developer: Creative Assembly
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-4
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Total War: Three Kingdoms - Eight Princes is an add-on to the strategy game from May 2019, i.e. Total War: Three Kingdoms. The expansion introduces a new feature campaign, which takes place one hundred years after the events known from the basic version of the game. We also receive a number of new gameplay mechanics and changes to the existing ones. The authors of the basic version and other parts of the cycle, i.e. the Creative Assembly studio (they have also developed Alien: Isolation), are responsible for creating this title. The publisher is the Japanese company Sega.
The story told in Total War: Three Kingdoms - Eight Princes takes place a hundred years after the basic version of the feature campaign, at a time when civil war is hanging in the air. The player takes on the role of one of the eight princes of the Jin Dynasty, who are trying to gain as much power as possible.
In the Total War: Three Kingdoms - Eight Princes campaign we control one of the eight aristocrats. These are them: Sima Yong, Sima Jiong, Sima Yue, Sima Ai, Sima Yi, Sima Lun, Sima Liang and Sima Wei. Each one differs from the others by its characteristic mechanics, capabilities and unique troops. For example, Sima Yong focuses on defense and architectural improvement and has access to Xianbei horse archers and riders. The crafty Sima Lun, on the other hand, gains an advantage through espionage and diplomacy, and benefits from impact driving and Xiongnu cataphoresis.
Apart from the new lords, the game also features a number of mechanics that have not been seen before. The faction's development has changed - leaders are now promoted to a minor, great level and then become imperial princes. The player can also decide whether he plans to take the throne or whether the role of regent is enough. Public order mechanics have also been removed. It was replaced by an indicator of the support of the nobility, which better reflects the characteristics of the conflict presented in the new campaign.
The last big novelty is the attitude system, which gives new opportunities for the development of fractions. The player can decide what he or she wants to do and what is behind his or her actions. Over time, this choice has a growing influence on the empire's development and causes new events, challenges and dilemmas.
In Total War: Three Kingdoms - Eight Princes we can play alone or with others. The only new mode is the next feature campaign, but the units and generals can also be used in battles played in multiplayer modes.
Total War: Three Kingdoms - Eight Princes does not introduce any significant changes in the graphic design of the basic version of the game. We are still dealing with a very good looking production, full of detailed locations (including authentic sites, known from historical books) and well-designed and animated models of warriors. The whole is complemented by an atmospheric soundtrack.
Expectations: 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 3 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i5-6600 3.3 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 4 GB GeForce GTX 970 / Radeon R9 Fury X or better, 60 GB HDD, Windows 10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 650 Ti / Radeon HD 7850 or better, 60 GB HDD, Windows 7 64-bit