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 PLATFORM: PLAYSTATION 2

f I were to dust off one of my old Dynasty Warriors reviews, make a few minor tweaks, and run it again, I’d be guilty of self-plagiarism. Yet somehow, Koei pulls this trick over and over again, altering its Dynasty Warriors series with such glacial pacing that there will be another ice age before there is any significant change in the series. Yes, there are a few additions in this release, like squad controls, but still nothing that amounts to a significant change. Heck, there’s barely any difference between the PS2 and 360 version (720p and 5.1 sound. Big whoop). If you like this franchise’s simple brand of mind-numbing hack ‘n slash action, then Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires will deliver exactly what you want: more of the same.

  -JEREMY ZOSS

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