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** IX started the trend with their "IF" scenarios. Perhaps the most prominent was one in which Yuan Shao was victorious in the Battle of Guandu.


* ''I'': Amiga, MSX, NES(1985), Game Boy (1992), Windows (2003), mobile phones; different version: MSX2
* ''II'': Amiga, MS-DOS, MSX2, NES, SNES, Mega Drive (1989), Game Boy Color (1999), WonderSwan, Windows (2000), mobile phones
* ''III: Dragon of Destiny'': MS-DOS, SNES, Mega Drive (1992), Windows (2001), NDS (2006)
* ''IV: Wall of Fire'': SNES, Sega 32X, MS-DOS, Sega Saturn, PlayStation (1994), Game Boy Advance, Windows (2001),
* ''V'': Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Windows (1995), PlayStation Portable (2005), NDS (2010), 3DS (2013)
* ''VI: Awakening of the Dragon'': PlayStation, Dreamcast, Windows (1996), PlayStation Portable (2005)
* ''VII'': PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Windows (2000), PlayStation Portable (2006)
* ''VIII'': Windows (2001), PlayStation 2 (2002), PlayStation Portable (2007)
* ''IX'': Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2004), PlayStation Portable (2011)
* ''X'': Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2005)
* ''XI'': PlayStation 2, Windows (2006), Wii (2007)
* ''XII'': PlayStation 3, Wii U, Windows (2012), PlayStation Vita (2013)
* '' XIII'': PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One (2015), Windows (2016), Nintendo Switch (2017)

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* ''I'': Amiga, MSX, NES(1985), Game Boy UsefulNotes/{{PC88}}, UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}}, UsefulNotes/{{MSX}}, [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]] (1985), UsefulNotes/GameBoy (1992), Windows UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows (2003), mobile phones; different version: MSX2
[[UsefulNotes/{{MSX}} MSX2]]
* ''II'': Amiga, UsefulNotes/{{PC88}}, UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}}, MS-DOS, MSX2, NES, SNES, [[UsefulNotes/{{MSX}} MSX2]], [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]], [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]], [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Mega Drive Drive]] (1989), Game Boy Color UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor (1999), WonderSwan, Windows UsefulNotes/{{Wonderswan}}, UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows (2000), mobile phones
* ''III: Dragon of Destiny'': MS-DOS, SNES, [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]], [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Mega Drive Drive]] (1992), Windows UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows (2001), NDS UsefulNotes/NintendoDS (2006)
* ''IV: Wall of Fire'': SNES, [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]], [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Sega 32X, 32X]], MS-DOS, Sega Saturn, UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn, PlayStation (1994), Game Boy Advance, Windows (2001),
UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows (2001), UsefulNotes/NintendoDS (2007)
* ''V'': Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Windows UsefulNotes/PlayStation, UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows (1995), PlayStation Portable (2005), NDS UsefulNotes/NintendoDS (2010), 3DS (2013)
* ''VI: Awakening of the Dragon'': PlayStation, UsefulNotes/PlayStation, Dreamcast, Windows UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows (1996), PlayStation Portable (2005)
* ''VII'': PlayStation, UsefulNotes/PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Windows UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows (2000), PlayStation Portable (2006)
* ''VIII'': Windows UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows (2001), PlayStation 2 (2002), PlayStation Portable (2007)
* ''IX'': Windows UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2004), PlayStation Portable (2011)
* ''X'': Windows UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2005)
* ''XI'': PlayStation 2, Windows UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows (2006), Wii (2007)
* ''XII'': PlayStation 3, Wii U, Windows UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows (2012), PlayStation Vita (2013)
* '' XIII'': PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One (2015), Windows UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows (2016), Nintendo Switch (2017)


** In XIII, when a general execute his special ability near another general's unit who are bonded together, that ability will be improved.

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** In XIII, when a general execute his special ability near another general's unit who are bonded together, whose general has a bond with the first general, that ability will be improved.

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** In ''XIII'', Spears beat Horses, Horses beat Archers and Archers beat Spears.


* HistoricalInJoke: In ''XIII'', if you become a "free" officer, Sima Hui will appear to inform you of the victory conditions for your Prestige class. In the background, a voice actor will say "Good! Good!" This refers to the fact that Sima was recorded in history as never having a bad word for anyone or anything.

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* HistoricalInJoke: In ''XIII'', if you become a "free" officer, Sima Hui will appear to inform you of the victory conditions for your Prestige class. In the background, a voice actor will say "Good! Good!" This refers to the fact that Sima was recorded in history as never having a bad word for anyone or anything.anything and frequently saying "Good! Good!".

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*HistoricalInJoke: In ''XIII'', if you become a "free" officer, Sima Hui will appear to inform you of the victory conditions for your Prestige class. In the background, a voice actor will say "Good! Good!" This refers to the fact that Sima was recorded in history as never having a bad word for anyone or anything.


** Possible in XIII, where you can play individual officers. The youngest officer you can play (Cao Chang in "Three Visits") is 12.

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** Possible in XIII, where you can play individual officers. The youngest officer you can play (Cao Chang Zhang in "Three Visits") is 12.


* CharacterShilling: Played with in ''XIII''. While the game uses events from the novel as its base, some details in the original novel which shilled Shu characters like Liu Bei / Zhuge Liang or had characters do questionable/illogical stuff were removed. [[spoiler: E.g. Zhuge Liang was not shown using fire attacks at Bowang or Xinye; his first assignment (just like in history) was becoming Liu Bei's emissary to Sun Quan in order to forge the anti-Cao alliance. Liu Bei also did not drop Liu Shan after Zhao Yun's exploits at Changban. On Wu's side, Zhou Yu was depicted as regarding Zhuge Liang solely as a threat to Wu's plans, leaving out the personal jealousy which was rampant in the novel. Lu Su was depicted as a competent advisor, and not the bumbling fool from the novel; Zhuge Liang did not invite him on board the boat during the attempt to "borrow" the 10,000 arrows from Cao Cao, and the whole part where Zhuge provoked Zhou Yu using the two Qiaos was left out. During Chi Bi itself, there is also no mention of Kan Ze delivering Huang Gai's letter to Cao (which did not happen historically).]]

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* CharacterShilling: Played with in ''XIII''. While the game uses events from the novel as its base, some details in the original novel which shilled Shu characters like Liu Bei / Zhuge Liang or had characters do questionable/illogical stuff were removed. [[spoiler: E.g. Zhuge Liang was not shown using fire attacks at Bowang or Xinye; his first assignment (just like in history) was becoming Liu Bei's emissary to Sun Quan in order to forge the anti-Cao alliance. Liu Bei also did not drop Liu Shan after Zhao Yun's exploits at Changban. On Wu's side, Zhou Yu was depicted as regarding Zhuge Liang solely as a threat to Wu's plans, leaving out the personal jealousy which was rampant in the novel. Lu Su was depicted as a competent advisor, and not the bumbling fool from the novel; Zhuge Liang did not invite him on board the boat during the attempt to "borrow" the 10,000 arrows from Cao Cao, and the whole part where Zhuge provoked Zhou Yu by using the two Qiaos was left out. During Chi Bi itself, there is also no mention of Kan Ze delivering Huang Gai's letter to Cao (which did not happen historically).]]


* IntrepidMerchant: ''XIII'' allows you to play as one, if you are a "free" character. By advancing in rank, a merchant can eventually invest in the various powers, becoming a power broker.

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* IntrepidMerchant: ''XIII'' allows you to play as one, if you are a "free" character. By advancing in rank, a merchant can eventually invest in the various powers, becoming a power broker. The "intrepid" part comes as you or your comrades travel all over China to buy and sell grain for maximum profit.

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*IntrepidMerchant: ''XIII'' allows you to play as one, if you are a "free" character. By advancing in rank, a merchant can eventually invest in the various powers, becoming a power broker.


** As Lu Xun in the leadup to Yiling, [[spoiler: attacking Jiangxia early will result in an early Game Over.]]

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** As Lu Xun in the leadup to Yiling, [[spoiler: attacking conquering Jiangxia early will result in an early a Game Over.]]

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*SequenceBreaking: Can be done in two scenarios in ''XIII'''s Hero Mode, with different results. Coincidentally, both situations involve the same city.
**As Sun Quan in the scenario depicting his first years in power, [[spoiler: conquering Jiangxia before fulfilling the first objective (which involves domestic affairs) will allow you to face less troops when attacking the city.]]
**As Lu Xun in the leadup to Yiling, [[spoiler: attacking Jiangxia early will result in an early Game Over.]]


* UnwinnableByMistake: Some of the [=DLC=] Hero Mode stages have this. Also counts as GuideDangIt:
** As Zhuge Liang in the scenario depicting the preparation for Chi Bi, [[spoiler: not using calvary to increase your troops' movement speed may leave you with too little time to conquer Changsha and Guiyang. Guiyang has an officer which can be instantly recruited if Zhao Fan (ruler of the city) is defeated; recruiting this officer is crucial to the first objective of the scenario.]]
** As Guan Yu, [[spoiler: killing too many troops while besieging Xinye may leave you with too little to withstand the Wei counterattack.]]
* WalkingTheEarth: One of the possible endings in ''X'' if China is unified ([[ArtificialBrilliance by computer-controlled Emperor]]) while your character is a free officer.

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* UnwinnableByMistake: Some of the [=DLC=] Hero Mode stages of ''XIII'' have this. Also counts as GuideDangIt:
** As Zhuge Liang in the scenario depicting the preparation for Chi Bi, [[spoiler: not using calvary to increase your troops' movement speed may leave you with too little time to conquer Changsha and Guiyang. Guiyang has an officer which can be instantly recruited if Zhao Fan (ruler (the ruler of the city) is defeated; recruiting this officer is crucial to the first objective of the scenario.]]
** As Guan Yu, [[spoiler: killing too many troops while besieging Xinye may leave you with too little to withstand the Wei counterattack.Wei-Wu counterattacks.]]
* WalkingTheEarth: One of the possible endings in ''X'' if China is unified ([[ArtificialBrilliance by a computer-controlled Emperor]]) while your character is a free officer.


* YouKilledMyFather: It's generally bad idea to execute an officer who still had relative(s). The more relatives he had, the more bear grudges to you and attack you when you randomly met them.

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* YouKilledMyFather: It's generally a bad idea to execute an officer who still had relative(s). The more relatives he had, the more bear grudges to you and attack you when you randomly met them.


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*UnwinnableByMistake: Some of the [=DLC=] Hero Mode stages have this. Also counts as GuideDangIt:
**As Zhuge Liang in the scenario depicting the preparation for Chi Bi, [[spoiler: not using calvary to increase your troops' movement speed may leave you with too little time to conquer Changsha and Guiyang. Guiyang has an officer which can be instantly recruited if Zhao Fan (ruler of the city) is defeated; recruiting this officer is crucial to the first objective of the scenario.]]
**As Guan Yu, [[spoiler: killing too many troops while besieging Xinye may leave you with too little to withstand the Wei counterattack.]]


* VideoGameTutorial: In both ''XI'' and ''XIII''. ''XI'''s main game tutorials mainly have Liu Bei as the protagonist and has him learn the ropes of the game (along with the player, and with laughs thrown in). XI's Powerup Kit also added tutorials to explain the expanded mechanics. The early stages of Hero Mode are ''XIII'''s tutorials; once the player reaches the scenario as Cao Cao during Guandu, that and subsequent scenarios are advanced tutorials meant to hone in the player's ability to win battles and plot strategically to overcome time and resource constraints.

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* VideoGameTutorial: In both ''XI'' and ''XIII''. ''XI'''s XI's main game tutorials mainly have Liu Bei as the protagonist and has him learn the ropes of the game (along with the player, and with laughs thrown in). XI's Powerup Kit also added tutorials to explain the expanded mechanics. The early stages of Hero Mode are ''XIII'''s XIII's tutorials; once the player reaches the scenario as Cao Cao during Guandu, that and subsequent scenarios are advanced tutorials meant to hone in the player's ability to win battles and plot strategically to overcome time and resource constraints.

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