Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI PC

Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. This game is a must buy for strategy fans. Koei knocked this one out of the park and hopefully Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI will lead to a Romance XII with even greater improvements to the art and gameplay.
  2. AceGamez
    80
    If you can overcome the daunting task of getting into Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI, as well as ingesting all the finer points, then you could really grow to love it.
  3. 75
    Even for a veteran strategy otaku like yours truly, the learning curve is intimidating -- but if you're willing to unwrap its numerous layers, R3KXI has a lot of USDA Select packed into it.
  4. If you're curious, just keep in mind that this isn't your run-of-the-mill strategy game.
  5. 72
    The considerable investment of time and focus it takes to begin to enjoy Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI is probably enough to turn off most gamers. Having been spoon-fed our entertainment for so long, it's a bit jarring to come up against a title that not only doesn't apologize for its endlessly meticulous details, but actually celebrates them.
  6. 70
    It's blatantly not for everyone, and you need to be conditioned to even begin to enjoy it, but there's certainly something deep and rewarding underneath all the layers of trifling bureaucracy.
  7. Ultimately, the biggest problem with RotTK also happens to be its biggest strength. It makes no attempt to open itself up to newcomers, instead choosing to continue to revel in its deep historical accuracy.
  8. Though undeniably beautiful and well designed, the game is simply too difficult to learn (the tutorial weighs in at almost six hours) and too slowly paced for most players not already attenuated to its type.
  9. The pace of this game is laid-back even by the standards of the 4X strategy genre. Most people will hate it for being obscure and boring, while orientalists and fans of leisurely 4X games will be playing it non-stop. In any case, it's hard to treat RotK XI with indifference.
  10. PC Zone UK
    59
    It lacks the logical connections that most strategy games have. [Oct 2008, p.62]
  11. Don`t fight this battle, unless you are forced to do so. Only interesting for fans of massive micro-management options!
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Sep 5, 2012
    10
    The universe of Sengoku century is awesome. All history of China // Japan is really attractive and frighten me. I like this world and the KoeiThe universe of Sengoku century is awesome. All history of China // Japan is really attractive and frighten me. I like this world and the Koei work on game like Kessen or Dynasty Warrior. This tactical game is a jewel. Full Review »
  2. Feb 23, 2012
    10
    I have always loved this series. Great strategy game. I don't know what they are thinking not continuing this series since 2008. Instead theyI have always loved this series. Great strategy game. I don't know what they are thinking not continuing this series since 2008. Instead they rather make a bunch of crappy dynasty warrior games. Full Review »
  3. Dec 23, 2011
    10
    This is a great game. I've been playing the series since it was on NES. It has a lot of cheese ball stuff in it but it somehow grows on you.This is a great game. I've been playing the series since it was on NES. It has a lot of cheese ball stuff in it but it somehow grows on you. The AI will challenge you and it does not relent. It becomes very difficult to manage as you gain territory, as it should. Full Review »