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Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires is part of an endless output cycle. As far as Warriors of the Dynasty 4, Koei Tecmo followed a main slice with a strategic spin-off. The name “empires” represents a branched line where the players participate in the Empire Construction aspect of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. In many cases, it is difficult to discern what kind is the best, the linear progression of the characters or the branched kingdoms. Usually, it falls on the choice with more content.
Despite the bad implementation of an open world in the last game, the warriors of the dynasty the franchise has always kept its appeal of a cast of expansive and dynamic characters. The options are endless on the characters’ selection screen, and it’s beautiful. As the previous slices of empires, players can enter the fray through the era of their choice. Start at the height of the turmoil during the rebellion of the yellow turbines or the precipice of the conflict of the three kingdoms. It is also your choice to start your reign as leader of an exploded or vagrant kingdom with a faction that will eventually make their way towards the Emperor’s headquarters. Whatever the choice is to do it. If only there were more.
To highlight gains and gaps in Dynasty Warriors 9: empires, you have to refer to its predecessors. Until recently, the warriors of the franchise dynasty followed a linear campaign formula. Select a kingdom, choose your character, look at the cut scenes and cut through enemy sprinkle strips on your way to cut through more strips of enemy henchmen. The series entered a new era when it started implementing customization options. When developers have set up a customizable campaign in empires, the IP has practically reached the zenith of replayability. The mechanisms of play in your own way improve at each edition since more characters are available. Unfortunately, some mechanisms have been removed, such as the customization of the Musou attack. Worse, the vast sandbox of the previous opus is useless than strolling and sharing shallow conversations. If the open world did not sell you warriors 9CE will no longer be the case now.
Empires’ virtue is that it allows the player to play in his own way. The bread and butter of dynasty warriors are the characters and assaults of Hack and Slash. It does not change here. In this case, however, the dimensions change since the management of the Empire virtually replaces the free roaming of the open world. Koei Tecmo has put in place better incentives for players beyond waiting for the next kinematics. It can be said, however, that the only thing worse than arbitrary quests, according to whom you ask for is that there are no quests. The management of the empire breaks the monotony of the passage from one battlefield to another, but Koei Tecmo stopped before a valid campaign when they stripped the game of quests. As a result, the conquest mode is a loose collection of conflicts vaguely bound by superficial interactions. The absence of a global narrative limits the potential of the only available mode.
Far from the battlefield, we reach the simulation in Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires . Few things have changed regarding the user interface, but there is almost too much to do. For starters, each leader must define a policy. Policies directly affect revenues, rations, troop movements and relationships with characters and other kingdoms. An action costs one month in what is equivalent to tour-based management. Fortunately, the initiative of your officers can compensate for the limits of the leader. The limits make sense. A brake system and counterweight ensures that no faction can not quickly consolidate its humble province into an entire empire, and no proweliness does not succeed on the battlefield. For some, this may seem slow combustion. On the ground floor, the repetitive gameplay is noticeable. Fortunately, conflicts end up degenerating into a valid reward.
The progression is sufficiently rewarding because it opens more doors. As mentioned earlier, the list of characters is a huge draw for franchise. Although copies of the capacities of the characters appear, the replay of the campaign persists. If you are a leader, empires allows you to select the character you want at the beginning of the battle, provided that it is in your faction and in the area. Alternatives eliminate the need to create multiple backup files (what you can still do). Better yet, the possibility of playing as different characters (potentially all) in the same campaign erases a large part of the monotony during consecutive fights. Add to that the changing dynamic of the management of a kingdom, and the gameplay begins to shine.
Incentives to continue campaigning pile up as you unlock more content. Unique characters are scattered throughout historical China, attracting the desire to deploy and recruit as much as possible. On top of that, there are weapons and character cards to increase your prowess on the battlefield. By character cards, I hear secret plans. Secret plans are battlefield capabilities that can trigger tide in your favor. Success leads to upgrades that lead to stronger and more efficient plans. It is the same for weapons. Each weapon has its own set of unlocked combos, and they extend in the magnitude and aesthetics with better upgrades. Given the number of playable characters, the combos are almost unlimited.
In my criticism of Warriors Dynasty 9, I highlighted the frantic and fast fights between rival warlords. Although few things have changed with regard to mechanics, action is still fun as possible. In the early stages of creating a kingdom, the player must be careful. It is not enough to be the big fish; We need to develop a wise strategy. As usual, the battlefield is full of objectives and bases. They each have their functions. Your strong dictates the type of support and their positions determine their ability to take control of the battle. In other words, a significant number of victims is not enough.
Officers change the dynamics of the battlefield with their unique plans. The plans affect the weather, labor, morale, etc. Effective tactics can tip the war pendulum in your favor if they are executed. The objectives can also be deployed by enemy armies. And they can be devastating, so, despite the fact that I was at the top of a mound of enemies killed, I still found foiled and beaten on more than one occasion. That said, goals and stratagers get less when you reach the end of the game and build an overpowering army.
The beginning and part of the party have the most frustrating meetings. During the slow progress towards a defendable and prosperous kingdom, the campaign comes down to back and forth invasions. Unless you are skilful in geography, it is not easy to quickly release regional conflicts. Expansion leads to more hostile boundaries, so maintaining a kingdom is more ambitious than creating 1. In addition, this title leans a little more about logistics. The policy affects war via a wise accumulation of resources. These come in gold, rations and troops, while the quality of the officers can be the variable that takes the balance.
Thanks to the planning and resources involved, invasions seem to be an important company. The problem is that unless I missed something, all the battles are seat battles. I found it strange since the IP should have a respectable gallery of historic places in which to draw, especially since it is the ninth entrance. But no. At the launch, Dynasty Warriors 9: ~ Tempière_ sorely lacking battlefields. The worst is that there is no free mode for fighting players. This seems to be an oblivion so weird, especially when you can find so much more features and cards readily available in Warriors of the Dynasty 8.
I can honestly say that I appreciate Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires more than Warriors Dynasty 9. You can assign this to the sad state of the latter at its first launch. However, I have to say that I am a big fan of the genre simulation and management of empire. The fact that the battles affect the great campaign, and vice versa, makes all the interactions of this significant episode. To what extent depends on you. Unfortunately, apart from a decent graphics upgrade, there is not enough here to call it a completely completed sequence. The franchise is in competition against itself. Unless the updated hack-and-slash gameplay and the list of expanded characters are enough to link yourself, consider this empire as incomplete.