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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🌙OhHoNo☀
163.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Extremely satisfying with heaps of replayability. Hundreds of character creation slots to make your crappy ocs in chinese clothes holding huge swords and clubs.
All money and unlockables are aquired in game too, which is a nice change from all this microtrasaction junk! Could play for hours upon hours, although it does begin to hurt your fingers after a while.
Highly recommend if you like over the top beat em up/hack and slash games with no grounding in reality
9/10
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Master Sergeant Alpha
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
If you can get it on sale buy it if not dont
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Darkening Demise
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Ignore the PC Master Race Elitists who think they should have everything handed to them. Its a simple port, nothing more. PC just expects 200 FPS, 4K support, 1080p, mouse and keyboard support, etc. There is no performance issues unlike on PS3 and PS Vita (which uses the PS3 version). This is a good game, the PS3 version that is recommended to use a gamepad for to play with as its easier and there is no mouse support. But with a game like this I see zero reason for the mouse. It plays great, it offers new customization features like banners, kingdoms, horses, scenarios, and even now troops. So you have a far larger array of customization to personalize the game to your liking.
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Pixelbond007
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
capture lu bu, making him as my friend, letting him destroy officer while i just sit back eat my sandwich also changing history like a time traveler
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Tallestdavid
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
controllers wont work well! but if you use a key board then its a great game to empires lovers.
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Lycion Strayder
56.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Not a very good port..
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almetraazure
61.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
I love how historically accurate this game is! The character descriptions and storyline events are well designed, and the Ruler system is addicting for many hours of gameplay. The fact that you can choose and change your role in the game at any time gives you intense freedom in the game. There are only two things I didn't like about it, I don't like the difficulty settings. It seems like every setting is too easy, but when you set it on Chaos it seems like the difficulty skyrockets... the point is the difficulty is off-beat. Hard is just as easy as normal, killing generals in a few hits, but just one notch up- the generals take about 100 hits to kill and can kill you in one hit- kind of ridiculous. Plus, there could be more basic combos. Other than that, I love the weapon system and the customization, the fact that you can create your own map, a vast army and clan of your own from scratch, and have family and children are very unique to this game.
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swift_cheetah
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Mucked for half the time then got around to complete the game. All in 8 hours, that means I've paid $7 for every hour of play - not worth it and I don't find it replayable after completing it. I'd rather play the dynasty warriors 8 xtreme legends, which has a lot more replayability
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Ackman
141.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
dang I spent like a hundo hours on it I can't really say I hate it?
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Groyer
164.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Joined Wu, helped Sun Ce take all the territories, banged his sister then killed him to take his entire empire and win in two turns.

i r8 8/8 w/no h8 m8s

Amazingly simple, pick-up-and-play fun. Don't buy this at full price, though. Not worth $50 USD.
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Recommended
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
capture lu bu, making him as my friend, letting him destroy officer while i just sit back eat my sandwich also changing history like a time traveler
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
controllers wont work well! but if you use a key board then its a great game to empires lovers.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
If you can get it on sale buy it if not dont
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
163.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Extremely satisfying with heaps of replayability. Hundreds of character creation slots to make your crappy ocs in chinese clothes holding huge swords and clubs.
All money and unlockables are aquired in game too, which is a nice change from all this microtrasaction junk! Could play for hours upon hours, although it does begin to hurt your fingers after a while.
Highly recommend if you like over the top beat em up/hack and slash games with no grounding in reality
9/10
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446 of 543 people (82%) found this review helpful
578 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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343 of 421 people (81%) 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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197 of 249 people (79%) 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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120 of 144 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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321 of 448 people (72%) found this review helpful
324 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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90 of 111 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 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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