Getting Civilized: Heroes of Three Kingdoms

By Kieron Gillen on June 22nd, 2010 at 10:40 am.

I am willing to bet hard cash money you don't get that horsey immediately.

Going through the lists of E3 games to see if there’s anything which I missed, and I hit on Heroes of the Three Kingdoms. It’s a PvP-focused free-to-play MMO… yeah, stop that now. It’s got a few things which make it more interesting. Its setting isn’t the trad fantasy one… but frankly, when your combat looks like it does, it may as well be. Secondly, it isn’t class based in a traditional way. It’s weapon based, with your role changing depending on what you choose to tool up with. Finally – and most RPS-interestingly – in the end game, after you’ve formed legions and conquered cities, leads to a large-scale board-game which apparently involves keeping your population happy and taxation and similar. The trailer below is mainly the fighting, but PCG grabbed a quick hand-phone shot of the map to give you an idea. If that interests you, you can try and sign up for the closed beta on the game’s site.

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10 Comments »

  1. Bhazor says:

    So it’s a Dynasty Warriors game which turns into a Romance of the Three Kingdoms game? I could dig that.

    Well except for the inevitable microtransactions and 100hour grind to get to the RotTK bits.

  2. Malagate says:

    Ohh, Three Kingdoms. As in that whole book/tv show/movie setting that is pretty much always popular in China. The only thing I’m surprised about is how long they took to make it into an MMO, wifey might be interested in it however.

  3. Dominic White says:

    I had a quick poke around this one a couple weeks back. The core combat is just far too traditionally MMO-ish for me. I’m sick of that stuff.

    Right now my free-to-play game of choice is Cosmic Break:
    http://www.cosmicbreak.com/
    And now for three names that’ll mean nothing to most people on this blog: It’s like Virtual On + Custom Robo + Megaman Legends. And don’t be scared off by the characters on the site splash page – the vast majority of mechs (and you can build them from scratch out of whatever parts you collect) are of the stompy, shooty not-android sort.

    The gameplay is pure shooter for the most part. There’s a lock-on element, but that’s actually based on weapon and range, and your shorts actually travel further than your maximum lock range.

    It’s by a small indie Japanese studio, and they’re pretty awesome. The developers actually run radio events in the beta, and they’re far more fun than they have any right to be. Especially when they get drunk and start teaching their players (in broken english, obviously) how to swear properly in Japanese.

    It also has the craziest character customization I’ve seen in pretty much any game. My latest abomination is a huge brawler type mech with a head that gives it the ability to pose/flex, but instead of legs it has a whole robot camel that has a built-in charge attack. Freak cavalry, ahoy!

  4. Jacques says:

    I always liked the combat in the Dynasty Warriors games, but the combat in this game seems to be a little dull for my tastes.

  5. SirKicksalot says:

    Hey, has anyone here seen Red Cliff? That was an awesome movie about this period…

    • Thunderkor says:

      They actually made a Red Cliff MMO as well, but I have not played it.

  6. pupsikaso says:

    Is the video working for anyone? For me it just says “Your video will begin in 00:00″ and just stays there.