The Samurai Warriors franchise has always played second fiddle to sister series Dynasty Warriors, especially over here in the West. Where the latter is now up to its eighth main instalment, without counting any spin-offs, Samurai Warriors has only just reached its fourth incarnation. To the inexperienced, there isn't much to separate the two sets of games, and to an extent, there's an element of truth to this. They both largely follow the same structure of hacking and slashing your way through expansive historical battlefields, but proceedings have always felt a little more refined on the Japanese side of things. Whether this is because there's more development time between titles is up for debate, but there's no doubt that, more often than not, Samurai Warriors tends to be the more polished of Koei's creations.