I’ve got about 80 hours in Dynasty Warriors 9. I’ve completed the game with 10 characters and tried out about 15 of them. I’ve compiled a short list of my favorite and least favorite characters in Dynasty Warriors 9.
Let’s get this one out of the way. Guan Yu has been my favorite character since Dynasty Warriors 2 and it doesn’t look like that’s changing anytime soon. He plays really well, but, believe it or not, he almost didn’t make the top choice as my favorite this time around because there are a lot of really good characters to play as in this game. I Guan Yu’s moveset, weapon, and the way he’s designed. He’s awesome and I can’t think of a single negative thing to write about him except I had to kill him in Zhou Tai’s story.
Zhou Tai is another character that’s been one of my all-time favorite characters since his debut back in Dynasty Warriors 4. He’s had his share of ups and downs from Koei, but they made him pretty damn awesome in Dynasty Warriors 9. When I completed his story I was really tempted to play it again from the beginning. That’s how much I enjoyed playing with him and I even considered placing him above Guan Yu before making this list.
Lu Bu is fantastic to play with, but his story is fucking awful. Slaughtering thousands of enemy soldiers is easy no matter what difficulty you play the game on if you choose Lu Bu. He’s a one-man army and his moveset is phenomenal. I also really want to unlock his beautiful red steed and the only way to do that is complete the game with Dong Zhou, Lu Bu, and Guan Yu. I’m still working on Guan Yu’s story.
Yuan Shao finally has a good story. It’s not perfect, but it’s much better than what he’s had the last few Dynasty Warriors games. I love this dude and he’s always been one of my favorite characters to play as. Placing him above Cao Cao was hard because I really love both of them, but I love his arrogance and his flashy fighting style too.
The very first character that I completed this game with was Cao Cao. Wei has always been my favorite faction and Cao Cao has always been my favorite ruler to play as. He doesn’t let anything stand in the way of his ambition and that’s why the guy does nothing but win all the time. I really love his voice (Japanese) too. He’s one of the best sounding characters in the game.
Least Favorite Characters:
This pains me… Sun Ce is my favorite officer of Wu and he’s been butchered in this game. Koei took his tonfas and replaced them with something much worse. Sun Ce has always been a really mobile character and he attacks a lot slower in this game. His story is really short and disappointing too. There is nothing to like about him here and that’s the sad part. I was really hoping I could find something redeemable about his character in this game. I can only hope that Koei releases Xtreme Legends as part of the season pass and give Sun Ce back his tonfas…
Pang De is slow and difficult to play with. I’m glad his story is short because I didn’t enjoy playing with him at all. His attacks are easy to dodge and I got my ass kicked with him a lot. I eventually got fed up, put a blight gem on his weapon, and cheesed everyone by hitting and running while their health dropped to zero from the poison. As soon as I completed his story I never looked at him again. It’s a shame because he was pretty cool in the last game. The sad part about all of this Pang De is one hell of a general with some merit and Koei continues to ignore 90% of his story and treat him as an afterthought.
This dude used to be my second favorite character to play as in Dynasty Warriors games. Koei fucked him up again by taking away his claws and giving him throwing daggers. He’s not the same and I think I might actually hate him now. I never thought I would hate Zhang He, but I do. His death cry is really funny in Japanese though :).
Wang Yi used to have these awesome daggers and now she uses the same weapons as Sun Shiang Xiang. I don’t like her anymore and that’s a shame because she usually has a really good/sad story. She’s also batshit crazy and I tend to like characters like that.
That’s all I have for now. I’ve played with more characters, but I’m undecided on whether or not I like or hate them yet. I’m really disappointed with the last four that I named because I usually enjoy playing with them. I’m enjoying the hell out of Dynasty Warriors 9 though and I plan on putting a lot more time into it before I put it down.