- The combat feels better than ever. There is a decent amount of variety when it comes to the attacks you can do and this keeps things fresh throughout.
- The map in the game is absolutely huge and there’s always something for you to do. The fast travel option is also a very welcome addition.
- In terms of content the game has more than enough to keep you occupied for quite a while and I rarely found myself getting bored.
- I really enjoyed the simplicity the game delivers to you. It’s easy to know what to do and the simplistic controls means you can just focus on the action taking place.
- There is a huge roster of characters for you to try out and the best thing is that each character has had a lot of thought and effort put into them.
- I was a little disappointed with the presentation side of the game. The visuals look dated and the sound design fails in certain areas.
- The Free Mode in the game doesn’t allow any freedom at all and I think they’ve missed a trick here.
All in all the Dynasty Warriors series is a series that I’ve sunk a great deal of hours into, and on the whole it’s a series I’ve enjoyed quite a lot over the years. Thankfully Dynasty Warriors 9 is no different and in some ways I enjoyed this game more than its predecessors. Obviously the most important thing about Dynasty Warriors is its combat, and thankfully it feels better than ever. Everything feels fast and fluid when in combat and the variety when it comes to the different attacks you can do keeps things fresh for quite a while. Dynasty Warriors 9 feels more simplistic than previous game’s in the series, and in my opinion this works in its favour because it makes itself become accessible to more gamers and you can just focus on the action that’s taking place on the screen. In terms of content the game offers you a huge amount for you to sink your teeth into and I very rarely found myself getting bored. I was however a little disappointed with the Free Mode and that’s mainly because the Free Mode wasn’t free and you couldn’t really explore what you wanted to explore, which is a shame. As far as the map goes it’s absolutely massive and I must admit that it was a pleasure to travel around it because it feels alive at every turn. I was also pleased to see a fast travel option included because the map is so big and it takes you a long time going from place to place. The character roster in the game is very impressive and the amount of characters you can play will keep you busy for a long time and it’s worth it because each character has had a lot of thought and effort put into them. Unfortunately I found the presentation side of the game to be a little lacklustre. Visually the game just doesn’t do it for me because the visuals just feel too dated. The sound design doesn’t do much better either and I was especially unimpressed with the poor voiceover work. At the end of the day Dynasty Warriors 9 does try and do some different things and for the most part it works really well, which in turn breaths new life into the series in a way. If you’re not a fan of the series then you won’t be a fan of this game either, but if you do like the Dynasty Warriors games then you will absolutely adore this new addition, and because I am a big fan of the series it does more than enough to get a big thumbs up from me.
I rate Dynasty Warriors 9 8/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Omega Force
Publisher: Koei Tecmo Games
Genre: Action Adventure/Beat-‘Em-Up
Release Date (Xbox One): February 13, 2018