It wouldn't be that unfair to assume that most players familiar with the Dynasty Warriors franchise have long awaited a breath of fresh air that injected new ideas into the series. There have been a couple of expansions released that aimed to achieve this alongside previous core Dynasty Warriors titles, such as the Special and Xtreme versions. Yet is the Empires games that introduce a stronger element of strategy, and something that this time around reveals new strengths whilst highlighting recurring weaknesses.
Initially, upon loading the game up fans of the series will notice that the Free mode is not available in this title, with only a series of five campaigns available in Empire Mode to the player. Whilst this was an initial worry, the campaigns will consume many hours up before being anywhere near completed so therefore shouldn't end up being too much of a concern.