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  • Summary: The 10th edition of KOEI's historical simulation series begins when the beleaguered Chinese empire falls victim to a rebellious plot, and continues through over 100 years of civil war. China's turbulent history is revealed in breathtaking detail as players take the roles of Ancient China's most extraordinary figures including peasant turned emperor Liu Bei, conqueror Cao Cao, the elite warrior Zhao Yun, and brilliant strategist Zhuge Liang. Play as any officer: the game inclues 650 playable characters, and you can also create up to 110 new officers. [KOEI] Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Remarkable design. [Sept 2005, p.86]
  2. Don’t let the dated visuals fool you here - this game is as deep and engaging as they come.
  3. The best it's ever been. [July 2005, p.120]
  4. Fighting battles, debating policy, dueling, and expanding an empire with an endless series of menus does have its charms. [July 2005, p.75]
  5. It's undeniably cool to participate in shaping history, but not everyone will have the patience to conquer China. [Sept 2005, p.75]
  6. 70
    Even with its conservative mechanics, bland graphics, and user-unfriendly interface, the sheer depth of the game will still appeal to the faithful who've persevered for nine sequels - however few they may be. [July 2005, p.98]
  7. R3KX, with its lack of real challenge, story, or presentation values, is just not in any way a memorable game. Koei is capable of much better, as "Dynasty Warriors" and their upcoming PC title "Uncharted Waters" attests to.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. StefStef
    Jan 17, 2006
    10
    This game is the most complex and strategic that i have ever seen. Sure the interface is difficult to grasp at first, but that's why there are tutorial to explain everything the first time you go somewhere. You can do a lot of things depending on your style. I remark that those who gave it low grade all says they don't understand the game. Maybe they didn't try very hard because if they had, they would still be playing like mad! This game is far more addictive than any Civilization game for the pc. It's even more addictive than Master of Orion. But you do have to use your brain to remember a lot of things so for those who don't like to use their brains in a game, don't bother with this one. Expand
  2. MatthewG.
    Jun 26, 2005
    10
    The perfect game for loyal fans of the series.
  3. KavveenK.
    Jul 28, 2005
    10
    I simply love this game. All these day I hated the previous versions but this has really changed my taste!!!! All theaks to R0T3KX. I specially love the sword combos...Literally above 1000 combos each person and it is never repeated.....I really love this game. Expand
  4. PaytonF.
    Jun 23, 2005
    9
    Some people just don't get it.
  5. WalterR.
    Apr 18, 2006
    9
    Solid and addictive. Stick with it and you'll love it.
  6. BrianR.
    Jul 2, 2005
    9
    The best RoTK yet for folks who liked playing officers in VII and VIII. It steals IX's real time strategic map but brings back the turnbased tactical battles of old. Also introduces a regional campaign mode. The best duelling and independant officer subsystems yet. Also a very entertaining debate system gives the wise heroes a chance to overcome adversity and have fun doing it. If you like RoTK get this. If you've been curious, this one is still complicated and the Chinese history can seem a bit disorienting - but the latest iteration has a great help system, tutorials and gets you started finding the right character for you with a personality quiz. Go for it. Expand
  7. LukeM.
    Jun 22, 2005
    8
    This game is awesome.