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Developer: Firaxis Games
Platform: PC (Win 95/98/Me/2000)
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
In the movie business, it is a rare thing when sequels are as good as the original. But in the video game industry, the reverse is true. One of the latest examples is Civilization 3, the turn-based world conquering strategy game from Sid Meier. For those who think Pong is the height of computer games, the Civilization series has you start with a band of settlers that found a city. You gather resources, build city improvements, research scientific progress, train troops, and interact with other nations through diplomacy and warfare. Through building Great Wonders, committing espionage, and trading luxury goods, you work to make your civilization the greatest in the world. This game has special significance to me because this was the first game I ever stayed up all night playing. I remember thinking, "Why is the sun up? It's only...Damn!"
Civilization 3 is great, but it is not perfect. The graphics and sounds are good, but considering the level these are reaching currently elsewhere, they could have been better. Once you get to the Modern Age stage of the game, you still have the problem of coordinating a huge amount of cities and all their problems. And the Modern Era seems a bit light in Great Wonders and improvements compared to the rest of the game. Concepts like the use of fertilizer, television, and genetic engineering could have playable impact, but seem ignored. Even with these complaints, you will still suffer from Just-One-More-Turn Syndrome. Civilization 3 is one game to lose sleep over.
Minimum System Requirements:
- Pentium II 300 or faster
- Windows 95 or better
- 32 MB RAM
- DirectX 7.0 compatible video and sound cards
- 100 MB disk space