In Dynasty Warriors 9, players will explore China as it existed when feudal warlords vied for dominance over the land -- the waning days of the Han dynasty and emergence of the Three Kingdoms era. Setting out to complete various objectives, players will utilise an unprecedented world map to navigate and traverse a variety of different landscapes ranging from vast plains to snow-covered peaks presented with dynamic day/night and weather cycles. Exploring these impressive environments is made more engaging through the ability to adapt to surroundings to gain an upper hand in battle, with players able to use equipment to circumvent obstacles or blend in to avoid conflict.
Dynasty Warriors 9 is an interesting new approach to a series that was starting to look stagnant. Albeit its not perfect and has many flaws, the new elements like the open world and State Combo System achieve to offer a new experience that feels fresh, though not in the best possible way.
Dynasty Warriors 9 has launched with a fully renewed proposal. This game is something fresh, but the change may be too significant for those looking for an old school hack'n slash game. On the technical side the game could've been much better, but it offers a gorgeous map to explore. Dynasty Warriors 9 delivers in offering many hours of play, thanks to its campaign which is full of action and a variety of situations.
Dynasty Warriors 9 brings an overdue and very welcome change to the series, introducing a massive open world with lots of missions to do, an impressive characters roster and effective gameplay improvements. It's a real pity that much of this gets offset by a very lackluster technical production and some bad design choices. It's definitely the first step in the right direction for the series, but it needs much more perfecting.
I enjoyed playing Dynasty Warriors 9 a lot. Yes, it's enormously repetitive and the open-world elements don't really add all that much to the well-worn formula, but there's something appealing about the whole grand historical affair and the simplistic gameplay. You'll hack, slash and stomp your way across feudal China, grinning like a loon. Then again, there's that whole repetitive, lack of depth thing I mentioned before.
Although it attempts to take a massive step forward, Dynasty Warriors 9 ultimately fails to deliver an open world worth exploring. Thankfully, smacking around waves of enemies is as delightful as ever.
While not quite an unmitigated disaster, Dynasty Warriors 9 is pretty bad. Even if you can live with the subpar presentation, the game quickly gets boring due to a lack of important or interesting things that can be done in the world. The combat is fine, but with fewer opportunities to use it, the button-mashing joy inherent in the series is nowhere to be found.
Dynasty Warriors 9 is a complete mess. The open-world elements like crafting, hunting and finding landmarks don’t fit with the story, and the technological sacrifices made to include them ensure that the mass battle sequences are nearly non-functional.