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Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Tactical action offers more customization, weak graphics.

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Though this is not quite a mainstream game in the western world -- mainly because of its historical premise and heavy tactics -- fans of the series likely will appreciate Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires for its many customization options, such as an unprecedented number of warriors to choose from, dozens of battlefields, and the return of the awesome Empire mode. Here, gamers can choose from one of many unique roles, warfare methodology, and locations to fight through. Not that it's a bad thing, but the core gameplay hasn't changed much over the years. You'll hack-'n'-slash your way through armies, swapping weapons and utilizing combo attacks for extra damage, along with conquering bases, claiming territory, and defending your land against relentless intruders. Along with the action, there's some diplomatic decisions to be made. Players have a Risk-like map of territories to conquer and stats to wade through, if you like.

Improved this time around are the "stratagems" load-out before battles, where you can equip yourself with life-saving special attacks and self-healing abilities, summon new officers, change the weather, and more. Unfortunately, the visuals aren't breathtaking; the graphics are simply OK on next-generation consoles, and the awkward English voice-overs likely will cause you to roll your eyes every so often. Worse, there’s no online multiplayer. Although it delivers more of the same as previous installments, Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires adds a ton of customization and other features for fans of this franchise.

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