Lords of the Realm III - PC

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Lords of the Realm III (PC)
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Strategy: Combat
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Impressions Soft. Co.: Sierra Entertainment
Publishers: Vivendi (GB)
Released: 26 Mar 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
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The latest title to vie for the attention of the average real-time strategy fanatic is Lords of the Realm III. The third instalment in the series that dates back to the days of the Commodore Amiga, the game is set in the middle ages, between 850 and 1350 AD, and incorporates a diverse assortment of gameplay elements, including castle building, siege, religion, politics, and conquest.

Featuring castle designs and characters authentic to their respective time periods, Lords of the Realm III boasts a wide variety of different scenarios and campaigns, which encompass the British Isles, Germany, France, Normandy, Brittany, Flanders and Denmark. On top of the standard combat, the game also takes into account the powerful clergy and merchant classes of the time, which are important factions in your ultimate quest - to become King.

Acting as a feudal lord, your main objectives throughout the game are acquiring more land and power, keeping the church at bay, and exploiting the towns and cities that you have contact with. Along the way, you also have to prevent greedy burghers and merchants from becoming too powerful, as well as build sturdy castles in order to protect your assets.

Failing that, you can also choose from an assortment of historically accurate existing strongholds, which range from early 'Motte and Bailey' stockades, through the stout stone towers of the Normans, up to the culmination of the grand Edwardian castles in the late 1200's and early 1300's. Then the real fun begins, as you embark upon grand scale sieges and attempt to tear down the enemy castles. Throughout the battles, you can manipulate a wide array of siege engines, such as trebuchets, catapults, ballistae and mangonels. Or, if you prefer the direct approach, you can attempt to breach the castle defences by less destructive means, such as scaling ladders, siege towers, and battering rams - leaving the castle in a slightly better condition for when you take it over.


Lords of the Realm III - PC Artwork

Lords of the Realm III - PC Artwork

Lords of the Realm III - PC Artwork