Percentile Rank

Dynasty Warriors 9 is ranked in the 21st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 95 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

62

Top Critic Average

20%

Critics Recommend

Based on 95 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameSoulz
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 12, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 is nothing more than an okay Warriors game, mixed with a vast, empty, boring open world. Anyone not wishing to hunt, fish or collect pointless materials will most likely be disappointed by the latest entry in the series.

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TechRaptor
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 13, 2018

The game I played is an absolute technical disaster that barely runs. New elements haphazardly pop up with no consideration on how to fit them into the gameplay. Basics such as storytelling take a massive leap backward. Dynasty Warriors 9 isn't just bad. This is a Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 level series killer.

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The Jimquisition
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 13, 2018
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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Feb 14, 2018

The musou genre needed new ideas - but reinventing it as a shoddy open-world game wasn't the answer.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Kotaku

Top Critic

Unscored
Feb 14, 2018

Battles were raging and allies were calling for help, but for once the game offered me the option of deserting the fray and contemplating the larger world around it. It's a shame that everything else in the game works so emphatically against it.

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VG247
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 15, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 is a perfect example of why you should be careful what you wish for.

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Scored Reviews

Digitally Downloaded
Feb 13, 2018

Koei Tecmo has done a remarkable job of telling the many stories of the many people that make Romance of the Three Kingdoms such a compelling book and period of history, and the beautiful cinematic consistency makes it the most perfect realisation of everything Koei Tecmo has been aiming for with this series since way back on the PlayStation 2.

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GamePitt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 is a very ambitious title. It tried to take a game, which has been operating as a series of mini-missions and make it into a true open-world experience. Do I feel it was successful? Yes and no. The game has all of the aspects of an open-world game, it's just a shame it also inherited all the flaws of one as well. However, the combat and gameplay mechanics I love from the franchise are here and everything has been expanded on to make it the biggest Dynasty Warriors game to date.

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Explosion Network
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 12, 2018

It’s a damn shame Monster Hunter: World is doing so well because, I believe, Dynasty Warriors 9 would otherwise be a worthy recipient of that mainstream boost early calendar releases - and often slightly more obscure titles - receive. Perhaps if Dynasty Warriors 10 gives us some shared world, multiplayer coop action…

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 has finally entered the next generation of gaming, bringing the series' tried and true 1-versus-1,000 fights into a massive open world while sticking true to its roots, for better or for worse.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
PS4Blog.net
the_nmac
9 / 10
Feb 15, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 is definitely a new start for the series and a big change to what we are used to playing in a Musou game. The new open world design completely changed how I approached the game, and I was thrilled to be done with the old menu system. Unfortunately, the graphics haven't changed much other than some visual improvements here and there.At the end of the day though I need to ask myself if I have had fun with the release, and the answer is a big yes. There are still things they can improve for the next entry in this long-running and beloved series, so here's hoping Dynasty Warriors 10 knocks it out of the park.

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Hobby Consolas
84 / 100
Hobby Consolas

Top Critic

84 / 100
Feb 13, 2018

The open world, RPG elements and new battle system make Dynasty Warriors 9 the first refreshing entry in this old series. This is without a doubt the way to go for future games in the Dynasty franchise.

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GaminGuardian
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 have all that you need in a Dynasty Warriors game, and with the addition of an open world and a lot of content, is the most complete version of any game in this franchise. So if you are thinking to give an opportuny to Dynasty Warriors, this is your best option.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Feb 13, 2018

The size of this world is, nevertheless, impressive, and Omega Force deserves applause

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Saving Content
Feb 13, 2018

Even with my issues, I love this game. I wish it would be more polished than it is, and I wish the voices were what I remember, but I’m still having a lot of fun with it. The combat is engaging enough, the story is still quite good, and the open world lets you explore and just do whatever you want in. Will this actually entice new players into the series? I don’t think it’s got enough there to change the stigma surrounding Warriors games but for existing fans this one not to miss.

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Pardis Game
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 tries to be an overhaul among all of the games that share the "one man against thousand" formula. But it is more of a major upgrade than an overhaul. Dynasty Warriors 9 is an exciting and definitive buy for those who are new to the series or are returning to it after a long absence. But for its loyal fans and those who had their fair share of the "one man against thousand" formula, Dynasty Warriors 9 is just another game in the series without any significant value

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Sirus Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Overall, Dynasty Warriors 9 is a great game filled with memorable battles and great characters. The open-world direction was the best idea; and so far, with its huge map that's almost impossible to explore in one day, the number of characters packed in the game with unique stories and playstyles, this is the most ambitious Warriors game ever. I doubted the game at the beginning as I thought that it would just end up the same like its predecessors, but Dynasty Warriors 9 proved me wrong. This is a huge step up for the franchise, despite its flaws, Dynasty Warriors 9 gave me a hell of a ride.

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Invision Community
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 13, 2018

Overall, Dynasty Warriors 9 gets an 8/10, the main gameplay is fun with plenty of new additions to the mechanics alongside the ever-increasing units the games are able to display at once. The voice acting is way below the bar, the story is rehashed like normal, the separate stories feel too similar to one another with some being shortened and the map feels underutilised most of the time. You will also find yourself repeating the same task over and over with their quest system telling you to kill nearby troops that spawn out of thin air or to bring a hide to a villager.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 is a fun and fresh take of the series with the familiar 1 vs 1000 action people expect but frame rate issues and no multiplayer component keep it from reaching it's full potential.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

The transition to an open world has not been easy, quite rough in fact. Still, Dynasty Warriors 9's many changes to the musou formula hold great promise for the future. This is the rebirth the series needed, regardless of its issues.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Feb 13, 2018

Whether a die-hard fan or a newcomer to the series, Dynasty Warriors 9 is sure to delight lovers of the hack and slash genre. The story is interesting enough to keep you playing, but the main focus will be on the combat. The open world aspect of the game gives you more freedom of choice, which players will appreciate. There are a few issues, but nothing too overwhelming.

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Geek Culture Podcast
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Musou style games often struggle to stand out from the rest of the pack as a result of the similar gameplay and mission structures. Dynasty Warriors 9 goes against this trend by managing to expand on the typical musou formula with a big open world experience for the first time in the series that pairs well with the familiar gameplay and story, which all combine to make a very enjoyable game that are built for veterans and newcomers alike.

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PSX Brasil
80 / 100
80 / 100
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 is a game that, despite some problems in this first attempt in the series to make an open world game, establishes a great way to retell its story, reinventing very well the combat system and bringing the series closer to an RPG, thus marking a great step forward for the franchise.

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KeenGamer
7.8 / 10.0
KeenGamer
Benjamin Green

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

So, an open world Dynasty Warriors. One certainly must commend Omega Force for constantly trying to innovate with their games rather than just churn out the exact same thing with marginally improved graphics with every installment. However, as the most recent in a long-running series, it begs the question: should you buy this one with all of it's faults or should you just stick with the last one, which sticks closer to the formula that made the games so beloved? Well, that depends on what you're looking for. The combat is a lot smoother than in the past games, and though the characters can be a tad one-note and the dialogue can be a tad wooden there is more of an effort to show rather than tell, and of course the graphics have vastly improved. At the same time, the pace of the game outside of the combat is a lot slower, the voice acting really could use improvement, and of course the change of genre leaves just the one game mode and no local multiplayer. It feels more like an adventure than a war, which I'm sure would excite some fans while disappointing others. However, I'm not here to review the entire franchise, I'm here to review this one game. So for a moment let's erase all comparisons to past games. How is Dynasty Warriors 9 as it's own singular entity? Well, it certainly has it's faults, but it's definitely a ton of fun if a tad easy for an open world RPG. The combat is smooth and satisfying, the farming and crafting aspects may not be electrifying but they aren't annoying, the map is pretty large, and even the story and dialogue has the camp and occasional hilarity of one of those foreign B-movies you find on netflix so you grab some friends and a pizza and have a jolly good time laughing it up at the unintentional hilarity. Even the stuff in here that could annoy some, like the homemaking and the gathering, isn't something the game forces you to do, so you can just ride around like the unstoppable war machine you are. While the game may be a tad lackluster as far as being an entry in this particular series goes, as a game in it's own right I think Dynasty Warriors 9 is definitely worth checking out when it goes on sale. It has some good aspects, has some hilariously bad aspects. I can recommend it, but 60 bucks is a bit steep for B-movie camp. Aside from that, I think it's definitely a game to check out.

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IGN Italy
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

With Dynasty Warrior 9 Koei Tecmo makes a decisive turning point for the saga, and despite several structural flaws, the game turns out to be a solid framework for the next episodes.

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NEOsite
7.5 / 10.0
NEOsite
aysnel

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2018

Dynasty Warriors finally in an open world and with some important changes. Orthodox fans of the series may not like it, but conquering ancient China on our own terms is a great experience.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 is far from perfection. It has technical issues, its gameplay needs time to be appreciated and seems a bit lazy when he must do something different from action. But it's also powerful and passionate, strictly following Guanzhong's original Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Perhaps the limited open-world system will seem a missed occasion, but the advice we can give is to give it a chance, and to do it out of any preconception.

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DualShockers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

While combat remains exhilarating and fun in a way that will feel familiar to veterans of the series, Dynasty Warriors 9 isn't just one versus a thousand anymore. We're part of a war that unfolds all around us, with plenty of allies in need of help and enemies begging for a healthy beating. It's a bold step in the right direction, and while Omega Force may have overextended in certain aspects, the fun outweighs the jank and the experience remains one that I am eager to return to and to see improved and further evolved in Dynasty Warriors 10 or Samurai Warriors 5.

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GBAtemp
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Despite my complaints, the game is still strangely addictive and a blast to play thanks to how smooth the combat feels. Exploration is fairly pointless, yet I found myself doing it for hours and being entertained. The story is a real highlight, seamlessly being able to go through each character's storyline. Dynasty Warriors 9 presents a lot of significant changes that almost make it feel like a spin-off, but I can appreciate what they tried to do and still had many hours of fun with this title. I'm actually excited to see what they do with the series next.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors offers a plethora of playable characters, large-scale battles, and a feeling of godhood as you smash through scores of enemies with a single thing. What more could you ask for from a Warriors game?

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Atomix
74 / 100
74 / 100
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 its 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 at best possible way.

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IGN Spain
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9, with the new open world sandbox-style, is a nice new approach to a formula too exploited, but that can not stop it from being tedious within a few hours.

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Gamerheadquarters
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 does provide a bold step up with the open world, yet does somewhat fall short on the execution.

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Gamersky
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2018

Koei wanted a brand-new look of Dynasty Warriors, so they decided to transform this game from an action game to an open world RPG. But this open world is like a rough stone, which has poor appearance and thoughtless design, with many boring side missions and too much time wasted on the way. The new combat system is fine, yet terrible graphics, tons of bugs, and low frame rates still ruined it, made this game a complete failure.

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BaziCenter
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 12, 2018

Even with open world gameplay which is a nice addition to the series, Dynasty Warriors 9 is still far from what it wants to be. Positive changes are there, but they are not enough to convince new players. However, fans of the series will have a great time playing it.

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VGChartz
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 stands tall in the series' library, only being let down by relatively minor issues that will hopefully be fixed in subsequent instalments.

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Press Start
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 attempts to expand the scope of what a Dynasty Warriors game is with varying effects. The new open world helps to break up the monotony of just playing battles repeatedly, while introducing issues of its own. These are just growing pains though, and Dynasty Warriors fans will appreciate how Koei Tecmo have successfully reinvented their franchise and what the future holds.

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GearNuke
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 14, 2018

This is the first time Dynasty Warriors has made it to an open world, but unfortunately it has also resulted in a product that is bloated and feels dated in term of the open world design. It is a good step forward for the series but it needs a lot more tweaks in order to remain relevant for any potential future entries.

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Gaming Gamma
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 is a bit too overly ambitious in some areas but manages to hold its own in this new re-imagining of the series. What it lacks in polish it makes up for in sheer content and fun combat. The hammy power metal coupled with some over the top anime-styled fights and a rich world to explore makes for an experience I’m surprised I enjoyed as much as I did.

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Gamer Escape
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 13, 2018

This is a juncture where each player must decide for themselves: Even if overall a decent video game, is this a decent Dynasty Warriors game? Such is the risk of renewal; change that seems necessary to some is not even desired by others. The fans of yesterday won’t always be the fans of tomorrow.

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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

7 / 10
Feb 13, 2018

The developers finally took a step forward with Dynasty Warriors 9 and its open world nature. This allowed them to refresh game mechanics, stalled since the time of PlayStation 2. Unfortunately, weak graphics and bugs spoil the overall impression of an interesting project.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 13, 2018

A new open world breathes life into this ancient franchise.

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Paste Magazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 exists at the nexus of a lot of different desires on the player community side and the development side. I just want to wander around inside a big space and win epic battles in long-ago China while coveting the throne. That's what I'm in it for, and that's what it delivers. If you're in it for that, you might like it too.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 attempts to revitalize the franchise with a fresh approach to its standard formula and kind of succeeds.

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GamesFinest
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 3, 2018

"Dynasty Warriors 9" presents series fans with tried and tested features and shines with some new game approaches. Even though the tactical battles go hand in hand with the crafting system, the simplified cloppings will cause boredom in the long run. Although the vast world scores with a wide variety of topics, many graphic errors make the overall picture appear uneven and significantly cloud the game feel. We hope that Omega Force will learn from these mistakes and continue to pamper friends of the series with promising titles.

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VGProfessional
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 might have managed to reboot a franchise that has been criticized for so long to not take enough risks, but gets hurt by its unmatched technical upgrade and repetitive gameplay. It's still at the root of it a Musou like all games, regardless of its open world setting and added RPG mechanics, but its niche appeal, painful framerate drops and crude textures will probably only make the game stand out in its own genre.

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Destructoid
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

The hack-and-slash moment-to-moment action works in its favor even when transitioning to a new style of play, but Dynasty Warriors 9, like some of its predecessors, is clunky and unwieldy; hampered by the aforementioned bugs and performance problems. If you're into the idea of playing an open world game where its arcadey elements are entwined with therapeutic but sometimes dry exploration, maybe give it a shot.

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Generación Xbox
6.4 / 10.0
6.4 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 is a set of mechanics that do not finish working. Its bad optimization in Xbox and its little ambition make the game has not ended up being the reinvention of the saga we expected.

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Game Revolution
Feb 13, 2018

Unfortunately, the changes in Dynasty Warriors 9 are a bit too superficial and kept too much of what made the series suffer in previous titles.

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Xbox Achievements
60%
60%
Feb 13, 2018

Cards on the table: 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.

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Respawning
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2018

As always it’s a mix of strategy and combat, this time with rpg elements thrown in, but for me it doesn’t really do any point that well. Once you’ve done one mission you’ve done them all. Travel here, defeat this guy and his army, take location, find some supplies. Rinse and repeat. Now there is fishing and hunting thrown in but the mechanics for these aren’t THAT good and won’t keep you entertained for hours Sometimes when you’re absolutely SURROUNDED by enemies the combat is pulled off well and can be really enjoyable but when enemies are sparse it’s not that exciting. Perhaps the clunky controls make it less enjoyable. I need a reasonable combat system when that’s all you’re doing when fighting (No magic or anything) and I couldn’t see myself wanting to use this system for hours. Overall it’s not awful, it just needs updating, a lot of updates. I think there are a lot of elements of a good game underneath but the final product here is a bit of a messy jumble and doesn’t have anything that makes me want to jump back in. Plus they’ve taken away the local coop which was always the best thing about these games.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 13, 2018

Koei Tecmo and Omega Force can neither be faulted for their resolve, nor their aspirations. The franchise has always had its cult audience but the Musou style has rarely broken into the mainstream outside of the big licenced spin-offs, like Hyrule Warriors[i]. [i]Dynasty Warriors 9 feels like an attempt to remedy that. Open World games are this generation's go-to genre and transforming the Story of Three Kingdoms has actually worked in many regards, but this feels like an early and flawed attempt at that bigger picture. Where it works best is in its classic elements, but the open world needs a lot of work. Perhaps by the time Dynasty Warriors 10 they will have learned from their mistakes.

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GameSpew
60%
60%
Feb 20, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 does take the series into new territory, but in doing so it breaks the tight-knit, smooth, action-packed gameplay that we've come to know and love.

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Gameblog
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 20, 2018

Dynasty Warriors goes open world with this ninth installment, which is a good thing, but the game is still awful, repetitive and sometimes boring.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 felt more like an experiment than a single, cohesive experience. At times it felt like Dynasty Warriors, sometimes an open world RPG, occasionally neither and sometimes both. But if Omega Force learns from this endeavor and buckles down for the next entry, the result could be spectacular.

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IGN Middle East
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

There are a lot of exciting moments in Dynasty Warriors 9, both those related to the story or bloody clashes, but this does not match the many other problems the game has, whether the virtual world design and the size of the activities it provides, or tasks that become repetitive and similar after a period, or The characters, some of which share the same weapons and combat tactics, add to the limited level of animation, sounds and user interface, making the title many years late for many open world games.

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We Got This Covered
Feb 16, 2018

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.

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VideoGamer
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 still has the 'levelling hundreds of dudes without breaking a sweat' core loop so you feel like a badass, but the open world removes some of the depth. Fans can still enjoy, but it won't win any new hearts this time.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 is a significant departure from past titles, but a poorly implemented open world leaves much to be desired.

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GamingBolt
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

One can't help but feel that Dynasty Warriors 9 had a lot of potential. With more time in the oven it could have been a much better game than it's now.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

As it stands, though, Dynasty Warriors 9 is more of a foundation for the next title than the dawning of a new era for the franchise. That's perfectly acceptable, too, given that series like Dynasty Warriors inevitably must evolve to stay relevant. Right now, there are just some growing pains, and anyone who was interested in the newest iteration because of its new gameplay features would do better waiting for the next one instead.

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The Game Fanatics
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2018

If you are a fan of Dynasty Warriors, there is some mindless fun to be had here, but the open-world design spreads the fun so thin that it is more tedious than exhilarating.

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Shacknews
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 14, 2018

Admittedly, many of the flaws or problems I have with Dynasty Warriors 9 are nothing entirely new to the series. It's just that now there's a whole new layer of problems that have been put on top of them that make the original issues that much more apparent. For almost every aspect of the game's features that I felt were on par with the quality of past titles, there is a contradiction.

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TrustedReviews
Feb 13, 2018

Featuring reworked combat and open-world story mechanics, Dynasty Warriors 9 is a definite step in the right direction. But even without the technical issues around its framerate, Dynasty Warriors 9 feels like a fundamentally compromised game that lacks depth. Fans of the franchise will likely be able to see past its shortcomings, but everyone else looking for a hack-and-slash fix would do better to look at one of Omega Force's other titles, like Berserk and the Band of the Hawk.

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PSX Extreme
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2018

Dynasty Warriors deserved better than this, and I hope Omega Force gets another shot to do this franchise justice, because this is not how the tales of the Three Kingdoms should end.

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The Games Machine
5.8 / 10.0
5.8 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 is a game that can be recommended only to hardcore fans of the genre: the formula is absolutely the same, with its inherent boredom, further stressed by a subpar open-world experience. There are some new elements here and there, but the gameplay is basically the same.

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New Game Network
58 / 100
58 / 100
Feb 18, 2018

For long-time fans of the franchise, Dynasty Warriors 9 feels like it has its heart in the right place, but the implementation of the open world and MMO mechanics feels dated, creating a bland experience that does not do the colorful series justice.

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IGN
5.8 / 10.0
5.8 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

After the resounding success of Dynasty Warriors 8, Dynasty Warriors 9 feels like a major step back. What's lost in the move towards an individually-centered story spread across a massive open world far outweighs the minor benefits that are gained. While the excellent button-mashing gameplay stays intact with great tweaks and additions, it wasn't enough. The lack of multiplayer, missing alternate game modes, and emptiness of ancient China left me far from satisfied.

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CFG Games
2.8 / 5.0
2.8 / 5.0
Feb 14, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 still takes a new and interesting turn that may be worth looking into if you've been away from the series for a while.

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Game Volt
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Perhaps the game need to improve more and make the changes to the open world so it fit in there and bring more than a wide area to free roam and add more time to play to the game only, the Japanese developer is afraid of change but the one whom changed gains gold era now and appreciation and others needs to get out of PlayStation 2 era.

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Heavy
5.5 / 10.0
Heavy

Top Critic

5.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Sure, the hack 'n slash mechanics have been improved and remains the main pull of this new sequel. But it's simply not enough to convince non-fans to take Dynasty Warriors more seriously. The diehards will flock to it, of course. But they may even be disappointed with its lackluster quality as well.

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Cheat Code Central
2.7 / 5.0
2.7 / 5.0
Feb 13, 2018

There are lots of great Warriors games out there. Hell, Omega Force and Koei Tecmo gave us the fantastic Dragon Quest Warriors II and Fire Emblem Warriors in 2017! You can never go wrong with Samurai Warriors 4. Hyrule Warriors is so good, it is coming up on its third port! And there are times when I still swear Dynasty Warriors 4 is the best entry in this series. Dynasty Warriors 9 is not a good Warriors. It is not a good open world game. It is a broken, tedious mess. Fortunately, fans of the genre have plenty of older entries to enjoy. Maybe in a year or two, after Omega Force has more experience with open world installments, we will see the Warriors formula work with this genre.

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Saudi Gamer
5 / 10
5 / 10
Feb 14, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 couldn't even keep the decent quality the series is known for, in fact it is a huge step back for the series. The open world did more harm than good for the game, and the fact that there is no other mode other than the story mode just made the lifetime of the game shorter. Perhaps the improved combat system and the way the game tells the story will makes it playable for some of the hardcore fans, but the bad AI and the many bugs the game has just makes hard and challenging to finish the game.

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Nerd Much?
5 / 10.0
Nerd Much?
Jordan Harrington

Top Critic

5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

"I think that the button mashing days are behind most of us in 2018, and Dynasty Warriors just doesn’t give enough to the modern gamer."

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Rice Digital
Rice Digital
Parallel

Top Critic

Feb 15, 2018

We'd rather Omega Force just stuck to what they're great at: making excellent hack and slash games. And Dynasty Warriors 9 isn't one of those.

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Gamers Heroes
5 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

5 / 10
Feb 13, 2018

Open world might not be the right step for Dynasty Warriors. Something like Dynasty Warriors Empires would be a much better fit, as even hardcore Dynasty Warriors fans are going to have trouble overlooking the problems present in this title.

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Cubed3
5 / 10
5 / 10
Feb 21, 2018

The PC version of Dynasty Warriors 9 is frustrating, more for its wasted potential than anything else. The game is difficult to control on PC, and that significantly hinders a lot of the fun, fast-paced combat, which is all-too scarce at times. Additionally, while the open-world approach is a great direction for the series, it doesn't capture the epic battles that the series is known for in the same way. Maps are either too crowded, or frightfully empty. It's nice to see Omega Force taking the series in a new direction, but this entry hasn't quite found its footing.

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Worth Playing
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2018

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. If the franchise continues down this open-world path, then it'll need some massive improvements — or else fans will start calling for a return to the old formula.

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Just Push Start
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Where previous games allowed players to feel powerful by defeating an absurd number of dumb enemies, Dynasty Warriors 9 cuts out the middle man, leaving a shallow game feeling completely hollow.

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ZTGD
5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

5 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2018

There is a lot of content in Dynasty Warriors 9 and the ideas are sound, but the execution is just atrocious. I hope they continue to iterate and spruce up the genre. I love seeing new takes on familiar formulas. Sadly though this outing feels like a half-baked idea that no one on the team was really behind.

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TheSixthAxis
5 / 10
5 / 10
Feb 13, 2018

Sadly, this isn't the breakthrough fans were expecting. Omega Force took a pretty big risk with Dynasty Warriors 9, and while its open world integration can be seen as a small triumph, this newest entry is marred by its heavily outdated approach to combat design.

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WellPlayed
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2018

A bland hack 'n' slash with tonnes of content but painfully repetitive and simplistic gameplay that can't sustain itself

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Push Square
5 / 10
5 / 10
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors has been on a steady run since it fumbled with the divisive Dynasty Warriors 6, and now it's in danger of fumbling all over again. Dynasty Warriors 9 goes open world and the result is a game of extreme ups and downs. For every gloriously huge battle there's a boring stint of traversal across a dreadfully barren map. For every interesting story moment or interaction, there's a horribly ugly graphical glitch. Factor in an unconvincing combat system overhaul, and you've got a Dynasty Warriors title that may disappoint even the most dedicated of fans. There's still some good historical hack and slash fun to be had here, but we expected much more from the return of this flagship series.

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Digital Chumps
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Feb 14, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 is extremely repetitive, and it gets to the point of frustration and boredom. The graphics in game are nothing to talk about. It would be different if the game had subpar gameplay and beautiful scenery, but you won't find that here. Unchallenging combat is just salt in the wound. This is not a game I recommend, and its 80 something playable characters cannot save it.

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GamePro
45 / 100
45 / 100
Feb 15, 2018

Conceptually interesting fusion of open world and Musou, which due to poor performance and numerous bugs misses the mark.

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Entertainment Buddha
41 / 100
41 / 100
Feb 19, 2018

This is just a terrible entry in the long-running series and deserves to be completely forgotten. Boring, riddled with bugs, and lazily made, it makes me miss the older games.

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Goomba Stomp
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Mar 7, 2018

I hope that Koei Tecmo learn from the justifiably negative press that the latest outing of the franchise has received almost across the board and abandon their production of endless sequels, tie-ins and spin-offs in order to reallocate appropriate talent and resources to make the next main entry in the series a game truly worthy of its own dynasty.

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Metro GameCentral
4 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

4 / 10
Feb 15, 2018

Dynasty Warriors finally gets the overhaul it's long been waiting for… and while it addresses a few old problems it creates just as many new ones.

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GameWatcher
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 suffers from a lot of issues, most stemming from the terribly implemented open-world. Assets are reused, it's buggy, repetitive, bloated, empty and bland. These shortcomings are made all the more painful by the obvious potential this game had, and how fun the base combat can be once players waded through all the other nonsense.

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KnowTechie
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 is basically the $60 equivalent of a Steam Early Access title, and it’s a slap in the face and the reproductive organs, to fans of the series.

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GameGrin
3.5 / 10.0
3.5 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2018

Everything about this game seems completely rushed. To jump onto the open world bandwagon three or four years too late and still deliver such a pile of garbage isn't just embarrassing, it's insulting.

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Sick Critic
3.5 / 10.0
3.5 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2018

The first-time attempt to make Dynasty Warriors open-world is valiant, yet ultimately makes the entire game lifeless.

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Quillstreak
31%
31%
Mar 1, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 is a bold but utterly fruitless attempt to revitalize a series that is stuck in its ways, showcasing an open-world that is completely at odds with itself, overwhelming technical issues and diabolical voice-over work.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Feb 20, 2018

There is no real reason to play this game, and I'm not ashamed to tell you to do either one of two things: Go play Fire Emblem, Hyrule Warriors or even Dragon Quest Warriors. Or put Omega Force and Koei Tecmo on notice for putting such little effort into this title.

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GameSkinny
Feb 13, 2018

Dynasty Warriors 9 is so bad it could completely destroy your faith in the series.

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