Gold Edition: Civilization III - PC

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Gold Edition: Civilization III (PC)
Viewed: 2D Isometric, Scrolling Genre:
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Firaxis Soft. Co.: Firaxis
Publishers: Atari (GB)
Released: 24 Oct 2003 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+
No Accessories: No Accessories


Civilization III
If only we could somehow reclaim the lost hours we gave to Sid Meierís Civilization. Lost hours are usually a good indicator of how good a game is. The third instalment of this incredibly popular turn-based strategy game is now with us. If you prefer thinking through your game rather than perpetually twitching and stabbing at the controller or keyboard, then Civilization 3 is your kind of game.

Civilization 3 is an empire building game where you build and command a given race through history. You are essentially their leader and God, deciding on exploration routes, harvesting natural materials, developing technologies, and interacting with the other races that inhabit your planet. Practically every aspect of human civilisation is touched upon in this game.

The most important new features for Civilization 3 have to be the new ways to win. The Civilization series has always adopted an open-ended approach to gameplay, leaving it up to the players how they choose to complete the game. New ways to win include diplomatic finesse, cultural domination and economic might. There are new combat options to increase the ways in which you deal with the war scenarios, if your diplomacy breaks down of course.

With so many improvements to an already proven name, Civilization 3 is a fine strategy game.

Civilization III: Play the World Expansion Pack
Eight new leaders and civilisations feature in Play the World. Notorious historical figures such as Genghis Khan, King Hannibal, Queen Isabella and King Brennus are in there to test your diplomatic and combative skills, and the civilisations, represented in four eras, feature new units and more strategic depth.

Having a strong emphasis on the multi-player element, you'd expect this add-on to be brimming with various different game modes, so as to appease the global demographic. It certainly is, offering you a multitude of different game types, such as Elimination, Domination, Regicide and King of the Mountain, as you face off against the best Civ players worldwide. The style of play can also be adjusted. Games can be either turn-based or simultaneous or, for the first time in a Civilization game, turn-less.