As a longtime fan of the Dynasty Warriors series, I was quite excited by this game. Dynasty Warriors 7 was a great game, for old and new faces to the series. This one promised the ability to basically make your own character and send him/her into the turbulent period.
Unfortunately, that's about all it does. The game forces you to fight over almost every single piece of China in repetitive battles that require very little in the way of tactical planning or variety. Also, the ability to build up your character to become a powerhouse lasts only as long as your current game. Once you start a new game, it's back to the beginning with weak stats. I'd recommend the original Dynasty Warriors 7 and stay away from this one.