DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 Empires is the latest installment of the "Empires" series, in which you aim to conquer ancient China using both strategy and the one warrior versus one thousand tactical action the WARRIORS series is known for.
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Release Date: Feb 26, 2015

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Update Information (2016/03/22)

▼ The following feature has been added:
・ The high difficulty level scenario "Persistence Pays Off."

▼ The following bugs have been addressed:
・ A certain combination of inputs at the officer selection screen before the Empire Mode scenario, "A Gathering of Heroes," results in the game freezing.
・ Repeating army commands results in some officers not appearing.
・ Certain other minor issues.

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About This Game

DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 Empires is the latest installment of the "Empires" series, in which you aim to conquer ancient China using both strategy and the one warrior versus one thousand tactical action the WARRIORS series is known for.

The player becomes a hero from Three Kingdoms era, with the goal of unifying all of ancient China under their rule via strategy and battles!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® Vista, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1
    • Processor: Core2 DUO 2.4 GHz or better
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 640*480 pixel over
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c over
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® Vista, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1
    • Processor: Core i7 860 or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280*720 pixel over ※No 4K compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c over
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RAIJE
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
한글패치가 매우시급합니다. 그러면 추천을드렸습니다.
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spf1200
( 19.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Co-op is limited as hell. no online no split screen for most mission. wish i could refund this since i got it to play with friends and can't.
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RandomAnimeDude
( 42.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
Another great addition for the series. Though I feel like it's still missing a few things it's an overall great buy if you're looking for something to take up some free time.
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massive
( 56.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
This game is best played on a controller. Some third-party controllers will not work, so be careful where you buy them if they're not the official. That aside...

Love the Dynasty Warrior franchise, but I will not compare this to previous versions as I prefer to give games there own individual merits.

This is a casual hack-n-slash game with nice graphics. If you play games for the story, this game is not for you. If you love games where strategy is required to obtain victory, this is not the game for you. This game is pure hack-n-slash. The only "strategy" in this game is the path you want to take to hit achievement goals on steam.

Pros:
- Characters are unique with big selection.
- Lots of charater customization.
- Smooth game play through out main mission of taking over China

Cons:
- The optional side missions to defend, attack, assassinate..etc lack excitement as they are just smaller maps with shorter time frames to complete a set of tasks.
- Not something you can play without a controller (I mean you could play on mouse and keyboard, but thats only if you want to add an additional challenge above the games Chaos Mode)
- Not worth $40-$60 + Expensive DLC's (estimated value for game is worth $10-15 + maybe $0.50 - $0.99 DLC's at most)

Overall:
Very enjoyable, but the price is a big turn off since it doesn't offer what a $40-$60 game should have in terms of content...
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Guardian
( 371.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Pls dont mind other negative review .. those people used to play on the controller n not getting use to the game if play on PC .. now i always played DW series with my controller so i got used to it .. it rather easy if u spend some times n u will get a hang of it .. now now now about the game .. ONLY the gameplay .. the combat r good .. but if u looking for the story then this game is not for u .. cause there is nooooo storyline here xD NO STORYLINE ... i played for more than 300hrs because of the gameplay .. the combat from each character n i created some awesome n stunning character n eventually i fall in love with those character i create so .. i just kept on playing ..
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Shotgun Knight
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
I've been a massive DW Series fan for years and this import was incredibly disappointing. It's like they didn't even try to produce a good game. It looks awful, the AI makes remarkably silly choices and KOEI showed more attention and care for their SNES imports. It's hard to believe that this is a game released in 2015.
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SwedishFishTwix
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Sure, I love playing this game, but it keeps crashing... if that wasn't the issue, this would be sooooo fun........
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stealthweasle01
( 120.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
I've played this game for 120 hours, but it only has about 25 hours before it becomes repetitive. Unless you go for all the titles and achivements you won't be playing for long.
The controls for DW were made for PS and Xbox controllers, and i don't have one, so i can say that the defult keyboard layout isn't very good. (They did improve it from the PC port of DW8:Extreme Legends though)
It's clear that they didn't care to make the PC port any good for a PC only player. The game has no mouse support, and they didn't even bother to remove the coding for the Play Station Network, they just disabled it. So its extra data you need to download.
I personally didn't mind the below PS3 average graphics, But any decent gaming computer could have played highquality PS4 graphics better then the PS4 itself, so they need to allow that option.

I've never played any other DW Empires game. (though i played this one's PS3 version) Again the game is repetitive, and it only has so many battle fields. Most of the titles revolve around being a free officer. i don't think they put anything cool into being a ruler. The campians are all really the same and free mode isn't that custimizable.

I like the custom character maker, I'm sure i spent 10+ hours just building my friends characters from our D&D world. This is likely the only reason this game is replayable. I'm not one for spending hours customizing a characters face in games like Obivion or Skyrim, but this creater gives you options but not too many that your overwelmed.
The best part about this creater is the armors, you can mix and match differnerd armors, helmet, boots, pants, and gloves and they have a lot of options. If they made a program to add armor mods this game would be way more popular. I also think their's no reason to max Custom Units at 10 Custom characters.

It's not a bad game, they just need to optimize the game for PC rather then make it as an Xbox/PS port. Embrace the advantages of PC gaming. Better hardware, multiplayer internet battles, Mods, Etc. Maybe Dynasty warriors 9 or 10 will have good PC versions.

Personal Recommendation: If you want to play it, Get it on sale. It IS NOT worth it's full price. Other then that it's good for at least 35 hours, And you get a Character creator.
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Taebrythn
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
compared to the other empire type games Dynasty Warriors has this one felt really lacking on. i've played a few on consoles and i really enjoyed those. this one felt just too limited. not to mention i wished you had an option to turn off the custom toons. they just start to infest you providences and i dunno know you get sick of seeing them after a bit.

now the game isn't horrible either. if i could do a neutral tick then i would of. this one is better on sale or in a bundle not full price.
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MJBoyle16
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
Okay, The PC port is really bad. A lot of minor glitches that take away from the game, pricey to obtain with pricey DLC. If you own a PS3, the DLC's are almost ALL free. Since I do not own an Xbox One nor a PS4 I do not if this is the case. But they should all still be considerably cheaper. Also, PS3 and PS4 the DLC's are interchangeable. Once you buy the DLC for one system, you don't need to buy for the other. So if you downgrade, or upgrade you never have to rebuy the DLC. Unless you go from PS to Xbox.

There is also the issue of the interface in the main menu. It is awful. You can barely use your mouse or controller until in battle, and even then it is very choppy and seems disconnected if using a controller. I do not recommend buying this game on the PC, even if you only have a PC. Save your money for a PS3 (you can find them for less than 100$, then buy the game for 40$, then get all DLC free. Instead of over 200$ for the game and DLC on this PC port, you can get a System, the DLC and Game for less than 150$. Koei and Konami did an awful job, like always (Konami) it is pitiful how bad of a port this game is, and it doesn't speak for the game itself. It is a failure of the Creators and Developers and Publishers that this port ended up being so bad. I do not recommend buying Konami games for PC anyways, they are always bad.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
56.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
This game is best played on a controller. Some third-party controllers will not work, so be careful where you buy them if they're not the official. That aside...

Love the Dynasty Warrior franchise, but I will not compare this to previous versions as I prefer to give games there own individual merits.

This is a casual hack-n-slash game with nice graphics. If you play games for the story, this game is not for you. If you love games where strategy is required to obtain victory, this is not the game for you. This game is pure hack-n-slash. The only "strategy" in this game is the path you want to take to hit achievement goals on steam.

Pros:
- Characters are unique with big selection.
- Lots of charater customization.
- Smooth game play through out main mission of taking over China

Cons:
- The optional side missions to defend, attack, assassinate..etc lack excitement as they are just smaller maps with shorter time frames to complete a set of tasks.
- Not something you can play without a controller (I mean you could play on mouse and keyboard, but thats only if you want to add an additional challenge above the games Chaos Mode)
- Not worth $40-$60 + Expensive DLC's (estimated value for game is worth $10-15 + maybe $0.50 - $0.99 DLC's at most)

Overall:
Very enjoyable, but the price is a big turn off since it doesn't offer what a $40-$60 game should have in terms of content...
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Another great addition for the series. Though I feel like it's still missing a few things it's an overall great buy if you're looking for something to take up some free time.
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415 of 505 people (82%) found this review helpful
537 people found this review funny
Recommended
68.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
My favorite part of Chinese history is when my boy Wang Wang killed 2,000 peasants in 30 minutes on the Wu Zhang Plains.
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341 of 416 people (82%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2015
Holy crap. They finally brought Empires to PC. I'm still in shock.

The short version: it's good. You can take over all of China, now, using a turn-based (every turn is a simulated month) system. It's a little repetitive, because you will take over a territory, rest a month, and then an enemy army will invade that territory, so you've now played the same map twice in a row, and sometimes that twice becomes three or four times before you have a chance to move on.

That aside, I don't have any serious complaints with it. It's slightly different in many ways from the regular Dynasty Warriors series, but the ability to strategize and take over regions is the largest change. There's less of a focus on pick-ups/power-ups in this game, and your generals can all be assigned a specific number of troops for each fight, but for the most part it's the same combat and characters that long-time fans of the series will recognize. There are strategems that can be selected before battles that give your officers special moves to employ. You don't seem to have direct control over these, or when they happen, you just pick what you think would be most advantageous for the map in general, and roll with it.

As a port, it doesn't have the widest range of graphics enhancements, I wouldn't call it "next-gen", but it looks better than ps3. I didn't have any problems with the porting, and my x360 controller worked fine.

The inlcusion of a character edit mode, and the DLC for costumes for older games (especially, for me, DW3) make this a must buy for fans and a great (although the strategy parts can be confusing at first) place to start the series for newcomers. Very highly recommended.

Edit: After playing a while I noticed the enemies will pop in and out some, but that's something the series has been known for. There's also, inexplicably, no autosave, so save often.
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196 of 245 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2015
Warning to Nvidia Users! - Make sure you turn Anti Aliasing to Application Controlled, otherwise you will not be able to see any preview models!

Summary
A great game for any fan on the Dynasty Warriors series. Fantastic customization, allowing you to create your own kingdom! Combat is the same as the previous Dynasty Warrios 8 game, although there is a new addition called Strategems that allow you to turn the battle in your favor! The high price tag may scare away a few people, however, you will definitly get your moneys worth if not more in playtime! DLC that is included (as of release date) is purely cosmetic, meaning you gain access to all the gameplay features!

Overall Score - 9/10

Pros
  • Fantastic Customization - Create your own Officer, Soldiers, Banners.. Even the horse you ride into battle!
  • Solid Combat - Take down hordes of the enemy army, easily racking up 500+ kills per battle!
  • Immersive Cutscenes
  • Strategy Control - Decide what your Empire will do. Will it Invade the neighbouring army? Or seek Alliances?
  • New Features - Includes all the previous features of other Dynasty Warrior Empires games, as well as introducing a new feature - Strategems - which allow you to build Ranged Towers, Taunt enemies, and various other things. Now you can truly decide the outcome of your battles!
  • Unlimited replayablity - With the option to create your own Scenarios, this creates unlimited outcomes and replayability. I can see myself racking up plenty of hours playing this.

Cons
  • Poor Graphics - Compared to other games released in this time frame, the graphics are no where near top standards.
  • High Price - Unless you are a hardcore fan of the Dynasty Warriors games, this price tag may seem high for some.
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118 of 142 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
72.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 14, 2015
This is the sloppiest game I've ever seen Koei's name on. I'm talking 70% budget cut sloppy. But I've still enjoyed it.

~Pros~
-Improved character creator
-The whole in-battle strategems system works smoothly in this edition
-Downloading and sharing created characters online is a cool new feature
-The characters and all weapons play nicely, with fun combo and special attacks
-The framerate is quite good, considering how laggy older entries could get

~Cons~
-If you so much as minimize this edition of the game in menus, the whole thing crashes
-Character lines have been reduced tenfold
-There's a whole 5 historical scenarios when you buy the game
-There aren't actually any proper videos I've encountered yet (not referring the cheap sub in various officer clips either where the troops raise their spears), not even for major historical battles, when there have been up to 20-ish in other Empires games
-The game contains Japanese voice acting only, the English dubs were a nice option in older entries
-You pay over 50 bucks for the game, without any form of online play which you would get on the XBox version
-The PC optimization of this game is a mess

Koei needs to look back to the days of SW2E, or DW5E to see how an empires game should really be done, this game overall is a pretty large step back from how good empires games used to be, and I believe still can be. I'm still enjoying the game far more than I should be, despite the several incredibly disappointing aspects. If you're a sucker for warriors games like I am you should still find plenty of enjoyment in this installment, but only get it when it's on sale of course as this is closer to a $25 game at most, not a whopping $55 one.
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319 of 444 people (72%) found this review helpful
315 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
Met lu bu's girl married her became best friends with lu bu betrayed my ruler and took all of his best officers waited till my allies defeted him then betrayed my allies and took everyones land in one move.

10/10 would betray again
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232 of 327 people (71%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 7, 2015
Alright, enough with the BS and here's the truth:
This new Empires series of Dynasty Warriors 8 was, in my opinion, the most laziest and apathetic sequel ever.

PROS:
-Customization
-Couple new weapons that are tons of fun
-Combat/Battle is fun

CONS:
-No immersion variety (let me expand this);
--You will get very limited amount of cutscenes (these cutscenes from previous Empires game bring you immersion into the game, and further enhancing your love for your character and your kingdom. Unfortunately, this didn't happen here.)
---FOR EXAMPLE: In one of my playthroughs with a customized character, all I did was assassination quests. On my attempt to assassinate the ruler, I was provided with two cutscenes. This is what I wanted more. You can get a few more unique cutscenes as a vagabond unit. But once you become a ruler or join a kingdom, it just doesn't become as exciting.

--Limited amount of options to do (By the time you reach maybe around 20+ turns, you will realize that there's really nothing much to do when you're in "The Strategy" room. It's extremely redundant with very lacking cutscenes (like how your current economy is, or how people view you.. type of cutscenes. Rarely any of that is in here...
----You will have one, but look... I've been extorting and levying the ♥♥♥♥ out of my people to only be granted a cutscene where they would gladly hand me a meatbun and everyone is happy... NO, just NO. You'd expect something or ANYTHING to happen after extorting or levying your people so much, but nope. There are no consequences other than making your virtue more evil, which is completely pointless. This is just lazy.

--No sense of connection between characters during battle. (Remember when you married a character and you run into him or her in battle, he or she will actually say something nice to you with consideration that you guys are a MARRIED COUPLE? Nope, none of that in here. Just the same line as if you two first met.)
---In addition to this, when you betray your ruler and rebel against his/her own kingdom, you'd think that the enemy ruler will say something to you in regards to something with "betrayal" or "deception" once you meet on battle. Nope. Again, it's as if you two first met... Completely shatters the immersion.

--Did I already mention that there's not much to do in the Strategy room? I wanted something more and NEW goddammit. The most frequent options you'll be doing is Invade, Raid, Interact, and finishing your Merit Quests (Strategy Objectives).

--Terrible ending. Seriously? You just recap every cutscenes that I have already seen as the ending with the cliche "watching the sunset with your officers as doves fly by" that last for only 10 seconds as the ending? Remember in DW7 Empires, the ending varies by your ambition (Good or Evil)? NO, none of that was in here!

I don't mind the redundant combat/battles, but atleast make the game more immersive. This is basically a downgraded version of DW7 Empires and slapping $50 bucks on you, tricking you into buying it by showing very little parts of "new features" like getting married and having children. Lol, don't even get me started on that thing.

Here's my conclusion:
(1) If you are new to Dynasty Warriors, buy it. Because, you'll be spending countless hours on customization and checking out the many types of weapons available.

(2) If you have already been playing Dynasty Warriors for awhile, don't expect something big and new here. The mechanics and combat will be the same, except for a couple of new weapons/moves from the original DW8 and XL. Don't let the whole getting married and having children concept fool you! It's just not worth it.

(3) If you are a die-hard DW fan, I have nothing to say to you, but rather envy your persistence to continue playing and supporting this repetitive game.

NOTE: The people who will dislike this post are most likely the die-hard fans trying their best to support this game as much as possible. If you are a normal person, and just wants to search for something new such as myself, you will read and deeply consider my review of this game, and then decide if you're willing to pay $50 for this lazy and quick money-grabbing ♥♥♥♥ by those greedy and CHEAP ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s at KOEI.
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82 of 101 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
200.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2015
I love Dynasty Warriors, espically those in the 'Empires' side-series. That's why it feels very disheartening to say that I actually can't recommend this title to everyone. A lot of what's been added I really do enjoy. The new strategy options and quests are a lot of fun, the 'Way of Life' title system is really cool, and the ability to create custom units, banners, and scenarios/campaigns is something I've been insanely excited for! Not to mention that no matter how repeative the combat is, I still get a kick out of the endless slaughter!

That all being said however, there is a lot about this game that does not sit right with me. There are a lot of cool things you can do during the strategy phase... when the game allows you to do them. If you're trying to progress through the ranks of a kingdom, expect to not have very much freedom to do outside of what the ruler tells you to do. As a Lieutenant/Commander, you're essentially bound to the will of the ruler until you get a promotion (which if your playstyle is more evil, will never actually happen). Even then, once you're promoted to a Prefect, Marshal, or Strategist you lose the ability to do things such as quests, where some of the more unique scenarios and interesting cutscenes are. It's almost better to just stay a Free Officer/Vagabound Unit or just become a ruler yourself.

Another issue is that the game just feels cheaply made, both in it's inital form and its translation. Enemy and ally AI and pathing is abysmal. During some of the stealth quests (which I actually find a lot of fun, espically assassination quests), I've seen the patrol units stuck running in circles or stuck in place because they accidently collided into something and it threw off thier programmed path. It makes it hard to progress when you have 5 mins. and you can't move because the patrol got stuck in a wall and will sound the alarm the moment you step too close.

Presentation is also rather off-putting and a tad glitchy at rare moments. It's funny how the game doesn't even resemble a lot of what the promo screenshots from a couple of months ago looke like. One of my favorite stupid moments was when I was launched fifty feet in the air using the Sword & Hook air launch combo.

The english translation is trash. You can tell they didn't care enough to double check the sentence structure so you don't get things like 'Promoted to Liu Bei by Marshal'. Disappointingly, the English dub cast does not appear in the game, which means that all dialogue and cutscenes are in Japanese. This would not be an issue usually, but in certain cutscenes they don't even bother to put subtitles in. Some of the coolest cutscenes are ruined by the fact that I can't actually see what the characters are saying. This game was made cheap, and it clearly shows.

I WANT to be able to recommend this game to everyone, but these issues are so frustrating and distaseful that even I can't take a sort of humorous pleasure in them. If you like Dynasty Warriors as a series, enjoy a good slaughter, or can get really into character customization I can recommend this game. However, if you're bothered by poor AI, a lack of free choice, and incredibly cheap translations, don't bother or at least wait until it goes on sale. If you hate Dynasty Warriors...well, No. Despite all of this I still enjoy this game for what it is.
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116 of 160 people (73%) found this review helpful
206 people found this review funny
Recommended
42.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
Played Yu Jin, served Sun Jian, married Sima Yi's wife, had a kid, she looked like a potato, became marshal, had to put down the same rebellion 3 times in a row just before the final battle, killed the last guy in 9 seconds, China is now under the Sun family.

In Edit mode: Made a guy with an afro called Disco Dave who danced around in a furry green outfit with his harp playing music for the people of China and somehow killing them at the same time.

294/24 would have a potato kid again and play top UK charts music again via harp.
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