Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires by Koei Tecmo is another spin-off within the Dynasty Warriors series that combines the hack-and-slash arcade type gameplay with some politically driven strategic gameplay. While there have been many Dynasty Warriors games to date, Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires is the first one to come to a portable system, the PlayStation Vita. The game has over 83 playable characters, as well as, the ability to create your own character. The customization within the game is remarkable. You can edit banners horses and almost every aspect about your own character and other officer NPCs. There is even a game mode in which you create your own custom scenario. In each scenario you create a scene and pull all of the strings to make the events and enemies attack how you want.
When I first launched Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires on my PlayStation Vita I didn’t know exactly what I was getting myself into. While I used to spend hours upon hours with some friends when I was young playing the first few Dynasty Warriors games, I didn’t know how to series had progressed over the past 10+ years. Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires is just as good, if not better, than I expected.
I want to start by talking about the visual aspect of the game. While I cannot speak for the graphics and gameplay on the Playstation 4, I will say that the graphics on the Playstation Vita are really good for a portable system. Graphically speaking, the graphics of Dynasty Warriors 8 on the Vita are much better than I ever remember them being on our Playstation 2 as a child. At no point while playing the game did I notice any framerate drops or lag spike due to the complexity of the game. The entire game, from what I played, ran very smoothly and I had no issues.
There is a lot going on when it comes to gameplay. I found myself mainly playing the Empire Mode within the game. This mode is where I had the most fun. You start by creating a character and then either start your own empire or join an existing one. Throughout the game mode you can choose to stay and try to conquer the world or you can choose to jump around and lend out your forces to varies empires. I found myself jumping from empire to empire while building my forces. While I have not had the time I would like to play through this mode, I know that in the future I will have my world domination in Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires. The politics that go into this game are one of the aspects that kept me coming back for more.
The multiplayer was something that I didn’t find myself playing too much. While I did have fun the little bit of it I played, I think it would be a lot more fun to be playing the game online with a friend or someone you know so that in the future, you can pick up right where you left off. If there was some sort of online multiplayer that allowed me to progress further in my own empire mode, while playing with friends online, it would make for a very fun experience. I think that the lack of achievement while playing online is what drew me away from it the most.
Overall I think that Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires is a great game that should be considered when looking for a new game to play on your PlayStation Vita. The arcade type of gameplay that is within the game along with the politically challenging game style will have you playing this game for hours on end. While there aren’t many new games coming out on the Vita these days, Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires is most definitely worth considering for any Vita owner.
This review is based on a retail copy of the game provided by the publisher.