Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. The game is good graphically but can become a little dull if your don’t send out regular attacks on your opponents.
  2. 88
    If you enjoy RTS games, prepare to be stunned with an intuitive interface, rich atmosphere, and great gameplay.
  3. Combines a top-notch economic/civic model, attractive graphics, and solid real-time combat to give gamers a slice of Chinese history. And that, like all things Asian, is tres cool.
  4. Sure, FOTD is a blatant "me too" AOE clone with a few new additions and a different cultural angle, but it's also an addictive diversion that'll keep you glued to the PC for hours on end.
  5. Where Fate of the Dragons distinguishes itself is in the undercurrent of town management. This program is much more user friendly, less a micromanager style of play, and quite enjoyable.
  6. 80
    The menu systems and historical summaries are pretty well done considering the confusing nature of the beast.
  7. Something could have been done on the developer's part to reach out to this target audience and indeed, to the audience that needs to be introduced to Romance of the Three Kingdoms; something that AOE excels at. If you can get past this threshold, there is a gem underneath, if only a little unpolished.
  8. Ultimately, unless the historical Chinese context interests you, you'll find that Fate of the Dragon is just another real-time strategy game with a few original features, but with nothing really outstanding to recommend it.
  9. The level of detail and control offers many ways to complete a mission and the differences between them are subtle but significant. Unfortunately, this is counterbalanced by the lack of diversity in the missions.
  10. If you're dying for an RTS game set in China, here's one. So there. [June 2001, p.80]
  11. With a weak historical storyline and little in the way of good looking graphics, Fate of the Dragon is another RTS I’d be quick to shelve.
  12. An altogether playable, yet mediocre and average game in any sense.
  13. It's a great game in theory. But, in practice, it's the equivalent of the broken Buddha statues you find on the map.
  14. There is a significant difference between the two games—"Age of Empires" is a lot of fun. "Fate of the Dragon" is not.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. TonyM.
    Jan 3, 2007
    7
    Great! However the graphics could improve. I think it should have different side like Liu Bei (Shu), Cao Cao (Wei) etc and they shold have Great! However the graphics could improve. I think it should have different side like Liu Bei (Shu), Cao Cao (Wei) etc and they shold have specail abilities and unit just like AOE that will make a lot of different! Full Review »
  2. BrendanN.
    Aug 20, 2003
    10
    FOD is the best game ever. I would recommend this game to those who likes chinese history. Much better than AOE. The drama is perfect. I hope FOD is the best game ever. I would recommend this game to those who likes chinese history. Much better than AOE. The drama is perfect. I hope a new version of this game would come out cuz i love it. Full Review »
  3. MarkA.
    Jul 12, 2003
    8
    Similar to AOE II, some better points, some worse. overall a pretty good game.