With the Total War Three Kingdoms release date pushed back, I have more time to prepare for the launch.
So what am I doing to prepare?
- Learning about the Three Kingdoms story: I am currently listening to the Three Kingdoms podcast. The podcast does a great job in telling the story and explaining Chinese cultural references for the unfamiliar. I recommend it if you’re looking to learn more about the characters before jumping into the game.
- New computer: I plan to record some campaigns, but my computer struggles a bit with the latest Total War games. I plan to build a new computer so I can play Total War Three Kingdoms on max settings while recording gameplay.
Which campaign will I play first?
Probably Liu Bei first and foremost; he and his sworn brothers are interesting characters, and I like the campaign characteristics:
- Start small but build a power base with strong heroes
- No militia upkeep.
- Strong hero units in Guan Yu and Zhang Fei.
It appears Liu Bei does not start with Zhao Yun or Zhuge Liang, but I imagine they have some connection to Liu Bei in-game.
I am interested in the bandit and Yellow Turban campaigns, but it’s hard to say until I see what kind of heroes and units they have. Particularly, the Yellow Turban faction’s starting locations have not been revealed yet. The bandit factions are Zhang Yan and Zheng Jiang:
I like unusual factions and also edge-of-the-map starting points.
Plan for Total War Three Kingdoms:
Previously, I wrote campaign guides for the website (check them out here), but I will try something new this time. As mentioned above, I will be creating videos of my campaign play-through. Difficulty level will be legendary, but I haven’t decided if I will play all battles or not. Each video will be about 20 minutes or one turn. My only concern is that I tend to take a lot of turns to finish a campaign; it may end up dragging a bit in the middle.
Be sure to check back as the launch date gets closer!