There was an old thread, but I felt the need to emphasize we're not just talking about old Ancient China, but also new Ancient China. I could have just told the other guy to change the old one, but, like a Chinese Warlord, I have decided to take matters into my own hands.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI
As the roman numerals would suggest, it is the eleventh title in Koei's strategy series set in Ancient China. An overview, courtesy of old thread-
During the late-second century in China, a rebellion known as the Yellow Turban Rebellion
, combined with the fall of the Han Dynasty
, China was thrown into a time known as the Three Kingdoms period.
During this time, three Dynasties, the Wei, Shu and Wu, fought for control of China. And thus began the Romance of The Three Kingdoms.
Based on the historical novel of the same name
, the game focuses on the many important figures in Chinese history as they battle for the leadership of China. The game has gone through numerous iterations, with XI being the latest. While the early games focused on battling, the later games added roleplaying elements in which you could choose to play everything from a wandering Ronin to a powerful Warlord, with your ultimate goal to reunite China under one banner - namely, that of your leader's.
It is essentially the strategy counterpart to Koei's other games about Ancient China, Dynasty Warriors. The gigantic number in the title, along with the comparison to Dynasty Warriors might arouse fear of rampant franchise milking, but there are a number of things which should help to alleviate that fear.
-It has solid, engrossing, gameplay, like most good games of the genre. Centered around developing cities and clashing armies. Also has duels and debates between officers.
-This gameplay does see a lot of changes between iterations. From changing up the way you gather resources and develop cities, to completely revamping combat and the units available to produce and use, and even including some roleplaying elements which can be seen in 7, 8, and 10.
-Ancient China is pretty awesome, you have to admit.
-Stupid low system requirements.
Those last two should warrant a try from anyone with even a moderate or possible interest in strategy games or fabulous Chinese history.
The free demo on the official site goes on to warrant a try from anyone, period.
It's not without some fault, though.
-The names can start off quite confusing if you have no knowledge of the period or Chinese in general. Expect plenty of names with a grand total of two syllables and more Cao's and Sun's than it seems you'll ever be able to keep track of. (Though on the plus side, the game comes with voiced narrations that make a reasonable attempt at proper pronunciation. No Cow Cow here.) Until you get the hang of things, though, you can be helped along by the swell portraits, so you can simply refer to people as "Guy With Awesome Red Hat" or "Awesome Eye-Patch Guy." Probably slightly more efficient, you can sort officers by whatever stat you're looking for, and cities can be selected from a map.
-The system requirements are low for a reason, and the graphics aren't anything to write home about. It's passable for the genre, though, and along with the game's excellent score, it certainly doesn't detract from the mood.
-While the character models (which you do not see terribly often) are fairly limited, the portraits generally look great. There's quite a bit of menu-crawling, but the pretties sprinkled in can make that a little more visually pleasant than it generally is.
-Being so heavily menu driven, it does suffer a bit from some poor interface options. Some things feel like they take a click or two more than they should, and my biggest complaint is that you can't directly command any sub-districts you establish, but you can just dissolve and re-establish the district and do what you want in between. It's an excruciating process that has no reason to exist.
I probably shouldn't have made the con segment bigger than the pro...but that's mostly stuff about why they don't matter and the game is super awesome regardless.
So buy it for $20.
Then there's some stuff about an expansion pack we don't have, and old games, and some other snoozer material I might cover later.