gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This is the best DW game yet. Finally, I can order my generals, choose between tactics, and obtain most-desired items. It is not all gimme, though. However, obtaining items is more understandable and the item can be manufactured anytime you wish (if you have enough gold). No more waiting three turns or six turns or whatever. There are several levels, rather than only a fictional and historical modes. It never plays the exact same way twice... EVER. The first day I bought this, I played it several hours straight like a kid. Now, I still play it almost thirty minutes a day. The combinations of generals makes for interesting events between turns. Altogether, this is a super game. The graphics are great. The instruction manual is well-organized and easy to understand. The gameplay is easy and easy to learn if you are new to the DW series. Sound effects and music are good. The edit character mode has many choices to choose from so you can design your character in many ways. Have fun! (Did you know: the name Cao Cao is mispronounced in the game. It should be t'sao t'sao. The Three Kingdoms era really happened and the game characters are based off the real people.)
posted by Ndru000 (ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL) Apr 12, 2006
Member since Jan 2006
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
I rated this game a 9 because i am comparing this to Empires 4, and there were many advancements. However, this game lives up to the expectations of being a addicting, repetitive, mindless slasher where by playing empire mode a few times, you pretty much did all that you could. As you unlock new "storys" in empire mode you quickly realize that certain settings become "unlocked". The "execute" setting is one of them, this is used when you capture a general or lieutenant you can execute them. Although a nice feature it really doesn't come in handy until your playing the game on hard or chaos. You can also unlock a setting that turns off the time, so you cant run out of time, i found this handy, because when playing on chaos, 30 mins isn't really enough time to incorporate a strategy, because even on an "invade" you pretty much have to sit by your camp and defeat the generals who keep attacking. However, even turing time off, the time continued to count down, and just my luck i failed when it hit zero. The 5 different difficulty levels are really 3 -- Easy (Novice, Easy, Normal) Normal (Hard) Hard (Chaos). As you play on hard or chaos you must incorporate a strategy. For example, don't try taking over all the lands, just sit there with the land you started with, make alliances wait till there are only three forces left, and then attack their capital, which if you defeat them you gain all there territories. I know this takes away from the game a little, and like most people when i began the game i kept taking over all the areas one at a time. But as I progressed through empire mode playing at the same areas, listening to the same catch phrases over and over again. It just was pointless, and became irritational. All in all, the game is pretty good comparing it to its predecessors, there are still kinks to be worked out, but that's with any game.
posted by BlueRose (JACKSONVILLE, AR) Apr 13, 2006
Member since Aug 2005
gamers (82%) found this review helpful
I thought the game was great absolutely fantastic but a bit mind numbing with all the hack and slash. The only problem was that, maybe I'm the only one that did this but, in Empires 4 you got the chance to do an ending edit. I know most of the people that played it must have used their own edit characters in the ending edit. That was the whole point to get a few kicks outta seeing your characters on the ending...well with Empires 5 you don't get that option so I found that a little bit disappointing. As for the game play, the game play was fine there were no troubles with that, but to have to decide what your characters had to do during each month like the traps and other diplomatic events, I found that to be annoying and repetitive. As for the battles, they were good and I liked choosing my own sound track for the game. However, like everything else, it was repetitive. Finally, editing characters, I didn't like the voices and some of the clothing, faces too, but their voices were the worse, why were their voices so feminine, especially the first voice choice for male warriors. The calm voice for the strategist is cool, his phrases worried me a bit and the heroic voice was ok, but the first voice made the guy seem weak...no matter how decked out he was! I mean the character creation was one of the best part of the game...now disrepecting the main characters. Well I hope this review helped in anyway.