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The joy of RTK III is about watching numbers grow (for example, at harvest time) and shrink (when you knock off enemy soldiers). If you have a mind for it, it's great fun. However, first-time Koei gamers should probably go for easier to digest SNES fare such as Gemfire or even Genghis Khan II. If you're already Koei crazy, you can't help yourself --- you'll love Romance.
The Mongols did it, but that was a long time ago. Now it's your turn to conquer all of China in Romance of the Three Kingdoms III, KOEI's latest simulation of diplomacy, economics, and war.
Guide your monarch-in-the-making to success by cultivating crops and training soldiers, thereby increasing your wealth and strength. And don't forget about defection, exile, rebellion, and loyalty - all factors in your reign.
Overall, Romance of the Three Kingdoms III: Dragon of Destiny can be classified as an atmospheric title for the hardcore strategy gamer. On the plus side it has nice presentation, great atmosphere in historic and literary context and an incredible depth going for it. On the other hand, the gameplay can get very tedious, particularly in the battle sequences. Strategy enthusiasts may appreciate the high amount of micromanagement which affects many small details, while the very same will probably make more casual gamers shy away from this title. If you can put up with that and don’t mind sinking many hours or even days into a single playthrough, RTK III: DoD is a very engaging and challenging strategy game well worth your time.
GenesisElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Another in-depth strategy game in the vein of Genghis Khan and the like. The Eight-player option is very nice and the graphics are a nice complement. History fans will definitely want to check out some of these scenarios.
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