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  • Summary: The times are changing and the island nation of Tropico is evolving. The Internet, a New World Order, terrorists, global financial markets and space exploration are on the rise and pose new challenges to El Presidente and his regime in Tropico 4: Modern Times.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Apr 30, 2012
    94
    The expansion doesn't really change the game fundamentally, but it adds more to the endgame of a city.
  2. Mar 29, 2012
    86
    Quotation forthcoming.
  3. Apr 8, 2012
    85
    Tropico 4: Modern Times gives the core game a much needed content injection, and turns Tropico 4 into a better game. Some additions have a larger impact on Tropican economic planning than others, but Modern Times is well worth checking out for any fan of Tropico.
  4. May 8, 2012
    82
    Overall, I enjoyed the time I spent with Tropico 4: Modern Times. The add-on is lighthearted and breezy, and with all of the new buildings and edicts, you now have even more ways to build and run your perfect Caribbean island. Plus, since the campaign takes about 35 hours to complete (with sandbox mode adding more time to this), and since the add-on only costs $20, Modern Times is even a good deal, and so it's an easy game for me to recommend.
  5. Apr 13, 2012
    80
    Tropico 4: Modern Times is a very good add-on that expands on all the possibilities of the basic game. A long, complex story mode allows for a full usage of new buildings, edicts and new solutions introduced with technological advancements, and facing world's problems in a micro scale gives a lot of satisfaction.
  6. May 11, 2012
    78
    The new scenarios are enlivened by the fantastic timeline system. [June 2012, p.97]
  7. Apr 11, 2012
    55
    Tropico 4: Modern Times takes the series into the contemporary world, but not without a number of problems.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Mar 9, 2013
    10
    Tropico 4: Modern Times gives the core game a much needed content injection, and turns Tropico 4 into a better game. Some additions have a larger impact on Tropican economic planning than others, but Modern Times is well worth checking out for any fan of Tropico. Expand
  2. May 19, 2012
    10
    This game and especially this DLC / expansion really made the game. Now here is a game company actually trying to entertain people with a quality product instead of mega corporations ripping people off with mediocre at best games that carry on some huge franchise. This expansion adds a whole other dimension to the game: technological progression over time with upgrading several key buildings. I liked everything about this expansion. My only caveat is some of the new structures are a bit gimmicky, but almost all of them are useful.

    Also, the storyline, if you realize there is a message to gain from it, is quite enlightening. I know most people probably assume the hints at fluoride in the water supply and other things like that are tongue-in-cheek jokes, but believe me, its no joke.
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  3. Apr 7, 2012
    10
    If you love Tropico 4 you will love this. It is even more stuff which is just what we all wanted. I don't subscribe to the need for a new game engine for this release. I'm a believer in if it aint broke don't fix it. This game is amazing and the more you dig into it the more you'll realize someone put a lot of thought into everything. On the outside it looks rather cartoonish but it surpasses all other city builders. For that reason this gets a 10. The best city builder ever, Tropico. Expand
  4. May 25, 2012
    9
    This is what Tropico 4 should have been to begin with. The base game is too close to Tropico 3, but this introduces significant new options and gameplay. The campaign also introduces a Timeline feature where the modernization upgrades happen year by year instead of just unlocking everything from the get-go. The campaign scenarios are pretty contrived, but has some spot-on parodies that raise a chuckle. Expand
  5. Aug 11, 2013
    8
    a great edition for Tropico adds tons of new buildings whole new campaign and adds more to an already very deep game, from skyscrapers, to bio farms, tons to add to the game. Expand
  6. X0R
    Jun 11, 2012
    7
    was fun for a couple days, but did not take long before I uninstalled it. Lot of neat qualities with this game, cool soundtrack and nifty graphics. Wanted to stick with it longer but became a little bored. Expand
  7. Jul 11, 2014
    1
    Modern Times is a DLC for Tropico 4, that lets everything get more modern. New buildings and a longer time line in particular.

    The
    buildings are visually very pretty, but show up way too early. It nags me if a 1960es neighborhood in a carribian dictatorship looks like a 2015 skyline from a financial centre in East Asia. Maybe I'm just strange, but I'd like my 60es slum to at least remind me of City of God. In stead, from 1966 and forward, all apartment buildings will me bade mostly out of glass and have a helicopter landing pad on top of them. Not the third-world country in the cold war feel that Tropico is otherwise managing to cultivate very well.

    Other changes to the buildings are game play breaking and have obviously not been thought through. Just to mention a few thing: The farms have made it impossible to play on the hardest difficulty levels because of the terrain on these maps (and I'm talking about hardest difficulty for randomized maps - the predefined maps carrying the label "hard" are actually fairly easy). You NEED a certain area of level land with good crops to place a modern farm. The old farms you could place near a hillside, and the peasants would do their best to put up a few fields here and there to get some crops out of the meager land. So can you not just build some old-timey farms you ask? No! Once the new farms have been invented, there is NO building regular farms. This turns the start of the game into a rush to build as many farms as possible before the useless farms are invented. After this, there is no re-building farms that get destroyed, basically ruining your chance to produce farming goods.

    Furthermore, there is now "superior" housing buildings. Better in all ways. Who wants to play a stategy game where you have to be an idiot to use five out of six options? Without "Modern Times" you have a hard choice between the different home types offering different advantages - which is what strategy games shoudl do: face players with hard choices.

    I guess the increased time line is an advantage, but you'll enjoy the extra time city building only one type of housing building (that is, if you're not an idiot) and as many huge, circular farms you can fit in (which is probably not very many if you're going for a challenge).

    In short, Tropico 4 (which is quite amazing on its own) is simply better without Modern Times. The game design mistakes are so very basic that no game company should make them. Avoid it like you would a t-rex with acne. I wouldn't recommend that anyone buy this DLC. Don't get it if it's really cheap. Don't get it if it's free. If you have it, don't enable it - in stead put it in a coffin with garlic-covered lead spikes on the inside, and dump it on 30m of holy-water.
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