Sangokushi 12 (三國志12) (English: Romance of the Three Kingdoms 12) is Koei’s latest and possibly final installment in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms series. It was released in Japan in February 2012 on PC. Koei has not made any plans to release the game overseas. In December 2012 a Wii U and PlayStation 3 version was released in Japan. The game is designed to be played on low-end pc’s and features a simple 2D world map, 2D cities and 2D battlefields. The game can also be played on touchscreens and tablets.
481 characters appear in this game, which are a lot less than in Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI, but all characters do have new (high quality) portraits, which was not the case in XI. On the console versions more characters and scenario's will appear.
The gameplay basically consists of two phases; the managing phase and the battle phase. In the managing phase you build buildings in your cities through which you gain money, food, fame and troops, or through which you can build up your defense, increase your army’s strength, defense, range and speed and research special plans and build siege weapons. The managing phase is turn-based. The battle phase is where you put all your acquired officers, troops, siege weapons and researches into action in hopes of either gaining new territory or not lose any territory. The battles in Romance of the Three Kingdoms XII are real-time, but can be paused at any minute to give orders or use special abilities.
Managing CitiesEditThere are four different types of cities: Agriculture, Commerce, Normal City and Big City. An agricultural city raises the effectiveness of farms by 1,5, a commercial city raises the effectiveness of markets by 1,5, a normal city does not raise effectiveness of anything but usually has more building spots and a big city has the most building spots of all city types and slightly raises effectiveness of farms, markets and barracks by 1,2.
In every city buildings can be places on building spots. There are eight types of buildings: farms, markets, barracks, guard stations, plots, smiths, finders and academies. Farms and markets will get you food and money. Food and money is both for your troops, but money is also needed to build or upgrade buildings, creating siege weapons and researching. A barrack will get you new troops. The more barracks you have the higher your draft. A guard station raises your fame, which will attract more officers, but it will also increase your city defense. At a smith you can build rams and catapults, with the latter being the most expensive but the more effective one. Before you can build siege weapons, you need to do a research at your academies. You need to place two Academies in a city to be able to let officers research there. Finally, the finder lets one of your officers recruit new officers or search for valuable items.
Early on it’s recommended to quickly acquire more troops and officers, so you should build a finder in a couple of cities and two or three barracks per city. The remainder of the building spots can be filled up with farms (one per city is more than enough), markets (the more, the better), one or two smiths and two academies in a big city. All cities that are adjacent to enemy territory should have a Guard Station and a Plot.
BattlesEditBattles in Romance of the Three Kingdoms XII are real-time. A battle can be triggered by deploying an army on an adjacent enemy territory. It is possible for both factions to request reinforcements. Victory or defeat is determined by a number of factors, such as the base strength of the officers involved, their special abilities, officer's LEAD, WAR and INT (which can be upgraded), troop size and army variety. When defending it might be wise to send archers and spearmen into battle. Archers can shoot arrows from your city wall, while spearmen can throw rocks. The enemy can only counter-attack with it's own archers, or with special abilities such as Fire, giving the defender a huge advantage until their city gate is destroyed (which often takes a while depending on it's strength (Guard Stations) and the enemy siege power). Horsemen can be valuable when used in quick ambushes on the enemy main camp as they are the fastest unit-type. While being on the attacking side it might be better to focus on siege weapons and infantry. Both of these units excell at taking down the enemy wall.
One downside of the game's battlesystem is the lack of depth. Pikemen have been removed, the battle maps are usually rather small and on most maps the enemy camp can only be attacked from one or two sides. The battles are further hampered by the 800-second time limit, which makes a lot of battles pretty straight forward. Battles in which one team only has a slight upper-hand over the other, might not even reach a conclusion before the timer reaches 0.
Despite all this, the game is still an enjoyable experience and should get an overseas release. If not retail, then as a download via the PlayStation Store or Xbox Live Marketplace.
Fan-made English PatchEdit
Some fans are currently busy creating English patches for the game. A couple have been released already and can be downloaded here:
- torrent of the full game in Japanese with crack
- "English Patch for Romance of the Three Kingdoms XII" at The Scholar's of Shen Zhou Forums
- torrent of the full game updated to the lastest version 220.127.116.11 with the most complete english patches and hot fixes (2.5gb) (Installer password is lime1911)
Please note that the names and desciptions of the trophies have been translated from the Japanese version using online translators
- Trophies: 45
- Gold: 2
- Silver: 16
- Bronze: 26
|Full Domination||Platinum||Obtained all Trophies.|
|Creator of history||Gold||Cleared all scenarios|
|Supervise the Chinese||Bronze||Have every general under your leadership at least once.|
|Wang Ki virtue endeared||Silver||Had over 400 generals under your leadership at least once|
|Tactics and Arrangements||Silver||Triggered a secret plan|
|Peerless Warlord||Silver||Beat 200 generals|
|Oryubi Hanzhong||Silver||Cleared the "Oryubi Hanzhong" scenario|
|Pacified the state||Silver||Cleared the "Pacified The State" scenario|
|Battle of Tong Gate||Silver||Cleared the "Battle of Tong Gate" scenario|
|Special Confidence||Silver||Cleared the "Special Confidence" scenario|
|Battle of the passing officer||Silver||Cleared the "Battle of the Passing Officer" scenario|
|Lü Bu punitive campaign||Silver||Cleared the "War to Subdue Lü Bu" scenario|
|Transition Xu Province||Silver||Cleared the Transition Xu Province scenario|
|Powerful numbers||Silver||Cleared the Powerful Numbers scenario|
|Anti-Dong Zhuo Alliance||Silver||Cleared the Anti-Dong Zhuo Alliance scenario|
|Yellow Turban Rebellion||Silver||Cleared the Yellow Turban Rebellion scenario|
|Nanao Sengoku||Silver||Cleared the "Nanao Sengoku" scenario|
|Gathered Heroes||Silver||Cleared the Rise of Heroes scenario|
|Reincarnation of Nobunaga||Hidden||Cleared the Reincarnation of Nobunaga scenario|
|Committed Hero||Bronze||Total troop strength reached 1 million|
|Supreme General||Bronze||Scored 20 victories|
|Hero||Bronze||Killed over 100 troops|
|Extroardinary Polemic||Bronze||Acquired first technique|
|Testimony of an Oath||Bronze||Witnessed the Peach Garden Oath scene|
|Witness of the Courtesan||Bronze||Witnessed the Beauty of Diaochan scene|
|Testimony of optimum strength||Bronze||Witnessed the Battle of the Passing Officer scene|
|Witness Fire||Bronze||Witnessed the Battle of Red Cliffs scene|
|A Testimony of Gratitude||Bronze||Witnessed the Table of Expedition scene|
|Majesty of a King||Bronze||Succesfully recommend an officer|
|Knack of a Soldier||Bronze||Fire skill used 30 times|
|Free Tactics||Bronze||Developed all tactics|
|Artificer||Bronze||Researched all techniques to their max|
|Small "Haou"||Bronze||Completely routed an enemy force|
|Main Warlords||Bronze||Had at least 200 generals under your leadership|
|Veteran General||Bronze||Killed 50 troops|
|Phosphorus Piece||Bronze||Win your first battle|
|Talented General||Bronze||Appointed as a military commander|
|Introducing the Strategist||Bronze||Acquired a Skill|
|Introducing the Politician||Bronze||Acquired a Technique|
|Introducing the Scholar||Bronze||Researched a Card|
|Honour of the Warrior||Bronze||Win a duel|
|Disposition of the Minister||Bronze||???|
|Administration||Bronze||Upgrade a facility|
|General Candidate||Bronze||Went to combat training|
Selection of character portraitsEdit
- More portraits are stored HERE.