Samurai Warriors 2: Empires - hands-on preview

The subsequent battle portion of Empires is pretty much just Samurai Warriors 2. If you’ve ever played any Warriors title, you know the deal: smash the square button for 30 minutes, watch oddly-voiced cut scene, repeat. Taking one of several playable characters, each with their own weapons and special attacks, you'll lead your forces to take out enemy bases, acquiring land and spoils along the way. Though, despite having a herd of troops in our employ, many of them tend to stand around if their immediate area isn't under attack, so we almost always single-handedly dispatched the hundreds of mindless enemies ourselves. Again. Granted, it's better than getting a message that your boys killed the level boss while you were half a mile away, but there's got to be a happy medium, right?