack from the original DW making a comeback via free DLC.
Graphically, The same as DW6, But that was no slouch. The environments look very nice along with the character models which are very good, with the exception of the water which is rather poor, What could be improved on would be the towers scattered across many a battleground and abit of diversity amongst the peons would have livened the game up dramatically.
Empires main game mode, Empire Mode, Is the core of the game and can be split into 2 roles, That of an officer/vagrant and that of a Ruler.
Ruler Mode -
Ruker mode is when you control one of the major rulers of the various factions throughout China.
It is turn based, Where each turn, you get offered "Cards" these cards offer various perks to what will happen in the turns to come, so even if you feel you may lose the next battle, these cards may turn the tide of battle dramatically and come in very useful.
The second turn in ruler mode is either going to be Attack or Defend, you can choose to invade a neighboring state or choose to pass the turn but risking attacks from rivals.
If people are familier with the previous empires game, The ruler mode has been condensed down slightly, as the skill cards arnt as dramatic and you lack the overall choice that you had in councils with your officers in the previous games, But the second aspect of empire mode makes up for this greatly.
Officer/Vagrant mode is started if you select a character that does not belong to a faction at all or is a subbordinate to a ruler.
Acting in the game mode you are given tasks by your ruler, Either specific tasks or just to participate in invasions.
You also have access to a mesage board type feature with lots of small missions with varying difficulty, these battles in particular are very useful for forging friendships with other officers, To where they can follow you in battle, offer you gifts or even become sworn brothers, which all have their perks.
Within Empires the Create A Warrior (CAW) System is back, with a vast amount of outfits available for your own characters, which has been added to greatly by free DLC since its release.
There is also a vast encylopedia for thos einterested in the time period of the game, which is a very nice touch.
The main downsides of this are, the missing characters from 6 have still not made a return, with the exception of Meng Huo.
Those familiar with 6 will also notice the 3 types of weapon have departed leaving only the Standard type of weapon.
More postives are the slight improvement of the renbu system, It no longer decreases over time or when struck which was a major gripe for many players in the previous game, it is now upgraded in a shop during empire mode, and is permanent.
Overall, The Game has many improvements over the base Dynasty Warriors 6, such as the renbu system and pace of the game, But its core ruler mode within empire mode has been stripped down substantially, but the greatness of officer mode, I feel redeems empire mode.
8 out of 10, A Vast Improvement over Dynasty Warriors 6, and a good alternative to DW5E and SW2E.