Setting: Chinese Three Kingdoms era

Group Description

This group includes games set in the time period in Chinese history between ca. 168 A.D and 280 A.D., known as the Three Kingdoms era (simplified Chinese: 三国). It began after the decline and fall of the Han Dynasty after the Yellow Turban Rebellion, and ended with the destruction of the Wei kingdom which later became the Jin Dynasty. The three kingdoms refer to Shu (in today's Sichuan province), initially ruled by Liu Bei and later led by the renowned strategist Zhuge Liang; Wei (Northern China), ruled by Cao Cao and his sons; and Wu (South-East China), ruled by the Sun family.

The historical events of the era were later depicted in the novel Sanguo Yanyi (三国演义, Romance of the Three Kingdoms) by the 14th century Chinese writer Luo Guanzhong (simplified Chinese: 罗贯中). Many subsequent works of fiction (including video games) followed the characteristics given to the historical figures of the Three Kingdoms era in the novel. For example, they tended to portray Liu Bei and other leaders of the Shu kingdom as the positive heroes, while Cao Cao was regarded as the main antagonist.

In South East Asia, the translation Samkok of the Hokkian dialect is more commonly known for Three Kingdoms.

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Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX2003PlayStation 2, WindowsKOEI Co., Ltd.4.63
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Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII2002PlayStation 2, WindowsKOEI Co., Ltd.4.78
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Fate of the Dragon2001WindowsEidos Interactive, Inc.3.30
Dynasty Warriors 32001PlayStation 2, XboxKOEI Corporation3.36
Kessen II2001PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3KOEI Co., Ltd.3.57
Dynasty Warriors 22000PlayStation 2KOEI Co., Ltd.3.67
Romance of the Three Kingdoms VII2000Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PSP, WindowsKOEI Corporation4.67
Romance of the Three Kingdoms VI: Awakening of the Dragon1998Dreamcast, Macintosh, PlayStationKOEI Co., Ltd.4.30
Dynasty Warriors1997PlayStationKOEI Corporation3.75
Sango Fighter 21995DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.3.62
Romance of the Three Kingdoms V1995DOS, Genesis, PC-98, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsKOEI Co., Ltd.3.67
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire19943DO, FM Towns, PC-98, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA 32X, SEGA Saturn, SNES, Wii, Wii U, Windows, Windows 3.xKOEI Co., Ltd.3.78
Sango Fighter1993DOS, PC-98, Super A'canFuntech Entertainment Corporation3.81
Eiyū Sangokushi1993TurboGrafx CDIrem Corp....
Mahjong Sangokushi Engi1993PC-98SystemSoft...
Sangokushi II: Haō no Tairiku1992NESNamco Limited...
Romance of the Three Kingdoms III: Dragon of Destiny1992DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, PC-98, PlayStation, SEGA CD, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx CDKOEI Corporation3.69
Quiz Chiryaku no Hasha: Sangokushi Kitan1992PC-98SystemSoft...
Yokoyama Mitsuteru Shin Sangokushi: Tenka wa Ware ni1992TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft...
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Selected Covers

Kessen II PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Kessen II

Selected Screenshots

The game's title screen follows the animated introduction.
Screenshot from Kessen II
Title screen
Screenshot from Mahjong Sangokushi Engi
Humble origins. The game opens up with a Chinese opera player in typical stage warrior garb. This was part of the inspiration behind the colorful and often unhistorical costumes in the game.
Screenshot from Dynasty Warriors 3