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In Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires, players wield legendary weapons and command massive armies, to reunite their nation under one flag. As in earlier Empires editions of the long-running Koei series, players can conquer a map of ancient China through turn-based strategy play, and then conquer the battlefields through third-person combat, in the fast-paced, heroic-action style for which the Dynasty Warriors titles are known. As players take the role of lord, their orders are given and policies are enacted through the play of a card-collecting game. Different cards are played, in turn, to take different diplomatic and military actions, with the selection of cards available based on the lord's officers and army. In the role of an officer, players pledge allegiance to a kingdom, and in return receive military missions of great reward, as well as influence with the kingdom's decision-making war council. Many of the characters featured in the game are based on the history and legends of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms era, but players can also create a custom warrior character, choosing their hero's gender, physique, skin tone, facial features, and weapon. For fans of the series who already have their copies of the initial release of Dynasty Warriors 6, the Empires edition offers an additional playable character and new weapons and move sets for six of the existing heroes, as well as new stages and missions. A local, offline multiplayer mode is available for two players. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide