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  • Summary: Rise to meet new challenges as you battle eight new Civilizations and Leaders in the exciting follow-up to the game that many consider the greatest of all time! With exciting new single player and multiplayer features and scenarios, Civilization III: Play the World pits you against the best Civilization players from all corners of the earth. With new online modes of play, the battle for the ultimate in bragging rights will be intense! Also included is a powerful Scenario Editor, giving you access to scenarios created by the thousands of members of the Civilization III: Play the World community. Play scenarios created by others, or build your own - replayability is now truly limitless with this new benchmark in strategy gaming! [Infogrames] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. 84
    There are plenty of changes that make the game different enough that it's a must have for any Civ fan(atic).
  2. Yes, to the casual user it feels little different – and not that much faster – to the original game; but frankly, no one can criticise Firaxis for giving Civ junkies the multiplayer hit they’ve been demanding for the last year.
  3. Great in theory, and with each patch will become better, stronger, and faster. It’s a bargain at twenty bucks, if you ask me. The programmers just need a little longer to iron out those online kinks.
  4. Delivers just about everything except what it's supposed to: a satisfying multiplayer experience. [Feb 2003, p.64]
  5. 54
    A borderline disaster. I say "borderline" because there are a few things which save the expansion from being a total flop, but they are few and far between.
  6. Unfortunately, the multiplayer is also an unmitigated disaster.
  7. The worst implementation of multiplayer gaming in recent memory... An utter debacle. [Feb 2003, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Ckdhahdfadsfads
    Mar 8, 2003
    This game is the best game ever! The multiplayer is awsome! So are the new tribes and I just love all the new scenerios! The guys who gave this game a 2 and a 3 are idoits and the ones who gave it zeros have no brains. This game does not have more crashes the a race car track but maybe your head does!

  2. Lumpy
    Feb 26, 2003
    If you like turn base games... this is the best one... You have to plain a use your brain, if you want to rule the world!!!!
  3. Jok`RdeMo
    Jan 7, 2003
    Well if Civ3 has 10 points for me, then PTW 8. Actually it is better than Civ3, but it has some bugs when play in network. And it does not crash so much. Especially if ya put all patches. Expand
  4. FUBAR
    Dec 29, 2002
    Love the new aspects, but crashes harder then my sex drive when drunk...
  5. Newton
    Nov 8, 2002
    This review by IGN is misleading. They didn't review how it works on-line, only on how it works on a LAN network. On a lan network, I'm sure it will work just fine, but on the internet, it is just simply horrible. And the bugs...don't let me get started on the bugs. The 1.04 patch fixes somes of them, but it still is a dissapointment. The only perk are the extra civs, units, music and scenarios. But even that doesn't warrant a price of $30 dollars. DON'T GET THIS EXPANSION IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO PLAY ONLINE!! Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Nov 6, 2002
    This Game Sucks Big Time. It has crashed 20 times. I have never been able to play a full game yet!!!
  7. KielV.
    Nov 22, 2002
    I hate a capitalist civilazation in which a feature could have easily been grafted into the original game but is left out only to make more money as an expansion. Then not being able to play online at all makes it all the more disgusting. If "play the world" were a competing civ, I would smash it with my vast army of tanks and subs . . . assuming i could get connected to it first. Expand

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