Early on, my concept of Dynasty Warriors appreciation was messing around on easy mode with the fat guy or the chakram girl or the claw guy who looked like Vega. Dynasty Warriors 5 turned me from a casual dabbler into a proper fan of the series and enthusiast for Three Kingdoms history and lore. The love remains strong a decade after its release.
Seven years ago, I randomly spotted this crossover of Dynasty and Samurai Warriors during the obligatory mall visit Gamestop walkthrough. It was equal parts grandeur and absurdity, thoughtful craft and happy accident slapdash. It was a beat ’em up addiction with “it” factor rivaled only by my reigning personal KOEI Jesus of Dynasty Warriors 5.