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The Best 'Romance Of The Three Kingdoms' Games

Updated October 21, 2020 737 votes 373 voters 20.3k views14 items

List RulesGame must be part of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms series.

Since 1985, Koei's acclaimed Romance of the Three Kingdoms series has amassed a sizable cult following. The venerable strategy series features more than 12 installments to date. If you're a fan of the series, check out this list of the best Romance of the Three Kingdoms games, ranked from best to worst from readers around the world.

Are you and a friend arguing over what the greatest Romance of the Three Kingdoms game of all time is? Use this list to see how many people would agree with you and end the squabble once and for all. This list features Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire, Romance of the Three Kingdoms III: Dragon of Destiny, as well as the latest Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV, which was released in 2020.

If you're wondering, "What are the greatest Romance of the Three Kingdoms games?" or "What is the best Romance of the Three Kingdoms game of all time?" then this list should answer your questions. Vote up all your favorite games in the ongoing series.

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    Romance Of The Three Kingdoms X is the 10th installment in the franchise. It abandoned many of the concepts of its predecessor, Sangokushi IX; instead, favoring the elements and concepts from Sangokushi VII, Sangokushi VIII, and Taikou Risshiden.

    The game's overall objective is the reunification of China, and this is accomplished by the player character, who is a historical figure from the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

    There were some factors that made the game better or worse, depending on where you played it. For example, the North American version was released only as a single-player game, where its releases in other regions allowed for multiplayer support.

    The game was highly praised by critics, earning it a Metacritic score of 71 with a user score of 9.3. It was especially praised for its design, adherence to what makes the franchise strong, and its deep and engrossing story.

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      Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII was released in 2001, and it added several improvements to the series from the titles that came before it.

      The Power-up kit included the ability for general to marry and have children. It added a new tactical scenario campaign mode, which consisted of battles and events surrounding Cao Cao, Lu Xun, or Zhuge Liang. Additionally, three new scenarios were added with 60 additional generals. The editor could be used to change the general and the city's data, and the AI was significantly improved and enhanced.

      The game scored incredibly well, which isn't unusual of the franchise. Famitsu magazine scored the PlayStation 2 version a 32 out of 40 while Metacritic gives the game a score of 77 with a user score of 8.5.

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        The seventh installment in the franchise, Romance Of The Three Kingdoms VII, continued the trend of adding new features to its Power-up kit, which made improvements on the previous titles.

        Romance Of The Three Kingdoms VII's Power-up kit included Short play mode, a new tactical simulation mode, which covered battles and events surrounding the three kingdoms of Wu, Shu, and Wri. It also added new events and incorporated a data editor.

        The game was well-received in much the same way its predecessors were, though it did receive a slightly lower score in Famitsu magazine. That was for the PlayStation release, which garnered a 30 out of 40. When it was released on the PlayStation 2 (with the Power-up kit), the score increased to 32.

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          The third entry in the Romance Of The Three Kingdoms franchise was released in 1992 and 1993 on the various computers and consoles available at the time. It stands as the one and only Super Nintendo game to have been completely translated into Chinese. The game featured six playable scenarios:

          • Dong Zhuo's reign of terror (AD 189)
          • Warlords struggle for power (AD 194)
          • Liu Bei seeks shelter in Xinye (AD 201)
          • Emergence of the Crouching Dragon (AD 208)
          • Rise of the Three Kingdoms (AD 221)
          • Jiang Wei inherits Kongming's legacy (AD 235)

          The PC-Engine CD-Rom version of the game incorporated one more, "The Yellow Turban Rebellion (AD 184)," and it was the only system to feature the additional content.

          The game was a smashing success when it was released, and Electronic Entertainment gave it a nine out of ten. Though dated, it's still highly addictive and offers a great deal of detail while remaining somewhat flexible in its gameplay.

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