• 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: 53 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  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 27, 2019
    91
    CA took a huge gamble with its latest release and it really paid off. Three Kingdoms offers a very polished campaign with a strong narrative and robust diplomacy and espionage systems. Together with the immersive management of faction characters, the series are steering towards deeper micromanagement and a more challenging and deeply immersive experience. Romance mode might not be everyone's cup of tea but there are also other options for the more historically inclined fans.
  3. May 22, 2019
    90
    Three Kingdoms is one of the best historical Total War games. It has a deep strategic map with a lot of options to guide your faction to the crown of China. The battles, of course, are amazing and epic.
  4. May 22, 2019
    85
    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.
  5. Jun 19, 2019
    80
    Total War: Three Kingdoms provides a solid look at the spectacle, history, and romance of the Three Kingdoms period, as well as being entertaining enough to hold the attention of those who just might not care about that stuff. I don’t know who they are, but I’m sure they’re out there.
  6. May 16, 2019
    80
    A worthy entry in the Total War franchise, Three Kingdoms gets a lot more right than it does wrong.
  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: 38 out of 51
  2. Negative: 7 out of 51
  1. 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
  2. May 27, 2019
    10
    Positive:
    Basicaly,
    good understanding of the novel 'three kingdom' good map for old china good simulation for war and generals good view
    Positive:
    Basicaly,
    good understanding of the novel 'three kingdom'
    good map for old china
    good simulation for war and generals
    good view for chineses cutule

    Negative:
    random crash.
    obscure view sometimes.
    lack of guide for economic system
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  3. Jun 10, 2019
    10
    One of the best series of total war no words to describe it of how huge impact got on me i played all the total war games but i never felt soOne of the best series of total war no words to describe it of how huge impact got on me i played all the total war games but i never felt so connected until three kingdoms came on you can feel you are engaging with real people in the game also i am a huge dynasty warriors fan i can say it beat all of them its like everything we dream about it how real it can be Expand
  4. May 26, 2019
    10
    I started from Rome (the first one, not the disaster that is Rome 2). I played every single Total War from then (perhaps over 8 thousands hourI started from Rome (the first one, not the disaster that is Rome 2). I played every single Total War from then (perhaps over 8 thousands hour of gameplay accumulated).

    I was extremely sceptical about 3 kingdoms. I still remeber the sore deception of Rome 2 and was wondering how it was possible to go from a polished and well refined game such as Shogun 2 to the sorry sh*t that is Rome 2.

    Seeing many gameplay of 3 kingdoms, I had Rome 2 ptsd flashbacks all over again. The graphics looked cartoonish, the Combat IA looked horrible. I though it was a way for creative Assembly to test the terrain for the mobile game industry.

    Well, Ive seen released content gameplay of the game ans decided to give it a chance.. Turns out, it was a good decision. Three kingdoms is the best Total war game Ive played since Shogun 2. While the combat IA can be exploited in siege battles and can make the mistakes of puting some of its unit in questionnable situation, it is not as drastic as I feared for. And is even somewhat better than Shogun 2 (land battle,not sieges wise).

    But... it comes at no one surprise to know that the game shines at the campaign part. Even the greatest Total war veteran will have to spend dozens of hours to learn every single features. I am extremely satisfied with how the game turned out to be. With its Romance and Record mode, the game should satisfy both the historical and the Dynasty warrirors' fans.

    I've seen a bunch of review criticizing the game about its campaign complexity.. I will never understand this kind complains. Isnt it good when a game turns out to be both complexe and rewarding instead of being casual? The player has the choice to set the difficulty of the campaign to easy or medium if they just want a straightforward campaign. But please, let the gamers enjoy a game that finally takes minimal time of investment to master the game instead of just being spoonfed by simplistics features. A lot of works has been made by the devs and you can just feel it by experiencing the best campaign game since Rome 1 or Shogun 2.
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  5. Jun 17, 2019
    9
    It suprises me how many things they changed since warhammer. The game feels a lot more dificult then other entries. Siege battles are stillIt suprises me how many things they changed since warhammer. The game feels a lot more dificult then other entries. Siege battles are still amazing and the new story mode is very well done. Battles feel even more massive then in previous entries. The AI is also a bit smarter. During sieges they sometimes try breakouts which they didn;t do in warhammer. It makes battles more interesting. Expand
  6. Jun 20, 2019
    8
    Definitely an improvement in the Total War game lineup, there seems to be a development team here focused on creating an immersive strategyDefinitely an improvement in the Total War game lineup, there seems to be a development team here focused on creating an immersive strategy game and that is a good thing. The UI is intuitive and the tech tree makes sense. The simulation of China is well done, however AI seems to repeat battle formations and attack moves if you play for a period of time. Expand
  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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