Dynasty Warriors 3 is a hack 'n slash action game based loosely on the Three Kingdoms era of Chinese history, as adapted by the famous historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The game features a total of 41 playable characters divided into four "factions", including Shu, Wei and Wu.
Gameplay revolves around the player character engaging hordes of enemies including foot soldiers, officers and characters from opposing factions across multiple levels set in China. Special events based on scenes from Romance of the Three Kingdoms may occur, and overcoming these will typically lead to shifts in overall morale for either side of the conflict. As players continually attack and defeat enemies, they can build up their Musou gauge and unleash powerful special attacks to sweep the opposition. New to Dynasty Warriors 3 is two-player coop multiplayer, a major feature which has been a staple of the series since.
An improved version of the game called "Dynasty Warriors 3: Xtreme Legends" was released nearly two years later in January 2003.
This game is also known as Shin Sangoku Musou 2 in Japan.