Conclusion: nightmares for your empire. With this, diplomacy and politics will play a prominent role in this game. No more waging war, then only needing to make sure the economy recovers and the military is repopulated. Players will have to deal with how their own empire's civilization feels about a war, and how neighboring factions react.
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Conclusion: If you are a MOO fan, you will enjoy this game after you get past the learning cliff. Trust me, I almost returned it to the store, and since changed my mind. The complexity of the game can be daunting, but automation helps quite a bit with the mundane micro-management, that MOO2 suffered. Even with the minor complaints I had with the game, I was still finding myself hitting "next turn" constantly, waiting to see what I would discover down the road.
Conclusion: It's fair to say that this isn't the sequel that fans of the series were expecting. It's cumbersome, infuriating and downright exasperating. However persevere with it and you will see that it's not all bad and a with a whole lot of effort on your part it could be worthwhile. However for most it will be just too complicated and frankly unappealing.
Conclusion: In summary, MOO3 is downright maddening. It could use a good tutorial to get players over the learning “cliff”. In many instances, especially further into the game, it is simple to just allow the AI to run the Empire, but then the player becomes a mere automaton – pressing the turn button over and over – not really controlling anything, just observing. Regrettably, MOO3 boils down to this.
Excerpt: After more than 3 years of development the newest part of the most renowned space-strategy series ever hit stores. Many things have changed in the since the inception of this franchise. The former publisher Microprose is long gone and turn-based strategy games seem to be on their way to the crypt too. After the umpteenth game using the Civilization-concept, Master of Orion 3 was the sole hope for many gamers around the world.
Excerpt: I wanted all of this ... and I got none of it. Master of Orion 3 is one of the biggest gaming disappointments I've ever experienced -- it's the Highlander 2 of computer games, and that's saying a lot. Looking at the box, reading the manual, and glancing over the game's interface, it looks as though MOO3 has what it takes. The set-up is similar to what came before in Master of Orion 1 and 2 .
Excerpt: Of all the games that I review, 4X have got to be the most difficult. How do you decide when you’ve played enough? One complete game? Ten complete games? Do you count false starts? Or maybe you go by the time that you play – one hour, five hours, ten hours. Many games you just finish them – Nightfire, Lord of the Rings, Dragon’s Lair 3D. With 4X that’s not an option. So, how much MOO3 is enough? That’s hard to say, but I can tell you that a little MOO3 goes a long way.