Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV 32X

a game by Koei

Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis

Genres: Strategy/War, 32x

See also: Romance of the Three Kingdoms Games

  • Machine: Super NES
  • Genre: strategy
  • Players: 1 to 8
  • Publisher: Koei
  • Developer: Koei

You know, I've been playing Koei's historical simulations ever since the original Nobunaga's Ambition came out for my 8088 PC, and every time I get a cart or disk with 'A Kou Shibusawa Production' on it, I can't wait to plug it in - yup, I'm one of THOSE. This latest offering in the Romance series is more complicated than ever, which ought to make every Keel addict tingle in anticipation.

This time around, in addition to attacking your friends and neighbors by yourself, you can negotiate with 'foreign tribes' - the barbarian hordes who live just outside of more civilized China - to ride in and attack them for you. Also, each of the 450 subordinate officers you can try to recruit have any mix of 24 new special skills, most of which are things like Spy, Arson, and Bribe, but which include a few ridiculous powers like the ability to cause wind and throw lightning (oh yeah, real historical).

While all these new options give you a lot more to think about, they also point out the one problem I'm beginning to have with Koei's games - they aren't necessarily getting better, they're just getting more complex. The game is pretty much the same as the first in one the series. Sure, it looks great, and for those of us who like this kind of thing, it plays extremely well, but Kou Shibusawa must be able to crank these things out in his sleep, and it's really starting to get kind of old.

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Sega Genesis Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV 32X download
  • Manufacturer: Koei
  • Machine: Super NES

Once again, take control of over forty characters and determine the fate of ancient China! You, too, can sack and pillage every town and village! And let's not forget about that ancient Chinese ability to call down lightning from the skies!

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