Based from historical novels by Luo Guanzhong, the game is set in China upon a falling dynasty. Throughout the story you’ll lead your warriors into battle and build your army to be a force no one will reckon with. You’ll need to build, not just your army, but relationships with others to have allies instead of nothing but enemies.
It’s one of the most technical turn based strategy games i’ve played in awhile, and i’m not much of a strategy gamer, but I tried real hard to enjoy the game, but so much can go on at one time it’s hard to keep track and have a good understanding of the story and what I needed to do. Playing and completing the game will require a lot of hours, I barely touched the tip of the iceberg with it. First time players are told it’s best to start with the hero mode/side story for a better understanding of the game and controls before venturing out into the main game mode.
So what does the expansion offer? Not a lot actually. It brings nothing new that’s story related, instead it gives players something that’s called, fame & war council systems and an event editor. First off, the fame system basically involves you to earn bonuses for your characters, by doing such things as squashing disputes and completing objectives. You’ll earn prestige titles, that in turn give you brand new actions to use, but the actions will depend on the prestige title you currently have. As for the other system added with the expansion, that’s war council. It’s what will happen before each battle, and it’s all about deciding who's going into battle, and you’re plan of action. It’s a great way to be ahead of the enemy. The last part of the expansion is the event editor, something that seems cool, but I couldn’t imagine people jumping for joy over the feature. It now allows you to create your own stories within the world of Romance of The Three Kingdoms XIII.
Romance of The Three Kingdoms XIII isn’t a game to play if you’re all about graphics. I’ve never come across a strategy based game with awesome graphics, as they're not about looking great, it’s more of the gameplay, which I think every game should have, gameplay comes before graphics. It still has great attention to detail, like the buildings, but that’s about it. It also has pretty average music, and the thing’s you’ll hear sound okay, but you’ll hear the same sounds over and over. Overall visuals and sound are associated with Chinese history. Audio dialogue is in either Japanese or Chinese, with English subtitles.
The base game is good, however already owners of the game might find it hard to throw the amount of money asked for the expansion, don’t already own the game? Well in that case, you’re kind of winning with the price. Besides that, there is plenty of paid and free DLC available for the game.