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Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX

by Koei
PlayStation2
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  • In the 2nd and 3rd centuries, a once grand nation fell into civil war. You are a Ruler and must use leadership, management and strategy skills to become a legend. Some fought to stop the chaos, some used the chaos for their own gain -- which route you take is up to you!
  • Engage in 15 historical, 5 fictional and 5 challenge scenarios, with multiple story endings and epilogues
  • Advanced AI & Personality Dependent system affect officer responses to your commands
  • Now foreign tribes play a role in your dominion over China - build relations with the Wuwan, Xi Qing, Shanyue and Nanman tribes to aid you in battle
  • Build towers and set traps to hold off invasions


Product Details

  • ASIN: B0001A86DW
  • Item Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,595 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Product Description

Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX - the game that makes you take charge in a time of chaos and strife, and forge a new nation! Import saved data from Dynasty Warriors 4 or 4XL, or Dynasty Tactics 2, to create a new officer Multiple character-specific events and clear bonuses -- 34 special event sequences in all One tremendous map shows all of China -- show troop movements, geography, strongholds, capitals and more New game engine lets you handle political and military affairs at the same time - use diplomacy while under attack, or shift strategies in the midst of combat Amazing 8-person multiplayer action Updated tutorial system and great new hidden features

From the Manufacturer

With Ancient China as the backdrop, Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX chronicles the events of the 2nd and 3rd century, when a once grand empire fell into civil war. Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX is vastly different from previous games in the series. Most notably, players immediately assume the rank of a Ruler. Traditionally reserved as the highest rank in the series, the role of Ruler will test your leadership, management, and strategy skills.

Combat in Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX takes place at a much faster pace than in previous installments. Negotiate political and military affairs at the same time, and use diplomacy while under attack or shift strategies against enemy units in the midst of combat.

Foreign tribes now play a pivotal role and can help players protect their dominion. The Wuwan, Xi Qing, Shanyue, and Nanman tribes have powerful armies, yet they refrain from expanding their own territories. Build relations with a tribe, and they may aid you in battle. Declare a war against a tribe, and they may attack.


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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dragon sheds his skin February 26, 2004
By E. Kim
I've been fan of this series since it first came out on the NES and since then KOEI has produced a great cult classic that has gained popularity over the years. With their lastest edition, they have made vast changes over the last two in the series. I really like the new map structure which is really more different than any of the previous games in the series. It's more realistic and shows movement, plus the ability to add structures outside the existing cities. They went back to their old formula where you can only play Rulers. While I really enjoyed playing all officers in parts VII and VIII, I'm happy to see the old formula back in action. The years have also been expanded, now instead of going month to month, the months are even split into 3 periods. The battle in the game has become more tactical and there are many added features. Though there are different formations and such, I felt that they simplified the war sequences which makes it more practical. All in all, I felt that KOEI really put together a great strategy sequel that is more different than any of the previous games but at the same time maintained the integrity of the series very well. If your a fan of the series, the changes are really refreshing and I'd really recommend picking this up. If you were a casual gamer of previous versions, I'm sure that you would enjoy this installment much more than any of the previous also. But if you're new to the series, I'll just say, it's not for everyone. If you tend to only like action-oriented games and visual eye-candy, then this is definately not your game. If your interested in "turn-based" historical simulations that are heavily strategic, both on the battlefield and domesticly, then this would be something of interest.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore! April 6, 2004
First off, I was surprised this game came out already. It seems like only yesterday that I was getting into Romance of the three kingdoms VIII. I loved Romance VII and VIII for their ability to see the world through the eyes of a specific officer, which enabled you to have many different kinds of game experiences. This game however has chucked all that out the window. It's as if the series is trying to return to it's roots. You can only play as the ruler. Furthermore, if your forces are defeated the game is over. That's a drag. In the previous two games you could still continue to play even if you were defeated,as a ronin or a common officer. There's nothing more annoying than playing with a group of people and getting eliminated early on and then having to watch every one else not suck like you just did. I only mention this because this game is hard and it is easy for your kingdom to come down with a bad case of dead. The computer is far more aggressive in attacking than in previous installments and will attack immediately if they even sense a weakness in your lines. Not only that, but they will actively send reinforcements from other cities. (Defeating Cao Cao in the later scenarios is quite the task indeed.)The most annoying thing about the game however are the barbarian tribes. They add another degree of difficulty to the mix. I could do without them, that's for sure.
On the positive side,thestats have been simplified greatly. Instead of having gold and food supplies for each individual city you have a lump sum of gold and food to distribute as you see fit. This is good because you don't have to worry about transporting gold and food constantly throughout the game. The combat is fun as well, if hard and it is satisfying when you actually win a battle.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old school & new concepts March 10, 2004
RoTK IX breathes life back into the series. Instead of making an upgrade from RoTK VIII, KOEI took a lot of things from the older installments and introduces a new battle system and map.
Keeping role-playing to a bare minimum, RoTK IX is full of action and battle.
City management is made easy and direct, the results can be seen right away, and money and supplies are managed through one source, keeping the amount of time spent on city management to a minimum.
Most of the time will be spent fighting off your enemies, taking new territory and defending against barbarian tribes. With different formations, new tactics, and real-time combat the game is very fast paced and enjoyable.
The game difficulty has gone up considerably. The challenge campgains can be very hard, which is very refreshing for long time fans of the series. For novice players, the game might be too difficult, but for veteran players, this title is an absolute must-have.
It's hard to judge whether or not this is the best in the series, but to me it is certainly the best since RoTK IV, which I played into oblivion.
I would recommend this title for any strategy lover or Three Kingdoms fan. More gratifying and intense than Dynasty Warriors or Dynasty Tactics, this game is truly one of the best in its class.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Koei's dramatic return to it's roots... January 25, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Koei's Romance of the Three Kingdoms series has always been a staple in my video game collection. Ever since when the first Romance captured the essence of novel for the first time to today Koei has been pumping out a new version about every 2 years. RTK 9 is arguably the greatest version of the game released and here's why.

Since RTK 1-6 Koei has always stuck with the option of playing as the ruler in the game while adding better graphics, battle tactics and maps and various forms of military strategy with the game. When they released RTK 7 Koei decided to allow players the option of play as any character in the game, while an amusing experiment it doesn't work for a variety of reasons. If you choose to play as anyone other than the ruler, you'll find the game never progresses. The AI is not competent enough to use you when going to war or to go to war to begin with. They continued to try this route with RTK 8 and while it made some improvements to battle design and graphics it still suffered for a very slow and uninvolving game.

When RTK 9 was released we were presented with a true return to Koei's routes of ruler playing alone however adding more real time strategy to the battles. Before, with the exception of RTK 6, most battles were turn based. Here you have battles that take a few turns to even get started, your units need time to reach their destination. This gives defenders an opportunity to build up before fielding units and therefore gives the game it's true essence, replayability. No game is the same. Depending on the course of battles and who rises to power (especially mulitplayer) this is a game that can be revisited over and over!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like the simplicity of game flow much easier then other ...
I had the Game, back in 2002 or '03? It's not New to me, I like the simplicity of game flow much easier then other versions of the game.
Published 3 months ago by tom thumb
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Delivery/Works Great!!
Some Scratches, but as advertised. Fast Delivery/Works Great!!!
Published 7 months ago by MM
1.0 out of 5 stars Was not what I thought the game was.
A waste of money that's all I have to say about this game. This game has no right to be called Romance of the Three Kingdoms, what a waste of time and money I WANT MY MONEY BACK!! Read more
Published on November 24, 2012 by Roger Poola Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Strategy to the Nth degree.
Like strategy games? Like to control all the forces on your side? You'll still have trouble even at the beginner level. Read more
Published on May 15, 2011 by Al O'Nym
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex but Well Worth It
This review was written by my son, James Shea

The smarter cousin of Koei's Dynasty Warriors series, RotTK takes the setting of Dynasty Warriors - namely, the Three... Read more
Published on January 19, 2008 by Lisa Shea
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovin It
I loved this game. The create an officer adds the ability to make the game as easy or hard as you want if you start your own country. Read more
Published on November 30, 2005 by Kent D. Pellett
5.0 out of 5 stars The Imperial Emperor only has this to say...
He who wishes to fight must first count the cost. When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be... Read more
Published on January 4, 2005 by Imperial Emperor
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm not sure what they are doing...
I will begin by saying I own every game in this series and have beat them all except this one, if you create your own leader and appoint him officers with 99 for every ability you... Read more
Published on December 17, 2004 by Daniel Wornica
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the Most Addicting Game Ever
Anyone who thinks this game is boring or something to that degree has obviously not read the book. Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX is easily the most involving, deep and fufilling... Read more
Published on August 29, 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so great...
I agree with some of his sentiment of other reviews. I think that KOEI tinkered with this series, and their changes leave me a bit baffled. Think of this as RTK stripped down. Read more
Published on June 15, 2004 by Adrian Jenkins
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