When playing and thinking about the Dynasty Warriors games, I can’t help but think of the idea of the rulers of each kingdom creating a new world of their own design out of the turbulence of the current state. Different warlords and their armies fighting for a different vision to carve the land into.
The games present you with the ambition of each of the leaders of the three kingdoms (Cao Cao of Wei, Liu Bei of Shu, and Sun Quan of Wu), and perspectives of what they want the land to be (the newer titles, believe it or not, seem to do this well). Whether I play as an officer or as a leader, it feels like I am blazing forth a vision.
Keep in mind this is from a story perspective. The gameplay perspective has me as a conqueror of the battlefield.