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.
Back in the day, I tried out various Grand Theft Auto games for the ridiculous gangster antics. I never got very far. I had to fight through too many story missions to unlock any suitable playground, and the difficulty ramped up too fast to be any fun for someone with minimal skills at fast twitch aiming with a controller.
This Three Kingdoms action game franchise has maintained enough “it” factor to keep its fans coming back for more. And it is coming back as well, with a 7th installment recently announced. Some fans remain skeptical. I’m hoping for a reboot of a series that has only touched a fraction of its potential. The subpar story and clunky battle engine could be overhauled without fixing what was never broken to begin with.