33 of 44 people found the following review helpful
good but not that good,
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This review is from: Sid Meier's Civilization 3 (Video Game)
This is not an improvement on Alpha Centauri and a major disappointement considering the wait we have had. There are no revolutionary or major improvements.
The changes will be noticed by experienced Civ2 players and take a game or two to get used to, but once you do the game becomes boring and every game follows a similar path.
Here are a few of the biggest problems.
Conquest and sprawl are no longer an option for winning at higher levels due to crippling corruption (1 shield production no matter what you do) at all cities further than one screen from your capital.
The much hyped "culture" system will only ever win you a couple of cities and is useful but will not win you the world.
Combat is annoying - the improved army style battles of call to power have been neglected for basic single unit combat again. The lack of randomness is annoying when re-loading results in your Cavalry being beaten by a Spearman time and again.
Strategic resources are a real pain as well. No aluminium, oil or uranium and you will find you can't make the next generation of units attacking when you don't want or trading away your carefully built up advantage for the necessary resource.
It seems all these factors have been put to stop people running away with victory as you could before, but after narrowly winning by Diplomacy or Space Race every game, always seeming to follow the same pattern the attraction soon wears off.
Diplomacy is the only improvement and clever players can cause wars between computer players (no more ganging up on you) and wreak havoc to win.
If you haven't played these games before then get this one. If you have you'll probably play this one for days as well but be disappointed in the end.