Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI retains some traditional elements of old and new Three Kingdoms games alike, and brings back a number of overworld management and features found in Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX. You cannot play as an officer, but a great focus has once again been placed on kingdom management. The game’s new portraits are stunning, and feature multiple versions for each officer. Resolutions up to 1920x1400 are supported for gameplay. Here we share various screenshots for you to enjoy, providing a taste of Koei’s latest installment in its flagship series. Hat tip: Xiahou Mao, for the helping greatly with screenshots!
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI’s title screen features animated officers for each option. Two samples of created officers, male and female. Three Kingdoms XI also now features a full officer encyclopedia in which you can bring up the portrait, statistics, and biography for any officer in the game. The amount of in-game female officers has increased exponentially.
The overworld now features a unique three dimensional artistic style with the feel of traditional Chinese art. Clicking on a city brings up its management menu. Events are displayed on the map itself with everything from falling leaves to changes in lighting, creating a rather beautiful effect (see the Harvest). Also, there are special terrains on the map, such as the Nanman swamps.
Officer Profiles in Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI. Many old portraits have been completely remade, and a number of popular officers now feature two separate portraits (usually older and younger, but Xiahou Dun has one with and without his eye). New biographies are extended and draw on Sanguozhi, and each officer has a familiarity with different types of units.
The Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI overworld map is based on a grid, and buildings can be constructed for each city. There is also a new Kingdom Upgrades feature, in which you can spend points earned through just about every successful activity you complete (and even some failed activities) improving your kingdom.
The camera in Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI can be zoomed in, out, or rotated, as shown in the map below where China seems to have flipped over on its head.
In the following screenshots, Chen Qun requests permission to recruit Lü Meng, then goes to his home and holds a conversation with him (which ultimately results in a debate). In the other, Lady Cai Yan (now an in-game character) is married to Liu Bei.
Battles in Romance of the Three Kingdoms draw on concepts from Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX with turn based elements from the more traditional systems. Also like Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX, everything takes place on the overworld map. You can see military forces marching on the overworld mini-map. It is possible to view battles with which you are not affiliated.
Debate, the intellectual’s version of dueling, remains from Romance of the Three Kingdoms X and has been expanded with new features. Debates can be initiated in many different ways, and are used to resolve a number of different disputes.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI is a trademark of KOEI Corporation and KOEI Co., Ltd. © 2005 KOEI Co., Ltd.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms X portraits Copyright © 2004 KOEI Co., Ltd.
July 27, 2009