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  • Summary: Lords of the Realm III is a computer strategy game of medieval conquest. As one of the great lords of the age, you raise companies of knights and commoners, found towns and cities, hire mercenaries, build castles to protect your lands and lead armies to victory over your foes. Your goal is to protect your territories and take over your neighbors, rising from petty noble to a great lord or even king. Your playing field isn?t just some abstract map, it is the real world. Invade England, conquer Scotland, sack Paris, or build a castle in Flanders. You must manage an empire in real-time ? assign vassals to fiefs, sponsor cathedrals, curry favor with the Church, stockpile supplies, hire artisans, and most important of all build castles to defend your estates. Your land is the backbone of your resources, the source of the men and money you need to win. Neglect them at your peril! [Sierra] Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. One of the freshest, most satisfying games produced by Impressions in years, and it's a great real-time strategy game in its own right.
  2. For a budget title you'll be amazed at the quality of the presentation and the depth of the gameplay.
  3. 75
    Lords of the Realm III doesn't look like a budget game -- its production values are high, as the 3D graphics are serviceable and the sound very well-done -- but at times it certainly plays like one.
  4. Given the series' heritage and the long buildup to this entry, it's hard not to feel let down. [July 2004, p.70]
  5. 64
    Without offering a little more depth to either the tactical or strategic aspects of the game, we're left with two experiences that are integrated well enough but leave us wanting more.
  6. 62
    Gameplay is horrendously simple...Ultimately, Lords of the Realm 3 was a big letdown. It is still a rather decent game, but nowhere near as deep as its predecessor.
  7. God knows what happened to LOTR3, but the usually dependable Impressions Games has lost the plot on this one. Even if you're a long-standing fan of the series - no, especially if you are one - avoid this like a bearded, Black Death-infected Saxon whore.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 13 out of 18
  1. AnonymousMC
    Mar 21, 2004
    This game is one of the best games I have ever bought. Being a strategy game lover I know what to look for in these type of games. it has great graphics and has advanced features inside the game. If you are looking for a great stragety you should buy this one. Expand
  2. Aaron
    Apr 3, 2004
    I've been waiting for this game for one year, and the game sells for $20. These aren't good signs, however, this game is very fun, and is the most in depth RTS game i have played. I love AOE and AOM, but they don't have 3 different levels of kingdom management, and they don't have in depth diplomacy, both of which LOTR3 has. If your reading this, buy the game, its worth your 20 bucks. Expand
  3. MelZ.
    May 30, 2004
    Dissapointing is the word that adequately sums it all up. This title was a major let down. Lords 2 was deeper, more complicated, and a far better simulation of medival life than this game is. The makers of this game have decided to emphasise more on the battlefield element than strategic resource management. What made this title's predeccesor so successfull was that is combined both of those elements in a nearly flawless balance. The makers decided to trim so much fat from LOTR2, that part 3 has very little actual gameplay remaining. Oh did I mention that this game is also dreadfully slow? Newbies to the RTS genre may enjoy this one, but veteran players will be disappointed. Expand
  4. MikeC.
    Mar 29, 2004
    This game dosn't deserve to be in the Lord of the Realms series, it sucks. Go back and play LOTR II its at least a hundred times as good. You win battles or lose them with little difference, your enemy just as yourself just drags in a new serf and give you the ole rope a dope. You have to take out several regions simultaneously to have any real effect. But why bother your attention can only be on one thing at a time, so there is no way to enjoy the random victory you will sometimes 'enjoy'. After a about 10 time trying the game I have decided to toss it, the times I won were at dissapointing as the losses, it just plain sucks!!! Expand
  5. CorrieT.
    Dec 28, 2007
    So disappointed, lor2 was a great strategy game lor3 is just a mess, easy to win, no thought involved in game play -except to keep having to find your army and land in the poorly developed interface.. I've been looking forward to playing this game for a while, just a big disappointment. Expand
  6. Johando
    Apr 20, 2004
    Incredible how some people - probably people working for Sierra -give this thing a 10. Basically there is no strategy or tactics involved at all. You find yourself sending armies to chase other armies as they move around without fighting. When you accidentely get into a fight, tactics do little good... Only the sieges are decent and even then AI is so-so. Diplomacy is non existing, and battles are incredibly boring. Long live LOTR II! LOTR III = biggest disapointment in years. Expand
  7. sr
    Jun 13, 2008
    Yeah, this is nothing more than a really long demo beta in my book. Nothing like the last games, almost no depth to the game. Those that gave 10, are part of the groups that do false posts to raise something and work for the companies. "decent amount of carnage for any experienced player" umm.. what carnage, there isn't even blood and bodies just disappear. It was as if it came out in 2001 and just hit the stores now. Expand

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