|This is an article created by NovaPen.
|Dynasty Warriors 9|
|Developer(s)||Omega Force, NovaPen Productions|
|Publisher(s)||Tecmo Koei, NovaPen Productions|
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U|
|Genre(s)||Hack and Slash, Action|
|December 16, 2015|
|Single player, multiplayer, co-op|
|Predecessor||Dynasty Warriors 8|
|Media Included||DVD, Blu-Ray disc, download, 3DS Card, Wii U Optical Disc|
Dynasty Warriors 9 is the ninth game in the Dynasty Warriors main series. It is the first game in the main series to be released on a Nintendo console. It is the first game to be developed and published collaboratively with NovaPen Productions.
The gameplay of Dynasty Warriors 9 is based on previous "Dynasty Warriors" games. It is a hack-and-slash beat-'em-up 3-D action game.
The game features multiple modes. Story Mode presents a number of chronologically consecutive battle stages revolving around one chosen kingdom. As you complete more battles in Story Mode, you will unlock more stages for use in Free Mode. You'll be able to play as either side of a battle in this mode and all stats/weapons acquired can be carried over to the other modes. Free Mode allows for two-player cooperative gameplay. Challenge Mode introduces a number of specialized stages with specific challenges, including time trials. The Encyclopedia feature gives a description of each officer in Dynasty Warriors 9, including every non-player character. The Options feature stores viewed pre-rendered videos and offers gameplay and presentation options to the player.
The historical story mode that first follows the Three Kingdoms' stories. When these tales conclude, the player can then play the Jin faction to end the era.
- Shu Story Mode
- Wei Story Mode
- Wu Story Mode
- Jin Story Mode
- Other Story Mode
- Ma Teng's Forces Story Mode
Free Mode in Dynasty Warriors 9 is essentially identical to the Free modes in all previous game titles. In Free mode, players may select any unlocked stage and play that stage with any unlocked character. Additional characters must be unlocked by playing through the Story Modes of each kingdom and completing special side stories in Conquest Mode.
It is a mode to the series which lets players explore another side of the Three Kingdoms era. Compared to Story Mode's fixed settings, Conquest Mode encourages freedom for the player to do whatever they see fit. Within this mode, players can earn the ultimate weapons in the game and unlock various playable characters. Specific stories and stages are set to be made exclusive to this mode. Two players with an online connection can choose to play through this mode together. Normal co-op with two controllers is also available. Similar to the Legendary Mode of previous titles, these preset scenarios are separated into three categories:
- Romance of the Three Kingdoms themed events.
- "What-if?" stories.
- Side stories to showcase talents of individual characters.
Either interactive section in the mode can lead to more episodes or an ending in the mode. Once a stage is cleared, the player may choose to either move onto another episode or complete the same one again as many times as they like. Characters share their stats and strengths in either of the two playable modes. This means rewards gained in Conquest Mode can be used in Story Mode and vice versa. The player's character can also form friendly bonds with other characters in this mode for their everlasting support.
Players are tasked with raising the Tongquetai Palace, a safe haven for peasants. The overall goal is to increase the tower's popularity so that even the emperor (Emperor Xian) will visit. To fund the tower's construction and status, players need to fight in various battles; defeating enemy officers allows them to be recruited as a partner.
Players start out with the weapon shop as their sole base facility. More can be added or expanded upon as the town gradually becomes populated with people. These include a food market, a trade shop, a menagerie, etc.
Battles are divided into four categories: Skirmishes, Unconventional Battles, Great Battles, and Mock Battles.
- Skirmishes grant materials.
- Unconventional Battles help increase fame.
- Great Battles tend to reward players with new recruitable partners.
- Mock Battles allow the player to face off against allies, though they will not drop any materials or weapons. Tongquetai Palace must be completely constructed first in order to unlock this type of battle.
Image, movie, motion, event, and voice gallery for the characters in the game.
Features timeline and biographies like in previous titles. Also includes a glossary of terms mentioned in the novel.
Change settings for the game.
Explains gameplay mechanics and techniques. Play as Liu Bei and learn the basic movements and controls of the game.
The following is a list of the playable characters in the game.
|Bao Sanniang||Shu Han||Bladed yo-yo||TBA|
|Cai Wenji||Cao Wei||Konghou||TBA|
|Cao Cao||Cao Wei||General's sword||TBA|
|Cao Hong*||Cao Wei||Wolf teeth mace||TBA|
|Cao Pi||Cao Wei||Dual blade||TBA|
|Cao Ren||Cao Wei||Spiked shield||TBA|
|Chen Gong||Other||Bamboo scroll||TBA|
|Chen Tai*||Western Jin||Sword and sheath||TBA|
|Cheng Pu*||Eastern Wu||Double-edge spear||TBA|
|Daqiao||Eastern Wu||Pugil sticks||TBA|
|Deng Ai||Western Jin||Drill spear||TBA|
|Dian Wei||Cao Wei||Axe||TBA|
|Ding Feng||Eastern Wu||Circle blade||TBA|
|Du Yu*||Western Jin||Spring and Autumn Annals||TBA|
|Fa Zheng||Shu Han||Woven cloth||TBA|
|Gan Ning||Eastern Wu||Flail||TBA|
|Guan Ping||Shu Han||Zanbatō||TBA|
|Guan Suo||Shu Han||Sabatons||TBA|
|Guan Xing||Shu Han||Wingblades||TBA|
|Guan Yinping||Shu Han||Dual-headed mace||TBA|
|Guan Yu||Shu Han||Guan dao||TBA|
|Guo Huai||Western Jin||Arm cannon||TBA|
|Guo Jia||Cao Wei||Orb and scepter||TBA|
|Han Dang||Eastern Wu||Short pike||TBA|
|Hua Xiong*||Other||Saw sword||TBA|
|Huang Gai||Eastern Wu||Iron boat||TBA|
|Huang Zhong||Shu Han||Bow||TBA|
|Jia Chong||Western Jin||Throwing axes||TBA|
|Jia Xu||Cao Wei||Chain and sickle||TBA|
|Jiang Wei||Shu Han||Double-edge trident||TBA|
|Li Dian||Cao Wei||Wheeled halberd||TBA|
|Lianshi||Eastern Wu||Mandarin duck hooks||TBA|
|Liao Hua*||Shu Han||Flagpole spear||TBA|
|Ling Tong||Eastern Wu||Sanjiegun||TBA|
|Liu Bei||Shu Han||Twin swords||TBA|
|Liu Shan||Shu Han||Dragon bench||TBA|
|Lu Kang*||Eastern Wu||Thin sword||TBA|
|Lu Lingqi||Other||Cross halberd||TBA|
|Lu Meng||Eastern Wu||Pike||TBA|
|Lu Su||Eastern Wu||Rake||TBA|
|Lu Xun||Eastern Wu||Swallow swords||TBA|
|Ma Chao||Shu Han||Stallion spear||TBA|
|Ma Dai||Shu Han||Large paintbrush||TBA|
|Ma Su**||Shu Han||Feather whip||TBA|
|Man Chong***||Cao Wei||Monk spade||TBA|
|Meng Huo||Other||Stone pillar and various large objects||TBA|
|Pang De||Cao Wei||Dual ji||TBA|
|Pang Tong||Shu Han||Shadow fan||TBA|
|Sima Shi||Western Jin||Lightning sword||TBA|
|Sima Yan*||Western Jin||Serrated sword||TBA|
|Sima Yi||Western Jin||Horsehair whip||TBA|
|Sima Zhao||Western Jin||Striking sword||TBA|
|Sun Ce||Eastern Wu||Dual tonfas||TBA|
|Sun Jian||Eastern Wu||Nine rings blade||TBA|
|Sun Quan||Eastern Wu||Flame blade||TBA|
|Sun Shangxiang||Eastern Wu||Bladed wheels||TBA|
|Taishi Ci||Eastern Wu||Twin rods||TBA|
|Wang Ping*||Shu Han||Throwing shield||TBA|
|Wang Yi||Cao Wei||Trishula||TBA|
|Wang Yuanji||Western Jin||Throwing daggers||TBA|
|Wei Yan||Shu Han||Double-bladed voulge||TBA|
|Wen Yang||Western Jin||Javelin||TBA|
|Wu Guotai*||Eastern Wu||Baoding balls||TBA|
|Xiahou Ba||Western Jin||Siege spear||TBA|
|Xiahou Dun||Cao Wei||Podao||TBA|
|Xiahou Yuan||Cao Wei||Bow and rod||TBA|
|Xiaoqiao||Eastern Wu||Twin fans||TBA|
|Xin Xianying***||Western Jin||Crystal orb||TBA|
|Xingcai||Shu Han||Sword and tower shield||TBA|
|Xu Huang||Cao Wei||Battle axe||TBA|
|Xu Shu||Shu Han||Fencing sword and hooked dagger||TBA|
|Xu Zhu||Cao Wei||Giant mace||TBA|
|Xun Yu||Cao Wei||Formation wand||TBA|
|Yang Hu*||Western Jin||Harpoon||TBA|
|Yang Huiyu*||Western Jin||Emei piercers||TBA|
|Yu Jin||Cao Wei||War trident||TBA|
|Yuan Shao||Other||Extension blade||TBA|
|Yuan Shu*||Other||Revolving crossbow||TBA|
|Yue Jin||Cao Wei||Dual hookblades||TBA|
|Yueying||Shu Han||Tongnu with blade attachment||TBA|
|Zhang Bao||Shu Han||Flail sword||TBA|
|Zhang Chunhua||Western Jin||Wired gloves||TBA|
|Zhang Fei||Shu Han||Viper spear||TBA|
|Zhang He||Cao Wei||Claws||TBA|
|Zhang Liao||Cao Wei||Twin axes||TBA|
|Zhao Yun||Shu Han||Dragon spear||TBA|
|Zhong Hui||Western Jin||Flying swords||TBA|
|Zhou Cang**||Shu Han||Nunchaku||TBA|
|Zhou Tai||Eastern Wu||Katana and using Battōjutsu||TBA|
|Zhou Yu||Eastern Wu||Bō staff||TBA|
|Zhu Ran||Eastern Wu||Flame bow||TBA|
|Zhuge Dan||Western Jin||Short rod||TBA|
|Zhuge Liang||Shu Han||Feather fan||TBA|
|Zuo Ci||Other||Talisman cards||TBA|
* Denotes new characters to the series
** Denotes characters added through Dynasty Warriors 9: Xtreme Legends
*** Denotes characters added through Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires
Bold denotes default characters (Dynasty Warriors 9 only)
Like previous games in the series, Dynasty Warriors 9 is followed by two expansions. The first, Dynasty Warriors 9: Xtreme Legends was released for PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and Xbox One on September 28, 2015 worldwide. It includes additional features not present in Dynasty Warriors 9, such as a new story mode dedicated to Ma Teng and his forces, new stages for the rest of the kingdoms and other characters, new content for Ambition Mode, a new EX attack for each character, and two new playable characters: Ma Su and Zhou Cang. It also enables cross-platform multiplayer.
The second expansion, Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires was released for the PlayStation 4, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Xbox One on October 4, 2015. Like previous Empires expansions, the game focuses more on a strategical and tactical battle system. It allows players to modify the player force's flags, horses, and soldiers, as well as featuring large-scale strategems, enhanced from Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires. In addition to the marriage system, players' officers can have children with their spouses. Two new playable characters were added in Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires: Man Chong and Xin Xianying.