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Romance of the Three Kingdoms X

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From a noob's perspective

posted by boneskull (PORTLAND, OR) Apr 19, 2006

Member since Feb 2005

22 out of 22 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

From what I gather, if you have played one "Romance" game, you know what you are going to get. So both of you are already up to speed.

For the rest of us, let's start with the gameplay. It's very open-ended. It reminds me of Sid Meier's Pirates! in that there are limitless possibilities. You choose a character and a time period, and from there it's up to you. The game can be as difficult or easy as you want it to be, depending on your goals and character's attributes.

Gameplay consists of moving between towns, interacting with other characters via a sometimes-clunky menu system, engaging in skirmishes and full-scale warfare. You can build different units for battle; all characters will have their own strengths, weaknesses and allegiances; cities will have different capabilities and be afflicted by plagues, etc., etc. Cities will grow and shrink and characters will gain allegiances either on their own or with your help.

Since there's so much variety, you can easily tend towards micromanaging your cities and subordinates. A gripe is that your subordinates often just lolly-gag around and rarely come up with anything to do themselves; you must assign them tasks.

Battles are fun, but difficult. Even with a huge army it's not so easy to take large cities. The battles are akin to most anything you would find in an isometric 3D strategy game, though they are timed in game-days, so if your force is not strong enough you may still be fighting when time runs out, and then you lose.

The graphics are basically bad, but you may not care; this game is entirely turn-based so real-time animations are nearly nonexistent. There are dueling and debating mini-games, but you can automate these. You can also automate battles if you want to focus more of your time on diplomacy or city-building.

None of the playable characters are female.

If you like to strategize, this is a fun, flexible, challenging and addictive game, though not recommended to casual gamers.

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Easily the best ROTK yet

posted by Urganite (AKRON, OH) Dec 27, 2006

Member since Sep 2004

17 out of 18 gamers (94%) found this review helpful

I make the claim that this is the best ROTK in the series because of exactly one thing: Playing an individual character. People who have played other ROTK games will immediately see the difference between this and other games in the same series, because you as an individual are free to move about China and do whatever you want to do. I often will play as a free officer and just wander about China improving myself, learning skills and increasing my fame, until such time that I've befriended enough other free officers to start my own army. This simply was not possible in the other ROTK games, which locked you in place geographically and mentally, ROTK 10 is a total deviation from normality in this regard.

It's also the most fun ROTK though this is somewhat debatable. Koei's tactical AI has a knack for being either incompetent or impossible to defeat, in this case the tactical AI is a bit lacking. While it's sometimes difficult, it's often quite easy to defeat an army 2-4 times larger than your own due to the poor tactics AI. The main challenge of ROTK 10 is managing multiple provinces and personnel, and conquering China within your character's lifetime. While you can succeed your own main character by selecting a new character to play, this can be wonky if you've sworn oaths with more than one person.

The graphics are not amazing, and they were not meant to be. They get the point across and give you a feel for the time and the setting. The sound is quite good and the music is very memorable and fits the setting well. There are certain things I would add to the game myself, but there's nothing specific that I would take out, it's all very good this time around, while still retaining the classic Koei feel.

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Fire! Fire! More Fire!

posted by ecco3benwa (HORN LAKE, MS) Jun 10, 2007

Member since Dec 2005

5 out of 6 gamers (83%) found this review helpful

Ok so what its the tenth title in the series. This game rocks harder than my grandma after 15 shots of tequila. Whoa...first this is the most entertaining of all of the RTK's so far. Controls are very simple and navigating thru the menu's a lot less tedious. Battling with miniture colored clone soldiers has never been so amusing. The ability to take a group of archers headed by Gan Ning, whom just happens to be guarding Chang An by himself and launch fire arrows over the terrain burning every blade of grass in the enemies path and leaving 100,000 dead enemies at the front door of the castle is an experience everyone should have. The game is just fun..pick a force to join....create a force to lead...create a officer to be...or create your own wickedly evil warrior to take china over with...its all up to you...One suggestion for ya..before playing this game..hide all ancient chinese related weapons from yourself...cuz its not so fun to stab the dog!

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