Parents' Guide to

Total War: Three Kingdoms

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fantasy meets history in complex strategy for older gamers.

Game Windows 2019
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+
Not much gore and blood a couple swear words, but not too bad, good gameplay and no references to sex or nudity.

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Educational value
age 12+

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Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

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The Total War franchise has never been one to shy away from exploring the art of war from all angles and any setting. With Total War: Three Kingdoms, though, the series blends history and fantasy together as an epic retelling of the most pivotal and bloody moments in ancient China. One of the game's more interesting options is to play the campaign in either Records or Romance mode, each based on stories of the era. Records mode is a more standard and realistic approach, with a more historically authentic representation. Here, generals are just men like any other, relying on little more than their skill and cunning to rule. Romance mode, on the other hand, takes its cue from the classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms story, in which the warlords were more superhuman figures of myth, possessing almost godlike powers and wielding sacred artifacts as they battled. By giving players both options, the game adds a unique level of perspective and understanding on how reality and perception can influence history and mythology.

The Total War series has never been known for easing newcomers into the experience, and Total War: Three Kingdoms is no exception. In fact, the game's probably the most complex entry in the franchise to date. There's a massive amount of micromanagement to keep up with at any given time as you also try to account for the actions and events that might be going on elsewhere between other factions. Three Kingdoms also expands on the "diplomacy" options, recruiting spies to sow the seeds of discord while still adhering to your chosen general's distinct beliefs and moral code. It's a constant balancing act that feels like it could (and often does) collapse at any moment. Unfortunately, the game's tutorials still feel like an afterthought, leaving most players to learn important tactics through trial and error. It's a steep learning curve to say the least, at times overwhelming and frustrating. But the game is also a rewarding experience that leaves you with a real sense of victory earned on the battlefield.

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