Even Before Job is in Jeopardy, Always Have Room For Plan B (Make Sure you Do This)

Some say, the economy is thriving now and it has never been any better. Though, we are living in a “good” economy now somehow we still have people who have sad tales to tell of how they were recently laid off after years on the job. It has been a sudden punch to the gut that they don’t know what to do. A good example is in the culminary business Jamie Oliver’s restaurants closed after a few years but leaving an aftermath of 1000+ employees without employment. Jamie is okay as he has a Plan B, his staff not so much.

If you look at the job market today still their are on-going emails, phonecalls, messages and articles that just keep on ringing of people who are stll looking for a job. It just sense that stable economy = stable job.

It is true that there are still demands for jobs out there especially in the tech industry which still on the rise and you could still land your dream job. Though, if you are have been a businessman or investment guru, actually common sense will tell, what goes up must always come down. It is just how businesses work even large companies such as AliBaba, Facebook or even Apple, they will have their ups then they will have their downs. Then they go cut jobs.

Not to mention if it goes so low that the economy hits another downturn or recession due to powers beyond any of our control.

Even as an old general in the company for many years about to retire, that is not a guarantee either. It seems that the trend in market now is to find interns that are fraction of anolder employees salary to do the job. That’s how they save on costs.

So, as a young man/woman going into the job industry, or someone who is currently content with their job or just an employee that is about to retire, it is always good to have a plan B. Here’s what you should be doing even if you are still in a job …

Be Attentive To Whats In The Office

The office can be a cutthroat place especially if you have a long standing achievements in the company. So as you go about your daily acitivities in the office remember to:

Always be attentive to what is happening in your office

Maybe have a talk with your employer or your colleagues, take not of any job relocations or a downturn in the industry. Always keep an eye out for some tell-tale signs of something fishy going on. You should always be comfortable in your job by remember: hope for the best and expect the worst.

Keep Your Options Open

As the world changes without giving most people time to even think about it, it is always good to have options even before the axe drops. Here is a few ideas you could do to keep your options open:

In a stable market, always have a fallout plan.

  • Haven’t updated your skills yet? Try updating your resume/ CV from time to time. If you time permits keep an eye on your linkedin profile and update that as well. Maybe keep in touch with old friends and business partners.
  • Keep on weighing your options on what is going around in the job market. If recruiters are recruiting, or classifieds has a few ads, keep an eye on what is going around in your industry.
  • Look out for locations that might have more of jobs that require your expertise. If you really need to go at least you know where to go.
  • If your spouse is working: make sure they keep their options open, such as looking out for higher salary or just other jobs in general

So the point is to keep attentive to the job market. Enough that your remain Woke, but not too much that it seems that you are actively looking for another job. There is also some passive activities you can do…

Old Dog New Tricks, New Dog New Tricks

An old dog should always try new tricks

Again as the world changes dramatically a person mist always remain adaptable to to what is happening around you. Even in a passive sense you can do that.

Try taking taking on extra lessons to expand your skills or if you are older in the market how about going back to school. I have heard people pivot before from doing office jobs to programming because they learnt Java, Ruby-on-Rails. Or learnt another language to be more adaptable. Even if you do not leave your job these skills will help you in the long run and expand your horizons.

How About Starting A Side Business (Side-Hustle)

This does not have to interfere with your job it can be something you are interested in want to take on. Something that takes time to grow but what you can work on in your spare time. It is always good to have some extra income to supplement your main income as well.

There have been some who have gone into blogging, some have gone into part time programming, maybe even building a website is good as well. Some do some microjobs or even part-time tour guides as they enjoy doing something different. Some also do part-time investing with the extra they have. There is so much if you keep an eye.

Mindset is Everything

Above all remember NEVER go into a downward spiral of negativity, that can make you feel powerless and drain your energy. It can be hard if you fall into a rut, to pull yourself back up again.

So remember to remain positive, motivated and connected. That way people want to work with you if the time comes (because of your positive personality) and motivated to do any endeavour you might be looking.

So How To Create Plan B…

Same for me, I love my job and being able to to the outdoors makes my job special. I was a recruiter before this so I remember how volatile the workplace can be. Though, it does get shaky so I started an online business something that will keep me afloat. If is going well, so far so good. I just regret delaying it.

If you weigh on the above you might have some idea of what kind of Plan B you want to have. Make sure you do it NOW> don’t think of doing it later you might regret it.

So what is your Plan B? Please leave a message and exchange some ideas.

Top 10 Reasons Game of Thrones Season 8 Failed

Let’s face it, the last season of Game of Thrones threw everyone off and divided opinions as much as politics in America has. It was doing so well since season 1 to season 7 building into 1 of the best TV and most controversial TV series in histroy of TV, then season 8 happened.  It got so bad that getting petitions done to remake season 8

Though it had some saving graces but it just did not live up to its hype of previous seasons you can read my review of episode 3 here and the finale here. What went wrong? How did they blow such an epic series? Let’s look at the Top 10 reasons that GoT failed viewers.

Spoilers follow… So here adverts to make sure your attention is divided.


 

10. Careless Placements…

Let’s start with most obvious… When you finishing off your masterpiece you really do not want to spill coffee on it or accidentally sneeze at it. 

That is exactly what the cast does. During filming a Starbucks coffee cup was found during 1 of the scenes and that prompted waves of memes just because of this. Ha ha, right…? 

And It happens again, during the gathering of nobles to scoff at democracy… a water bottle was left blow one of the seats. Like come on… and some how they missed it again. It is either that or Westeros is getting gentrified.  

One would wonder for a series that costs around US$ 15 million/- per episode that the cast would be more perceptive to this. That carries on to the next foopah…

9. Just Rush It!

Kudos to the writers fitting the book into the series that is Game of Thrones, but tying up a story into 1 last season does not fit into  that criteria. In season 8 it felt that producers were just trying to cram as much into the episodes as possible, so bad that it felt really rushed. 

It is worth noting since the get-go of Episode 1: Jon gets to ride the dragon Rhaegal, which is suppose to be significant, right? But halfway through the episode before we can even savour it, Jon gets reunited with Arya & Bran, Theon manages to save his sister, the Golden company arrives on Westeros, Ned Umber (I almost forgot who) gets turned into a Wight, Jaime goes to Winterfell unannounced and has a stare-off with Bran, and Jon learns that he is Aegon Targaryen (next heir to the throne and Dany’s nephew).

Compared to the other season for example, Dany getting to ride Drgon in Astapoor when the Harpies attacked. It was significant. The seasons with filled with intensive build ups to those situations, heavy dialogue and not as action packed to make it all important. That goes to sh%$…

8. Anti-Climatic Situations too hard to Swallow…

They were putting everything into each of these characters and it came to nothing by putting down so fast no plomp and making other half of GoT feeling cheated. Situations such as

The Night Kings Demise in Winterfell

The most touted battle of the ages was to be the one in Winterfell. The battle suppose to be the longest on film and the Night King the biggest villain ever with no weaknesses and being death incarnate. Well, that was done mid-way through. Though I feel that Arya getting the kill was okay, but it could of been more. It was over too fast. Where’s the sword-fight with The Night King? Where were the Wight Commanders in the battle? Just huddling for a hustle I suppose. For all the super build-up, The Night King died by sleight of hand. Other problems being… 

Jaime & Cersei’s Deaths

The plot always hinted that the sibling lover’s deaths would end in betrayal and murder. That was what Cersei’s frog prophecy was about. But in the end they died by falling rocks during Dany’s rampage on the Red Keep. 

Jon back on Night Duty…

Jon had a great storyline being Aegon Targaryn, First of the Name, Ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, well that could have been a great story instead he goes back to the Night’s Watch going wargling with the Wildlings.

Dothraki & Unsullied Just Leave…

After their Queen gets killed they do not do much just pack-up and leave. Not to mention weren’t the Dothraki all killed?

Arya’s Skills

Arya did use her skills to kill the Night King but that was it, no killing of Cersei as we were anticipating. The only 1 time Arya put her faceless man’s training into action was to kill off the Freys.It would have been good to see it 1 more time. 

7. Destroying Character Development

Another part that the writers really pushed it was the jarring character development. It got so bad that it left viewers shocked confused or even angry. Some might believe that this handled long ago in Season 5 where they deviated from the book. Though, Season 8 got the biggest backlash yet from everyone. 

All the characters were painted so well taking time and heart into each of that and it just took a sudden turn within the next 6 episodes. More so for some like: 

Jaime Lannister the Kingslayer, from being the more hated character that first came in at Season 1, we learnt to really like him through his selfless acts and his noble deeds. His hand being cut off being a symbol of that change. That culminated to Jaime leaving King’s Landing and joing the fight in Winterfell against the Whitewalkers. Then he goes and leaves again, leaving Brienne of Tarth, someone who he has grown to love/ admire in the previous seasons to go back to Cersei. Which then culminated in him getting hit by bricks. Not so noble and getting us to yearn for more to him than that.

Even Jon Snow, developing him into the son of Rhaegar Targaryn and Lyanna Stark, being born of Fire & Ice, heir to the throne it was built up for us to anticipate more. Instead it was partly used to justify Dany’s decent to madness. That was it. Some would even argue, that Jon Snow, who has wouldn’t take a false oath to Cersei for the good of the Seven Kingdoms, took time to Wildings and Nights Watch to work together, just not put more effort to help Dany? Maybe more persuasion, maybe shout out, instead of just a stab. Left us wanting more. 

Then Danaerys, someone for 7 seasons we as the viewers have learned to admire or love, building her into a character people can look up to. Broken within 3 episodes, leaving some of us feel betrayed and astonished. Even is she had to become the villain, we didn’t get to see much in her descent, maybe just a few baggy eyes. Then just killing innocent people in Kings Landing after the bells rang, in sharp contrast to freeing the people in Quarth (klling the nobles, even then she tried to agree to terms amicably first), is it really something she would do? We were shocked. 

Leads to plotholes…

6. Plotholes as much as Swiss Cheese

So a good story should leave us with a feel good attitude, content and tying up all the ends, right? This how Season 8 just kept me thinking:

About Bran becoming King, it was a good twist and I sort of liked it? Though the way it played out felt rushed and hard to persuade us, especially since we had a more obvious choice.

Tyrion likes stories. Who had a better story Bran? How about Jon Snow? The Targeryn heritage, being resurrected, bringing peace to the Watch. How about Arya? Who was the MVP for killing the Night King and saving the Seven Kingdoms. 

No one cared about Jon Snow, just throw him back to Night’s Watch. Wait why throw him back? Do they even need the Watch anymore after the defeat of the Night Walkers and Wildings living in harmony with the Kingdoms. To quell the Unsullied and Dothraki, it didn’t make any sense ith they were leaving for Naath and never came back. Even for Yara, wouldn’t letting her know of Jon’s heritage help to persuade her. Instead bon voyage everyone.

How about Bran the Three Eyed Raven? The same guy who no one battered a eyelid for and just stood there emotionless for the other seasons, just be king. Even after refusing to be Lord of Winterfell? The Last Three-Eyed Raven, lived in a tree for thousands of years. 

How did the Prince of Dorne come to be? Especially since Dorne played a big part in the lore, we have no idea how did he gain power, what happened to them during then. That brings us to another question…

5. Lost Characters

During season 8, we see how some characters were just left without anything else to fulfill. Some of them being:

Ellaria of the Sand: We never seen or heard from her again. Is she still watching her daughter dying? 

Daario Naharis: Dany’s former lover, who was left to ruler Mereen. Don’t know what happened to him.

Jaqen H’ghar: End of season 6, he left for Westeros. The Face;ess Man who made such an impact on Arya, never heard from again. 

4. Cringe-worthy Villain Changes 

Since the Season 1 of GoT, we were built to hate or respect some of the villains. It took time and gave us enough reason to see why they got their comeuppence. Though this all changed from Season 8.

It seemed like to fill the Season Finale the writers wanted to just change villains from Night King to Cersei to Dany and tie it up. Though the jarring changes left us out of breath and just underwhelming other villains. 

3. Unrealistic Events

We knew that the GoT was a realm of Giants, Witches and Dragons. Though there was just too much that defied the rules of logic it became hard for us to swallow.

We knew Arya was a skillled assasin but her instant teleportation and super wall scaling to kill the Night King was hard for some to believe.

Dany and Drogon, just turn-tailed and ran from the ambush. When they came back they destroyed the ships. Couldn’t they had done that then? Doesn’t flying give you a good line of sight. Couldn’t they have seen the ambush from far away? 

Viserion could burn wall on East Watch which stood for thousands of years but Drogon’s fire couldn’t damage the wall Jon was behind, seriously? Drogon seems to be into symbolisms too. Left us wanting answers.

Why did we not see Bran’s powers in more use in the final season? It was alluded he could Warge a Dragon but all he did was just be bait for the Night King. We did not see much of him using his powers to the best extent.

2. Character Deaths (all Hail The Plot Armour)

Since Season 1 we expected to some main characters die unpredictably and we were expecting an artistic massacre for the finale season. Just think about it…

During the battle of Winterfell, it did not really feel that Tyrion, Jaime, Sansa, Dany or Jon were in real danger as their stories still had to play out. It just lost that sense of unpredictability that it used to have. 

Or how some main characters died. Dany’s death was just underwhelming with no build up and also Cersei & Jaime dying by hit from bricks. It left us without anything to get out of it accept… geez they dead… next.

1. Continuity Mistakes…

It was obivious… apart from the coffee cup and bottle water debacle.

Some of the events during the scenes were just too easy to catch, some noticed how the scenes crom King’s Landing changed dramatically for few parts of the season.

Some noticed Dany’s hair changed on the ship coming to King’s Landing since Season 8 Episode 1.

Then how did Greyworm get to Dany faster than Jon if he was still there slitting throats in the final episode. 

Some of it just did not make sense…

What Do You Think?

So what is your thoughts on how the last season of GoT carried on? Did you notice something that made you look for answers? Please let some comments and share your views. On the other hand look around on the memes of Buzzfeed to look at the hilarious reactions at the finale. 

 

 

The Iron Throne Goes To… Game of Thrones Finale: Season 8 Episode 6

After the nightmare that transpired from Season 8 Episode 4. The writers would hae had to pull a miracle out their a^%$es to give their viewers a satisfying ending. Pull they did, it was the best they could do after all the blunders: not enough lighting, the heel turn of Queen of Dragons, uninspiring end to some characters, oh and copious amounts of genocide. Overall it was good, good enough to at least put a satisfying ending to the Iron Throne, and build on new adventures ahead.

Cinematogephy: 8/10
Storyline: 6.5/10
Hype: 7/10, we all want to know who wins the Iron Throne.
The Feels: 8/10, saying goodbye is always hard

Recommend for Watching: yes, 8/10 to at least clean your palate after watching episodes 4 and 5, and to offer closure to the series as Game of Thrones Finale.

I will try leave SPOILERS for last. But, you are warned. Here are some adverts to divide your attention from spoilers. 

 

The Good

This has at best been a tumultous semi-satisfying ending to a good story spanning 70 odd episodes and 8 seasons. The ideas on everyones and the writers minds: HOW will we break this Wheel?

It is confirmed that Jaime and Cersei Lannister is dead, after all the incestruous, murdering schemes, they did die how they would of wanted to together, lying on top of each other. This does offer poetic end to one fo the evil characters of Game of Thrones and passionate end to the Kingslayer, who becomes the QueenSaver… too soon, oh well.

At least they reunited Jon Snow with his Wolf (his dire wolf), which makes things come full circle and more as he gets to lead the wildlings to a new world. This is makes me feel good, since he left Ghost without even much of a goodbye.

The stopping of the deterioration of Dany into the Mad Queen. If she lived there was so much forboding what she might be like. In order to stop everybody hating this season, probably that was the next best thing. We all kind of knew they were going to kill her and the MeToo movement, would of been nice if she sat on the Throne.

The Wheel is Broken, you know the wheel Daenerys keeps on about breaking, which is the hierachy that is the Iron Throne and noble houses. Sort of… explain it later. So symbolic that Drogon got to melt the Iron Throne so that no one got to it again.

The Bad

They sorta Broke the Wheel, when Sam Tarly recommended that the kingdoms could by democracy. The nobles laughed so hard they almost died themselves. Democracy is whack.. gee.. where did they get that from? Looking at you America, laughingstock of the Seven Conitnents, Joke of the World, 1st of Its Name, Donald Trump’s lil b&^^%.

Dany is dead, they stopped the character from getting worse but at a cost of losing one of the best female lead out there. Daenerys was one fo those characters victim of abuse could look to and female rolemodel. Then they ruin it.

Poor Jon Snow, we all thought he would be the next best thing to the Iron Throne but alas, our hopes were in vain. He is back to doing what he does best: being a Bastard, back to Night’s Watch.

Greyworm, they took his lover, now they took his queen. He wanted a war he got none. Nothing really worked for him. There goes the other character that looks like of diverse African American culture. His face says it all…

The Feels & Deals of Game of Thrones

There have been some good intense moments and great feeling in Game of Thrones that offers good viewing for those who want closure. Such as…

Sansa got the last laugh, she is now Queen of the North. She got a good deal out of that, gain the North’s Independance.

Tyrion Lannister gets to keep his life. From the last episode we were sure he would be the next guy to be killed in Game of Thrones and if Dany lived he might have been in a long line dead people. The sad part is, or good, he gets to keep his job as Hand of The King/Queen, the same job he was trying to get rid of since Season 1.  In the histroy books of Song of Fire & Ice, he doesn’t even get a mention. Poor Tyrion, back to work.

Also Jon Snow doesn’t get throne. For his penalty of killing Dany, his lover. He loses his lover, his family, his kingdom but he he gets to get back to his work of being the Night’s Watch for not getting killed by Grey Worm and the Unsullied (Yay?). At least he gets to be united with Ghost and the Wildlings and they get to trek to the unknown world after the aftermath of the Night King and his White Walkers.

The one emotional part. Drogon sad. Drogon cries.

Drogon is free: he gets to go everywhere until Bran gets to him. Though he loses

The Iron Throne goes to …. NO ONE> The Seven Kingdoms go to Bran The Broken, definitely the first of the name, Ruler of the Seven Kingoms. He knows all, sees all, and let all the atrocities happen to be there. They did fulfill Dany’s dream of breaking the “Wheel” and destroying the Iron Throne. Also as Bran can sire no children, it’s Gucci for the Noble houses. They get to choose the next king, instead of the people: here’s a up yours to the United Seven Kingdoms. I wonder if the next king also gets to be the Three-Eyed Raven, History of the World, like a transfer.

Now What is in Store for The Seven Kingdoms and Beyond

This does tie up all the ends that is the story of Game of Thrones. It also offers so much for the future that is touted as spin-offs of Game of Thrones. We have Jon Snow and the Wildlings going to the wild unknown (adventures of Davey Crockett). There is Arya sailing to adventure in the East (sounds like a Sinbad story to me).  What will kinging be like with Bran the Broken and his open vacancies (ala Apprentice). Even Grey Worm’s travel to Naath, will he protect the peaceful people there or bring war with him. It offers a lot for producers to play with. Even R.R Martin get a chance to rewrite history as he still hasn’t finished his book (he could still make a killing).

All in all it ended in a way it could… anything else would of have probably got worse. To end it in Bran’s words: You were there as you were suppose to be there.

VERDICT: 8/10, go for it, you already there. 

Let me know what you think should be the new spin-offs for these Game of Thrones stories. Please drop a comment.


Unite The Kingdoms of China! Total War: Three Kingdoms Review (Read Before Trying)

Total War: Three Kingdoms Review

Name: Total War: Three Kingdoms
Website: https://www.totalwar.com/games/three-kingdoms/
Price: US$ 55 ~ US$ 70
Where to Buy: order from Steam or Ebay
Developers: Creative Assembly
Overall Rank: 85 out of 100

The Newest Addition to the Total War Series: The Three Kingdoms

Choose a faction, rally your generals, and through benelovence or tyranny, unite the wartorn regions of a divided China. One of the latest editions in the Total War Series this is game is shaping to be a perfect art of gaming and creativity. It is just one of those games that is proving to be a keeper. Anyone who is interested historical warring states of China that is Romance of the Three Kingdoms or even looking to rewrite that history into a What If? or even taking control of the famous generals of lore such as Lu Bu, Guang Yu or Zhao Yun, this is for you.

There is a lot to look into. Just scroll through what you looking for in a game but be sure to try the Youtube videos included to get a better picture. 

The Story 85/100

The story is set in 190 AD during the twilight days of the Han Empire. The Emporer Xian has risen to the throne at 8 years old and is now being kept captive by the tyrant Dong Zhuo. During this time warlords have appeared each with their way in order to unite ancient China, Liu Bei wants to rescue his nephew the emporer, Cao Cao schemes to subjugate the states under his rule and each warlord looking to become legends in what is during the warring states of China.

Will you be the one who unites the great empire and bend destiny to your control?

The Gameplay 70/100

The game is basically along similar lines of Total War Series which are real time turn based strategy games. Even if you are new to the Total War games, you can get into the game and its mechanics without the previous experience. Though there is a lot of game mechanics  to look into it actually makes it exciting as you go through what each menu and choices do. It is divided along moving along the diplomatic map and battle enactment for you to control.

During the game you can choose 1 of the warlord factions, and move along the diplomatic map itself. In the beginning you can take certain missions that a line witht the story of the warlord in order to gain prestige. Unique Prestige could be called various things located under the warlord’s portrait such as nobility, infamy, intimidation and etc. On the map, you can move your main warlord and generals around, raise troops, raze/ occupy/ destroy villages or cities, encounter dilemmas and establish diplomatic relations with other warlords.  Here some more specific details on these mechanics:
– The diplomacy (Guanxi) is really important, securing your borders choosing your enemies and allies might help you secure borders in order to establish your towns/cities as your base of operations. You can trade resources, give gifts, set trade or give a character for marriage to gain benefits.
– With the unique prestige factor a warlord gets can help in helping diplomacy or raise in the hierachy or other special traits to unluck with each warlord, this is effected how you react to certain situations or outcomes after you conquer a city.
Dilemmas are encountered during the game which goes along enactments in history such as assassination of Dong Zhuo, or general being kidnapped, and how you react can effect your overall prestige or diplomacy. These dig into the what if’s to give you chance to diverge from main historical situations to establish your own empire. Even your main female warlord could marry the general from legend Zhang Fei.
– You also get to enact reforms which improves certain parts of your warlord’s faction. That is a literal peach blossom tree. I will get into later.
– You can build buildings in cities or resource areas to gain gold resources or improve public order.
Each character in your warlord’s factions have special traits too which you can place in noble positions, kill off, or make  happy. set as generals or govenors and place special items. Generals can also gain special weapons or steed that are in the lore such as Red Hare ridden by Guan Yu. Only by placing or hring generals can you build units and gain retinues.

Dueling best way to get things done.

The battle enactments are also super exhilirating. You can choose to resolve it via AI or take it head on manually. These battles could be divided into 1on1 confrontations, ambushes or sieges which take advatage of the environment around you.
– The battle can be divided into Romance Mode in which you control the main warlords/generals individually or historical mode which the generals are in a reinue of guards.
Generals can interact with each other and roast each other. In Romance mode they can even engage in 1on1 battles and the fights are really cool.
– The Warlords and generals have their own unique units and general units in which you give orders to outmaneuver your foes with their own strengths & weaknesses.

Nice option you can choose the language the characters speak in Chinese or English. Great fo if you want to hear these generals roast each other in Chinese or just want to undertand they they are saying.

These are the main mechanics to explore and it is so exciting as you go through them and find out more. Even though it  takes time, going through it emmerses you into the history of the story and being so engrossed finding new things you won’t even notice as time flies.

The Graphics 100/100

The graphics are beautifully crafted for real time strategy game. It is a picturesuqe view of China and I personally feel this is amazing.

The main diplomacy map as you zoom in the natural terrain of mountains, rivers and overall land is out of a painting in which you see in Chinese art.  That really sticks you into the story.

The reforms tree, or tech tree is a literal peach blossom tree (say it again) whch grows flowers as you progress on it. That is a work of art as well.

The character portraits are beautiful too with attention to details even the generic generals have their own details too. The special characters  Guan Yu, Lu Bu or etc. even better. I do hope they get a unique portrait for the beauty Diaochan which is said to be super beautiful in the stories.

The unit confrontations up to scratch with other Total War games, you can literally see the guys flaying into each other or getting knocked down by horses. Though what is different is the arrows graphics are more prominant than on the other TW games.

What can I say I love the surrealism that it builds to get you into the story of Three Kingdoms and the realism it builds as you go about in the game. 

Who Says War is Only For Guys? Gals also Rule in China

You know she will kick your A%&

What I also felt was interesting that 1 of the warlords (Zheng Jiang) is a bandit gal. Her faction is a matriarchy (she might get marry a legendary general and make him her bi*%$). In truth there is very little (probably just one iota) about her in the actual history about this warlord but I am glad the devs put it in. It adds a cool dimension into the game.

Even though during the warring period all the guys were warring, but in Chinese history there there has been a few powerful woman rulers as well. Though they do not get much mention, I am sure girls are as good as war as well.

Who says war games are just for guys too? Girl gamers have proven they can be just as good. I personally would love to duke it out in multiplayer with a girl gamer.

The Three Kingdom’s Tweaks

There might still need a few tweaks in the subsequent patches ahead.
– They could work on better portraits on the main characters mentioned in the Three Kingdom lore some (ahem Diaochan) look generic.
– They got to add new characters e.g Zhugeliang was teased but not seen yet in the try-outs of the game. He is even in the preview and some characters in the story Guan Su (fictional 3rd son of Guan Yu) could continue the story too.
– Trying the sieges those towers are too powerful might need a little nerfing to balance the game.
– The factions are limited to China’s warlords, could there be more foreign influence from outside factions e.g India or Mongols which could is prevalent in TW games.

I will probably add more as the games goes one.

Difference Between other Total War Games

Even if you haven’t played a Total War game you can really be emersed into the game itself. The overall art of the maps and characters sets it apart from other Total War games which makes it feel fresh. The interactions with the warlords and generals is more interactive compared to other TW games and it always fun to hear them roast each other on the battlefield. The diplomatic side also has a stronger influence than in the other TW games as uniting the states also needs skills just going conquering and characters need appeasement as well.

My Final Opinion 85/100

I am really hyped for the game the overall game mechanics makes the whole idea exciting and ingenuitive. I liked the reading about The Romance of the Three Kingdoms but the Dynasty Warriors games never felt strategic enough and hack’n slash, leveling games just do not do the warring eras justice. This Total War game could be that catalyst what most people like about the Romance of the Three Kingdoms be about: the story, the intrigue, the excitement, the interactions with other characters.

I really really recommend it if you love the lore and just want cool story that is in the Total War series.

In Summary…

Total War: Three Kingdoms

Website: https://www.totalwar.com/games/three-kingdoms/
Developers: Creative Assembly
Price: US$ 55 ~ US$ 70
Overall Rank: 85 out of 100

VERDICT: Got get It! Highly recommended