Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!
Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT), we'll be playing Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires from Koei Tecmo. The latest in the Dynasty Warriors series, Empires features a mix of strategic kingdom management and battles with hundreds of enemies on-screen. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay!
Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires
The latest entry in the Dynasty Warriors series that started it all, Empires takes place within China's Three Kingdoms period. Like Warriors Orochi 3: Ultimate, much of the gameplay involves hacking and slashing at battlefields filled with hundreds of enemy warriors at once. But this one includes a lot more simulation and strategy elements.
Players will choose from several independent campaigns and then choose from several historical characters, each with unique abilities that allow them to excel at different roles outside of the battlefield. You can be a leader and set policies for your government, exercising diplomacy with other nations. Or choose to be a soldier and rise through the ranks as you complete missions for your country.
New features in Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires include the ability to customize your soldiers, horses, and banner (in addition to general character customization). Players can marry an NPC and have children who will receive their parents' traits and grow to become warriors someday. Seasons and weather now affect battles as well.
With a variety of mission types and simulation-focused activities, Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires is far more than just a hack-and-slash game. The menus can be too complicated for my liking, but stick with it and you're bound to love conquering your own Chinese empires.
- Buy Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires at Xbox.com ($49.99) (opens in new tab)
- See Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires at Amazon (opens in new tab)
- See Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires at Amazon UK (opens in new tab)
Sneak Peak – Arslan: The Warriors of Legend
After Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires wraps up, we're going to take a special look at Koei Tecmo's upcoming game Arslan: The Warriors of Legend.
Based on the Japanese anime and manga The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Koei Tecmo's latest takes places in a medieval fantasy setting. Players control Arslan, a prince who finds himself in constant danger when a neighboring kingdom overthrows his country's government and captures his parents. Arslan will have to rely on his few surviving friends as they work to build an army and take back their kingdom.
Arslan: The Warriors of Legend features the Warriors/Musou series' traditional large-scale battles, with hundreds of enemies filling the screen. New mechanics make Arslan stand out from other Warriors games, such as the Rush system in which the heroes' army charges on horseback at opposing forces. A compelling story will keep players engrossed as they experience Arslan's journey and struggles.
Koei Tecmo's Arslan: The Warriors of Legend comes to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam on Wednesday, February 9. Get your first look at this grand adventure as we play the Steam version (on low graphical settings) on Twitch!
- See Arslan: The Warriors of Legend for Xbox One on Amazon (opens in new tab)
- See Arslan: The Warrior of Legend on Steam
We streamed Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires and Arslan: The Warriors of Legend for ~ 2.5 hours. During that time, we gave out a total of 20 game codes:
- 10 Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires for Xbox One
- 5 Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires for PlayStation 4 (North American accounts only)
- 5 Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires for Steam
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Want to know what's next for Windows Central's Twitch programming? We stream a different game every Saturday. The stream always starts at the same time: 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):
- SUNDAY, January 24: A special preview of Clockwork Tales for Xbox One, complete with advance copies to win!
- Saturday, January 30: Paul will be out of town at PAX South, but we'll still have a stream with Steam codes to win!
- February or March: The Fall with special guest cohost, a member of the game's development team!
- February or March: Tachyon Project
- February or March: Neverwinter: Underdark – See the newest free Neverwinter expansion and win premium items!
- February or March: Lifeless Planet
- February 27: BladeStorm: Nightmare from Koei Tecmo We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.
These guys are about to go to battle...
Tonight's prizes provided by Koei Tecmo. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!
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I really like the character customization in this game
Looks like fun. I'll be there for sure.
Love this series. Looking forward to to the stream!
Wow, nice games in this this stream. I still find it funny that they're not releasing Arslan for Xbox One in Japan.
I've never played a Dynasty Warriors game so I'll be there to check it out!
I thougt you played this game before?? didn't you??
That was empire, it's much more focus in managing the kingdom. This version is more of a hack and slash.
We streamed the Vita version when it came out a month or two ago.
Dynasty Warrior here I come!
Thank You koei Temco and windows central looking forward to the awesome stream i wonder how the mechanics work?
As I mentioned to Paul on Twitter I am planning on being there for at least part of the stream tonight. Given it is my weekend with my kids not sure if I'll be able to hang around for the whole stream but looking forward to participating once again!!
Almost time for the stream! :)
I like this series always gets addicting. Glad I made the stream.
We have a new update to the windows store
Enoyed the stream, having the new game preview was neat. Hope Brian fills in admirably next week!
Had a great stream. I still think it was Bob that copied my name. Thankyou wc for the win.
I think you copied your own name to blame me
that was a fun stream especially the bonus game im going forward and calling them KT and thanks for windows central & MobileNations.
Great stream last night and I enjoyed both games as well. Looking forward to the stream tonight! Twitch name: eajlaxer
I'm glad you enjoyed them, and congrats on the win!
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