In terms of the crazy and chaotic musou genre I’m still getting up to speed, but I’ll admit that when the action gets into a groove I tend to find it to be a pretty good time. Even with a somewhat limited number of titles in that style under my belt though, specifically with Dynasty Warriors 9 I think I’m familiar enough to see that it has some weaknesses. Whether its some quirks in the performance when too many warriors get onto the screen, the fact this particular mix of fighting action and strategy elements leaves both feeling a bit unsatisfying, or the rocky road to getting acquainted with everything when the tutorial leaves loads of topics unaddressed it’s hard not to feel the experience is lacking in some polish. Worse, the main competitor that feels like it points out many of Empires’ shortcomings comes from the same studio in the form of the much more refined and excellent Samurai Warriors 5 from last year. If you’re a big fan of the style or the series there’s plenty of content here to latch onto, but among the multiple choices available to you on the Switch this feels like it’s in contention for being the weakest as an overall package.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.8]