Visually, Empire has been kicked up a notch from its prequel, but still retains the same look. While the gameplay is definitely 2D, everything in the game is rendered in 3D. This means a lot of creative camera movements as the play field scrolls around, but non-complicated gameplay to go with it.
Empire features two different play modes: a standard level-by-level story mode, and a score attack. And of course, both of these support multiplayer for online and single system. But whether you play single- or multiplayer, the action in Empire is fast and intense. It’s definitely a better game than its predecessor, which was pretty good to begin with. It might not live up to the lofty standard set by Geometry Wars, but it’s only missing that mark by a hair.