For the better part of a decade I have been playing a game series put out by Koei called Dynasty Warriors.
It’s a pretty basic hack-and-slash game set during the Three Kingdoms era of China. Though Koei takes liberties with Chinese history from 180-260 AD.
It’s given me hours of mindless button mashing, and an introduction to one of the more famous times — albeit tumultuous — in ancient China. When I play, I typically choose the speedier characters with ranged weapons. So, you won’t see a lot of brawny folk in this list a la Dian Wei or Wei Yan. Except Lu Bu — for obvious reasons.
Additionally, I’ve always been a supporter of the Kingdom of Wu, so you’ll see a lot of red on this list. And given there are 80 playable characters, as of Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, here are my Top 25. Xièxie.