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Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Complete (PC)

by Mastertronic Ltd
Windows 98 / XP / Vista / 7
 Ages 7 and Over
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Design Your Own War Machine
  • Diplomatic Relations
  • Infinitely Replayable
  • Includes the Alien Crossfire Expansion Pack

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  • Platform:   Windows 98 / XP / Vista / 7
  • BBFC Rating: Universal, suitable for all
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B001RIYNF2
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm ; 45 g
  • Release Date: 27 Feb 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,993 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Legendary designer Sid Meier presents the next evolution in strategy games, with the most addictive, compelling gameplay yet. Explore the alien planet that is your new home and uncover its myriad mysteries. Discover over 75 extraordinary technologies. Build over 60 base upgrades and large scale secret projects for your empire. Conquer your enemies with a war machine that you design from over 32,000 possible unit types.

Design Your Own War Machine

Custom build fighting units that meet your mission's specific needs, or accept your governor's recommendations.

Diplomatic Relations

Dynamic personalities react individually to your actions. Your diplomatic decisions dictate your path to one of five ultimate resolutions.

Infinitely Replayable

A random 3D world generator, unlimited strategies, five paths to victory, six levels of difficulty, seven unique factions, fully featured map/game editor, and a whole host of customisable options ensure unlimited gameplay.

Includes the Alien Crossfire Expansion Pack

Adds 7 new playable factions, new technologies, new secret projects, new base facilities, new weapons, armour, special abilities and an expanded storyline.

Product Description

Legendary designer Sid Meier presents the next evolution in strategy games, with the most addictive, compelling gameplay yet. Explore the alien planet that is your new home and uncover its myriad mysteries. Discover over 75 extraordinary technologies. Build over 60 base upgrades and large scale secret projects for your empire. Conquer your enemies with a war machine that you design from over 32,000 possible unit types. Design Your Own War Machine: Custom build fighting units that meet your mission's specific needs, or accept your governor's recommendations. Diplomatic Relations: Dynamic personalities react individuallyto your actions. Your diplomatic decisions dictate your path to one of five ultimate resolutions. Infinitely Replayable: A random 3D world generator, unlimited strategies, five paths to victory, six levels of difficulty, seven unique factions, fully featured map/game editor, and a whole host of customisable options ensure unlimited gameplay. Includes the Alien Crossfire Expansion Pack: Adds 7 new playable factions, new technologies, new secret projects, newbase facilities, new weapons, armour, special abilities and an expanded storyline. "A sterling turn-based title" - PC Gamer

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ALPHA & OMEGA OF Turn-Based Stategy GAMES! 15 Feb 2009
By NeuroSplicer TOP 100 REVIEWER
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
In 1999, in the wake of the the huge success of Civilization II Sid Meier & Brian Reynolds released a logical sequel: a colonization ship, Unity, is launched from Earth on the path to self-destruction. An inboard malfunction and assassination of the captain divides the colonists into several competing factions. Planetfall is carried out under emergency pods - and clearly not according to planed. And the fun begins...

The environment on planet Chiron is not very friendly. Not only do ground tiles need to be terraformed before put to use, but the native lifeforms are not terribly friendly either. Of course the real threats will always come not from beasts but from fellow humans. From technophiles and warmongers to religious zealots and Ludditic environmentalists, you will have enough choices to find your favorite faction.

This is one of the best 4x-TBS games ever produced (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit & eXterminate) and no amount of somewhat dated graphics can reduce its gameplay qualities. The tech-tree is rich, the units well designed and the improvements perfectly balanced. This one of those timeless games that prove how bad an idea Limited Installations truly is!

I must have being looking for years to find the expansion to the original game (Alien Crossfire) at a reasonable price. This bargain-priced package includes both - and it is DRM free!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish Sid would remake this 8 May 2011
By Scritty
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Shame this looks so dated and has so many hurdles to jump through to get it to install on Vista or Windows 7.
It does install by the way, and plays very well. It has a totally different feel to Civ games while being obviously closely related. THis might just be the subject matter, but it feels very fresh after trawling through the restrictive tactical options available in Civ 5 for instance.
It just look terrible stretched on a 23" monitor (windowed mode has real issues for me) so bad that it's hard to make out from the lego block sized definition what is supposed to be what at first.
I played it for a good few hours, then stopped, wishing Sid would remake it for modern machines so my old eyes could get to grips with it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic game, finally affordable 11 Oct 2009
By Johan G
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
A have wasted hundreds of hours on this little gem. Pretty much everything has been said about it, in reviews for other editions of it. This is basically the Planetary Pack.

The one thing it does it that it immerses you in the change the technology brings to your faction. There are a lot of secret projects and technology advances that completely change the way the game is played. Sure, this is true for other games, like the Civ series, but the quotes and the films are still absolutely top notch.

Other things that I really like are the society values and policies model. You can, as you develop learn to embrace new ideals chance pretty much everything, giving a profound effect on everything. Civ 4 implemented some of this, but not enough, in my opinion. There are differences between a cybernetic, libertarian Data Angels faction and a Hive, run with an iron fist, geared to expand to fill every niche of the planet.

A game you have to own. Graphics and sounds are dated, sure, but the atmosphere and gameplay will shine through.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Windows 7 NOT..... 23 July 2012
By Dave
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Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
It is advertised as Windows 7 compatible, however after a full day of trawling through various forums and support pages to no avail. I have installed this game several times with various patches, add on's, compatibility boxes ticked and editing .int files I am no closer getting this to run. I am not pc illiterate but nor am I a programmer but this is not an 'out of the box' product. I am now unsure if the challenge of getting this to work outweighs the actual game play? guess I'll never know.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dont buy civ4!!! unless you buy this too. 10 Dec 2009
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a pretty tidy game for 5 pounds if you like a good strategy game and have a bit of free time.

where to start? i'm just going to talk about the game minus the expansion as that's when things get harder to explain. The best thing about AC is the diversity of the factions it's great that the AI tend not to dog pile you as they tend to fight each other due to the fact each of them have incompatible ideology's and none of them tend to be natural allies except maybe the Hive and Spartans. the graphics in game are not bad for a game of it's age but we don't buy games for graphics we want game play.

perhaps the best feature about this game over civ is that their is a story about the planet which pops up every so often and upon building certain base facility's or discovering technologies.

basically this is a quality game which perhaps was not as successful as it should have been this would be a shrewd purchase for any geeky gamer.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic civ game on a strange new world 12 Nov 2010
By Isis TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Civilisation III is the next generation on from Sid Meier's Civilisation II, but Alpha Centauri and Alien Crossfire are truly the sequels to the story. Without a doubt the biggest quality to recommend this computer game is its storyline. Alpha Centauri and Alien Crossfire could easily have been packaged as just another civ-building game without any plot or story and it would have done the job, so to speak. However, there is a difference between a game getting the job done that it was intended for, and going beyond that. For Alpha Centauri and Alien Crossfire, as civ-building games, to include a storyline is exceptional. Not only that, but it is a storyline that is well-thought out, considered, engaging, driven. The first time I played the game I was intrigued by the story, and eager to discover what happened next; now after much replaying, I marvel at the depth and complexity given to the plot of a civ-building game where the story is essentially unnecessary.

What then, aside from its unique and fantastically driven story, makes it such a popular and great game? Undoubtedly it is the setting of a strange new world on which to explore this genre. Whilst essentially the map works on the same principles as every other civ-building game, Sid Meier and the other creators have done an amazing job creating the impression of a whole new world. The map has been entirely repainted with hues of red and pink for the terrain of Planet. Villages and barbarians have both been effectively replaced with Planet equivalents - Unity pods and mindworms - but both are cunningly woven into the storyline. The music and sound effects, have been composed with a real otherworldly feel to them, which really contributes to the ambience.
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3.0 out of 5 stars its ok
its an ok game but civ is much better
it a confusing game sometimes but I just need to learn a bit more about it
Published 2 months ago by martin lang
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the greatest game of it's genre
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Just a Brilliant game from the past. I have the original just brilliant! Oh the DLC did not work on my XP PC, but I got an new 8. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Adams
1.0 out of 5 stars Won't run on windows 7
Bought this because i'm a big fan of cid meiers games in general. Be warned however if you are running windows 7 as this will not run on it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robbio
5.0 out of 5 stars windows 7
I have played this game on several occasions before purchasing on this site. i now find that it doesn't install properly on the windows 7 operating system. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the greatest game ever made.
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Published 9 months ago by Jeremy Bee
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
Firstly the graphics for this game are awful, also the timeline is seriously confusing, not knowing which unit ahs movements turns left. Read more
Published 9 months ago by P. E. Colam
5.0 out of 5 stars Best turn based strategy in come across in all my days
One of the best turn based strategy games I have ever had the pleasure of playing, the expansion is a welcome addition and allows a lot more replay ability, each faction is... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Joe
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit clitchy
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic.
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