I thought Dynasty Warriors 4 was fun- now I have this.
A lot is the same at first glance, until you choose a characters story (‘musou’) mode. Now absolutely every character (of 48) have their very own story line- so it's more enjoyable to play with everyone. Every level has its own unique map too, so no two level uses the same map.
The only bad thing is the music is a little bit stranger, but otherwise I thank Koei for making this, and MightyApe for getting it to me THE VERY NEXT DAY.