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Lords of the Realm 3 - PC

by Vivendi Universal
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95
1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews) 65 / 100

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  • Strategy game of medieval conquest
  • Manage an empire in real-time
  • Three in-depth levels of play
  • Advanced 3-D engine renders impeccable battle scenes
  • for 1 to 8 players using LAN or Internet connection

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  • ASIN: B000083JXT
  • Item Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 16, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,366 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Lord of the realm 3, offers real time battling in rich historical and detailed warfare, politics in a beautiful 3D rendered medieval world. The whole game unlike Lord of the Realm 2 is played in real time, with single or multiple player options.

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Lords of the Realm III is a real-time strategy game of historic medieval conquest that spans castle building, siege, politics, religion, and conquest. The game is set in the Middle Ages, between 850 AD and 1350 AD, and features authentic castle designs and characters. Various scenarios and campaigns encompass the British Isles, Germany, France, Normandy, Brittany, Flanders and Denmark. Extending the medieval world beyond combat, Lords of the Realm III takes into account the powerful clergy and merchant classes of the time which are important factions in the player's quest to become King.

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162 of 167 people found the following review helpful
I don't know what is going on. I wrote a review for this game yesterday and checked to see if it was up today and there are now zero reviews! There were about 2 dozen 1-star reviews and a smattering of 4-5 star reviews from ppl who hadn't played the game yet but were sure it would rock. Amazon are you caving to vendors now?
Anyway, here is my review...again.
This game is a complete ripoff. LOTR2 is one of my favorite games of all time; if it ran on win2k I'd still play it (tip: it runs on XP in compatibility mode). LOTR3 is nothing like it. In fact they seemed to take everything good about LOTR2 out and replace it with ... nothing. Specifics:
1) Terrible documentation!!! The booklet that came with the game is completely insufficient and online/on cd docs are almost identical to the printed one. This is a recurring theme in my review. You are basically sitting there looking at stuff you can't click on wondering what to do.
2) All micro-management of resources is gone. You assign a peasant to a parcel of land and then ignore it completely as he makes food automatically. Same goes for soldiers and money. No ability to change what type of soldiers or food. Or maybe there is but there is NO DOCUMENTATION!!!
3) You can't conquer pieces or territory anymore. You can only devastate them and you have to take out the main castle and then you get all of the territories at once. This took a large part of the strategy out of the game.
4) Hiring mercs is a gamble because you only see their title like "siege engineer" and a tiny piece of info, which didn't include the cost of hiring them. Maybe there is a way to find this info, but there is NO DOCUMENTATION!!!
5) You can't upgrade the castles except in your main province. Read that line again.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was dissappointed. May 11, 2004
This game was on my top 10 wish list for games I wanted. I could not wait for it to come out. Now that I have it, how dissappointing it was.
When I first got Lords of the Realms 2, I played it the first day for 15 staight hours. It was my first taste of real time strategy and started my conversion from puzzle games to RTS and FPS games. With Realms 3, it took all of the good things from Realms 2 and got rid of them. You can no longer control the resources you collect like rock, trees, and your food. You now place a vassal on a vacant plot and you get either gold or food. Thats it. You also can't raise an army. The only way you can get an army is to place a Knight on a vacant plot or buy mercanaries. But if you don't own enough land, you can only have so many Knights or you will not have enough money or farms. If you are short on farms, your army will abandon you. The longer your Knight is on the board, the more men he will collect, but it takes a very long time to collect a very small amount of men. You used to be able to control your lands easier and make your city grow, then raise an army. But not now.
The most irritating thing is fighting. If you go to an enemies lands and take out his farm, if you don't leave an army back, they will instantly place another vassal for a farm. Even if you take out their castle, you still can't take over their land until you do more damage to their land.
The next irritating thing is the armies. You can kill all of the enemies armies which leaves his plot open. He will then place another Knight to replace his beaten Knight and then attack you and somehow he has an army twice your size. I beat one enemies Knights completely 3 straight times and he still came back with 2 large armies and force me from his land.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even value for money at $20. It's just not fun. March 19, 2004
LOTR2 was a classic game. LOTR3 should have expanded on the things that made LOTR2 good, but strangely removes all the interesting bits in managing your lands, and leaves you with kind of a weaker version of a "Total War" title.
Everything happens in real time, which means armies *crawl* across the global map far to slowly. This would have been better handled as a turn based element. Not fun.
Individual parcels of land don't seem to be anymore valuable than any other parecls of land. You don't seem to get invovled into that "damn I really need that mine/deposit/wood". No choke points on the maps either. Not fun.
Actual battles are frenzied, quick, and extremely hard to control. Calvary types can get arcoss the battle maps faster than I can even select my troops and get them into some sort of logical order. Not fun.
There are many possible formations and stances for individual troops, but no logical formations for groupings of more than one troop type. I.e. if you select a troop of archers and a troop of pikemen for instance and tell them to march to a location, they march off as if the others didn't exist. That means the faster moving archers arrive first and get wasted by melee types, then the pikes arrive, who engage the enemy melee types, but get mowed down by the enemy archers. Lightly armored ranged troops should fall in behind melee troops. Other games have been doing this for years now. Whats the problem? Not fun.
Not too much point trying flanking with calvary either. The lighter faster troops arrive first, so you may as well just plough straight into them. My battle tactics have simply been to pause the game, select all troops, and direct them all to attack en mass at the center of the enemies ranks. Mindless. Not fun.
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1.0 out of 5 stars super lame game
super lame game. Just stick with LOR II and be happy. This game will make you wish you never bought it after 5 minutes
Published 4 months ago by Jared
2.0 out of 5 stars sucks
what did they do??!!! lotr 1 and 2 were so awesome, and lotr 3 is one of the biggest pieces if crap i have ever played. Read more
Published 20 months ago by ipark 420
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic game
I loved the first and second game and had to try the third series of this game, it was worth it
Published on January 13, 2013 by Ron B
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a Good Game
Vastly inferior to Lords of the Realm 1 & 2. I was truly disappointed by how much they dumbed the game down. Do yourself a favor. Read more
Published on December 25, 2012 by Evan M Reeves
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Game sequel
This is one for the gaming history books. This is one of the worst games ever made. When I bought this game a few years ago, I was so excited seeing that I have played Lords of... Read more
Published on July 31, 2011 by Blueeagle
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Performances on Lord of the Realm 3
I am a huge fan of Lord of The Realm 2. However, I was really disappointed when I bought this game expecting it to be more fun or at least equal to the second game. Read more
Published on May 15, 2011 by Travischristen
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful, horrible, a huge disappointment, but some redeeming factors.
I remember years back being on the official Lords3 BBS, and being one of MANY to warn the developers NOT to make this into an RTS game. Read more
Published on July 20, 2010 by Raisuli the Magnificent
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely *not* LotR 2
I would not recommend this game for people who are looking for an updated version of LotR 2; LotR 3 is a *very* different game, with real-time campaign maps as well as RT battle... Read more
Published on March 4, 2010 by B. Harrop
2.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Realm 3
This appears to be a great game, but it is not what the cover leads you to believe. The game is centered around battles, and has very little if anything to do with building... Read more
Published on February 4, 2010 by Nathan A. Foster
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Nice Game
This game is an amazing medieval strategy game. Just be careful if you buy a used version. You need a CD ID for this game and it is located on the CD case. Read more
Published on November 4, 2009 by Brevin Franklin Sullivan
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