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Sid Meier's
Civilization III

$9.95 (Win95/98/2000/Me/XP) (Retail) (CIV3SIDPR)
$4.95 (Win95/98/2000/Me/XP) (Jewel Case w/manual) (CIV3SIDPO)

Publisher: Firaxis / Infogrames

Mild Animated Violence

Ratings:

from ActionTrip

Strategy Game of the Year from GameSpy

            

It's History In the Making

From Firaxis Games and Sid Meier, the creative genius behind some of the most critically acclaimed computer games ever produced, comes Civilization III. Experience a game of epic proportions. Match wits against the greatest leaders of the world in an all-out quest to build the ultimate empire and rule the world. This highly addictive journey of discovery includes exciting new features that build on and enrich the Civilization experience. Now there are new ways to win, new pathways to explore, strategies to employ and more powerful tools to build and manage.

Dominate the world through Diplomatic Finesse, Cultural Domination, and Military Prowess

More interactions, alliances and realistic artificial intelligence responses put players in the middle of negotiations, trade systems and diplomatic actions. Advanced trade system to manage resources, trade routes and spread of technology

Improved combat options provide finer levels of control for enhanced war-making capabilities

Technologies, Wonders Of The World and Great People expand the scope of the game

New elements of Culture, Nationality and the Arts help players plan a new peaceful pathway to victory

Active world generator creates more realistic maps and organic terrain features

The most detailed and beautiful art, animations and sound ever found in the genre

Easier-to-use interface for streamlined management and better control

Requirements:

Windows 95/98/2000/Me/XP: Pentium II 300 MHz (Pentium II 500 MHz recommended), 32 MB RAM (64 MB RAM recommended), 500 MB free hard disk space, 4x CD-ROM drive, DirectX 8.0 compatible video card - 1024 x 768 x 16 bit color, DirectX 8.0 compatible sound card.

Raves:

If you think The Sims is addictive, just wait until you've got the whole of history to reconstruct - PC Gamer, June 2001

Most addictive product in the history of computer games - Game Revolution, June 2001

It's been five years since legendary gamemaker Sid Meier released Civilization II, the greatest strategy game of all time. Until now. Civilization III - takes history to the next level - Time Magazine, May 2001

Reviews:

ActionTrip by Branislav "Bane" Babovic

"After several years of waiting and playing poor Civilization clones, we finally have a sequel to the series worthy of Sid Meier's name. Civilization III is, simply put, a fantastic game which preserved all the good qualities of its predecessors and introduced many innovative features. Once you install the game, you can expect to have many a sleepless night before you finally win and dominate your opponents.

"The new version of Civilization doesn't only bring graphical improvements; it has a large number of new features, which will attract both the old fans and newer generations of players. You start the game by choosing one of the sixteen nations: Rome, Greece, Germany, China, Japan, India, Aztecs, Iroquois, Egypt, Babylon, Russia, America, France, Persia, Zululand or England. Each of these nations has a characteristic historical leader. Whichever nation you choose, you will get nation-specific gameplay bonuses which will influence your strategy. These bonus characteristics include: Commercial (cities produce more Commerce points), Expansionist (faster expansion and a bonus initial Scout unit), Industrious (workers are more proficient at work and cities bring more shields), Militaristic (faster production of military units and units acquire experience faster), Religious (faster building of religious structures and no Anarchy during revolutions) and Scientific (faster research and science structure building)."

"Civilization III is extremely difficult even on the easiest levels. It will offer you a choice of six levels of difficulty ranging from Chieftain to Monarch to Deity. Enemy AI is absolutely fantastic; I have to say that my computer controlled opponents made some very realistic and human decisions at times..."

GameSpy

"Civilization III looks similar to its predecessors. After all, there is only so much that can be done to visually enhance a 2D map animated with singular workers, soldiers, cruise missiles, and whatever. Firaxis has, however, upped the resolution ante. Civilization III can be run in 1024 mode. But the game isn't about graphics; it's about strategy, and Civilization III has beaucoup strategy."

"But all this is nothing more than icing on a well-baked cake. What makes the Civilization III recipe a game of the year concoction is not the higher resolution, innovative tweaks, rich combat, or streamlined interface. What makes Civilization III great is its ability to take all of those improvements, mix them into the game, and come up with a challenging bundle of fun that is at once new -- yet familiar, accessible --yet challenging, richly detailed -- yet fun. In short, the Best Strategy Game of 2001."



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