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The Yellow Turban rebellion pack that comes with pre-orders unlocks three playable warlords for the grand campaign. They serve as new hero classes: Scholars, Healers and Veterans. As part of the rebellion against the Han dynasty you get to lead bandits, zealots and commoners against the Han empire. Enjoy a taste of their righteous fury in the trailer below.

 

There will be three versions of Total War: Three Kingdoms available on release day – digital editions, a limited edition, and a collector’s edition. The limited edition comes in a case with watercolour box art plus a double-sided poster of the campaign map, which features China’s geography and, on the flip side, a warlord character and playstyle sheet.

 

The collectors edition comes with those two items and also a 24cm resin statue of legendary hero Guan Yu and an art book that delves into the likes of the landscapes, character concepts, and building designs of the game.

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12 minutes ago, TomCat said:

any pics of the Statue  Now that i'm working again want to start collecting game statues

 

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THREE KINGDOMS introduces the biggest update to Total War’s diplomacy system in the history of the series. The first of two videos showcasing diplomacy, this video is accompanied with a detailed blog: https://www.totalwar.com/blog/diplomacy-in-total-war-three-kingdoms-part-1

 

 

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THREE KINGDOMS introduces the biggest update to Total War’s diplomacy system in the history of the series. Diplomacy is now a more subtle and powerful tool of statecraft than ever before, enabling players to build relations, manipulate opinion, form coalitions and mighty alliances, trade territory, and broker power across the campaign map in their rise to the throne.

 

For more detail on the mechanics shown in this video check out the accompanying blog:

https://www.totalwar.com/blog/diplomacy-in-total-war-three-kingdoms-part-2

 

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Legendary hero Zhuge Liang wanders ancient China searching for a worthy master in the latest Total War: THREE KINGDOMS cinematic. A stunning showcase of the varied land your dynasty could stretch across.

 

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Total War: Three Kingdoms crushes our fears with military efficiency (PCGamesN)

Creative Assembly still has some opportunities to polish the game, and obviously our definitive review will go into way more depth than 30 turns with just one campaign. But if – like me – you were sceptical, now is the time to take notice. Total War: Three Kingdoms undoubtedly offers the prettiest campaign in the series to date, and it may well prove to be the best and deepest, too.

 

Total War: Three Kingdoms turns the series on its head with a new kind of authenticity (Eurogamer)

The point of playing Total War is to feel authentic when you're playing it. To feel like you're there, in that nice little vertical slice of time, and that every decision you take feels real. For that you need more than numerical, quantifiable authenticity; you need understanding - of the period and the culture, not just of what it is to be leading an army in third century China but what it means to be leading an army in third century China. In playing a roughly three-hour chunk of Total War: Three Kingdoms' campaign - and in talking at such length with Gaspar and Lead Designer Simon Mann, both last year and again last week - I think that's something they might just have finally cracked.

 

Total War: Three Kingdoms is ambitious, beautiful, and confusing (PC Gamer)

It's certainly a good looking game too. The campaign map makes fantastic use of China's natural beauty and variety. The battlefields are bright and colourful, and the heroes have been well realised. If you're looking for a gritty historical wargame you may be better off with Britannia or Attila. In Romance mode heroes are extremely powerful on the battlefield. Your units certainly aren't pointless, but a well-matched duel between your champion class hero and an enemy commander class hero can turn a battle around, or deliver the decisive blow. 

 

Three hours in Total War: Three Kingdoms, the first Total War soap opera (Rock, Paper, Shotgun)

As a “design lens”, Wu Xing cuts against the triangular logic that defines older Total Wars, though you’ll still feel the old strengths and weaknesses in play during combat. “We’re sort of moving away from the idea of rock-paper-scissors, which is one beats one beats one beats one,” says Stewart. “This is supports-defeats, supports-defeats. And when you connect them all up, it’s quite a complicated little map, and that underpins a lot of the gameplay design, which is also relevant to the history, because it underpins a lot of how they thought about life at the time.” It’s a change of direction that could prove quietly transformative, and as with those barmy character mechanics, I look forward to digging into the fine details.

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Settle in as we break down the intricacies of empire building and expansion as we visit the western lands of Ma Teng and set out on a quest to conquer: The Silk Road! 

 

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Total War: THREE KINGDOMS – Development Update

 

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It’s been an incredibly busy and exciting time for us in the studio. We’ve been able to show you more of Three Kingdoms than ever before and taking the time to evaluate it thoroughly.

 

There are some revolutionary features going in and it’s looking really good. But we want to make sure it’s great. So we’re moving the release date to 23 May, 2019.

 

With Three Kingdoms, we set out to create a new level of complexity. As such, we need a little more time to make sure these systems deliver as intended and give you the Total War experience you’ve waited so patiently for.

 

Of course, the extra time won’t hurt when it comes to fixing those bugs that have been hard to nail down, getting the localisation just right, and adding additional polish to help it shine. We all know those little details make a big difference.

 

We’re lucky to be in a position to do the right thing for our games, and in this case it means taking the time to get everything ready for you. It’s more important to give you a game that you can enjoy to the fullest, rather than stick to a release date just because.

 

We know not everyone’s going to be happy about this, but ultimately, we believe this the best thing for the game and our players.

 

Thanks,

Rob

 

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I know that mouse and keyboard is the optimal way to play them but man I really wish this and other quality RTS games would be be ported to PS4 more often.

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I have a lot of total war games but suck at them. I want to play them! When I play the tutorials, I'm fine but once the game starts I am all...

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On 5/7/2019 at 4:27 PM, noey jerd said:

I have a lot of total war games but suck at them. I want to play them! When I play the tutorials, I'm fine but once the game starts I am all...

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I always feel bad for attacking neutral factions

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OpenCritic - 83 average - 91% recommended

 

Critic Reviews


Wccftech - 10 / 10

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Total War: Three Kingdoms is as close to flawless as you'll find, with a fantastic balance of 4X strategy and character-focused development and emergent storytelling. The battles are frantic, with increased tactical opportunities through duelling. City development is more intuitive and less restrictive, though still requires thought and all of this takes place on a China that looks downright fantastic, where even the UI and menus look great. This is the Total War experience and a new high for the series.


Gamefa - Persian - 9.2 / 10

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Total War: Three Kingdoms is undoubtedly one of the best Strategy Games you can play. The game features core mechanics of other Total War entries but it also improved many of older features and now we have one of the most complete games in the series. For example, the democracy system changed a lot and is now a lot more reliable. Nearly all parts of the game work in complete harmony with each other to deliver an amazing Ancient China Experience to you. Total War: Three Kingdoms is a game to recommend to every Total War and Strategy Fans.


CGMagazine - 9 / 10

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Total War: Three Kingdoms is another excellent entry in Creative Assembly's fantastic strategy series.


PC Invasion - 4.5 / 5 stars

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Total War: Three Kingdoms captures the spirit and essence of the time period. It's filled to the brim with unique and thematic detail, with aesthetic beauty that's a wonder to behold.


Gamersky - Chinese - 9 / 10

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Creative Assembly successfully combines Three Kingdoms with Total War, and using the brand-new Romance Mode, bringing us to that chaos times. For those who love Three Kingdoms or Total War series, this is no-doubt a must-try game.


Digitally Downloaded - 4.5 / 5 stars

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While the basic formula to Total War hasn't changed, Creative Assembly is genuinely impressive in the way that it manages to capture the subtleties of warfare in whatever era its depicting.


Metro GameCentral - 9 / 10

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A hugely enjoyable mix of historical realism and exaggerated action that is both surprisingly accessible and filled with an impressive depth of tactical options.


Niche Gamer - 9 / 10

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I was worried that Creative Assembly may not be able to do justice on the Three Kingdoms, but I am more than happy to have been proven wrong. Now if you will excuse me, I need to get sleep, but….one more turn.


IGN Italy - Italian - 8.6 / 10

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Three Kingdoms is one the best, if not the very best, historical Total War games. The strategic gameplay is especially compelling, and almost Paradox-like in depth. Still, the lack of variety caused by the limited setting widens the gap with the much more spectacular, and overall enjoyable, Warhammer 2.


IGN Spain - Spanish - 8.6 / 10

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Creative Assembly Studio knows a lot about strategies of war and fun. Total War: Three Kingdoms is a clear and sophisticated evolution. The series will continue on this path and lovers of the genre can be happier than those players who have never been in Total War.


The Games Machine - Italian - 8.5 / 10

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Total War: Three Kingdoms collects the legacy of the previous chapters related to the Warhammer universe, presenting many noteworthy innovations that show how that formula can also be applied in a historical context. There are also some good new mechanichs on the espionage and diplomacy side, too bad that the artificial intelligence hasn't been retouched accordingly, representing once again the weakest part of the entire offer.


GamingTrend - 85 / 100

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Total War: Three Kingdoms is a fantastic addition to the series, taking place in the Three Kingdoms period of China's history. The gameplay requires patience and strategizing, but is satisfying when successful. With plenty of aspects to manage, you won't be wanting for something to do, although it may be too much for some gamers.


SomHráč.sk - Czech - 85 / 100

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Total War: Three Kingdoms is a satisfying entry in the series. If you're a Total War fan and you're interested in the Chinese setting, you can't go wrong here.


Game Informer - 8.5 / 10

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Three Kingdoms is a striking addition to the Total War series with plenty to love, though it takes a slight dip in on-the-field tactical choice


Critical Hit - 8.5 / 10

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The real power behind Three Kingdoms is its mastery of character building and immersion, putting explosive personalities ahead of bland empire building. Overall, it's a much-needed breath of fresh air for the series and a satisfyingly complex Total War game to boot!


GameSpot - 8 / 10

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Three Kingdoms is the most ambitious that Total War has ever been, featuring an impressive variety of experiences thanks to its hefty source material.


Hardcore Gamer - 4 / 5

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With an ever increasing amount of games getting console releases, the PC gamer can typically only point to having the best version of a title.


Guardian - 4 / 5 stars

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The battles are as gripping as ever but it's the character-driven melodrama that truly enlivens this first-rate strategy game


God is a Geek - 8 / 10

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Cold, hard battle strategy meets the warmth of human interaction and politics to create an engaging and addictive experience.


GameWatcher - 8 / 10

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Three Kingdoms is a good game, and it feels like relearning an old game – it sticks to the Total War formula, but changes so many things around that everything feels different.


Shacknews - 8 / 10

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While I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been a big fan of the series, I found a lot to like in Three Kingdoms.


GamingBolt - 8 / 10

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Total War: Three Kingdoms could have scraped by with minimal new features. Thankfully, it combines the Three Kingdoms universe with a bevy of compelling features and improvements to deliver a worthy follow-up in the series.


MMOGames - 8 / 10

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Despite its reduced scope from Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, Three Kingdoms still remains deep and engaging.


Glitched Africa - 8 / 10

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This could (finally) be the best Total War game in the series and it is about darn time


PC Gamer - 78 / 100

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Not the best Total War game but not the worst by a long shot.


Spaziogames - Italian - 7.8 / 10

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Total War: Three Kingdoms maybe has the best campaign ever seen in the series, but it misses the point with the tactical phase.


Merlin'in Kazanı - Turkish - 77 / 100

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Total War: Three Kingdoms is a definetly a Total War game. It has all the diplomacy, blood and intrigue inside. The game is a hard one if you are just getting into series, but a good step forward for fans.


PCGamesN - 7 / 10

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Changes on the battlefield don't make for a Total War experience to match historical and Warhammer entrants, but there's still a deeply involving strategic layer in Three Kingdoms that sits well with its licence.Phil Iwaniuk


TheSixthAxis - 7 / 10

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Three Kingdoms is another solid instalment in the Total War franchise, but lacks a certain wow factor. Creative Assembly has made some clever refinements around the edges of that enduringly addictive strategic core, allowing fans to steep themselves in yet another historic saga. However, there's a chance that some won't gel with this new setting or the way Guanzhong's epic has been adapted. It's another fun and rewarding take on the series, though we'd struggle to call it a must-buy.


TrustedReviews - 3.5 / 5 stars

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For Total War fans, there's lots here to enjoy. It's the best historical Total War game since Shogun 2, and one of the finest this series has seen thus far. However, for those drawn in by the bombast and spectacle of Total War: Warhammer, this game can feel flat by comparison.


Eurogamer - Recommended

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Ambitious and sometimes overwhelming, Three Kingdoms does a great job of capturing the complexity of China's vivid past.


Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Unscored "RPS Bestest Best"

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It’s the best Total War game, the best historical strategy game released so far this year, and its stories are so compelling I’m as excited to read about other people’s anecdotes as I am to create more of my own.


Unboxholics - Greek - Worth your time

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Total War Three Kingdoms is one of the greatest additions to the franchise and the game that both new and veteran players have been asking for so many years.

 

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