Three Kingdoms: Fate of the Dragon

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Three Kingdoms: Fate of the Dragon
Developer(s) Overmax Studios, Object Software Limited
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
  • EU: March 9, 2001
  • NA: March 27, 2001 [1]
Genre(s) Real Time Strategy
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

Three Kingdoms: Fate of the Dragon (or simply Fate of the Dragon for short in the U.S. version) is a video game developed by Overmax Studios in 2001 for the PC. It is based on the historical background of the epic 14th century novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong.


As one of the three Warlords of the Kingdoms, in 184 AD China, the player must build their own kingdom, develop new technologies and create mighty armies to conquer the other Warlords and ultimately take control of the Three Kingdoms and reunify China.

Fate of the Dragon is a real-time strategy game very similar in format to that of the Age of Empires series, developed by Ensemble Studios, in which the user takes on the role of a character, namely Liu Bei, Sun Quan and Cao Cao from one of the Three Kingdoms and controls their kingdom through such means as pointing and clicking on certain parts of the map to decide what to do. The player is tasked with collecting various resources and building a standing army in order to protect their borders and defeat the other kingdoms in the game.


Aggregate score
Metacritic 71/100 [2]
Review scores
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CGW Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Edge 6/10 [5]
Game Informer 6/10 [6]
GameSpot 7.4/10 [7]
GameSpy 88% [8]
GameZone8/10 [9]
IGN 8/10 [1]
Next Generation Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [10]
PC Gamer (UK) 86% [11]
PC Gamer (US) 59% [12]

Lee Cummings reviewed the PC version of the game for Next Generation , rating it three stars out of five, and stated that "If you're a veteran RTS gamer looking for something new, this is certainly worth a look." [10]

The game received "average" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic. [2]

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