Similarities between Sanguo Shidai and Sengoku Jidai

Discussion of other Three Kingdoms games (e.g. Destiny of an Emperor and Dynasty Tactics) and other games by Koei (e.g. Samurai Warriors).
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Similarities between Sanguo Shidai and Sengoku Jidai

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Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Nobunaga's Ambition are among my favorite titles for strategy games. I was first introduced to the world of the Three Kingdoms via Dynasty Warriors 5 Xtreme Legend, and not long after and for a much longer period, Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires. I spent so many hours reading all the mini-bios of all the officers, even those without a unique model. Something about the richness of these sagas just captured my imagination.

After a while, I found out there was such games as the RTK and NA titles, unfortunately I grew up very poor plus these games were hard to find where I lived (and Amazon didn't exist and internet shopping wasn't really a thing lol). But eventually I played a RTK title, like 3 years ago, and I hated it. It was RTK XIV I believe.

And it is only recently I played RTK XI for the first time. And I fucking love it! RTK XI, NA 12 and NA 14 are like cheesecakes to me. I start having regrets after I had too much of them. To only dive back in as soon as the thought cross my mind again.

All that huge and irrelevant premise to ask you what are some similarities you know of and have noticed during your gameplays/readings that are shared between these periods, whether it is between characters or events?

I stumbled upon an interesting Quora post about the similarities shared between Oda Nobunaga and Cao Cao and I thought of sharing it with you. I too have felt for the longest time that these two characters were a lot alike and this Quora post took the words out of my mouth.

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  1. They both defeated warlords that were much stronger and better established than them : Yuan Shao and Imagawa Yoshimoto.
  2. They both failed to unify their respective realm.
  3. They both became the strongest power in their respective realm.
  4. They both had machiavellian traits and were known for occasional impropriety/eccentricity.
  5. They both perpetrated massacres during their rise to power : Xuzhou and Hieizan.
  6. They both had in their faction the men that would eventually achieve their goal to unify their respective realm : Sima Yi, Sima Zhao, Sima Yan, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Tokugawa Ieyasu.
  7. They both were betrayed by a man under their authority that costed them a son and many loyal retainers : Cao Ang, Cao Anmin, Dian Wei, Oda Nobutada, Oda Katsunaga, Mori Ranmaru.
Quora source :
« Le seul moyen d'affronter un monde sans liberté est de devenir si absolument libre qu'on fasse de sa propre existence un acte de révolte. » — Albert Camus, L'Homme Révolté
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