Civilization III: Play the World PC

Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
Buy On
  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. 70
    This expansion adds a lot more clutter, but at least it's interesting clutter. Sadly it doesn't fix some of the aspects of the game still arguably broken.
  5. PC Gamer
    68
    This game was just meant to be single-player. [Feb 2003, p.75]
  6. Computer Games Magazine
    60
    Delivers just about everything except what it's supposed to: a satisfying multiplayer experience. [Feb 2003, p.64]
  7. 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.
  8. Unfortunately, the multiplayer is also an unmitigated disaster.
  9. netjak
    45
    Not only vastly overpriced, it is unnecessary as a boxed title at all. A patch download from the official site would be more than sufficient to offer the majority of improvements Play the World offers.
  10. 40
    A broken expansion pack for now, but even if everything worked it would still be a meager addition to such a large game.
  11. Computer Gaming World
    20
    The worst implementation of multiplayer gaming in recent memory... An utter debacle. [Feb 2003, p.91]
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Ckdhahdfadsfads
    Mar 8, 2003
    10
    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 gaveThis 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!

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  2. Lumpy
    Feb 26, 2003
    9
    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
    8
    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 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. Full Review »