Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. 70
    Although it includes new welcome features like expanded character training and a single map, its conventionality in all other areas fails to make the game stand out.
  3. 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]
  4. If it weren't for an enhanced combat system, it would be a definite step down from "Kingdoms VIII" - ultimately, it's more of the same. [Apr 2004, p.92]
  5. 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.
  6. The sheer amount of ways you can put your officers and troops to use in each turn is extremely daunting at the start, but if you're the type that gets sucked in by these types of titles, you'll be ruling China before you know it.
  7. While Romance IX is a more newbie-friendly game, it still has a bit of a learning curve, and the absense of tactical control prevents it from being a breakout strategy title. [Apr 2004, p.100]
  8. Edge Magazine
    60
    Only the most ardent grognard will do more than dent the surface of this enormous strategy game, which rather diminishes the overall impact for the rest of us. [Mar 2004, p.110]
  9. games(TM)
    60
    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]
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. FengxianL.
    May 24, 2005
    10
    This game is the bomb, because you can capture enemies and even steal their item! Yeah! Even Part 10.
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »