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 - Mandate of Heaven is the second add-on to the May 2019 edition of Total War: Three Kingdoms strategy game. The expansion introduces a new feature campaign, which takes place in 182 AD - during the Yellow Turban Rebellion. A player can take part in a historical conflict by taking any side. We also receive a number of new gameplay mechanics. The authors of the basic version and other parts of the series, the well-known Creative Assembly studio, are responsible for creating this production. The publisher is Japanese company Sega.
In 182, China is in Chaos. Corruption at the imperial court led to a mighty famine. An increasing number of subjects are beginning to come to the conclusion that the monarch has lost the heavenly mandate, i.e. the divine right to exercise power. People grab their weapons and are led by three Taoist brothers in yellow turbans - Zhang Jue, Zhang Liang and Zhang Bao. Who will rule when the Emperor is defeated?
Total War: Three Kingdoms - Mandate of Heaven introduces several new factions, which we are leading in the new campaign and which have unique mechanics. These include Emperor Ling, at whose court there is an ongoing power struggle between several parties (bureaucrats, dynasties and warlords) or the leaders of the Yellow Turban Rebellion, who use their unique resources of enthusiasm and fervour (the former "feeds" the rebellion, while the latter maps support in society). Each side of the conflict also has its own specific victory conditions and development trees.
In addition, a number of new mechanics appear in the campaign, such as recruitment not related to regions (armies can recruit when they are in an area that is not controlled by the opponent, even if he does not belong to them) and historical factions controlled by the AI, which over time begin to appear in the game.
There are also forty new units, among which we can find elite regiments - Chen Peacemakers (cavalry), Destroyer of Traitors (shock cavalry), Yaoguai Hunters (archers with poisoned arrows) or Zealots of the Way (universal infantry, which uses two-handed sparrow weapons).
In Total War: Three Kingdoms - Mandate of Heaven we can play alone or with others. The only new mode is another feature campaign in which we participate, among others, in the Yellow Turban Rebellion. However, new units and generals can also be used in battles played in multiplayer modes.
Total War: Three Kingdoms - Mandate of Heaven does not make any significant changes to the basic game design.
Expectations: 2.6 / 10 calculated out of 7 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