Summary: Look, despite its disturbing implications, I enjoy the series. It’s more stimulating and engaging to play power politics than to worry about whether your Sim is going to bang the next door neighbor, so there you go. That said, they pulled a bit of a fast one here. The game should have been titled
Tropico 4: Gold Plated Edition,
or better yet,
Tropico: The Cubic Zirconia Special…NOW how much would you pay??
Pros: Extremely addictive gameplay., 20 missions from, Tropico 4,, about a dozen from, Modern Times, . You’ll be busy for a bit., New add-ons from the Modern Times Expansion Pack bring a new level of fun to the game.
Cons: None of the DLC that was released is included, and in fact was released on the same day, making this a Triple Dip slap in the face.
Summary: After Haemimont rejuvenated the Tropico series with Tropico 3 and its Absolute Power expansion, Tropico 4 ended up being another great city builder, if not a huge leap forward for the series. While the changes to gameplay and UI streamlining were welcome, it didn't feel like you were playing a completely new game in last year's sequel. Now, El Presidente strikes back at his critics as (s)he future-proofs the island nations in Tropico 4: Modern Times .
Summary: Hola El Presidente! I see you have returned to rule Tropico once more, after having done so in Tropico 3 and maybe even after extending your rule in Tropico 3: Absolute Power . Because life as El Presidente is hard enough, you will be happy to know that the island nation will take more or less the exact same skills to govern as it did before. Or perhaps the similarity will disappoint you.
Excerpt: “The ability to control time could be very useful,” says your fictional Presidente after one of Tropico 4's optional tutorials. Really, that sums up the game pretty well. You're an island dictator who's capable of, well, pretty much whatever he damn well pleases. You can slip on your goodie two-shoes, kiss a few babies (and a few more asses), and climb to the top the hard way, or you can bulldoze your glorious tropical paradise to make way for a menagerie of military...
Pros: Far more accessible than previous Tropico games, Plenty of freedom, You can be a complete and total bastard – and win
Cons: Tech trees and faction management lack depth, Often a bit too easy, Not a huge upgrade from Tropico 3
Summary: I don’t know if other players will experience the same glitches I did, or if I’m just the exception, but either way, I still feel as though the good outweighs the bad in Modern Times . The DLC is over half the length of the base game, making it an excellent value for the price. The new additions don’t impact the gameplay on a fundamental level, but they give the game enough variety to keep it interesting.
Summary: Parents need to know that Tropico 4 is a city building simulation game that puts players in control of a small tropical island, which they must build into a thriving metropolis. Players can do so benevolently or through tyrannical methods, including assassinations, bribery, and kill squads. The violence is viewed from a top-down perspective and there's no blood (the player never directly controls the armies, but instead simply issues orders).
Excerpt: Tropico 4 is the most cerebral game this reviewer has ever played. This game requires thought, patience, and a lot of finesse. The player takes on the role of El Presidente. He is the ruler of a small poor island. Your goal is to change that. In case you are wondering you are to change that for the better. Players have to deal with political factions, the happiness of the people, and the economy.
Summary: Tropico 4
is a nice follow-up to
. While the game adds several features to the previous game, it doesn’t feel like a true sequel but more of an upgrade - a more honest naming convention would have this game released as
Regardless, the game is an extremely addictive and well done political world building sim.
Pros: Super addictive, New upgrades, changes and tasks
Cons: The game feels more like an upgrade than a true sequel, The music kinda sucks this time. Where, Tropico 3, had an excellent soundtrack, this sounds like the same song playing over and over, and it’s not even a good one., You must follow the campaigns in a certain order. No jumping around like in, Tropico 3., It’s so abominably wrongheaded in concept, it’s almost unforgivable how addictive it can be.
Conclusion: If you found T3 a chore then you would probably be best avoiding this one, but if like me you ached for more after completing it jump on board for some more El Presidente. (Please be kind, this is my first ever review, I have tried to cover all the bases, if you can see a blatant mistake or have a idea on how to improve it I would very much appreciate the feedback rather than a thumbs down, Thanks) (v1.1 (01/12/11) - Thanks Brad HR for reminding me about the bad saves...