The Japanese game company Koei has been creating a series of games based on the Chinese historical novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms.” They first introduced “Romance of the Three Kingdoms 1” to the world in 1985 and have continued releasing the series, with the latest being “Romance of the Three Kingdoms 14.” The game series has evolved and undergone changes with each installment.
Especially in “Romance of the Three Kingdoms 3,” there was a significant improvement in graphics compared to its predecessor. In “Romance of the Three Kingdoms 5,” the game evolved further by incorporating music. Starting from “Romance of the Three Kingdoms 5,” the game was made to run on Windows, and although previous installments had game music, it was only in MIDI format, making it impossible to appreciate the music fully. However, starting from “Romance of the Three Kingdoms 5,” players could enjoy the inserted music as it was meant to be.
“The Beloved Romance of the Three Kingdoms 5 OST”
The music inserted into the Romance of the Three Kingdoms 5 game has continued to receive love from fans. Various tracks like “Dragon Soars,” “Dawn of the Blue Dragon,” and “March of the Dragon” are among the beloved pieces.
Among these, “March of the Dragon,” used as the theme song for marching armies, has gained significant popularity. It serves as the theme for Cao Cao, the central figure of the Wei Kingdom, depicting the life of Cao Cao, who endured numerous hardships before establishing the Wei Dynasty. The song brings to mind Cao Cao’s life story, a tale of ups and downs that ultimately led him to become one of the rulers of the Three Kingdoms. Listening to the song while recalling Cao Cao’s story can evoke a heartwarming feeling.
“A Song Conveying the Feeling of Marching Toward a Great Battle”
In particular, “March of the Dragon” is a track that conveys the tension of approaching a major confrontation. It gives the feeling of steadily advancing toward a goal.
Especially, the song fits well with the posthumous northern expeditions of Guan Yu after Liu Bei’s death. It conveys the sense of calmly laying the groundwork and steadily progressing to achieve something significant, while also delivering a majestic feeling.
As a classic game music track, it may be somewhat challenging to come across nowadays. Taking a moment to listen to this nostalgic song allows for a brief trip down memory lane.