• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: May 23, 2019
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  • Summary: Total War: THREE KINGDOMS is the first in the award-winning series to recreate epic conflict across ancient China. Combining a gripping turn-based campaign of empire-building & conquest with stunning real-time battles, THREE KINGDOMS redefines the series in an age of heroes & legends.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 31, 2019
    100
    Massive enhancement of all systems is perfectly complemented by beautiful audio and visuals. You won’t regret this trip to China! [Issue#295]
  2. May 22, 2019
    90
    It’s not without its UI issues, but Total War 3 Kingdoms provides a beautiful, rich strategy that is well paced while enjoying a new layer of story depth through diplomacy and intrigue.
  3. Jul 8, 2019
    90
    One of the best entries in the series yet, deep enough for veterans and approachable for the new players.
  4. May 22, 2019
    85
    After several years, we finally have a true Total War experience in Three Kingdoms. Covering almost everything that a fan of strategy genre craves, Three Kingdoms is one of the most complete entries in the TW series and one of the best strategies in recent years.
  5. May 27, 2019
    80
    Yet another great entry in the long-running series. While it may not be the absolute pinnacle of what Creative Assembly can achieve, it has become my favorite entry simply because of the setting used. We've reached a point where your personal favorite Total War will be determined more by the property being adapted than any worry about quality or gameplay factors. Since everything is fine in Three Kingdoms, what else do I really need to say?
  6. May 16, 2019
    80
    Cold, hard battle strategy meets the warmth of human interaction and politics to create an engaging and addictive experience.
  7. May 16, 2019
    70
    Three Kingdoms is another solid instalment in the Total War franchise, but lacks a certain wow factor. Creative Assembly has made some clever refinements around the edges of that enduringly addictive strategic core, allowing fans to steep themselves in yet another historic saga. However, there’s a chance that some won’t gel with this new setting or the way Guanzhong’s epic has been adapted. It’s another fun and rewarding take on the series, though we’d struggle to call it a must-buy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 61
  2. Negative: 12 out of 61
  1. May 25, 2019
    10
    Just excellent game, nothing to say more, probably best game in the series.
  2. May 24, 2019
    10
    After an hour or two of getting familiar with things, this game has totally hooked me in. I didn't think Three Kingdoms would be able to matchAfter an hour or two of getting familiar with things, this game has totally hooked me in. I didn't think Three Kingdoms would be able to match Warhammer 2, but it has. The world feels far more alive than any recent title, the depth of diplomacy is a joy, the character-driven nature of the game feels great. At first it's hard to relate to all these Chinese characters you've likely not heard of, but after a few hours you get a feel for your faction's place in the world, find friends and rivals, and see all sorts of dynamic events. Like I said, it's a living world - in my campaign the "big bad guy" Dong Zuo actually died to Lu Bu within the first 15 turns, leaving a significantly weakened faction that never became a threat. I was worried the battles would be a let down, but these are also top-notch; I've fought a number of tough battles already. At first the retinue system feels strange, but once you get used to it it works incredibly well, and you find yourself using your heroes in a complimentary fashion; Champions diving in to snipe generals; Vanguards helping to smash the enemy lines, and so forth.

    In almost every way, 3 Kingdoms has improved upon the series. I wrote this review because I want CA to know that what they've done is fantastic, and the vocal minority who complain it's too complicated can bugger off. Most of us want a deep game. The only criticism I do have is the campaign map UI; every city has quite a large name tag, and this overwhelms the screen a little unless you zoom out. There doesn't seem to be an option to change this at all. I'm getting used to it, but it does feel a bit much to have a dozen or so tags getting in the way of the beautiful scenery.
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  3. May 23, 2019
    10
    After a few hours play I am already getting a sense of how deep this game is. Running flawlessly as well, performance is a marked improvementAfter a few hours play I am already getting a sense of how deep this game is. Running flawlessly as well, performance is a marked improvement over previous games. Expand
  4. May 27, 2019
    9
    I've always been a fan of the three kingdoms story, and the game delivers it almost perfectly! The only gripe I have is the UI is a bit cumbersome.
  5. Aug 4, 2019
    8
    Habe heute einen Kampagnen Durchlauf (mit Cao Cao) beendet und dafür ca. 80 Stunden benötigt. Der Verwaltungsteil auf der Karte ist vermutlichHabe heute einen Kampagnen Durchlauf (mit Cao Cao) beendet und dafür ca. 80 Stunden benötigt. Der Verwaltungsteil auf der Karte ist vermutlich der beste der Total War Serie und um Welten besser, als das was Warhammer I + II geboten haben. Die Schlachten spielen sich eigentlich recht ähnlich und sind Top. Das Einzige, was mich wirklich stört ist die geringe Abwechslung. Im Prinzip schickt jede Fraktion bis auf ein paar Ausnahmen die selben Einheiten in die Schlachten, wodruch die Abwechslung leider leidet. Daher habe ich jetzt auch erstmal keine Motivation eine neue Kampagne zu starten. Expand
  6. May 31, 2019
    6
    I played Total War:Warhammer 2 a few times. It was kind of like heroes of might and magic, but a lot worse.
    Total War:Three kingdoms is the
    I played Total War:Warhammer 2 a few times. It was kind of like heroes of might and magic, but a lot worse.
    Total War:Three kingdoms is the second total war game I played. I played a lot of the romance of the three kingdoms games, loved RoTK 3 4 and 11. Those games were actually very in depth and the fighting was really good. Heres what I like and dont like about this game:
    The Good: The battles are ok, im not in awe of it in any way. I like that it tries to be as historically accurate as possible.
    The bad: Each turn takes a long time, averaging 1-2 minutes. almost every turn, you will get someone asking you for a super 1 sided trade. This happens every turn. Big army battles get super laggy. The game has crashed on me twice as well. I hate the building system, and the "Technology tree" is horrible. you have to wait 5 turns to get 1 technology upgrade, which I hope gets fixed because thats really slow and bad. I had times where I went to attack a general whos army was on the map, and he ran away. It took me 5 turns and still couldnt catch this general because they kept fleeing. Finally I went for their city and they ran back. i still have no idea how to build trebuchets, and getting upgraded units is a huge chore and has pre-requisites and if you dont have them, you miss out.

    I feel like this game has potential but theres so much wrong with it for me to fully enjoy a game. It takes hours to get things done and I prefer playing single player. I'm playing on easy mode and even then the game is really hard.

    Note: If you like RoTK but not total war, dont buy the game. If you are a fan of Total war then buy the game.
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  7. Jun 24, 2019
    0
    Game's bloody awful. Negative fun. Save your money.

    Exploits aside (like free no upkeep cavalry units that kill everything - I'm sorry,
    Game's bloody awful. Negative fun. Save your money.

    Exploits aside (like free no upkeep cavalry units that kill everything - I'm sorry, did I say exploit? Working as intended), there is zero strategy to Rock Paper Scissors when Rock beats everything (Cavalry or Catapults). Infantry are an afterthought, and archers are useless. They don't even have Chinese trebuchets, but Western trebuchets with counter-weights (hey, maybe that's why they work so well?).

    The voice acting SUCKS. This is a Three Kingdoms game, which's all about passion, romance and characters, and your voice choices are sniveling dweeb or girl with testicles. Expect a hefty dose of PC bullcrap, with characters who could've been interesting, like Sun Ren, dropping her plotting shrew wife schtick and becoming a general (with stats like Sun Ce's for no good reason), and the "Bandit Queen" who only exists in two sentences in the original records that probably were about two different people. Every other general is female, even though all of the citizens of cities are men, so go figure that one out (Maybe they're all home cooking?).

    The game is boring lategame. It's scripted early game. It's unfun. Avoid.
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