Summary: I was quite taken by surprise by this game. I walked in expecting another quickie review of yet another crap shovelware game
(see more than 2/3 of the games I’ve reviewed over the last decade plus)
, and found to my surprise that
was actually fun and diverting. While causing some nasty twinges of existential pain for having to betray personal beliefs and ideals in several respects (the game is, while very amusing in a tongue in cheek way, extremely racist and a...
Pros: Extremely addictive for simulation gaming fans., Reasonably open ended (caveats noted in review)., Music very good for the genre, and quite appropriate for the setting., Well animated.
Cons: Too many buttons, sub-menus and commands make controls extremely confusing., Anyone of even slightly humanist, leftist or populist leanings need not apply. This is strictly for the bastards out there., Choice of dictators rather limited. Ignoring the obvious targets (Hitler, Stalin, Mao, George W. Bush), we don’t get such fan favorites as Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, etc. In such company, small fry like Augusto Pinochet just don’t measure up. A...
Excerpt: Now Haemimont Games has entered the fray with Tropico 3 . The last time I reviewed a Haemimont game ( Imperium Romanum in 2008), I chided the developer for releasing yet another Roman city simulation rather than branching out and seeking something new. So I found it a little curious when I learned that they were taking on the Tropico franchise, and then curiouser still when I discovered that they weren't doing anything new with it.
Excerpt: Several years ago, three different developers released three different Tropico games: Tropico (the original game, released by PopTop Software in 2001), Tropico: Paradise Island (an expansion pack, released by Breakaway Games in 2002), and Tropico 2: Pirate Cove (a pirate-themed sequel, released by Frog City Software in 2003).
Conclusion: Sega promised that Iron Man 2 would be better than the original game. Well they were right… it was better at sucking. Although it does have some value to it such as customisation, suit options and the ability to play as War Machine, they just aren't flushed out enough to stand out from the pile of crap that surrounds it. The best part of Iron Man 2 is being able to say you are playing as Iron Man, and that is only if you care.
Pros: You get to play as Iron Man or War Machine… that's pretty much it.
Cons: Almost everything, length, graphics, sound, gameplay, you name it.
Conclusion: Tropico 3 is available on PC and 360. Whilst there are no major differences between versions, city management games like this are another genre that may not gel too well on consoles when it comes to handling. If you’re considering getting the 360 version, stay tuned for our 360 review before you decide. For PC users, this is a must try if you like the genre, and even if you don’t, this has enough personality to provide a good entry into the genre.
Conclusion: Available for both the PC and Xbox360, Tropico 3 is a refreshing change to the usual “flash-bang-wallop” that fills the release schedules. It has a wonderful and infectious soundtrack, decent graphics, solid controls, and more satire than an episode of “Have I Got News For You”. Aside from a couple of small but annoying bugs, Tropico 3 is a real winner.
Excerpt: Has winter got you down? Well, spring has almost sprung. But if you can’t wait, you can dive into the city simulation, Tropico 3 . City sims are not as common on consoles as they are on PC. There are very few offerings of this genre on the XBox 360. There are only three that come to mind: Thrillville: Off the Rails , which basically had you building and managing your own theme park, Civilization: Revolution , which in my opinion was a dumbed down version of the PC...
Summary: In Tropico 3 you will again be able to play the role of “El Presidente” taking over the control of a tropical island. You decide whether you want to use your army to secure your power base in the best traditions of corrupt, unscrupulous tyrants everywhere, or alternatively to lead your people to prosperity in your role as generous elder statesman.
Excerpt: Nestled deep within the jungles of the tropics lies a dictator in his bed dreaming of corruption and deceit. He awakes to hear cries of a rebellion outside his palace balcony and must decide between giving a speech to calm their anger or let loose the hounds of his special ops team to quell the unrest.