Release of the Week: Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires (PSN)

Dynasty Warriors 7 EmpiresLast week we got a glimpse into the future of gaming when the PlayStation 4 was officially announced. That future is filled with video streaming, particle effects and polygons galore. It’s a bit anticlimactic when the biggest release the following week is a Dynasty Warriors game. Not that there’s anything wrong with the Dynasty Warriors series, but that series is approaching nearly 30 games. Every Dynasty Warriors numbered game since Dynasty Warriors 4 has had an expansion with the Empires subtitle, and Dynasty Warriors 7 is no exception.

The Empires expansions focus on a political and tactical system rather than mindless hacking and slashing. Of course, mindless hacking and slashing is part of the appeal a Dynasty Warriors game, so that is also present and correct. There’s nothing like running around as a super powered Chinese warrior and cutting down a thousand soldiers with a weapon bigger then you are. There is just a lot more policy making and battle preparation as well. It turns out that you can’t win a war by yourself, so players will need to recruit new officers, buy equipment and keep up relations with allies.

This will be the first Empires game to actually add a new playable character, Xu Shu. This brings the total number of playable characters up to 66, including those from the original Dynasty Warriors 7 and the Xtreme Legends expansion. If that isn’t enough, you can also use the character creator to design your own warrior. These characters can then be uploaded and shared with other players.

There will certainly be better games in the near future, but if you want bang for your buck then you can’t go wrong with a Dynasty Warriors game. Empires adds a little strategy to the mindless hacking and slashing formula. Head to the official website for more information.

Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army (PC)

If that title doesn’t sell this game, I don’t know what will. This game’s co-op campaign is playable with up to four players as the Sniper Elite battle against Hitler’s stumbling horde. Hardcore sniping simulation has never been put to better use. Sniper Elite’s X-Ray kill cam will return to guarantee satisfying zombie kills after all those gravity, wind and velocity calculations! I don’t think we covered this unit in my high school history classes.

 Masters of the World, Geopolitical Simulator 3 (PC, Mac)

Masters of the World lets you play as the head of state of one of today’s great countries. You will manage the country’s economy, military, culture and other important features to improve your country’s standing in the world. The game is so intricate that versions of it have been used in class rooms and even the training of NATO diplomats. Visually it isn’t impressive, but if you’re into political simulators this is one of the best.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus (Vita)

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 did far better critically than the disaster that was Ninja Gaiden 3. Sigma 2 was the PlayStation 3 port of the Xbox 360′s Ninja Gaiden 2, and Sigma 2 Plus is that game ported to the PlayStation Vita. This version contains new modes, tweaks and most importantly new outfits. It may be a port of a port, but it should still be a solid game for Ninja Gaiden fans on the go.

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