The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. It is arguably China's most enduring work of popular fiction and the subject of countless pop-cultural adaptations in Asia. But for the better part of twenty years, English-speaking gamers have had just one product to play ambassador for the tale of Wu, Wei and Shu.
I am, of course, referring to Koei Tecmo's never-ending Dynasty Warriors series, and while those games can be quite a time in their own right, they tend to err on the side of the absurd when it comes to portraying the many characters and decisions that characterize the source material. What's a thinking player to do?
This year, at least, Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII may well be the answer.... read more