November 27th, 2002


Romance for the Three Kingdoms.

My brother picked up Romance of the Three Kingdoms VII, by Koei today.

For those who haven't played it before, this is one of the most in depth and addictive strategy games ever created. It is, however, something of an acquired taste. If you're the kind of person who enjoys a long drawn out chess game, this might be something you'd enjoy. To really get the most out of it, you have to be prepared to invest a good bit of time, though. (Note, once you get hooked on this game, you'll find a way to make time for it. ;-)

The game is based on actual Chinese history, and the famous Chinese saga from which it takes it's name. Set in the second to third century of China, it's a troubled time with three primary kingdoms fighting for control of China. The game includes 535 characters, most, if not all, based on real historic figures, 10 different time period scenarios, and new in this edition, the ability to play at different "office" levels. You can be a warlord, a prefect (mayor), a general, or a wandering ronin.

One of the greatest things about this game, too, is it's replay value. There's a lot of games that, once you beat, you'll never play again. You can play Romance of the Three Kingdoms for years, literally, without finding yourself in quite the same situation twice.

This game may cost me my job.
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