I played this game to 95% (read that as max level all characters, all campaigns, and all secret levels, but not the impossible to find items) and really enjoyed it. Found it again at Gamestop for $5 last week and picked it up. I'm gonna give it another run, cause I've been playing a ton of turnbased RPGs lately and I need a change of pace. I figured I'd keep a record here for lulz. Unfortunately, I post from a mobile that can't linebreak, so I'll have to break updates into multiple posts to keep it from looking wall-of-text-ish.
Update-the-first: Last time I played, I started out with a generic Greatsword officer. I like it's area of attack, especially with it's Mushu attack. It was easy to destroy groups and to juggle officers. The overall damage output seemed pretty good. I decided to do so again, since it would let me build up a decentcollection of items to use when I started with real officers. I started on the Wei campaign and did well until Act 3 Battle 1, where you have to isolate Lu Bu. He kept killing me, so I skipped it and finished the act no problem. Did well in Act 4, until the last mission, Battle of Chi Bi. I seem to remember something special happening if you thwart all 3 aspects of the Fire Attack, and while I can (just barely) do so I kept running into problems. The leader of the fire bombing (name?) was pretty tough to beat in the time limit given. Also, Gan Ning was pwning me to death. He simply does too much damage. CONT.
I also assigned myself a secondary goal of killing every officer possible so I can collect stat boosts and items. Ran into problems with Zhou Yu as well. If he gets a full combo it HURTS. Definately can't handle him in a duel. Anyway, I went and started on the Shu campaign to grind out some more power ups. Once I reached the same mission but from the Shu side I figured it was time to try again. Hopefully with better results.
Completed the Wei campaign with my generic. Next to last mission was HARD. Those Arbalasts and Juggernauts HURT. Last mission was actually a breeze. Hardest part was finding a horse so I could get around the battlefield at a decent pace. XD I kept killing all the horse riding enemies in duels! Finally found a friendly who'd be knocked off his and stole it! Starting the Sho campaign on Hard to try and get better item drops. I've got some decent stuff, but alot of it could be better.