With all characters from Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends and Samurai Warriors 3 Z, not released in the west, and a host of other characters, this game has 120 plus playable characters in it.
Those who had similar movesets, like Liu Shan and other rapier users Sima Shi and Yuan Shao, now have slight variations made to the moveset to make the more unique.
There is one story, which has many stages to it. Most characters have there own shining moment within the story, be it in the main story or the several side stories which are going on. You also travel back in time to change the past, sometimes even unlocking "Redux" versions of previously completed levels.
This game takes the best parts from DW7XL and SW3Z. The visual style from DW7XL, and a third bar, the Spirit Gauge from SW3Z modified to a normal bar, which allows Triple Team Attack.
Recommend for all fans of the series, you will seriously love this game!