Total War: THREE KINGDOMS

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Total War: THREE KINGDOMS is ranked in the 94th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 63 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

85

Top Critic Average

92%

Critics Recommend

Based on 63 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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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
May 28, 2019

For those new or interested in the series, this is absolutely the best place to start, as it’ll ease you in and communicate its complexities better than any other Total War. And if you’re experienced, you’ll just love how this is a smoother, smarter ride. Three Kingdoms isn’t a perfect Total War game, but it’s the closest the series has come in a long time.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
May 31, 2019

Three Kingdoms delivers, in the sense that it gives me the gift of a genuinely absorbing historical fantasy.

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Scored Reviews

Daily Star
May 27, 2019

Fighting in the middle of fortified cities is a great setting for these battles.

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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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Twinfinite
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
May 28, 2019

I can see myself playing for years to come, and I can’t wait to see where the series goes next.

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GamesBeat
97 / 100
97 / 100
May 23, 2019

Beyond best-in-setting and best-in-franchise, Total War: Three Kingdoms is a game that instantly contends for best of the year, or best in its genre. The setting and franchise here give it high expectations, and Three Kingdoms surpasses those expectations at almost every level.

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IGN
9.3 / 10.0
T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

9.3 / 10.0
May 23, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms uses excellent pacing and strong character mechanics to create a consistently exciting and challenging historical strategy campaign.

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Rectify Gaming
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2019

Whether you fancy yourself a Dynasty Warrior, or a Crusading King, the absolutely stellar Total War: Three Kingdoms has a lot to offer new players and returning series veterans alike.

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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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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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Chalgyr's Game Room
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 27, 2019

If you are a fan of Guanzhong's fantastic tale, there is an undeniable charm to Total War: Three Kingdoms that had me smiling from ear to ear on many occasions. First-time encounters with familiar characters, seeing how the developers envisioned a particular location or watching a scene play out differently in the game from the way it went in the book were all fascinating, enjoyable experiences for me that might not resonate the same way with someone who is unfamiliar with the source material.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 2, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms is a top-tier Total War game, and the pinnacle of historical and real-time strategy tactics.

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Game Debate
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 22, 2019

It's not without its UI issues, but Total War 3 Kingdoms provides a beautiful, rich strategy that is well paced while enjoying a new layer of story depth through diplomacy and intrigue.

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Cultured Vultures
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 30, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms is the best the series has been in a decade. By emphasising on characters and their relationships, each campaign feels like an epic narrative of friendship and betrayal.

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Pardis Game
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2019

New and improved mechanics, complemented by the freshness of its setting, have made Total War Three Kingdoms one of the best titles in this franchise yet. Character traits and relations give a newfound personality to the game while the new class system and Army composition make for a much deeper gameplay. The addition of a fresh, intricate diplomacy system with a comprehensive user interface gives you the tools to pull off complex diplomatic maneuvers, and outsmart your enemies. The endgames are no longer a boring and one sided grind, but stay challenging throughout the playthrough. Even though this game does suffer from technical issues such as buggy AI behavior at times, it is, without a doubt, one of the best Total War games to date

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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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AusGamers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 28, 2019

The steep learning curve is well worth the time investment as the enhanced and expanded diplomacy and management side moves the series forward in meaningful ways.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 23, 2019

As always, the battles are exciting, and the scope and scale never fails to impress, with the addition of the heroes adding a new dimension to tactics and strategies. This is the game that Romance of the Three Kingdoms fans have been waiting for.

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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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Hu3br
May 23, 2019

Uniting drama, boldness and character development, Three Kingdoms revigorated the Total War formula in a way that I wouldn’t believe it was possible until now. Every strategy game fan should give this a chance.

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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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Screen Rant
May 23, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms is out now on PC.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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BaziCenter
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 21, 2019

After several years, we finally have a true Total War experience in Three Kingdoms. Covering almost everything that a fan of strategy genre craves, Three Kingdoms is one of the most complete entries in the TW series and one of the best strategies in recent years.

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Geek Culture
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 22, 2019

Become a hero for the ages, or succumb to the minutiae of management in one of Total War’s more enticing entries.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
May 18, 2019

Its presentation is the icing on an already rich cake. If you’re a series veteran, you’ll find much to appreciate in this new setting, and if you’ve never tried a Total War game, but always been curious, you’d be hard pressed to find a better starting point than Three Kingdoms.

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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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SECTOR.sk
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 22, 2019

Forget about weak Britannia and online Arena. Three Kingdoms redefines Total War glory in ancient China.

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GRYOnline.pl
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 26, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms is worth your time. To put things in a simple way - it's a superb strategy game that deals with a relatively unknown part of history. There are no flaws in terms of gameplay mechanics – it’s a great Total War game that keeps to the series’ high standards and quality.

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New Game Network
83 / 100
83 / 100
Jun 5, 2019

Three Kingdoms represents a return to form for the historical side of the Total War series, with an emphasis on much improved diplomacy and inner-faction politics, alongside a fantastic setting working in the favour of this massive strategy sequel - even if the real time battles mostly feel very familiar.

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Bazimag
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
May 29, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms is one of the most comprehensive historical strategy games of all time. It challenges its players by testing their skills in war and military strategy, diplomacy, building creation and planning and managing cities and towns. As its story is connected with history, it's very realistic and appealing and has the potential to make you feel like a real historical strategist.

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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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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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Daily Mirror
May 23, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms excels in many areas and has made some welcome, if not long overdue, changes

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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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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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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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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 24, 2019

Overall, Total War: Three Kingdoms can be summed up as yet another great entry in the long-running series. While it may not be the absolute pinnacle of what Creative Assembly can achieve, it has become my favorite entry simply because of the setting used. We've reached a point where your personal favorite Total War will be determined more by the property being adapted than any worry about quality or gameplay factors. Since everything is fine in Three Kingdoms, what else do I really need to say?

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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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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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Spiel Times
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 20, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms melts me to even hate this brilliant failure of a masterpiece, the mesmerising visuals slash out all its shortcomings like sharp wind against a thin leaf, almost hypnotically, almost magically.

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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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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG
Vadimeys

Top Critic

8 / 10
May 29, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms is not an ideal part of the popular series, but still remains a very addictive project with tons of gameplay. The idea of transferring the setting to Ancient China turned out to be a real trump card in the sleeve of talented developers, and the annoying flaws are likely to be corrected by the next updates.

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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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PowerUp!
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

Yes, Total War: Three Kingdoms takes the Total War series out of the fantastical and back into the history books, but I’m so glad they did, because Creative Assembly are great at what they do – bringing history to life.

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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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Game Revolution
May 30, 2019

In my time with Three Kingdoms, I gained a healthy respect for what Total War is.

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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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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 22, 2019

Total War : Three Kingdoms is not the best episode of the saga but the treatment of the historical period of the Three Kingdoms is extremely well handled by The Creative Assembly team. It is unfortunate that the technical part (the graphics engine) is pouring out the content. It's time to change it.

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