This title is a tough one to review and I can understand people both having positive and negative comments regarding this game. First let me say I am a huge fan of dynasty warriors and have played them since DW2. This latest installment has several positive and negative points that yo might want to consider before buying it so here goes:
1) Enhanced grahics - theres no denying it looks far superior to its ps2 or for that matter its xbox 360 counterparts.
2) Upgradeable characters - the character advancement is more like FF10 (as mentioned by another reviewer and he is spot on). I didn't mind the old 'pick ups' style of advancement but wach to their own and I will not say that this new style is a bad point.
3) Bigger battles. There are many more enemies to kill. Whereas before getting to that elusive 1000 kills was cause to crack open a bottle of bollinger now you can easily hit the big 1K in every battle.
However, and it saddens me to write this there are other issues which prospective buyers should know.
1) Slowdown. It's true what has been written by other reviewers that once immersed in a large number of enemies the gameplay slows down dramatically. In some ways this looks quite cool as you see the peasant yo have juct walloped fly in slo-mo into the distance but I agree that it can be irritating.
2) This is the biggie. Where have all the characters gone? Some (roughly 7) characters have been axed. Why? Who knows but this isn't my main moan. What really gets my goat is why out of the 41 characters yo can unlock only a few (precious reviewer says 17 and i'm in no position to contradict him) have musou modes. This SEVERELY limits the replay value of the game as you end up doing the same old sequences of battles over and over again.
3) Weapons. Why has almost everyone had their weapon changed? Gone are the imaginative weaponry that graced the fields of ancient China in the first 5 installments. Now almost everyone has some form of stick/spear. Zhou Yu now has something that wouldn't look amiss in the arms of a baton twirler and what on earth is Sun Shang Xiang doing with that bow? That's another point, where has the R1 ranged attack gone?
4) Bodyguards. We all loved to hate 'em as they stepped in desperate to steal your kills. DW6 has no bodyguards, although on the positive side you can now level up your horse.
5) Other issues. Many characters look different. This might not be a totally bad thing but to those of you like me who have grown used to Guan Yu's long green robe or Zhang Fei's Gear (WHAT is he doing in that dress???) the familiar characters don't look so familiar. On this note it is worth mentioning that as in DW5 on 6 character's continue to be killed off in musou mode. I know this is more realistic and many people may enjoy this but personally I loved the way on 2, 3 &4 that Sun Jian, Liu bei and Cao Cao would always be there in the mix at every battle. It gave the game a nice familiarity.
Ok if you made it through that lot congratulations. I would still recomend this game for fun and to play with a friend but there are things in there that in particular fans of the series might find irritating. Also most of the reviews out here are terrible one liners 'ace game' 'fantastic game' or 'terrible' etc and it was time someone stated all the pros and cons in a non biased fashion.
This game while a good stress buster suffers from Assassin's Creed syndrome- 'Good but could have been sooooo much more'.