Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV 32X

a game by Koei
Genres: Strategy/War, 32x
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, Playstation
Editor Rating: 6.5/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 7.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Romance of the Three Kingdoms Games
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV 32X
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV 32X
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV 32X
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV 32X

Koei is one of my favorite companies I know I'm not alone in my admiration: our other Koei-head is SportsWire editor Geoff Higgins.The long hours and meticulous planning involved in Koei's games are a nice change from the fast-paced twitch games we're accustomed to. Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV continues the tradition with neat bells and whistles.

The only thing Koei desperately needs is graphically flashy battles. After playing gems like Iron Storm, it's hard to look at little icons taking damage. Still, the historical aspect is great and Koei fans know what to expect. The best 32-bit Koei game so far is Winning Post for the Saturn, which I love and would highly recommend, although Geoff rated it rather low in the sports section.

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Genesis

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Playstation

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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!

Snapshots and Media

Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Screenshots

Playstation Screenshots