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  • Summary: Chock full of a host of new gameplay features and new artwork designed from scratch, Tropico 5 takes the series into a new direction - dynasties. You, as El Presidente, will first take control of the infamous island of Tropico during early colonial times and then guide it through theChock full of a host of new gameplay features and new artwork designed from scratch, Tropico 5 takes the series into a new direction - dynasties. You, as El Presidente, will first take control of the infamous island of Tropico during early colonial times and then guide it through the centuries as the world changes and moves ever forward. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. May 1, 2015
    85
    Finally, Tropico makes its debut on a PlayStation console and it's a great first appearance. Tropico 5 is a wonderful city builder, the mechanics of which are well-adapted to the PlayStation 4. Get this if you're a genre fan.
  2. May 6, 2015
    80
    If you're even the slightest bit intrigued, you should give this a go. And just so that we're clear: that's an order.
  3. 80
    Dialing the difficulty up also provides a real test of anyone's management abilities. So look past the satirical elements of Tropico 5. The humour is there, and it's funny, but the real strength of this series - especially with Sim City falling off the map completely in recent years - is that it plays so, so well.
  4. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jun 30, 2015
    80
    Tropico 5 is like taking a holiday from standard strategy games: warm, amusing and, just like packing a mankini instead of your board shorts, revealing and stressful. [July 2015, p.96]
  5. May 4, 2015
    75
    Tropico 5 brings the most politically correct party to your living room. It is time consuming but fun to build up your own dictatorship. Tropico 5 is a great management game en many buildings really add something to your game. But, the controls are not optimized for PS4 that well, which makes micromanaging an awful thing to do.
  6. Apr 28, 2015
    70
    On the PC there are too few new features to satisfy existing fans, but on the PlayStation 4 the joys of being an island dictator still feel enjoyably fresh.
  7. Jun 10, 2015
    70
    Tropico 5 is a well-made strategy game filled with humor. The gameplay works ok with a controller instead of keyboard and mouse, although some menus are unnecessarily cumbersome. The genre's true peaks are still found on the PC, but Tropico is a good choice if you want to play a more laid back yet challenging strategy game on your TV.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Sep 21, 2016
    10
    Got this game free with PS+ and I've v enjoyed every second playing it. I've spent many hours playing and will continue to play. It'sGot this game free with PS+ and I've v enjoyed every second playing it. I've spent many hours playing and will continue to play. It's humorous, fun and easy to get the hang of. Expand
  2. Nov 4, 2018
    8
    If you ever wanted to play as dictator while disguising as a fair leader and city builder, then you should consider playing Tropico. As theseIf you ever wanted to play as dictator while disguising as a fair leader and city builder, then you should consider playing Tropico. As these games are best played on a PC, i tried it on PS4 and discovered the developer had chosen a good UI to play this game with.

    Tropico has a deep, sometimes very hidden gameplay with lots and lots of features and options. Figuring out how to rule (manipulate) the voters the best takes time and trial and error, but once you learned it you feel like a true dictator making world powers dancing to your feet.

    As a city builder, management and politics game, there is a lot to take in when playing. Unfortunately the tutorial doesn't cover very much, so checking guides on the internet is advisable. Not understanding the game makes the difference between a debt of -$40000 and a wealth of almost a million.

    Since launch a few expansions have been added which adds even more options and missions to the game. The campaign itself is funny and gives the player a lot of opportunities to learn.

    All and all this has been a very enjoyable game to play, it is an excellent game even on PS4. I rate this game an 8/10.
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  3. May 2, 2015
    8
    Although I think there is room for improvement, Tropico 5 is a great way to kick back and relax after a long day, when you aren't really inAlthough I think there is room for improvement, Tropico 5 is a great way to kick back and relax after a long day, when you aren't really in the mood to get stuck into a more complex game. Expand
  4. Nel
    Apr 2, 2017
    7
    Fun, interesting game kinda extreme version of sim city. The game is based more on you being a president and which you then can pick whicheverFun, interesting game kinda extreme version of sim city. The game is based more on you being a president and which you then can pick whichever way you want to lead your island. Expand
  5. Apr 12, 2016
    6
    Tourism is now very profitable(all buildings can give money, while some of them never did in tropico 4) and it seems traffic issues have beenTourism is now very profitable(all buildings can give money, while some of them never did in tropico 4) and it seems traffic issues have been fixed; the era system makes you feel limited sometimes as you cannot build specific buildings in early eras. You can also loose easily in campaign becauese you continue each mission with islands you developped in previous missions, so if you managed something poorly, you may be trapped. The story is in my opinion more repetitive and less fun than in tropico 4. Tropico 6 should definitely mix features from Tropico 4 and 5. Also, note that speeches during elections have been removed and some buildings like the golden statue have disappeared. Its a mixed bag, to sum up. Expand
  6. Oct 16, 2015
    1
    City builders are not meant for consoles! Controls are quite difficult and the interface is wacky and unintuitive. Too many options, notCity builders are not meant for consoles! Controls are quite difficult and the interface is wacky and unintuitive. Too many options, not well-explained, no way to figure out how the economy works, things just happen at random and you have to guess why.

    Humor is not very elaborate, just some lazy dictator stereotypes with no social commentary... it's so neutered that it's not political at all, it's just bland garbage.
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  7. Jun 30, 2016
    0
    I usually love these sort of games. This one is absolute **** Talk about boring. After several hours of gameplay, I was ready to jump off aI usually love these sort of games. This one is absolute **** Talk about boring. After several hours of gameplay, I was ready to jump off a cliff.
    AVOID.
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