Lords of the Realm 3
- 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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- Platform: Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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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.
From the Manufacturer
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.
Top Customer Reviews
"Ave Caser, morituri te salutant"
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.Read more ›
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.
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...
Most recent customer reviews
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Worst game ever... it's as if the game has devolved back to the level of LOTRI...unbelievable waste of money. Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by KOP
Perhaps they should have built a rather large badger. This is a huge disappointment and the original version was way way way better than this. Read morePublished on July 6 2004
Okay, so I'm being really nice giving this game 2 stars. I am a huge fan of Lords of the Realm II so I thought I would purchase this game and have a go at it. Well..... Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Nicole
every body is talking about this game like trash. i would buy the game anyway to see if it fits ur taste. Read morePublished on May 31 2004
What a waste of money! I really enjoyed Lords of the Realm: Royal Collection so I thought I was purchasing a real hit. This game can't compare. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by G. Prime
I absolutely loved Lords of the Realm II. I was sooo excited for Lords of the Realm III. It was a MAJOR disappointment. Don't waste your money on this game. Read morePublished on May 25 2004
The best computer strategy game of the year. excellent graphics. scenarios are amazing! you should definitely buy this game if you liked the age of empires series, the 2 stronghold... Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by Jay
After a LONG wait and much excitment, Lords of the Realm III did NOT live up to the hype. It has none of the personality that II did, and is a shabby game over all. Read morePublished on May 16 2004 by Gypsi Phillips Bates