Developer: Omega Force
Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Serise X, PC
Reviewed On: PS4 Pro
Release Date: 15/02/2022
Price£54.99/$59.99
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.

So I stayed away from Dynasty Warriors 9 because of the reviews, but when Empires was coming, I took the plunge. I was on some level optimist with the Empires, as the strategy element in uniting China was always fun. Quickly, I found the poor reception on Dynasty Warriors 9 was not unfounded to my disappointment. 

The story is the same as usual: you have to unite China under one banner. What faction and who you do it with are up to you. 

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Lackluster 

I feel lackluster sums up Dynasty Warriors 9: Empire. Everything feels as if it is missing the element that makes these games good: fun! 
The battles are there, of course. There are plenty of cannon fodder to kill and massive combos. Tons of warriors to pick from, but this is it. When in the battle sections, there are several things I didn’t like. 

There is no substance to the fights. First, there is no longer a reason to capture camps except you are told to as an objective. There are no resources gained for it. The fights are way too easy, there is almost no challenge to these battles. You’re able to mitigate some fights with the grapple hook, climb over walls and kill the commander. 

The fights are entertaining for a few rounds and the character models look stunning, but for me there needs to be more substance.

Management 

Dynasty Warriors 9: Empire is, for the most part, Dynasty Warriors 9 with an expansion added. This is the war management section, where you have to use your influence to slowly unite China. 

To do this, you must navigate loads of menus. With the aim to accomplish from the war council, while bolstering your own army’s forces (not that you need them). You have different activities to pick from each month. For example, raise money, ask for donations of food, raid your own villages and so on. Started off being fun, however, it got boring quick. As it is nothing but menus to look at.

There is a possibility to go for a wander and recruit new officers and talk to the other commanders of your army and so on. This seemed a bit tacked on, with no real reason for it. I only ever used this if it was an objective or to start with you grow my army.

In all honesty, Dynasty Warriors 9: Empire seems to be a big step back. As it does nothing to improve on its predecessor. It actually makes the game worse. The game has lost its soul. As a muso fan, I found this a hard pill to swallow on how bad it is. 

Maybe it’s time for a change in setting or at least era. As for buying, I would hold off and hope if there is a 10 it gets FAR better.  

4-10
BLOW AVERAGE

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