Deluxe Edition: Civilization III - PC

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Deluxe Edition: Civilization III (PC)
Viewed: 2D Isometric, Scrolling Genre:
Strategy
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Firaxis Soft. Co.: Firaxis
Publishers: Atari (GB)
Released: 1 Oct 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+
No Accessories: No Accessories

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Summary

Though Civilization IV is sadly still non-existent, the third instalment of the popular series is still played by millions. And to entice even more players into the strategy arena, Atari has brought us a comprehensive Deluxe Edition, comprising of the original Civilization III and the Play the World and Conquests expansion packs. Not bad at all.

Civilization III
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.

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.

Play the World
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 multiplayer 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.

Conquests
In the Conquests expansion, players will now be able to assume control of eight new civilisations, each with its own unique leader, units and special abilities. You?ll be given a new set of victory conditions, terrain elements, resources and city improvements. Such a vast number of variables means the game is unlikely to be played the same way twice, and with improved multi-player support and a ?play-by-email? option, Conquests has very few limits.