Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI’s challenge scenarios place you in control of an historic force facing a difficult scenario from the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history. The scenarios differ between the PC and PS2 game versions. This guide, authored by Kong Wen, is for the PS2 version, and offers instructions and advice to for completion of each scenario. Each victory unlocks a new historic officer to appear in gameplay. For more information, see the discussion topic at our forum.
Challenge Scenario Menu
Win: Destroy all enemy units within 18 turns (180 days).
Lose: Time runs out, Tian Shui is captured, or any allied unit is destroyed.
The general strategy for this one is to save Ma Su, build up some crossbow turrets to do extra damage per turn for you, and bottleneck the enemies at the walls in front of your camp, using fires and confusion to help you out.
First things first—get Ma Su out of danger! Move him towards your camp and the rest of your units. They key is to not move him all the way, or Zhang Yue will be able to get him for over a thousand damage. Stay a space or two behind where you can actually move, and you should be able to get away with a single hit from one of the bow units coming from behind.
Move everyone else from Tian Shui as close as you can get them, and move the units at the camp to the front. There’s no real need to spend time destroying the embankments, but there’s no reason to keep them either. If you think you’re going to need the space, then destroy one of them (perhaps the one closest to where Ma Su is coming from) with your units this turn (since they can’t do much else yet).
On the enemies’ turn, Zhang Yue should move in for the kill, and if you’ve moved Ma Su correctly, the rest of the units with him (including Sima Yi) should double back to go around the mountain. Confuse Zhang Yue! If you can get him confused and negate his Zone of Control, then you should probably be able to run Ma Su past.
After Ma Su has safely rejoined the rest of your units, the rest of the battle flows pretty easily. You only have to think about a couple things for the remainder of the fight. First, build a crossbow turret at the base of the mountain pass. When the enemies get themselves stuck together on Ma Su’s former escape route, this turret will really speed up their demise. You can also build another one slightly above it, just off to the side of the mountain pass. Try to keep Zhang Yue confused as long as possible, and take him out while he can’t hurt you back. Don’t waste tactics on confused units—you can use your will in better ways. Light fires to limit the enemy’s movements if you have to. Keep your turrets repaired. Use your bow units to weaken enemies behind the front line, or as support to take out front line units more quickly. I didn’t build a band platform, but if you find yourself getting really low on will, you can use Ma Su to plant one behind the camp somewhere.
Between confusing and getting free attacks on Zhang Yue, roasting Sima Yi, and filling the rest of the enemies with arrows from your bows and turrets, the battle should be over fairly quickly. Just remember that you don’t need to take chances. Don’t move units onto the mountain pass and out them in danger if you don’t have to. Save before you use Perturb, just in case. If it doesn’t work, then reload and try something else. The key to this battle is doing free damage—that is, inflicting damage while taking none in return. Attacking perturbed units, using fires, and letting the crossbow turrets do their work are all ways in which this can be achieved.
In reward for your efforts the following officer is unlocked:
LDR: 63, WAR: 76, INT: 39, POL: 33, CHR: 68
Spear, Crossbow, Horse, Navy: B
Skill: Close Combat (Stronger attack in forests)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI Biography
A woman who appears in “The Story of Hua Guan Suo,” a tale that has Guan Suo as its leading character. The daughter of Wang Ling Gong, a thief in Lu Tang Sai. The younger sister of Wang Tao. Wang Yue lost in battle to Guan Suo, who stopped by Lu Tang Sai, and she and her older sister Wang Tao became Guan Suo’s wives.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI Challenge Scenario Guide Copyright © 2007, Kong Wen
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March 7, 2014