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  • Summary: In Civilization III, you'll find new pathways to explore and strategies to employ, greatly expanded diplomacy, more powerful combat, a new trade system, new technologies, more powerful tools to build and manage your empire, and the most detailed and beautiful art, animations and sound ever found in the genre. [Infogrames] Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. The biggest, deepest, most spectacular strategy game ever made.
  2. Perfectly captures the epic sweep of the previous games but adds a bunch of new features that improve upon an already brilliant concept. It's superior in every way to "Civilization II"—and for that matter, any game of this type in recent memory.
  3. 93
    The interface is much better implemented this time around...To make a long story short, Civ. III is a worthy heir for the franchise and a definite must have for any strategy gamer who doesn't want us to make fun of them.
  4. Just like "Civ II," it blends a simple start with a vast array of options and pulls them together into a detailed, compelling, and seamless gaming experience. [Holiday 2001, p.65]
  5. A worthy and immersive extension of the series, and comes close to perfection in terms of strategy.
  6. There's enough depth and playability here to keep you clicking well into the spring of 2002.
  7. 70
    It’s hard to knock one of the best, most addictive strategy games ever made—but Civ II owners may wonder why they’re paying fifty bucks for what's essentially a decent facelift and a gameplay balance patch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 38
  2. Negative: 7 out of 38
  1. JeffreyT.
    Jul 25, 2007
    Incredible... the unique player units and dependance on resources is a great addition to the game... Hard time fighting for aluminum... but that's part of the game! Expand
  2. May 24, 2011
    To date, this is my favorite game hands down. You have the freedom to expand how you want. Will you win by military domination? Will you win by scientific development or a cultural victory? Will you win through political intrigue? You decide! This is by far one of the best games I've played. While graphics aren't the best when compared to modern games, it is an excellent game for those who wish to focus on the overall campaign instead of individual battles or graphics. To date, this is the only game I've played throughout the night and into the early hours of the morning. This game was definitely an epic win for Sid Meyers. The biggest problem with the game is the lack of a dedicated online community (if multi-player is your thing. Expand
  3. MitchK
    Mar 18, 2008
    The people that rate this game poorly because of the tank/spearman issue likely do not know how to play the game. The game does not determine battle outcomes by icon, it uses a number system. So in the case where a spearman is attacked by a tank: Spearman (in city, fortified, on a hill, across a river, etc. etc.) will be pumped up quite drastically and make it feasible to beat a tank. Awesome game, endless fun. Expand
  4. EricG.
    Jun 30, 2005
    Simply great, you'll still be playing it years after you bought it.
  5. DejimmyD.
    Feb 21, 2005
    A nice game witout an population limit.
  6. TomC.
    Mar 8, 2007
    I liked it quite a bit until competing civilizations started completing wonders 1 turn before I did (on regent level).
  7. YM
    Aug 1, 2007
    An at first addictive game, but the absurdity of losing a battle between tanks and bronze welding warriors. Not to mention taking a couple of hundred years to sail around the world. Expand

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