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  • Summary: With Ancient China as the backdrop, the game chronicles the dramatic events of the 2nd and 3rd centuries when the once grand empire fell into civil war. While retaining many of the features that have become hallmarks of the Romance series, RTK IX (Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX) is vastlyWith Ancient China as the backdrop, the game chronicles the dramatic events of the 2nd and 3rd centuries when the once grand empire fell into civil war. While retaining many of the features that have become hallmarks of the Romance series, RTK IX (Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX) is vastly different from previous games in the series. Most notable is that players immediately take the rank of a Ruler. Traditionally reserved as the highest rank in the series, the role of Ruler will test any player?s leadership, management and strategy skills. As a Ruler, one of the keys to maintaining authority is a strong corps of loyal officers, so RTK IX?s Officer Development System has been enhanced with a new point and item system. With the new point system, players earn points to increase officer abilities and skills. With the item system, certain items can further an officer?s development, heighten intelligence or improve his abilities in war. Players can now use save data from Dynasty Warriors 4, Dynasty Warriors 4 Xtreme Legends or Dynasty Tactics 2 to obtain a new officer. [KOEI] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. With an overhauled tutorial, user-friendly interface and straightforward goals, this is easily the most accessible game in the series.
  2. 87
    If you're new to the series or the genre and have ever wondered what it would be like to conquer ancient China, we can't think of a better introduction than this.
  3. 85
    A game that will quickly be embraced by fans of the original series; fans of VII and VIII, however, might feel a bit alienated by all of the changes that have been made.
  4. Romance IX manages to make a few improvements to the interface and systems from the previous games while still retaining the core of what made them good. Ultimately, it's more of what you already love.
  5. Even though the game is amazingly deep and intricate, it doesn't change the fact that it's also rather dry. [Mar 2004, p.107]
  6. I’ve always enjoyed the series’ simple, yet addicting premise, and hopefully you will to. That, my friends, is the only true recommendation I can give.
  7. Those able to get a feel for the menu-heavy gameplay will revel in the kind of breathtaking depth and infinite scope you simply won't find in any other console title. [Apr 2004, p.120]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Zanshiro
    Feb 29, 2004
    10
    A return to Ruler-based play, another twist in the series, but I love the world map view now, as well as the adjustments done to the games.
  2. AmericanKid
    Feb 4, 2005
    10
    This game is the best game ever...
  3. FengxianL.
    May 24, 2005
    10
    This game is the bomb, because you can capture enemies and even steal their item! Yeah! Even Part 10.
  4. rtkfan
    Feb 22, 2005
    9
    Would be a 10 if the office in a duel coul be controlled, map will be bigger, food is store and transport around, can set fire on theWould be a 10 if the office in a duel coul be controlled, map will be bigger, food is store and transport around, can set fire on the enemy's food or take their food. Expand
  5. AlexL.
    Mar 22, 2004
    8
    Great game, would be a 10 in strategy series if only tactical combat could be controlled.
  6. IrwanA.
    Mar 2, 2004
    7
    As a veteran player of RTK series, i am a bit dissatisfied with RTK9. It is less challenging. The option of marriage is gone, and we have As a veteran player of RTK series, i am a bit dissatisfied with RTK9. It is less challenging. The option of marriage is gone, and we have less battle control. Such as dueling for instance, trigger automatically rather than optionally. Size of the army play more important role than the strategy since we can not change the war strategy after the army decide to march to the battlefield. I still think RTK8 is still the best of its series. Expand
  7. RTKFan
    Mar 17, 2005
    7
    The game is ok. You don't have as much control as you did in RTK 8. Plus, in RTK 8, you could actually interact with your officers andThe game is ok. You don't have as much control as you did in RTK 8. Plus, in RTK 8, you could actually interact with your officers and stuff. Also, experience in different skills, like they did in 8, would have been good too. I like the idea of building things. It beats just having guys attack just your city. The problem is you can't control those guys. I think RTK 8 was better. Expand

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