Dynasty Warriors, the granddaddy of all
I would never have expected the Dynasty Warriors series to go open world, especially considering the core goal of past iterations has always been to complete missions within a confined map. Still, last week at a Koei-Tecmo press event, I found myself exploring the massive, open-world map of Dynasty Warriors 9 complete with its own day/night cycle and weather effects.
Goals are now broken into missions that help make overcoming factions and conquering territories easier. For instance, there might be a mission to flood an area in order to lower the morale of an enemy army that will make taking down their leader easier.
Combat is still an arcade style,
While I prefer the aggressive approach to combat, there’s now a stealth option for those who’d rather attempt sneak attacks or ambushes. I did find more personal appreciation for the new grappling hook feature since I never was a fan of waiting for doors to open before storming a castle.
If I’m being entirely honest, Dynasty Warriors has always been a zen-like experience of mindless brawling for me. If Dynasty Warriors 9 ends up providing me a massive, seemingly endless, sprawling map of bodies to fall before my might I will be a happy camper.
Dynasty Warriors 9 is set to release on February 13th for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.