A Vast Empire: The Dynasty Warriors Dynasty

Posted on October 10, 2010

The Dynasty Warriors franchise is so sprawling that it should have its own area code. In a little over a decade the series has amassed nearly two dozen unique entries (and that’s not counting the Samurai Warriors spin-off series). The series may be overextended, but it is still beloved by many. In order to understand why, we tested our resolve and took a look back at every entry in this franchise.

True Chinese History

The tale of Dynasty Warriors is so massive that it actually begins before the first game was released. Developed by Omega Force and published by Koei, Dynasty Warriors is actually a spin-off of one of Koei’s other franchises, a turn-based strategy series called the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which in turn is actually based off a 14th century historical Chinese novel.

The novel (actually called Romance of the Three Kingdoms) details the events taking place in China between the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D. as several warring tribes fought to unify China. Weighing in at 800,000 words, it is nearly three times larger than J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and is considered one of the greatest novels in Chinese literature.

And now players can perform powerful Musou attacks with their favorite generals from the classic work.

Dynasty Warriors – June 1997 – PSone
Dynasty Warriors’ first entry was unlike any of the rest of the series. This game was a complex weapon-based fighter akin to the Soulcalibur series. After the game came out, Koei decided it had explored the fighting genre as thoroughly as possible and changed its strategy. It would be the last time the publisher felt that way.

*Release dates denote the original North American release.

Dynasty Warriors 2 – October 2000 – PS2
With the inauguration of a new console generation, Dynasty Warriors became an action title, mastering the term “hack and slash.” Players got to play as one of the historically based generals as they led an army through a number of levels representing particular conflicts set within the era of the three kingdoms. Players eventually defeated both of the other kingdoms and become the ruler of a unified China.

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