Total War: THREE KINGDOMS

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Total War: THREE KINGDOMS is ranked in the 90th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 33 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

91%

Critics Recommend

Based on 33 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
May 16, 2019

It’s the best Total War game, the best historical strategy game released so far this year, and its stories are so compelling I’m as excited to read about other people’s anecdotes as I am to create more of my own.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
May 16, 2019

Ambitious and sometimes overwhelming, Three Kingdoms does a great job of capturing the complexity of China's vivid past.

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Unboxholics
Worth your time
Worth your time
May 20, 2019

Total War Three Kingdoms is one of the greatest additions to the franchise and the game that both new and veteran players have been asking for so many years.

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Scored Reviews

Wccftech
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms is as close to flawless as you'll find, with a fantastic balance of 4X strategy and character-focused development and emergent storytelling. The battles are frantic, with increased tactical opportunities through duelling. City development is more intuitive and less restrictive, though still requires thought and all of this takes place on a China that looks downright fantastic, where even the UI and menus look great. This is the Total War experience and a new high for the series.

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Gamefa
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
May 18, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms is undoubtedly one of the best Strategy Games you can play. The game features core mechanics of other Total War entries but it also improved many of older features and now we have one of the most complete games in the series. For example, the democracy system changed a lot and is now a lot more reliable. Nearly all parts of the game work in complete harmony with each other to deliver an amazing Ancient China Experience to you. Total War: Three Kingdoms is a game to recommend to every Total War and Strategy Fans.

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PC Invasion
May 16, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms captures the spirit and essence of the time period. It's filled to the brim with unique and thematic detail, with aesthetic beauty that's a wonder to behold.

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Niche Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 14, 2019

I was worried that Creative Assembly may not be able to do justice on the Three Kingdoms, but I am more than happy to have been proven wrong. Now if you will excuse me, I need to get sleep, but….one more turn.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 17, 2019

A hugely enjoyable mix of historical realism and exaggerated action that is both surprisingly accessible and filled with an impressive depth of tactical options.

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Digitally Downloaded
May 17, 2019

While the basic formula to Total War hasn't changed, Creative Assembly is genuinely impressive in the way that it manages to capture the subtleties of warfare in whatever era its depicting.

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Gamersky
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

Creative Assembly successfully combines Three Kingdoms with Total War, and using the brand-new Romance Mode, bringing us to that chaos times. For those who love Three Kingdoms or Total War series, this is no-doubt a must-try game.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms is another excellent entry in Creative Assembly's fantastic strategy series.

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IGN Italy
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

Three Kingdoms is one the best, if not the very best, historical Total War games. The strategic gameplay is especially compelling, and almost Paradox-like in depth. Still, the lack of variety caused by the limited setting widens the gap with the much more spectacular, and overall enjoyable, Warhammer 2.

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IGN Spain
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

Creative Assembly Studio knows a lot about strategies of war and fun. Total War: Three Kingdoms is a clear and sophisticated evolution. The series will continue on this path and lovers of the genre can be happier than those players who have never been in Total War.

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SomHráč.sk
85%
85%
May 20, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms is a satisfying entry in the series. If you're a Total War fan and you're interested in the Chinese setting, you can't go wrong here.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
May 16, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms is a fantastic addition to the series, taking place in the Three Kingdoms period of China's history. The gameplay requires patience and strategizing, but is satisfying when successful. With plenty of aspects to manage, you won't be wanting for something to do, although it may be too much for some gamers.

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The Games Machine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms collects the legacy of the previous chapters related to the Warhammer universe, presenting many noteworthy innovations that show how that formula can also be applied in a historical context. There are also some good new mechanichs on the espionage and diplomacy side, too bad that the artificial intelligence hasn't been retouched accordingly, representing once again the weakest part of the entire offer.

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Game Informer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 20, 2019

Three Kingdoms is a striking addition to the Total War series with plenty to love, though it takes a slight dip in on-the-field tactical choice

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
Critical Hit
ChrisHouse

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
May 20, 2019

The real power behind Three Kingdoms is its mastery of character building and immersion, putting explosive personalities ahead of bland empire building. Overall, it's a much-needed breath of fresh air for the series and a satisfyingly complex Total War game to boot!

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 16, 2019

Three Kingdoms is the most ambitious that Total War has ever been, featuring an impressive variety of experiences thanks to its hefty source material.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

Cold, hard battle strategy meets the warmth of human interaction and politics to create an engaging and addictive experience.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 16, 2019

While I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been a big fan of the series, I found a lot to like in Three Kingdoms.

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Glitched Africa
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 19, 2019

This could (finally) be the best Total War game in the series and it is about darn time

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Guardian
May 16, 2019

The battles are as gripping as ever but it's the character-driven melodrama that truly enlivens this first-rate strategy game

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms could have scraped by with minimal new features. Thankfully, it combines the Three Kingdoms universe with a bevy of compelling features and improvements to deliver a worthy follow-up in the series.

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GameWatcher
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

Three Kingdoms is a good game, and it feels like relearning an old game – it sticks to the Total War formula, but changes so many things around that everything feels different.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 16, 2019

With an ever increasing amount of games getting console releases, the PC gamer can typically only point to having the best version of a title.

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MMOGames
8 / 10.0
MMOGames
Phil DeMerchant

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

Despite its reduced scope from Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, Three Kingdoms still remains deep and engaging.

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PC Gamer
78 / 100
78 / 100
May 16, 2019

Not the best Total War game but not the worst by a long shot.

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Spaziogames
7.8 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms maybe has the best campaign ever seen in the series, but it misses the point with the tactical phase.

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Merlin'in Kazanı
77 / 100
77 / 100
May 16, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms is a definetly a Total War game. It has all the diplomacy, blood and intrigue inside. The game is a hard one if you are just getting into series, but a good step forward for fans.

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PCGamesN
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 16, 2019

Changes on the battlefield don't make for a Total War experience to match historical and Warhammer entrants, but there's still a deeply involving strategic layer in Three Kingdoms that sits well with its licence.Phil Iwaniuk

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 16, 2019

Three Kingdoms is another solid instalment in the Total War franchise, but lacks a certain wow factor. Creative Assembly has made some clever refinements around the edges of that enduringly addictive strategic core, allowing fans to steep themselves in yet another historic saga. However, there's a chance that some won't gel with this new setting or the way Guanzhong's epic has been adapted. It's another fun and rewarding take on the series, though we'd struggle to call it a must-buy.

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TrustedReviews
May 16, 2019

For Total War fans, there's lots here to enjoy. It's the best historical Total War game since Shogun 2, and one of the finest this series has seen thus far. However, for those drawn in by the bombast and spectacle of Total War: Warhammer, this game can feel flat by comparison.

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