• 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: 68 out of 110
  2. Negative: 24 out of 110
  1. Oct 7, 2019
    10
    You know what ? I d give this game a 10/10.

    Amazing game, wonderful graphics .. You d have to play the game and buy it to actually
    You know what ? I d give this game a 10/10.

    Amazing game, wonderful graphics .. You d have to play the game and buy it to actually experience the fights .. the setting .. the 'historical accuracy'. I still need time to play this game for the first time though.

    Recommended good Total War (been playn since Medieval Total War BTW)
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  2. May 25, 2019
    10
    Just excellent game, nothing to say more, probably best game in the series.
  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. Jun 27, 2020
    8
    This text does not contain spoilers
    And that's just a short review, not all parts of the film, and it's just a summary.
    The gameplay is much
    This text does not contain spoilers
    And that's just a short review, not all parts of the film, and it's just a summary.
    The gameplay is much more attractive than the previous version.
    But the main reason for its weakness is its extremely long loading. So you can have lunch behind the loading at the beginning of this game.
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  5. Jun 18, 2019
    7
    Tao Te Ching says, "The Wise don't covet leadership, so wind up in charge." This is NOT a tenable philosophy for any of the Total War series.Tao Te Ching says, "The Wise don't covet leadership, so wind up in charge." This is NOT a tenable philosophy for any of the Total War series. The Three Kingdoms period, in particular, was an unimaginable bloodbath in which the population of east Asia was much reduced. Treachery and aggression were the norm, at least among those who came out on top. If you are comfortable being "the meanest SOB in the Valley" then this game's for you. It certainly has enough challenge and complexity to occupy you for as long as you can stand it.

    That said, there are flaws. It's especially hard to learn for somebody who isn't very familiar with the Total War franchise. Most instructional material assumes you already know a great deal about the game's mechanics, and the interface is a daunting maze that's not at all intuitive. There are also some bugs that await swatting. One I found was the lack of diplomatic options for the player who chooses the recommended settings for a beginner.

    To close as we began, the Tao Te Ching has this to say,
    "The best soldiers don't get violent;
    The best fighters don't get angry;
    The best winners don't take all;
    The best bosses don't throw their weight around."
    If you believe that, this game is NOT for you!
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  6. Sep 13, 2020
    6
    It's an anambitious project and a mediocre score is more than it deserves. I was a fan of the TW series since I was a kid and, because RTWIt's an anambitious project and a mediocre score is more than it deserves. I was a fan of the TW series since I was a kid and, because RTW offered me so much replayability, I wanted to support the company, but they're taking advantage of their fanbase and the series is becoming like the Assassin Creed franchise instead of staying true to their roots. When they started out, they added something revolutionary to the mix of strategy games available. But that was a long time ago, many releases ago.

    The combat system has pretty much remained the same since the era of Rome2 Emperor Edition. Not a bad starting point, not without obvious flaws and limitations that I hoped they'd try to iterate on (way too many to list than their effort deserves the effort). But this is how a mediocre score is more justified than a higher one. It would be 2 points higher if this system wasn't as repetitive within the game itself and if the AI was at least slightly better.

    Every other component has a similar faith.

    The campaign map playmode is barebones in terms of diversity and content. This is soemthing that I avoided criticising in the past because other historically inspired strategy games get away with it (Civ fans, I'm looking at you with nothing but contempt). However, when you're releasing the same thing every couple of years and then sell so many cosmetic expansions, it's something that could have easily been taken care of. The main reason it's shallow remains the extremely shallow diplomacy system (it's so stupid to see people praising it when there actual games doing a good job in this regard) and almost inexistent political or actual governance system. They have espionage now, but it's also barebones... it's legwork, not interesting, doesn't really add much to your playthrough. This aspect, the SP campaign mode, is mediocre for its own reasons.

    Why not go lower with the score then? Because it's fairly well polished. When I jumped in (some time after release) it was well optimized and this permited me to do a few speedruns alongside my usual playstyle. Also, the flavour art is good. We've seen it done beofre, but this is genuine content. All in all, unlike multiple Creative Assembly releases, this one was ok, doesn't deserve a truly bad mark, tbh.
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  7. May 28, 2021
    0
    Este juego se encuentra abandonado e incompleto. Es un juego de lo 3 reinos que no cuenta la historia completa de los 3 reinos.
    La razon es
    Este juego se encuentra abandonado e incompleto. Es un juego de lo 3 reinos que no cuenta la historia completa de los 3 reinos.
    La razon es que a la desarrolladora se le hizo muy facil abandonarlo y comenzar a hacer una secuela, ¿para que?, para sacarle mas dinero a la gente.

    Ni siquiera han podido arreglar algunos bugs de salida.

    Por no decir que cancelaron las ultimas expansiones para hacer esto.
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