The piles of people on the battlefield are more interactive than ever before. Your allies do the Spartan cheer when you kick some ass. Sometimes you'll wind up dueling enemy officers within a wide circle of peons. Banner-toting groups will dispense power-ups to fighters on their side.
Too bad that horses are random and getting one of the unique uber horses involves a lot of luck, but I can deal with the pretty good ones I found. Weapons are random, too. At least there's an easy way to farm those if you have an uber character.
Battles tend to take longer than they did in DW5. That's good for a more epic, involved feeling, bad when you aren't feeling very patient, really bad when they take a while for stupid and tedious reasons. Fan Castle has you swimming around playing officer whack-a-mole. And some of the officers will totally ignore you and make a beeline for your commander, so you have to chase them even more if they get away from you. At least there are plenty of fun battles that I like to replay.
bitis_gabonica will be happy to know that Sima Yi lost his nasal voice.
Zhang He talks about a hint of beauty every time he defeats an officer. He says that bases need redecorating. And he sounds like Yoshimoto Imagawa. I always got a kick out of his vain theatrics, but man, this is getting old fast.
Cao Ren is now known as Lunchbox. Giant fork + lots of metal = you do the math. He's still hella fun to play.
Lu Xun is Peter Pan, right down to the flying jump kick after battle.
When Lu Meng died, I got on the school bus and cried. I don't care if that makes me even dorkier. All through Gan Ning's musou mode, he called Meng "old man", even after getting smacked in the head for it. And after Fan Castle when Lu Meng keeled over of illness - "Old man? ...Old man? ...LU MEEEEEEEEEENG!" C'mon, I was touched.