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There may be no more Total War: Three Kingdoms DLC coming from the Imperial Palace at Creative Assembly, but that doesn’t mean what expansionshave been released should be ignored. Unlượt thích the Warhammer Total War games, the development team have tried a different approach with the expansions for this historical strategy game.

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Derived from the iconic Romance of the Three Kingdoms books, Total War: Three Kingdoms is just as much about the characters during this famous period of Chinese history as it is about specific events or factions. As such, this Total War game offers a mixture between vanilla game bản đồ expansions, and new ‘start-dates’ that act almost lượt thích the scenario-based DLC from games past.

From the far future of Eight Princes, khổng lồ the more modest timeline advances of Fates Divided (which starts about 50 turns into a vanilla game), Three Kingdoms offers differing sets of characters và starting scenartiện ích ios lớn keep things fresh.It also explores earlier start dates from before the vanilla game’s 190 CE start as well. There’s a lot lớn consider, then, và we’re here with one of our handy DLC guides to lớn help you decide what to lớn buy.


Total War: THREE KINGDOMs DLC

Here is a quiông xã danh mục of every piece of Total War: Three Kingdoms DLC:

Total War: Three Kingdoms – Yellow Turban RebellionTotal War: Three Kingdoms – Eight PrincesTotal War: Three Kingdoms – Mandate of HeavenTotal War: Three Kingdoms – A World BetrayedTotal War: Three Kingdoms – The Furious WildTotal War: Three Kingdoms – Fates Divided

The expansions have definitely gotten better as time has gone on, with A World Betrayed being our favourite so far.

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Total War: THREE KINGDOMS – Yellow Turban Rebellion

People are often quite hesitant about pre-order DLCs and quite rightly, but Yellow Turban Rebellion was a great addition lớn Three Kingdoms. The Yellow Turbans were a people’s uprising against the Han empire that was put down during the years just prior lớn the start of game’s main chiến dịch. But being slightly flexible with the time period, CA brought a few dwindling Yellow Turban factions into the present chiến dịch. With three unique characters, an entire roster of zealous peasants, as well as a special tech tree, new buildings & character types, there was a lot khổng lồ like.

The Yellow Turbans offer a very different play experience — as a faction of rebels, their diplomacy & subterfuge are basically non-existent, và they have no family trees. This does detract a fair amount from what makes Three Kingdoms special in mechanical terms, but I personally feel it’s worth it to lớn take on the role of such a kick-ass underdog faction. In a period where every selfish warlord and their grandma is focused on making personal gains, the Yellow Turbans represent the forgotten people, rising in fury và vengeance. Their cheap yet fanatical roster of peasants & heroes who hit lượt thích trucks, make them a real glass cannon faction, extremely fun khổng lồ play.

HIGHLIGHTS

Angry peasant armiesA more straight-forward playstyle if you’re not that much up for subterfuge or diplomacyScholar duelists và healer heroesThe Yellow Sky Rises!

IS IT WORTH IT?

Yeah, we’d say so although you get a more fleshed out experience with these factions in Mandate of Heaven, below.

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Total War: THREE KINGDOMS – Eight Princes

Eight Princes was the second DLC for Three Kingdoms và in terms of my discussion at the beginning, represents the issue with standalone re-skinned campaigns. Eight Princes takes place during the War of the Eight Princes, where descendants of legendary strategist Sima Yi (there were eight of them) had a civil war over who should rule Trung Quốc. The eight princes themselves follow similar archetypes to lớn the characters already introduced in Three Kingdoms, but the issue is enough wasn’t done to lớn distinguish each faction, & there were only a few new units.

Eight Princes is a prime example as khổng lồ why you can’t just re-skin a main game’s campaign & make it standalone for a DLC. It requires too much work, & why would you create a new grand chiến dịch, when you can just add new stuff to lớn the original, making an already great campaign, even greater? I’m hopeful that with Mandate of Heaven’s timeline we might see Eight Princes incorporated inlớn the grvà campaign, but considering the one hundred years between them, it might be awhile before we get enough DLC to lớn fill the gap.

HIGHLIGHTS

A nibịt subject matter, which is actually nice lớn see.More of the same for those who want a more condensed 3K experience.8 new characters.

IS IT WORTH IT?

It’s not essential, unless they somehow incorporated inkhổng lồ the main campaign’s timeline like they’ve sầu done withMandate of Heavenbelow. Unlikely, since there is about a 100 year gap between the two periods. It’s good that Creative Assembly are exploring more niđậy events in China’s history, but this is still perhaps one lớn only get on the cheap.

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Total War: THREE KINGDOMS – Mandate of Heaven

In comparison lớn Eight Princes, Mandate of Heaven shows how a new campaign can be incorporated inkhổng lồ a main one successfully. The DLC takes place 8 years before Three Kingdoms starts — The Yellow Turban rebellion is in full swing and Liu Hong is trying to hold his empire together, while corrupt bureaucratic eunuchs have effectively brought governance to a standstill. Mandate features two very distinctive campaigns, which function as direct opposites in many ways.

The Zhang brothers of the Yellow Turban Rebellion tóm tắt objectives and Zeal, the currency which causes uprisings, reflecting the values of co-operation that their movement is defined by. Whereas Liu Hong’s chiến dịch is about consolidating individual power, balancing three disparate factions, Warlords, Eunuchs và Dynasts, all vying for supremacy in the Imperial court.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Two opposing, but equally strong campaigns in the Yellow Turbans & Liu Hong.The Imperial Army, the Emperor’s absurdly powerful elite force.Introduction of the timeline, multiple start points for older characters.Battlefield deployables that enemy AI actually know how khổng lồ use.

IS IT WORTH IT?

Absolutely, but you don’t have khổng lồ takemyword for it… except you bởi vì because I also wrote our officialMandate of Heavennhận xét. Other people have sầu said nice things about this expansion too though, honest.

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Total War: THREE KINGDOMS – A World Betrayed

The expansions keep getting better and better as time goes on, andA World Betrayedis an excellent example of this. It adds a new start date once more, but instead of catapulting into lớn the far future likeEight Princes,it instead goes just a little bit ahead lớn 194 CE, which is actually around turn 20 of a regular game. With this start date, you get some new central characters who are the focus, as well as new starting conditions for a range of existing characters as well.

The new arrivals have some interesting mechanics that really make them worth while to lớn play, & there’s a bunch of new events, units and buildings khổng lồ look at too.

HIGHLIGHTS

Adds a new start date of 194 CE, which is about Turn 20 of a vanilla game.Adds new central characters Sun Ce & Lu Bu, each with their own mechanics.New starting conditions for existing favourites.New units & buildings.

IS IT WORTH IT?

I think ourA World BetrayedĐánh Giá makes it clear that it is. This is easily the best expansion so far, and a great demonstration of the development teams ability to lớn adapt và create interesting new nội dung within the existing time frame ofThree Kingdoms.This is a greatone if you want to lớn skip the early game positioning và launch straight into lớn a more aggressive/pro-active sầu strategy.

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Total War: THREE KINGDOMS – The Furious Wild

This add-on represents Three Kingdom’s first true ‘expansion’ in the sense that it provide content that’s mainly targeting the vanilla game, and not providing a new start-date or scenario to play-around in. The Furious Wild introduces the Nanman và the mountainous jungle regions of southern China. With a brvà new culture type, four new principle characters and their factions, along with their own victory style, if offers a fresh new perspective on the era và really brings southern Chinato life.

HIGHLIGHTS

Introduces four new playable factions, quality mechanics and plenty of NPC fodder.The principle characters of the new factions are pretty bad-ass.Battle Tigers.The new Nanman culture, with their own tech tree, progression and chất lượng end-game goal.Expands the southern half of the map with new regions và terrain.Nanman/Southern China nội dung for the 190 and 194 start dates, assuming you own the relevant expansion.BATTLE. TIGERS.

IS IT WORTH IT?

Most definitely. It’s not the best of the bunch, but it also can’t be understated how inventive and fun this expansion is. The new Nanmen culture have sầu been masterfully integrated inlớn the vanilla game, & it’s good that the development team are taking some cues from Total War: Warhammer 2 in the sense that they’re giving the new culture their own style và victory conditions.

The only reason it doesn’t beat outMandate of Heaven or A World Betrayedis that it largely ignores what makesThree Kingdomsso much fun khổng lồ begin with, making this experiencesomewhat separate lớn the politicking in central và northern China. Variety is the spice of life, though, and we hope to see more like this in the future.

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TOTAL WAR: THREE KINGDOMS –Fates Divided

The final expansion for Total War: Three Kingdoms, this add-on introduces a new start date – 200 CE – with a new roster of characters and new challenges lớn face. Where-as the Furious Wild introduced new vibrant (và incredibly warlike) factions in the Nanmen, Fates Divided offers a more subtle route. It’s even possible to play Three Kingdoms without fighting, with many of the không tính phí features introduced alongside the expansion, which complements the new start date very well.

HIGHLIGHTS

A new 200 CE start date, with a new cast of charactersNew units, including ‘elite’ northern army unitsNew cross-generational mechanics for Liu Yan

IS IT WORTH IT?

The new start date does make good use of the new mechanics và is a more advanced scenario for those who have experienced repeated playthroughs of the vanilla chiến dịch, but the most interesting stuff is actually không tính tiền.Cao Cao & Yuan Shao’s reworks, the new tools that their campaigns use, andthe Faction Council and Imperial Intrigue mechanics don’t actually require the expansion.

Still, as Sean Martin says in our Fates Divided đánh giá, “content is content”. The new start date is really good for getting you into the action quickly, with re-worked setups for favourite characters, & larger domains so that you can work towards the endgame ‘Three Kingdoms’ sự kiện more quickly. It doesn’t give us the Northern rework we were hoping for, but it’s still pretty good. Is it a good send-off for the game given there’s no more DLC coming? We’re not sure about that just yet, but it’s a decent paông xã.


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