Nothing happened today other than my sister coming over the NJ to pick up her laptop and ask my help to set it up for her. Played Dynasty Warriors 5 with my niece for a while between teaching my sister how to use her dell and itunes.
IMO, Dynasty Warriors is more fun than Samurai Warriors because I am more familiar with the history and the interface for that game. While Samurai Warriors is a spinoff of DW and is based on the Japanese warring states period, there are a few things that differentiate the two other than national histories:
1. Dynasty Warriors has a j-rock driven soundtrack while Samurai Warriors has ambient trance in the background (SW)
2. Dynasty Warriors sounds better in English while Samurai Warriors makes sense to have Japanese speaking characters (DW)
3. Dynasty Warriors has more flexibility in developing characters; Samurai Warriors does not (DW)
4. Dynasty Warriors has more playable characters; (DW)
5. Dynasty Warriors has characters that wield every imaginable Asian combat weapon; Samurai Warriors has ninjas (SW)
6. Dynasty Warriors has an open-ended approach to battles; Samurai Warriors has a mission-based system that affects battle outcomes (SW)
7. Dynasty Warriors lets you use Nanman characters; Samurai Warriors has musketeers (SW)\
8. Dynasty Warriors is based on ancient Chinese history while Samurai Warriors is based on modern Japanese history (DW)
9. Dynasty Warriors was the first of its kind; Samurai Warriors came about from DW's success (DW)
10. DW's Zhao Yun (趙雲) can make SW' Sanada Yukimura (真田幸村) his bitch in terms of popularity and combat experience (DW)
With that said, I prefer Dynasty Warriors over Samurai Warriors although the two are very similar in format, quality and fun. Maybe my views on Samurai Warriors will improve when I get the chance to play SW2 when it comes out in the States around September. In the meantime, I would really appreciate if Koei made a hack-and-slash strategy game that combines the strengths of both Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors that was about the Seven-Year War (壬辰倭亂) between Japan, China and Korea from 1592-1598 when Hideoyoshi made the mistake of trying to invade Ming China through Korea. This would make a great game and movie.
The Seven-Year War was the military confrontation from 1592 to 1598 on the Korean peninsula, consisting of two successive Japanese invasions of Korea. With the professed aim of conquering China, Japanese troops invaded Korea in 1592 and again in 1597. In both campaigns, the Japanese invasions were defeated by the allied forces of Korea and China. Although victorious against the invading Japanese, Korea suffered great loss of life and significant damage to its economy.