It’s no secret by now that I despise Dynasty Warriors 9, not just because of what it DID to Zhang He, but because it’s a derivative, corner-cutting mess of “open world” bullshittery, so desolate and ugly it’s almost indistinguishable from a Steam Direct asset flip.
An easy early nominee for 2018’s worst games list, Tecmo Koei’s cynical farce has come close to killing my love for the series overall.
The game has its defenders, those who somehow think it’s “ambitious” to chase a trend years after it stopped being fashionable. Nonetheless, I’m clearly not alone in seeing this game for what it is – a desperate attempt at relevance by a company that tried to fix what wasn’t broken.
And of course… that’s led to a classic case of METABOMBING!
Metal Gear Survive is here, and it’s worse than I expected.
I thought they’d at least TRY and make it feel like Metal Gear, but instead it truly is a derivative, irritating, bog-standard survival game.
There was so much rubbish to laugh at I forgot to even mention the microtransactions!
Weirdly, DW9 has actual defenders, and they squirmed like hell to discredit my criticisms, mostly saying it was my fault for not playing on Hard Mode.
So… here we go.
Dynasty Warriors 9 is an absolute mistake. The open world actively ruins the flow of the game, the new combat system is a homogenizing step back, and as for what they DID to Zhang He…
Make no mistake about it, this is the worst Dynasty Warriors game of them all, at least as far as mainline entries go.