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  • Summary: Empires, a unique "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" experience. Dramatic stories of officers on different sides. All 94 officers who have appeared in DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 are playable. In addition, players can control all 700 common officers. A major change from previous series titles, areasEmpires, a unique "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" experience. Dramatic stories of officers on different sides. All 94 officers who have appeared in DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 are playable. In addition, players can control all 700 common officers. A major change from previous series titles, areas around castles become battlefields, evolving into “Storming the Castle” instances. Employ strategic Secret Plans and balance Army Affinity to break through the enemy's gate. Defeat the enemy commander in Decisive Battle mode to claim victory of the castle. The Empires series' signature domestic system is back. With a high degree of flexibility, set long and mid term kingdom goals, recruit new officers, procure logistics, and execute a variety of military, economic and diplomatic commands to strive to unify China. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. 100
    Slightly more cerebral while also filled with the fast action that the series is known for, Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires sits neatly as a midway point between the action of the "proper" Dynasty Warriors and the strategy of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms series. There probably isn't all that much of an audience for this, but for fans that were disappointed with the open world experiment of Dynasty Warriors 9, Empires here will be redemption, and for those who have never let their enthusiasm for the series be dampened, this is an excellent opportunity to marry Sun Shangxiang and make many beautiful babies... or perhaps to unite China. Whatever your preference is, really.
  2. Feb 14, 2022
    76
    Omega Force manages to combine the musou style of Dynasty Warriors with elements of tactical action and turn-based strategy in a very entertaining title, although somewhat repetitive.
  3. 70
    If Dynasty Warriors 9 was the volatile reboot the series desperately needed to endure, the Empires is proof the mixture isn’t quite settled yet. What Empires adds in terms of being an engrossing strategy sim, it loses in paring back its open world warfare to something that feels far too much like the series back at its worst. Persevere with its shortcomings, though, and Empires can bring you riches.
  4. Feb 14, 2022
    60
    Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires is a game that I found extremely fun at times, but monotonous at others. Strategic tasks become mundane and repetitive very quickly, but the combat involved in the actual battles helps make up for it… There is fun to be had, just don’t expect a grand strategy experience with a deep story or overly involved decisions and mechanics.
  5. Feb 14, 2022
    55
    Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires has some interesting strategy elements, but the combat is so far behind other recent Musou games.
  6. Feb 17, 2022
    50
    It's hard to get excited for Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires, which has been built on a game that already looked very ugly and had an off-topic open world four years ago. If Omega Force has done well to drop the open world concept to return to a more classic structure, we note however that little has really changed and it's still boring playing this new game.
  7. Feb 14, 2022
    40
    Even for a series renowned for reusing material and rehashing a tired formula of mindless yet oddly satisfying gameplay, Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires is a hollow package. If this is all the series has left to offer, it may be time to let the Three Kingdoms war themselves into oblivion. A bland, shallow title with little to offer even those who enjoy the repetition of Musou gameplay, Empires is as regurgitated as a game can be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Jun 7, 2022
    10
    Having played this game for a few months, I must say that I'm very impressed and hoping for more games like this
  2. Apr 18, 2022
    10
    Both the action and strategy elements are superb, this is the game of the year for 2022 so far.
  3. Feb 16, 2022
    10
    Absolutely refreshing since I kinda already put maybe 6k hours onto the entire empires series as with 10k+ into all dynasty warriors games.Absolutely refreshing since I kinda already put maybe 6k hours onto the entire empires series as with 10k+ into all dynasty warriors games. I'm looking forward to maybe more edit parts. Or more features for in combat Expand
  4. Feb 24, 2022
    9
    Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires is a very solid entry in the series. The character models and music soundtrack are excellent. The fighting is fluidDynasty Warriors 9 Empires is a very solid entry in the series. The character models and music soundtrack are excellent. The fighting is fluid and gameplay addictive. The UI is clean. Some textures look bad. There are FPS drops in battle and I expected faster load times on the PS5.

    The customization options are nice. The edit mode is decent. I love the idea that Empires is a blank canvas that gives me the freedom to enjoy DW the way I want to. I can start out as a ruler over a kingdom or a no name vagabond and go from 'rags to riches'.

    Overall, DW9 Empires is the best title in the spinoff series yet. The addicting gameplay loop allows me to overlook some of the flaws in DW9E. The replay value is amazing and I look forward to sinking hundreds of hours into this game.

    DW9 Empires is a love letter to the fans. Thank you Koei for releasing DW9 Empires to the West!
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  5. Mar 12, 2022
    7
    My conclusion about "Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires" is rather mixed. So I'm always happy when a new part of the series is released for theMy conclusion about "Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires" is rather mixed. So I'm always happy when a new part of the series is released for the consoles. Since I always hope for new ideas and great graphics. But "Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires" doesn't have many new elements to offer. So I like the somewhat more tactical Empires mix of the series, but in principle I could have just put one of the predecessors in the drive. Of course, there are also new action and editing options in the game. From a technical point of view, the title looks rather weak for the new console generation. If you want to play the latest part "Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires" on your console or PC, you'll experience huge Far Eastern mass battles and the technology doesn't quite play along. Expand
  6. Mar 2, 2022
    1
    Please stop butchering the series. After what happened with DW 9 I was hoping they learned from their mistake and they going to improve thePlease stop butchering the series. After what happened with DW 9 I was hoping they learned from their mistake and they going to improve the game but guess what? Its getting even worse!! I really missing the older games in the series. Expand
  7. Apr 13, 2022
    0
    Ok...I just want to mention two things that makes this score what it is. first thing, THERE IS NO ROBUST CUSTOM CHARACTER EDITING IN THISOk...I just want to mention two things that makes this score what it is. first thing, THERE IS NO ROBUST CUSTOM CHARACTER EDITING IN THIS GAME, for the critic reviews to mention that there is do not know DW8 E. The multiple options and variations that DW8 E had in comparison to this reskin is extremely notable. DW9 E's edit mode is purely bare bones with very few options for creating a unique officer. but don't worry; its just an additional $40.00 to download additional costumes/armor which is after a $60 price to pay for it from the start. Actions (weapons/move sets) are interesting, shame there isn't an option to test them out (like in DW8 E) or customize your kingdom or soldiers (Also in DW8 E). I am a huge fan of character creation and loved how it was done in DW8 E, so I had high expectations for this game to blow me away with an actual robust customizing system, but instead they took away more than they added.

    Speaking of taking things away, this leads to the second reason for the score. NO MULTIPLAYER. Seriously, I did enjoy playing DW 8E solo, but I really enjoyed it when me and my bro can do a double Musou attack on a bunch of fodder. Removing this, made me remove the game. With all of the other known issues (a lot of menus, repetitive gameplay, unnecessary open world) I was willing to tolerate it all, but I couldn't do it without multiplayer.

    In short this game took DW8 E and put a sticker on it titled "Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires", cut it in half and placed a $40 price tag to actually have any real uniqueness to custom characters, removed multiple options that made the game enjoyable, slightly updated graphics (and yet, not improved), managed to make combat gameplay mechanics even less interesting, and piled on menus for "strategy".

    Cool idea though, maybe they'll figure it out in DW E10.
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