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Alpha Centauri is a flawless game. It’s filled with the fruits of talent well spent. The in-game movies and storyline are top notch and bring a lot of extra oomph to the ideas and events of gameplay. And, oh, those voice-overs! Alpha Centauri is quite possibly the first game I’ve ever played that had excellent narration and acting straight on through from beginning to end. You can really tell that Firaxis, Alpha Centauri’s developer, hired some real talent and instead of just using Joe from the mailroom. Overall, you can’t get a better turn based empire-building strategy game than Alpha Centauri. It’s the true heir to the Civilization throne.
Let’s get right to the point: Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri is the best thing to happen to turn-based strategy gaming since Civilization II, and — at the risk of starting a war — it is my contention that Alpha Centauri is now the reigning champion as Best Turn-Based Strategy Game Ever. What’s so great about this game? Well, let me see if I can sum it up: Alpha Centauri is an intricate, fascinating, addictive, imaginative, highly-polished, challenging and infinitely-replayable piece of gaming perfection.
Let me be blunt. Alpha Centauri is one of the best strategy games out there. If you like strategy games and never played Civilization, you'll be blown away and happily have your hands full. If you're a Civilization II veteran, you are going to see lots of new sights, an entirely new technology tree, and you will appreciate the new enhancements to the Civilization formula and graphics. But once you start playing, you may swear you are playing Civilization III! Game play, granted, with nice enhancements, is nearly identical to the Civ II you know and love. From the mechanics of combat (invading an enemy's square), to putting your units to sleep to board the next transport, to the little "G" icon that appears over a unit when it's ordered somewhere, the sense of deja vu will be powerful. Based on your expectations, you'll have to decide whether that's good or bad. After all, how do you improve upon near perfection?
It's Sid-friggin'-Meier for Crimineysakes! If you want ultra-detailed, real strain-the-brain sim/strategy sci-fi gaming, Alpha Centauri is a sweet smelling dish.
In a market dominated by first-person shooters, there's been a sudden renaissance of turn-based strategy games. This is largely due to the games of Sid Meier, which always sell well despite the current trend. In Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Firaxis has released the most electifying game on the entertainment market today, and if you listen closely you'll hear the millions... and millions of fans chanting Meier's name.
Malgré tout, Alpha Centauri demeure un tour de force de Sid Meier. L'interface est soignée, le scénario bien ficelé, la durée de vie élevée, en somme c'est pas mal du tout. Cela dit, j'aurai plutôt tendance à lui préférer Civilization : Call to Power. Mais ce choix s'explique peut être parce que je ne suis pas un mordu de science-fiction. D'ailleurs, Les joueurs de cet acabit peuvent se précipiter sur Alpha centauri sans craintes. Ils y passeront de très longues heures. Et comme on dit, plus c'est long, plus c'est bon ;-)