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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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

    • 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
    • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
53.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
The most enjoyable and addicted game i ever play since the last i play in dynasty warrior 5 empires... and warrior orochi 2 ^-^

many new stuff and new officer...
new features... hmm....the most important thing is...it just awesome xP
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
111.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
First off I have to say I love the game overall. 7/10
I don't play many hack 'n slash games, but the dynasty warriors and samurai warriors are certainly the exception. Though I have played others in these series I shall ignore those and focus on this game instead.

Positive aspects
What do I like about this game? (see the spoilers for more details)
  • Empire mode
  • Character creation
  • Battles
  • Difficulty settings
  • Tactics and Stratagems
  • Choose to be lord, vassal, free officer or Vagabond leader
+the empire conquest mode, at heart I am more of a strategy game player, the conquest, or "empire" mode as it is called here adds a little bit of management and strategy to the game. It could be better as its depth is somewhat limited, but keep in mind that this game is at its core a hack 'n slash, not a grand strategy.
+Character creation, what makes or breaks these warriors games for me is the ability to make your own character(s). This game allows that, with a decent variety. The amount of officers you can make is ridiculous. No complains here.
+Battles, the battles tend to be rather large in the current version of the game, the hack 'n slash part comes to its right as you can usually mass murder at least 2k enemies per battle, I have gotten up to 5k as a record in a single battle.
+difficulty settings, in my opinion this is important, why? Because when I bought the game when it released the difference between normal and hard was way too much. Normal was too easy and hard was (for me) impossible. Now? Normal is actually a lot less easy (though still certainly not hard) Hard is just that, hard, but certainly playable for me. Depending on how I feel switching between normal and hard gives me either the power to totally push over the enemy or actually require me to plan my tactics and manage my health, possibly even losing.
+Tactics, the use of "stratagems" in game can actually turn the tide, which speaks to my strategy natured heart.
+lord, vassal, vagabond or non-aligned, the option to choose whether you want to rule a land, or help some iconic character to conquer the world (a.k.a. the China), or, actually go at it alone or with a small group, roaming the land seeking riches and fame without actually joining a kingdom. I don't always feel like being the ruler, it is nice to serve under Cao Cao or Lui Bei sometimes
+Guan Yu, because he is epic. (yes I actually read the romance of the three kingdoms)

Negative aspects
The downside to me are the price of DLC and the lack of a proper story mode. (See spoiler for details)
  • No story mode.
  • Guest heroes

-Lack of story mode, not included, please buy Dynasty Warriors 8 Extreme Legends, my only question is, if you can make that, why the hell do you not make 1 complete game where you can do both story and empire and make your own character? (I suspect cash grab has something to do with it.)
-OVERPRICED DLC that is an understatement. I am not a person who is very bothered by DLC, assuming they add value to the game and for a decent price, like how Paradox Interactive does their DLC. But in the case of DW8 Empires the DLC first of all doesn't add that much, some pieces of clothing, maybe a voice line, some clothing from older DW games (so they already had those, already got money from those but still release it as paid DLC). That is it. Want 4 new old costumes from DW7? Well 12 euro please.
Solution is of course not to buy the DLC, which is what I am doing. I just want to mention this in a naive attempt to get Koei to lower the price of those tiny DLC packs, even 3 euros would be expensive, let alone 12.
-Other people’s self-made heroes… sadly the average character made by other people deals with sexual references, and/or makes fun of important religious figures, insulting millions, if not billions of people on this planet in a reckless disregard of humanity. I guess there is no limit on how low gamers can drop sometimes, reminds me of the YouTube comment section

I am rather neutral about the music, some soundtracks I like, others less so, most aren't particularly memorable. Often I simply turn it off and start a playlist via my favourite music player with more authentic east Asian music.

I greatly enjoy the game, I think it has been worth the investment of 50 euros in its current - vanilla/DLC-less state.
I recommend a buy if you want a hack 'n slash game with some tactics and strategy elements to compliment your mindless slaughter, also recommend if you like the ability to make your own characters and have them appear on the map, be that with or against you. And as you can see in the spoiler section under negative aspects of the game, the negative parts can almost all be negated and/or ignored. Overall 7 out of 10

If you want to have a story or dislike strategy, china and/or hack ‘n slash then DON’T buy. But if you don’t like hack ‘n slash you shouldn’t be here reading this review (thanks for reading though).

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
71.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
big musou/warriors fan.
Got addicted to the gameplay....
one of the best musou titles.
Lots of fun playing as you're own character trying to brin china under you're rule.
Awesome interactions with officers. and as i write in all of the musou titles, FUN.
The feeling of beeing one OP guy. its just great.
only downfall (like in all koei's games, DLC is a little overpriced...i will buy them over time tough...)
Now where the hell is samurai warriors 4 empire????
koei get on it.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
65.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Im just about done making my first character look good.
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344 of 421 people (82%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
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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202 of 253 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
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!

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

  • 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.

  • 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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124 of 149 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
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.

-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

-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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230 of 322 people (71%) found this review helpful
617 people found this review funny
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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256 of 363 people (71%) found this review helpful
19 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.

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

-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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94 of 118 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
240.7 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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9.0 hrs
Posted: October 25
Im facing problems with the game... opening scene has audio but when i enter to the game menu onwards theres no audio at all... Would really love some help and feedbacks and ways to overcome this issue!!
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14.2 hrs
Posted: October 24
fun but too expensive for the game like this
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Darkening Demise
15.4 hrs
Posted: October 22
Bad port, fun game, but bad port. PS3 version not PS4.
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188.7 hrs
Posted: October 15
This game is the prefect example of an unfinished masterpiece. The music is epic, the combat's frikkin satisfiing, the character customization is nigh flawless (I only wish there were more equipment options), the lack of english dubbing makes me realize that japanese can be both cheesy and epic, the landscapes are simple, yet breathtaking, the troops are satisfingly pathetic, while the officers with names are way more difficult and are a joy to defeat, and the ability to have make a story that no matter how many times you try to make it the same, the chances of the story to be the same are infinity to one..........I think. My only qualms are that there is no main story, the choices for outfits are somewhat limited and the big one..........I CAN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO PAGE UP AND PAGE DOWN ON A LAPTOP! But other than all those easily-over-looked problems, this game is straight up beautiful, plays great, sort of addicting what with the nigh endless possibilites, and really fluid. There's only one word to describe this game: FUN.
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Meu OvO Gourmet
216.2 hrs
Posted: October 7
Pretty much your usual Dynasty Warriors game. However, unlike his predecessor, you can customize many things like maps, units, characters and even mounts. Problem is, the basic customization tools are pretty limited and the DLCs for more of those is way too expensive for the little it gives. Not a whole lot of game modes, but it is good overall. I recommend if you're buying on sale(at least 50%), not full price though.
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sir swordinface
40.1 hrs
Posted: October 3
I always thought to myself "boy i wish dynasty warriors would do some sort of "conquer the world" kind of game" well, here we are, they did that very thing, and it really didnt disapoint, ive completed the games scenario's many times, but it never gets old, so many characters to play as, so many different relationships to form (although those arn't that good, its like two lines or so every so often) and an entire country to conquer, and whats more is that you can be the leader now, and you dont even have to play as a leader character (like Cao Cao) you can make any character you want to play as the leader, if only you know how to do so. wanna start your own faction? pick a character whose a free officer (or betray your characters current lord) build up your forces, recruit plenty of officers (your going to need them) and raise your flag! if you succeed in taking the territory you rose up in, your faction is established, you can issue commands, assign different ranks to your officers (prefects (essentially dukes or barrons) first marshal, no idea what they do haha, and strategist, again no idea what that does) but that can be kinda hard to do, so if you want, you can join one of the existing factions if your not a member already, do good and you will rise through the ranks and become a prefect yourself, and your lord gives you your own province to manage, do even better and you can become his strategist (im saying his, as all the leaders are male realy) or first marshal, giving you more power then before (like being able to organise attacking provinces yourself) have fun out there! oh and two things, your going to find the keyboard controls a little bit.....weird, like really weird, its WASD to move, but JKLI to move the camera and GH to attack.....yeah and you cant command your forces with "defend" or "attack" orders during battle and it may be a little hard to figure out how to activate the card abilities. so maybe bring a controller if you have one, i personally have a ps3 controller, its very comfortable and easy to control the game with
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