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  • Summary: With all officers playable, the lives of these colorful characters, the bonds created during battles, and much more combine to create a fresh new human drama. Strategy and battles, like naval battles and sieges, are done on a great scale, turning them into grand epic spectacles. We also useWith all officers playable, the lives of these colorful characters, the bonds created during battles, and much more combine to create a fresh new human drama. Strategy and battles, like naval battles and sieges, are done on a great scale, turning them into grand epic spectacles. We also use the vast expanse of China as a background to the “dynamism” of hundreds of characters each striving to expand their Force. All of this allows the player to experience the world of the Three Kingdoms like never before. The player becomes one of the characters of the Three Kingdoms drama and whether as a genius strategist, an unparalleled warrior, or something else, he must at times cooperate and at other times compete as he creates his own personal story of heroism in ancient China. [KOEI] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. 100
    With a comprehensive tutorial system, Romance of the Three Kingdoms is the best fit game for people new to the genre to wrap their minds around it. Equally, for more experienced strategy fans, the superb balance that made the historical events the game is based on so fascinating also make for the near-perfect strategy game.
  2. Jul 5, 2016
    80
    There isn't much competition, but this is still the best strategy game on the PS4.
  3. Jul 14, 2016
    80
    If you’re looking for something that’s a bit more mild as far as mechanics, but not necessarily as battle focused as Dynasty Warriors from the same studio, I would actually recommend Samurai Warriors 4: Empires which takes aspects from both franchises. But if you do want a fully thought focused war simulation game that will make you question every move and have noticeable future consequences set in a historically accurate Asian period, RTK13 is the only valid choice currently available.
  4. Jul 6, 2016
    70
    Strategy aficionados will look on approvingly as fans of the series rejoice. It’s certainly not a game for everyone, yet those who find themselves hooked by Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII will struggle to break free of its hold. The fact that it plays so well on console as well as on PC shows that Koei is capable of more than mindless button bashers.
  5. Jul 20, 2016
    60
    Using full 3D models and a real-time system, Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII’s combat boils down to a numbers game more than strategy.
  6. Jul 8, 2016
    55
    Romance of the Three Kingdoms is the umpteenth demonstration of the unfortunate union between gamepad and strategic games. The developers have thought of a great product, with many potentialities on paper. The title is destroyed by the bad mapping of controls and a not so impressive technical realization.
  7. 40
    I went into Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII hopeful that it might be the game to help me break through my difficulty with the strategy genre. Unfortunately, I was only met with an interface poorly optimized for consoles and a “tutorial” that made me more confused than informed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Aug 25, 2017
    10
    This is the 3rd RotTK game I've ever played, I have RotTK 8 on PS2 (I still play it) and 11 on PC.

    Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 is a
    This is the 3rd RotTK game I've ever played, I have RotTK 8 on PS2 (I still play it) and 11 on PC.

    Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 is a game with an extremely steep learning curve that is most definitely not for everyone, honestly the base game without DLC was a little bit of a disappointment, for the base alone I would probably have rated it a 7/10. The reason for this is compared to 8 it feels like a lot of the previous freedoms enjoyed in the latter have gone, there is no random weather/disaster, no war council, limited things to do in the cities, can't start coalitions... The list kinda goes on but don't let that deter you, if this is your first RotTK then you've probably picked up the right one, admittedly it does feel simplified in comparison to previous instalments but perhaps that was an angle that Koei Tecmo was going for, maybe they were trying to get more players on board.

    HOWEVER -- if you can stomach the gargantuan price of £28.99 for the Fame & Strategy DLC then you will be rewarded with a deep, innovative strategy game with lots to do and lots of freedoms. It is a shame that the PUK wasn't included in the base game (lazy, Koei???) as honestly with the DLC the game becomes probably about 5x more interesting. Weather is back, create private armies, capture gates & outposts as well as cities, go to the tavern and pick up requests, train stats at home, have children & watch them grow, even the war council makes a comeback. I would really recommend it but the price is definitely a deterrent if you're not already a die-hard RotTK fan.

    TL;DR - Perfect strategy game when you include the DLC but is expensive, base game - 7/10 - feels like a dumbed down/simplified version of its predecessors.
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  2. Jul 13, 2016
    10
    Amazing deep deep war strategy goodness...Great game for anyone who enjoys rpg mixed with strategy. Theres hundreds of fun hours this game canAmazing deep deep war strategy goodness...Great game for anyone who enjoys rpg mixed with strategy. Theres hundreds of fun hours this game can deliver. Expand
  3. Jul 6, 2016
    10
    This game is great, I sat down for ten hours straight the first day.This is my first romance game, i struggled grasping the controls andThis game is great, I sat down for ten hours straight the first day.This is my first romance game, i struggled grasping the controls and mechanics,but after some grinding in hero mode it felt very fluent. Expand
  4. Jul 30, 2016
    8
    IF you are a fan of the Romance games you will love this one. If you love this genre you will love this. However great this game is, it's notIF you are a fan of the Romance games you will love this one. If you love this genre you will love this. However great this game is, it's not for everyone. It's a turn based building game at heart. Look somewhere else for a fast paced game. Expand
  5. Aug 8, 2016
    6
    AI is so exploitable that I can conquer China with the worst character you can possibly create. For example I gave my guy 1 stat all aroundAI is so exploitable that I can conquer China with the worst character you can possibly create. For example I gave my guy 1 stat all around with no abilities whatsoever. No followers, families or affinities either. Threw him in hard difficulty mode as a free officers.

    It was ridiculous how easy it was for me to beat the game. It didn't even take that long. Worst offender is that you can abuse diplomacy to a point where you can expand as aggressive as you want without any fear of retaliation. Officers also just love you in general and you can recruit just about any random character that's not loyal bound by history without an issue. Basically you can just let them do your bidding so your own stats become nearly irrelevant. Combat, I don't even know where to begin. It's so ridiculously exploitable that I can send a small force against a force triple my size and still beat the crap out of it under manual control. Foreign policy options took a real beating. You can't get countries to fight each other (i.e. rivalry/rival tigers,), no marriage option between forces, "Hide", "Gossip", "Arson", "Snoop", joint invasion option, coalition is random and you can't form your own while they dog pile on top of you early in the game unless you maintain truce/alliance against them. The game is also missing many subtle additions that used to make the series great, such as traps, natural disasters, in-depth terrain advantages, wanderers, unique places, changing economy (i.e. varying prices of supplies and arms), ability to self impose an exile, etc.

    I can go on and on but it's so riddled with AI holes that I can't enjoy the game anymore. While there have been many improvements by adding visuals and audio, and I do love the new battle system minus the AI, this game has lost so much from its predecessors.
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  6. Oct 29, 2017
    1
    Worst RTK game I've ever played. They should honestly just call it a friendship simulator instead. I spent more time giving away cheap wineWorst RTK game I've ever played. They should honestly just call it a friendship simulator instead. I spent more time giving away cheap wine just to get officers to join me, than I actually spent building up my cities, invading enemy territories, etc. There is little to no strategy involved with combat anymore. It's just spam your top general's skill as often as you can. Also it seems high intelligence officers are largely useless in combat, when compared to older titles like RTK 9 for the ps2.

    I have no idea how they could've gone so backwards with the development of this game. If you want to have more of a RPGish style of game, 7,8 and 10 fit the bill. If you want to focus more on being a ruler, 11 is good for that. If you want a really tough strategy challenge, 9 would be best. That game actually makes intelligent officers useful in combat, as opposed to what they've done to them here in 13.
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  7. Oct 5, 2016
    0
    I bought this game this afternoon I played for about 2-3 hours and I was not happy at all. The controls are atrocious, the in game graphicsI bought this game this afternoon I played for about 2-3 hours and I was not happy at all. The controls are atrocious, the in game graphics are about the same as an 8 bit Nintendo game and the AI is very easy to play against. Expand

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