The combo system is different. You dont have the dumb renbu system anymore. The story mode is for the 3 kingdoms separately wu, wei, shu and then jin is a 4th. So there is no empire mode were you have the cards to play and have the map of china and what not. It is alot better then dw6 empires. The conquest mode is kind of like empires but not as in depth. I rented it and am loving it. I would suggest that and see if its for you and if you like buy it or rent it again.