From the back of the package:
The most dramatic game in the series yet!
Special officer skills, allied schemes, and War Council directives intertwine in a rich tapestry of intrigue.
> over 600 commanders plus 100 additional officers that you create. Special Rulers, Warlords, Viceroys, Free Officers and Bands.
> Play up to 8 characters at once.
> From allies to archrivals, from brothers to bitter enemies, explore the bonds that exist among warriors. Forge new relationships with new commands such as "Marriage" and "Sworn Brother".
> 15 new tactical skills, including "Fire Arrow", "Ambush", and "Magic".
> Over 50 scenarios including one entirely fictional story featuring every officer in the game.
> Begin the game at any year - from the start of the Yellow Turban Rebellion to the death of Zhuge Liang.
> 81 item classes, nearly 100 types of events, and over 40 different endings.