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Lords of the Realm 3

Platform : Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows 95
Rated: Teen

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95
  • ESRB Rating: Teen Teen
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • ASIN: B000083JXT
  • Release Date: March 16 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,212 in Computer and Video Games (See Top 100 in Computer and Video Games)

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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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1.8 out of 5 stars

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By William Everett on June 3 2004
I bought this game because I had very much enjoyed Lords of the Realm 2. This game however, is virtually unplayable. Perhaps 15 years ago I would have tried to brave through all the difficulties and frustrations and learn to enjoy the game, but with all the quality games available today, it just isn't worth it.
The game interface is clunky and hard to understand. The tutorials do a poor job of preparing you for the game. The manual is thin and not very helpful. On the tactical level, your soldiers do not handle orders well, you cannot give orders to individual units, only companies, and they screw them up half the time. The tactical overview map is hard to read and it can be hard to tell where the opposing forces are. In combat it is difficult to tell the difference between your soldiers and the enemy.
Tactical combat goes on in "real-time" while stuff outside is going on. This would be fine, except once the combat begins, other forces can't join the fight. If there is a castle siege going on, you can't have forces come in to defeat the attackers. They just have to wait outside and twiddle their thumbs as the attack goes on.
It isn't very clear how you get the forces you want. You establish a knight on a piece of land, then he starts raising an army. What if I want swordsman? cavalry? archers? I don't seem to have any control, and I wasn't willing to play the game long enough to find out.
I threw this game in the trash. Don't waste your money.
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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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I am a big fan of the Lords of the Relm series, but I must admit that after only owning this game for one day, I am forced to trade it back in, what a dissappointment. I knew with the price that is wasn't going to be a great game, but didn't expect what I got. If you have played either of the two previous versions of this game, you will know what I am talking about. You don't control the building of your armies, or what your countries produce. All you do is pic a vassel and let them do everything and then you march your pre-determined sized army (oh sorry, you can combine them, but still have set limits), and march around and attack your enemies. So, you basically do nothing in this game. You just fight battles if you feel like it and even those aren't all that exciting. The battles are similar to Medieval Total War, but less detailed and not near as life like. The graphics of this game are great, but the game play itself is awful. I was really looking forward to this game, but wish I had saved my money. If you new to the whole Medeival strategy game style, then this game my be a good learning tool, but for those of us that have played Medeival Total War, Age of Empires and the previous Lords of the Relms games, you will find this game boring and not worth the money. I know, you are all just saying the same thing I said when I read the reviews of this game.... he just didn't like it and is bitter. Trust me, I said the same thing and went out and bought it today and now I am hoping the EB will give me at least a couple bucks for it to try and buy something else. So, for those of you on the fence about this game, I hope it helps some and for everyone else, try it at your own risk. Enjoy!!
"Ave Caser, morituri te salutant"
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By Caleb Pollard on April 15 2004
I was raised on the original Lords game, and played 2 a little bit as well. I was certainly surprised to find this little gem for 19.99 on Amazon...so I decided to pick it up.
What started out as general interest turned to disapointment rather quickly. The geniuses at Sierra decided to relinquish most of the aspects that made the predecessors fun. Now all you do is build an army, wait for the troops to swell its ranks, and unleash your hordes upon your foes. Rinse and repeat.
You have the option to engage into each individual battle, but that matters little in the later stages. You end up furiously managing each army all over the map (no thumbnail or country map to quick scroll too-frustrating) and when you feel satisfied with your tasks, you wait. And wait. And wait. Feeling the need to provide strategic help to your troops? Good luck. It seems to me the battles are basically won with rudimentary plans and superior numbers. My heavy cavalry takes on some swordsmen and ends up routed? WTF?!
Economics and empire management have been completely phased out of this game. EVERYTHING is delegated to your vassals. Yeah, you have to build a farm, a city for income, but overall? Build armies, move around, fight, rinse and repeat.
My suggestion - save your money, and buy a total war. I picked up Medieval, and hope I won't be as disappointed as I was with this once proud classic...
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