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This newest installment promises to keep the components that made the first two games incredibly addictive and fun, while adding new elements and features that complement and enhance the existing system. In addition, a completely new graphics engine will provide stunning maps, animations, and graphics unlike those seen before. The new gameplay features better decision-making abilities, new paths to victory, and greatly enhanced combat and diplomacy for new ways to win. With a new interface and reporting screens, Civilization III will accommodate seasoned and first-time players.
Platform: PC | Edition: Game of the Year
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Civilization 3 itself brings a few new ideas to the mix with culture, strategic resources, and civ-specific units as well as revised units and wonders. The graphics have been updated and the map is very pretty if not always useful. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish terrain types without reverting to right-clicking on the square. Units now feature animations that are entertaining at first, but you'll soon tire of seeing cavalry attacking musketmen for the 100th time.
The scale of the game has grown and it is not uncommon to have a civilization of 20 or more cities at the larger settings. Luckily there are now governors to automate some of the more routine tasks of city maintenance.
The combat model is changed with the air arena being much different than previous versions. However, some combat seems to have taken a step back and it isn't uncommon to see older units defeat newer technology. You'll need new strategies to win here so don't expect your Civ 2 experience to guarantee success.
With version 1.29f, the game is relatively stable and most of the bugs/issues (rampant corruption) from early versions have been addressed.
I personally believe this game is inferior to Civ 2, but the price of this new version certainly makes it more attractive.
The economical system is quite much remade and the first thing you're going to notice is that the corruption makes most of your cities useless, even under higher forms of government. Since only a few of your cities are going to help in the scientific research, this makes the game a lot more even. Also smaller civilizations get a fair chance to keep up in the science race.
But after playing a while you'll find out that having lots of cities is not such a bad idea after all. The most important reason why you need'll all your cities is because all those neat resources you find around the map now have become essential to your whole civilization, instead of just being a bonus for the local city. The more luxury resources you have snatched, the happier your people will be. And you'll need the strategic resources like iron or oil to be able to build certain units.
The culture adds a completely new dimension to the game. Now it is possible to win the game without ever having to attack your enemies, just focusing on the welfare and glory of your empire. But don't forget the defenses because your enemies are very likely to get jealous on your prosperity!
The only disadvantage I find in this game is that it is far too time consuming. Of course, that is a part of the all strategy games, but in my opinion it is a little too much administration. Of course you can have your advisors to do this for you, but since I'm a perfectionist, I want everything to be done exactly as I had intended it. OK, I guess I have to blame myself on that point, but still it reduces my overall mark of this game to a 4.
First, the diplomacy is not the be-all, end-all of diplomatic relations, but the system does allow for more varied trading than what CivII had to offer. I consider this a plus, even if it isn't quite as in-depth as it could be.
Second, the addition of culture really adds another dimension to gameplay. No slash and burn here, you'll lose your cities. A strong culture is a win-win scenario for your own cities, it makes your citizens happier and can cause other nations cities to defect to you.
Third, the resources also add significant depth. Luxuries and strategic resources both are very important for success.
Fourth, back to diplomacy. Its touch of realism becomes more obvious now, you have to be bartering from a position of authority, either in culture, resources, or power, in order to get good deals. This can be difficult if you're not in a position of power to begin with, but once you're there, keep dealing. Having an advisor that basically tells you when a foreign leader will accept a deal really helps. Other civs must respect or fear you, otherwise they will sell you down the river. Frustrating? Maybe. Realistic? I'd vote yes.
Fifth, I can't say much yet for military battles since my strategies have always been based on science. But since Fundamentalism is gone it seems the military might is harder than it was in CivII, which I think is a good thing. Though the leaders obviously give you an advantage, I'd have to say that anyone relying on leader production probably doesn't have a very good grasp of strategy in the first place. Consider leaders like stumbling upon a vital resource: count yourself lucky.
Sixth, "small wonders". Some wonders are not limited to one civ building them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent game; very stimulating from what I have seen of it. I have not had the time to really get into it so I can only give you these few comments. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by marti lancaster
Good enough for its time and I still give it a shot from time to time. Once you learn its system it gets pretty easy to play.Published on July 18, 2013 by SanteeFats
CivIII is awesome. I played the first Civ, missed out on CivII, and have played CivIV. Without a doubt, CivIII is the best one. Read morePublished on August 11, 2008 by Jeremiah Anderson
I thought it would be much better than Age of Empires, but I was wrong. Just as in that game, you can never find a winning scenario. Read morePublished on January 6, 2005 by Michael McAdams
I'm a big fan of the Civilization series -- I think Civ II is maybe the best PC game of all time. Many of the features in Civ III are appealing, and after a bit of mindset... Read morePublished on November 21, 2004 by Eric Petrusic
I love this game and it's not even mine (it's my brother's).I hate instructions so I never read them. Read morePublished on July 28, 2004
I've been a fan of this series since Civ 1, then on to Civ 2 where this game would keep me going all night until 8 in the morning. Civ 3 was no different in that regards. Read morePublished on July 2, 2004 by Tomes
I loved the game it was the best with all the ways to win and the real life set up.I loved how you get to be diffferent civs and don't have to be the same person everytime. Read morePublished on May 17, 2004