Total War: Three Kingdoms is a turn-based strategy and real-time tactics video game developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega. Set in China during the late Han dynasty period, which later became known as the Three Kingdoms period, players will get to experience the epic war-based gameplay and political intrigues during this turbulent time in ancient Chinese history. Players can choose to play as one of 12 warlords who vie for control over all of China in a sprawling turn-based campaign.
The unique campaign gameplay allows players to manage their empire’s resources and armies while also engaging in complex diplomatic negotiations and intrigues with other factions. During real-time battles, players directly command their troops in massive battles involving thousands of soldiers with different unit types. Detailed unit customization and in-depth rock-paper-scissors style combat mechanics ensure that every battle is a nail-biting experience. With its focus on historical accuracy, sophisticated empire management systems, and visceral real-time battles, Total War: Three Kingdoms brings this important period of Chinese history to life like no other game in a truly immersive grand strategy experience.
Total War: Three Kingdoms GamePlay
The gameplay of Total War: Three Kingdoms is divided into two main sections – the turn-based campaign map where you manage your empire and armies, and real-time battles. Having put in over 100 hours into this gem of a game, I can say that the unique blend of these two sections is what makes it such an addictive and engaging experience.
In the campaign mode, you take control of one of the 12 warlords looking to unite China under their rule during the later Han dynasty period. You start with just a few settlements and must expand your territory by conquering new lands or vassalizing other factions through diplomacy. Managing your empire’s economy, research, character development and diplomatic relations is crucial for long term success.
I especially enjoyed spending time developing my faction’s infrastructure and seeing my cities and economy flourish turn after turn.
However, the real fun is in the massive real-time battles. When two armies face off on the battlefield, you take direct control of your troops in a beautiful 3D environment. I loved seeing the different unit types like archers, cavalry, infantry in action. Positioning your units tactically and using the terrain to your advantage is key to winning. One of my favorite tactics is to hide archers in the forest and ambush the enemy with a volley of arrows before charging in with my cavalry and infantry. The sights and sounds of thousands of soldiers clashing in these epic battles never gets old.
The attention to historical detail is also amazing. Important characters from that period like Cao Cao, Liu Bei and Sun Jian are present with their own unique skills and personalities. You can even recruit elite generals into your service by satisfying their complex motivations. The political intrigue system allows turning the tides of war through spying and assassination. Whether you prefer the nation-building of the campaign or the visceral battles, Total War: Three Kingdoms delivers a rich experience that had me coming back for more. I would highly recommend this masterpiece of a strategy game to any fan of the genre or period in history.