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LittleDragonZ
03-05-09, 12:58 PM
Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires follows tradition of allowing the series to reveal it's more strategic and customizable approach through tactics and creating your own unique warriors in order to unite ancient China.

It starts with the opening that pretty much sums the game up very clearly of what's to come. The most honest opening yet. You'll witness the Kingdom of Wu's Zhou Yu showing you all the phases. From being a simple ronin scouring the land, to becoming an officer, then controlling China as a Lord. Within these few minutes you will see Zhou Yu plan ahead, go into battle with some companions and even bow before Sun Ce, as you would normally expect him to if you've any knowledge of Dynasty Warriors and his relationships. This is indeed the game in a nutshell.

Now about the actual gameplay. The Empires series is known for you starting off with a little part of China, often known as ''The Land.'' What you can do from here is choose at your own free will of what you make of it all, you can decide to attack certain nearby places, or even need be, defend your cities from a localized sweep. Though as an important factor of the Empires series, buying tactics and recruiting characters can be done during these stages of events. So once all that is done, you go into battle and brawl your way through to the enemy commander within a time limit without you or your commander being killed. Do this for over a course of many hours through thick and thin and you'll find yourself uniting the land under your banner, or your Rulers that's. In this main mode before you really get going, a fictional option letting you play more your way or the historical option where you can follow and perhaps alter time-lines of The Three Kingdoms period of China.

Worth noting now is that for the first time you're able to play as a Vagrant (ronin) and earn your keep that way. Basically you will have much less control of where to attack and the course of action to be given. You will literally be freely fighting for the AI commander's turn of events. Otherwise there's the Officer and the Ruler status, the former will gain submissions from who you're working for every few months, enough to keep you occupied and feeling that being a part of is vital to controlling everything. Now as a Ruler, you have all the control you could want, such as using the tactics from purchasing and collecting character cards known and found throughout the two games before, 4 Empires & 5 Empires, plus more for the taking. Of course, hiring, attacking and defending should always be top priorities too. So really, the three above are different grades ranging from little control to lots of control over the battlefields.

CAW, also known as create-a-warrior in the series, is back. This time it's very large on customization that you won't know what to do next or what kind of body clothing you will collect after buying or finding them through missions. And do not fret, 100 places are set for you to fill in, so no need to delete in order to make room. Though unfortunately, the amount of characters used for creating a name has not changed. Plus this isn't it for CAW, not only can you change a body shape of your heroic or joke character, 6 Empires allows you to change a person's shape face and even go from a deep voice to a high pitched. So yes, you will certainly have plenty to do and spend time on with CAW, it's expansive.

Now in terms of the modes and what's new to the series or based upon the latest installment, Dynasty Warriors 6. First off, for those who've played DW6 would be aware that it for the first time, gave it a makeover with the new Renbu system. That has returned. But, in a slightly different fashion. Now you will need to buy a grid from the shop for each Kingdom which will unlock the Renbu system for that entire Kingdom.

Moving on, those who missed out on the PS2 version of Dynasty Warriors 6, the characters who were given new weapons and move-lists will be like so in this game as well. But otherwise in terms of new historic non-generic characters, Meng Huo has reawakened his tribe and has come back looking thrice as huge and ready for some action. This time carrying a huge pillar which he likely pulled out from his homeland wishing to smack some stupid grunts on the head with, in both a serious and punishing style. Or even with a more comical approach, summoning a giant mushroom from the ground which spins and fires spore pellets. Remembering the fact that DW6 featured two special attacks for each character (now there's 4 slots that you will need to buy to fill), in his case one of his looking extremely cruel to witness. One thing is for sure, this guy not being one you want to be rivals with due to his move-list and physical presence. And as other added bonuses, Empires gives his land some time and BGM, along with other historical places through interpretations via playable maps. Not forgetting Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires will, as a first, give customers DLC (download-able content) costumes and even BGM's through PSN and Xbox Live. Also if you haven't forgotten the background music will be more of use here due to the fact Empires allows you to choose your music track pre-battle. A few new BGM's will be in the game, though, spanning through the series giving 150 music pieces.

Another new feature is having the ability to edit the ending this time around. But in order to do so you must complete the mode.

There's the Encyclopedia which enlists what historically happened and gives a more honest view on the many faces found in Empires. And there's the Visual Database which is the new name for the Gallery from past titles. Brand new music plays here, though the main purpose, showing off character art (up to 4 per char) of never-before-seen poses. However, I'm sure you will be excited to learn that you can actually buy these now, as well. And if you've been following the series, you'll likely know there's the voice tests and specific character quotes within this mode. This includes the generic officers as well.

That's it for the Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires preview. From just watching the opening to completing your first Empire mode, I'm sure you'd agree it's a step forward for Dynasty Warriors in the sense you will know what you're doing and how much control you have. Vital for this specific series of games.

Matty1994
03-05-09, 01:32 PM
sweet bejesus :D thats all true hell im going to have a lot of fun :D
the CAW is going to be great cant wait but in the CAW do u have to find the things to custimise ur person if u do do u start with some because i want to get the game then creat my person then go through empires is that alowed :confused: also that writeing must have took long lol :cool:

Dong Xi
03-05-09, 02:09 PM
Can we play generic officers as ronin ?

LittleDragonZ
03-05-09, 02:11 PM
Yes mate. This CAW is by far the biggest and best yet. You can get some really cool looking designs and silly ones also. Plus some costumes from Bladestorm are in, too.

Yes you start off with some costumes, so you can create him or her straight away. You can in all the Empires games.

Don't worry about the writing, I'm really use to typing loads. :D

Insp. Chin
03-05-09, 02:13 PM
Can we play generic officers as ronin ?

Yes you can play as anyone you like. Just bring them to the battlefield and put it in your 1P or 2P slot there.

Yurisatan
03-05-09, 02:49 PM
Wow no doubt dw6 empires will be a huge step of improvement than the other empires series. & with the CAW it will give to the game allot of duration before you get bored of the game (if u get :D)

Nevfx
03-05-09, 03:43 PM
Oh. My. God.

Now I can't wait even more. Even better, is its released when I'm on holiday, so I've got about 2-3 months of non-stop Empires.

I LOVE the Ronin, Officer, Lord thing. I never thought of that, myself. I think I'll be Lord, cause I like control. :)

The CAW seems fantastic, I like how you can change the voice's pitch, in 5 Empires, you just had three choices.

DLC is always a good thing, are we talking seasonal, like in Soul Calibur IV you can d/l some halloween costumes, or is it more general?

I got bored of DW5 Empires after beating all the scenarios, but I think this is going to keep me occupied ALOT longer.

A question, in the fictional scenario, can one force have more then one piece of starting land? And if not, is the unoccupied land going to get filled in? I hated that.

What I want to see now is some English screenshots.

I'm off to play Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires....

Oh yeah, I assume you can still order each individual unit in battle?

Matty1994
03-05-09, 04:10 PM
thanx 4 info LittleDragonZ :) i really cant wait anymore :)

Nevfx
03-05-09, 04:33 PM
Its going to be fun to play. I can't wait.

StratocasterEv
03-05-09, 05:14 PM
I think it would be really funny to make a really fat bloke then give him an extremely high voice and Diao Chan's move set :P

Nevfx
03-05-09, 06:11 PM
Thats the creativity we love to hear!

LittleDragonZ
03-05-09, 07:14 PM
You're welcome. But I think that's enough info for now, otherwise I'll be giving more of a review not preview. :p

Gundam 2 and Strikeforce are both brilliant advanced games to keep you guys occupied til then. :)

Dong Xi
03-05-09, 07:54 PM
You work @ KOEI ? I'm new and you seem to know pretty much things about DW6E :p

For me, playing generic officers was the only reason for me to buy Empire 4 & 5 + SW2:E, I know, I'm strange. I always wanted to play those officers since DW2 :)

Back on topic, this game sounds very good, I hope that there will be more soldiers, and that will do something on the battlefield, instead of just waiting and being killed héhé, the only thing that Empire series needs is ACTION !

Insp. Chin
03-05-09, 08:26 PM
Haha we invited him to come to the office and played the game so he could write a preview like what he did on DWSF, DWG2 and this :)

foamy666
03-05-09, 08:59 PM
This is looking to be very interesting and now on my games I'm getting this year list as I'd been waiting for something like this before making a decision to get it or not.

One thing I am wondering about officers and vagrants is will you be able to plot against your lord and take over the land for yourself by betraying him/her and making your own army? Would make the game a lot more interesting if you and the AI could do that.

Insp. Chin
03-05-09, 10:53 PM
I think there is more than 6-8 spaces in name (cause I can put "Insp. Chin" and "Leady FF" in - I cannot put "^^" cause there's no such letter in there) if I'm not wrong it's 6-8 for JP version and 10-15 or more for EN version. ^^

Fayt
04-05-09, 12:06 AM
You can be a Ronin now eh? Sounds rather interesting.

LDZ, there are more maps in this then the original DW6 as well aren't there?

StratocasterEv
04-05-09, 04:40 PM
Would playing it as a Ronin be a bit like the Xtreme mode in DW5XL where you get to choose different missions and get paid for it or are you told to just fight battles for where ever it is you are at the time?

I couldn't think of how to word that :P

cheat07
05-05-09, 06:23 PM
Im pretty sure that koei has already confirmed 4 new maps for DW6E but im not 100% sure on that

Nevfx
06-05-09, 10:54 AM
Would playing it as a Ronin be a bit like the Xtreme mode in DW5XL where you get to choose different missions and get paid for it or are you told to just fight battles for where ever it is you are at the time?

I couldn't think of how to word that :P

Maybe you'll have a contract with a force for a certain number of years, like an alliance?


Im pretty sure that koei has already confirmed 4 new maps for DW6E but im not 100% sure on that

Well, I'm sure Nan Zhong and the other Nanman territories will now be included, as Meng Huo's back. And for those who couldn't get DW6: Special, cause PAL was left out (:mad:), we get the new maps from that game.

Question: What day is it released on? Play.com, who claim to get there dates from companies themselves, says 26th June, yet KOEI themselves haven't told us a specific date, just the month. Is it 26th? I hope so, its a week after I break up from college, so its a great way to start the holiday!

Cao Cao
06-05-09, 11:05 AM
@cheat07:
For DW6 Empires,7 new stages are confirmed:
-Nan Zhong
-Yong An
-Ling Ling
-Jin Yang
-Bei Hai
-Jiao Zhi
-Xi Liang

Nevfx
06-05-09, 11:30 AM
@cheat07:
For DW6 Empires,7 new stages are confirmed:
-Nan Zhong
-Yong An
-Ling Ling
-Jin Yang
-Bei Hai
-Jiao Zhi
-Xi Liang

Couple of those, like Bei Hai were in Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires, but were just maps from DW5 renamed, do you know if thats the case here? I'd understand, as the maps are named obviously after the region they represent.

Cao Cao
07-05-09, 03:05 PM
Couple of those, like Bei Hai were in Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires, but were just maps from DW5 renamed, do you know if thats the case here? I'd understand, as the maps are named obviously after the region they represent.

Oh,well,those seven are entire new stages,that haven't been in DW6,like Chai Sang and Ping Yuan weren't in DW5 (well,Ping Yuan was somehow the battle of Han Shui in DW5 XL,just a bit different).

For the DW6 stages,they will most likely be renamed. Hu Lao Gate gets Bei Ping,for example (and that's the only one I know 90% xD). And Xu Chang could stay Xu Chang (as well as Cheng Du,Xia Pi,Han Zhong,etc...).

Dong Xi
07-05-09, 04:06 PM
Hum.. another question, when you play with a generic officer, do you have exactly the same attack ? Or is it like in Dw5e with the 3rd charge ?

cheat07
07-05-09, 05:02 PM
thnx for the confirmation of new stages, wasnt sure on how many exactly were new to the game.

does anyone no the UK release date for empires???

LewisSO
07-05-09, 09:00 PM
Koei are officially the best game creators ever. They just keep getting better and better.

Too bad there's no more other new characters.

Nevfx
08-05-09, 09:16 AM
thnx for the confirmation of new stages, wasnt sure on how many exactly were new to the game.

does anyone no the UK release date for empires???
Its not on this site, but according to Play.com, 26th June. It says June on here, so its definatly going to be then. I'm in the UK too, so I know how you feel.

Yurisatan
08-05-09, 11:00 AM
I think it would be really funny to make a really fat bloke then give him an extremely high voice and Diao Chan's move set :P

Wow that would be unique :p

Nevfx
08-05-09, 11:39 AM
Koei are officially the best game creators ever. They just keep getting better and better.

Too bad there's no more other new characters.

That we know of.

But I doubt theres anymore, if there were any returning characters, KOEI would surely tell us.

Cao Cao
08-05-09, 12:05 PM
There are no new characters except Meng Huo. And that's confirmed. And also,there are no declones. When even Xiahou Yuan and Huang Zhong don't get their bow from Strikeforce,why should then any other character get a new weapon/moveset?

Nevfx
08-05-09, 01:45 PM
Don't they? Oh well. They weren't horrible with those swords.

And I didn't say or believe there would be any more new characters. Meng Huo's more of a returning character anyway.

Yurisatan
08-05-09, 05:20 PM
Koei are officially the best game creators ever. They just keep getting better and better.

Too bad there's no more other new characters.

Basically they are many characters though they are not very important as the ones that are now.

Cao Cao
08-05-09, 05:51 PM
Don't they? Oh well. They weren't horrible with those swords.

And I didn't say or believe there would be any more new characters. Meng Huo's more of a returning character anyway.

Yeah,I know,but I just wanted to clearify it.

And yes again,Xiahou Yuan and Huang Zhong were better than Zhou Tai.

Nevfx
08-05-09, 05:57 PM
Yeah,I know,but I just wanted to clearify it.

And yes again,Xiahou Yuan and Huang Zhong were better than Zhou Tai.

Nevertheless, great game eh? Can't wait!

DEADLY9996
29-05-09, 07:35 PM
I always liked Zhou Tai, bit tricky at times, but i found him pretty stable.

Korin
30-05-09, 06:10 PM
man...yeah...the...CAW...is goin to be sick...i cant wait for this game, i've been waiting for it FOREVER, i mean forever...

Static
30-05-09, 08:11 PM
Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires follows tradition of allowing the series to reveal it's more strategic and customizable approach through tactics and creating your own unique warriors in order to unite ancient China.

It starts with the opening that pretty much sums the game up very clearly of what's to come. The most honest opening yet. You'll witness the Kingdom of Wu's Zhou Yu showing you all the phases. From being a simple ronin scouring the land, to becoming an officer, then controlling China as a Lord. Within these few minutes you will see Zhou Yu plan ahead, go into battle with some companions and even bow before Sun Ce, as you would normally expect him to if you've any knowledge of Dynasty Warriors and his relationships. This is indeed the game in a nutshell.

Now about the actual gameplay. The Empires series is known for you starting off with a little part of China, often known as ''The Land.'' What you can do from here is choose at your own free will of what you make of it all, you can decide to attack certain nearby places, or even need be, defend your cities from a localized sweep. Though as an important factor of the Empires series, buying tactics and recruiting characters can be done during these stages of events. So once all that is done, you go into battle and brawl your way through to the enemy commander within a time limit without you or your commander being killed. Do this for over a course of many hours through thick and thin and you'll find yourself uniting the land under your banner, or your Rulers that's. In this main mode before you really get going, a fictional option letting you play more your way or the historical option where you can follow and perhaps alter time-lines of The Three Kingdoms period of China.

Worth noting now is that for the first time you're able to play as a Vagrant (ronin) and earn your keep that way. Basically you will have much less control of where to attack and the course of action to be given. You will literally be freely fighting for the AI commander's turn of events. Otherwise there's the Officer and the Ruler status, the former will gain submissions from who you're working for every few months, enough to keep you occupied and feeling that being a part of is vital to controlling everything. Now as a Ruler, you have all the control you could want, such as using the tactics from purchasing and collecting character cards known and found throughout the two games before, 4 Empires & 5 Empires, plus more for the taking. Of course, hiring, attacking and defending should always be top priorities too. So really, the three above are different grades ranging from little control to lots of control over the battlefields.

CAW, also known as create-a-warrior in the series, is back. This time it's very large on customization that you won't know what to do next or what kind of body clothing you will collect after buying or finding them through missions. And do not fret, 100 places are set for you to fill in, so no need to delete in order to make room. Though unfortunately, the amount of characters used for creating a name has not changed. Plus this isn't it for CAW, not only can you change a body shape of your heroic or joke character, 6 Empires allows you to change a person's shape face and even go from a deep voice to a high pitched. So yes, you will certainly have plenty to do and spend time on with CAW, it's expansive.

Now in terms of the modes and what's new to the series or based upon the latest installment, Dynasty Warriors 6. First off, for those who've played DW6 would be aware that it for the first time, gave it a makeover with the new Renbu system. That has returned. But, in a slightly different fashion. Now you will need to buy a grid from the shop for each Kingdom which will unlock the Renbu system for that entire Kingdom.

Moving on, those who missed out on the PS2 version of Dynasty Warriors 6, the characters who were given new weapons and move-lists will be like so in this game as well. But otherwise in terms of new historic non-generic characters, Meng Huo has reawakened his tribe and has come back looking thrice as huge and ready for some action. This time carrying a huge pillar which he likely pulled out from his homeland wishing to smack some stupid grunts on the head with, in both a serious and punishing style. Or even with a more comical approach, summoning a giant mushroom from the ground which spins and fires spore pellets. Remembering the fact that DW6 featured two special attacks for each character (now there's 4 slots that you will need to buy to fill), in his case one of his looking extremely cruel to witness. One thing is for sure, this guy not being one you want to be rivals with due to his move-list and physical presence. And as other added bonuses, Empires gives his land some time and BGM, along with other historical places through interpretations via playable maps. Not forgetting Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires will, as a first, give customers DLC (download-able content) costumes and even BGM's through PSN and Xbox Live. Also if you haven't forgotten the background music will be more of use here due to the fact Empires allows you to choose your music track pre-battle. A few new BGM's will be in the game, though, spanning through the series giving 150 music pieces.

Another new feature is having the ability to edit the ending this time around. But in order to do so you must complete the mode.

There's the Encyclopedia which enlists what historically happened and gives a more honest view on the many faces found in Empires. And there's the Visual Database which is the new name for the Gallery from past titles. Brand new music plays here, though the main purpose, showing off character art (up to 4 per char) of never-before-seen poses. However, I'm sure you will be excited to learn that you can actually buy these now, as well. And if you've been following the series, you'll likely know there's the voice tests and specific character quotes within this mode. This includes the generic officers as well.

That's it for the Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires preview. From just watching the opening to completing your first Empire mode, I'm sure you'd agree it's a step forward for Dynasty Warriors in the sense you will know what you're doing and how much control you have. Vital for this specific series of games.

thanks for the new info plus theres the new bit which i have highlighted at the top can you still go on the normal mode?

(sorry if im a newb):eek:

cheat07
31-05-09, 09:48 AM
when u say normal mode do u mean the standard empire mode in the previous empires games, if so that is still available u just have to pick the ruler status and u make all the big decisions like normal.

Static
31-05-09, 12:21 PM
no i mean like normal free play mode like in the normal dynasty warriors

Matty1994
31-05-09, 12:55 PM
i ve gotta hold on theres less than a month left i just cant wait though ive been waiting forever i pre orderd it ages ago do u know wen u preorder it dose it come dirctly on the day its released

cheat07
31-05-09, 02:00 PM
Well theres a little uncertainty over whether there will be free play or not, japanese versions apparently dont have and the demo didnt have it but maybe u unlock it.

At the moment though it doesnt look like the new empires does.

The Great Sun Ce
18-06-09, 03:09 AM
this is going to be great cant wait till it comes out where i am btw i was watching some japenese gameplay and noticed in i think ronin mode you get three officers following you all the time

this is the gameplay fast foward about a minute into it to see the three officers catching up to him
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI-ABgJ9Zy0&feature=related