Dynasty Warriors 9 is here! And depending on who you decide to listen to about the game it’s either the best Dynasty Warriors game or the worst one since part 6 (which wasn’t even that bad by the way). Here is my first impression of Dynasty Warriors 9.
Everything we know about Dynasty Warriors changed with this latest release. The linear structure of the game is gone and it’s been replaced with a huge open world. I like and dislike it. I like it because every war feels like an actual war now. Instead of everything happening on a small ass map like previous games I have to travel around and complete objectives in multiple locations. Enemy officers are spread out around the map and so are my allies. They’re not all bunched up together anymore and deciding which ones to go after first is a little tricky. I’ve lost a few allies because I was too slow, or too distracted by doing other shit, to save them. I’m not sure how I feel about the open world even though I have 9 hours of gameplay in this game already.
The gameplay has also been overhauled. I used to be able to chain up combos by pressing X a few times and then mash Y, but that’s gone. Mashing Y does nothing for combos this time around. Instead, I have to press the RB button to bring up menu. This menu has four options. A launch attack, stun attack, smash attack, and a special move. I like to start battles off by stunning enemies and then launching them up into the air. Countering is also an important part of gameplay now. Enemies actually attack back and I had to get used to dodging attacks and countering whenever I saw the Y button pop up. I struggled with this new system for a few minutes, but once I got the hang of things I was murdering mobs like I did in every Dynasty Warriors game before this one. I haven’t unlocked many characters yet. I just completed the Yellow Turban Rebellion and unlocked Guan Yu, Zhang Fei, Cheng Pu (finally!), Huang Gai, Xiahou Dun, Dong Zhuo, and Zhang Jiao. Just about all of them have terrible English voices. What happened? The best part of the old Dynasty Warriors games was always the English voices. You can tell where Koei cut some corners with this game.
I’m probably going to change it to the Chinese voices if the English voice acting doesn’t get any better. They even changed the voice of Lu Bu… Right now Dynasty Warriors 9 is a mixed bag. A mixed bag that I’ll probably put a solid 100 hours into this month. I was having some major performance issues, but I’ve completely eliminated them by changing a few options in the Nvidia control panel. Make sure this game is using your graphics processor. You can check this by going to your Nvidia control panel, go to manage 3D applications, go to program settings, scroll down to Dynasty Warriors 9, select graphics processor and change it to high-performance Nvidia processor. If you don’t see this option just click the name of your GPU and that should work too. Once you’re done here open up Dynasty Warriors 9 control config and run the game in borderless window mode. When I did this it completely fixed my fps issues. I have no idea how to make this game run better for AMD users.
Dynasty Warriors 9 is fun. It’s weird playing an open world Dynasty Warriors game, but I’m enjoying it. It’s not a terrible game like some people would have you believe. It’s just different and I know the fans of this game don’t really like things to be different. Dynasty Warriors 6 is proof of that. I can’t recommend buying this game right now though. It has too many issues on every platform and right now Koei are only focused on the PS4 version of the game right now. I don’t know when Koei is going to focus on the PC port and if you’re looking to buy this game I would recommend waiting a month to see what happens. I don’t regret my purchase because I’m a huge fan of the series.
What do you think of Dynasty Warriors 9? Have you played it? Have you played any game in the series?