Blood will spill in your name. Many will make the ultimate sacrifice to prove their loyalty. Knights will wage battle in your name for a fiefdom and farmers will pick up arms to win your favor as they strive to fulfill your destiny.
Be the master of all you survey on a noble quest to be a king. Raise armies of valiant knights and construct mighty castles. Rule your lands with the dutiful assistance of serfs and merchants.
Roll your catapults over enemy bodies and besiege castles while defending your own. Your court awaits your command!
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Violence. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.Patched to version 1.01
Posted on 2009-09-02 13:50:28 by n8mahr:
If you have played the older LordsOTR 1 and especially 2, you will have some demands on how a game of this series should look and feel like... But almost all of those expectations will be disappointed.
This game is NOT turn based, it is NOT following the old "grow food and build weapons to supply your army" principle.
The game is mostly about two things : hecticread more and pure luck.
Why is this?
1) You need "Lords" to do anything, from building an army over generating money to even charm the church. You have only to recruit them and assign them to a piece of land, now becoming their fiefdom.
Those "Lords" just pop up at your .. let it be called "lord recruiting pool" and come with greatly variing skills at their profession. Some bring big armies with them for just hiring them, some do not. But those lords do appear purely at random, especially the low level ones at the beginning of each game and it can be frustrating to see that the AI get´s all the good ones.
Later on in the game there are better "high level lords", but they have special prerequirements like "army size xxl", "xyz gold in your treasurery" or "min. owned land" before you can hire them. This is where a little strategy and planning comes in and brings the game at least a little bit closer to the "S" in "RTS"...
(I hope GOG has included the full manual and hints with this game, since in some european countries (germany and netherlands) , the game was distributed without any reference on how to aquire the higher level lords..)
2) The hectic clicking: Since all players, human and AI all act in real time, the lightning-fast assignment of lords is crucial especially at the beginning of the game. And did you look forward to fighting a battle in real time isometric combat? Do not think of it again, because while you lead your troops in the isometric combat, the AI is marching freely on the normal map towards your capital- the AI can do both - fight and manage resources, while you have to decide : fight or management... Yes, you can switch between both at will, but this is not really an option since most players will now let BOTH things go to ruin - the battle and the management.
The game is not total rubbish, since the graphics are acceptable, the music and voiceacting is okay, (it really sounds medieval ;))
But if you wonder why you might have missed this game when it was published, or, did not know until now that it actiually HAS BEEN published.. This game looked old and outdated even as it was published, and it was never a "full price" AAA title, as if the publisher was ashamed of it.
And he should be, at least a little bit for naming it lotr3...
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Posted on 2010-07-10 12:01:51 by ktokash:
I still play LotR 2 occasionally, and this game actually made me angry when I bought it. They took out all the interesting parts of LotR 2 and replaced them with ... nothing. Micromanagement is gone, sieges are terrible, it's not turn-based on the strategy map so the whole thing feels frantic, and the worst part is there was no documentation (that may have changed) so there wasread more no real indication of what to do next, why some agent was pillaging your treasury all the time, etcetera. Clicking on an army, then clicking on a neighbor's kingdom automatically declared war, the battles lacked tactical abilities like subtle flanking (attacking sides of a unit from a 45-degree angle) ... this game is a mess. The only thing they upgraded was the graphics and those aren't anything interesting.
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Posted on 2009-08-19 14:08:13 by mentat:
Fans of Lords of the Realm I and Lords of the Realm II will likely find Lords of the Realm III a bit disorienting. All the turn-based elements are gone and the game is completely a real time strategy game. There is nothing wrong with this, but if you were a fan of the turn based strategy elements of the original two games you may be disappointed. That said the graphics are hugelyread more improved (of course) and it's a pretty good game. The four campaigns give the game good single player value, though each campaign is somewhat short. All-in-all, GOG has some far superrior real time strategies and fans of the series may be disappointed. However, if you have the money, of you just have to complete your Lords of the Realm collection, Lords of the Realm III is a good buy.
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