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Populous: The Beginning

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
85
3.7
PSP
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PlayStation
68
2.9

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

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PlayStation 5 2.9
PlayStation 3 Awaiting 1 votes...
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PS Vita Awaiting 1 votes...
Windows 40 3.7
Combined MobyScore 45 3.6


The Press Says

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100
WindowsAttack Games
Populous är verkligen engagerande. Det växer fram ett sånt hat mot fienden att du skrattar rått när de drunknar som råttor eller brinner som facklor. Spelet lockar fram det sämsta i dig, men kul är det!
92
WindowsSvenska PC Gamer
Populous: The Beginning är ett spel som kan skryta med avancerad grafik, mäktig detaljrikedom och nätverksstöd. Allt detta är mycket trevligt, men spelet har något annat som lyser över allt annat. Spelkänslan finns kvar från den gamla goda tiden, om det nu fanns en sådan.
91
WindowsPower Unlimited
Populous: The Beginning is een spel dat barst van de gameplay. De strijd op leven en dood tussen de stammen is heftig en wordt goed in beeld gebracht maar het is vooral de geweldige magie waardoor het spel tot ongekende hoogten stijgt. Een goddelijke game die ik op de valteep nomineer voor strategy game van het jaar.
90
WindowsPower Play
Was für ein spannendes, gemeines, niederträchtiges, süchtig machendes, vertracktes, tolles Spiel! Wie oft hätte ich mich schon in den Allerwertesten beißen können, weil einer meiner Feinde zur Unzeit vor meinem Dorf aufmarschierte — während meine Krieger-und-Priester-Armee etwa noch zu klein war oder während ich gerade mit meiner Schamanin die Möglichkeiten der Welt erkundete. Doch wie von Fesseln gehalten grübelte ich anschließend über neue Strategien nach, um es gleich noch mal zu versuchen. Den Satz „Irgendwie muß es doch gehen!“ hörte man von mir auf dem Weg zum Supermarkt, in der S-Bahn und selbst nachts im Bett... Und in der Tat: Irgendwie geht es dann auch. Oft ist es sogar überhaupt nicht mehr schwierig, wenn man erst auf den richtigen Dreh gekommen ist. Mag sein, daß sich manch einer über die vergleichsweise kleine Zahl der Level beschwert — ich gehöre jedenfalls nicht dazu, denn die Arenen sind tiptop ausgetüftelt und sorgen bald genug für zerraufte Haare.
90
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Populous est un jeu infatigable, un incontournable de la stratégie en temps réel. Drôle, enchanteur et intelligent, le titre peut se vanter d'être resté unique en son genre après tant d'années. Même aujourd'hui, l'essayer ne peut être qu'un rafraîchissement. Véritable sensation de puissance, régal pour les yeux et les oreilles, gameplay presque sans faille ; tous les ingrédients sont au rendez-vous pour une expérience... divine.
90
WindowsAll Game Guide
You've probably heard of the original Populous game. It was one of the very first 'god-games.' Created at a time when other games only let you fly, fight, or just forget reality for a few moments, Populous put you in command of an entire world. In the years since its introduction, aspects of Populous have appeared in almost all later god-games and it could be credited with creating a new genre of computer games.
90
WindowsPC Player (Denmark)
Dette er dog absolut småting, og bør ikke forhindre dig i at piske ud og købe spillet. Populous: The Beginning er det bedste spil, jeg har spillet i MEGET lang tid.
90
WindowsGamePro (US)
There's always a risk when using such devices that the game will turn into a series of puzzle pieces. But that didn't happen in the scenarios I played. The missions are well-balanced and open enough in structure that you'll find solutions in more than one direction and remain active and interested even when you feel stuck.
88
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Wer befürchtet hatte, Bullfrog würde nach dem Fortgang von Peter Molyneux nur noch bekannte Titel neu aufwärmen, wird eines Besseren belehrt: Populous 3 spielt sich nicht nur komplett anders als seine Vorgänger, sondern übertrifft die Echtzeit-Pioniere noch. Zwar fehlt mir das Gefühl der Originale, wirklich eine neue Welt zu schaffen. Dafür konnte mich das Spiel dank der motivierenden Hatz nach neuen Zaubersprüchen und der durchweg spannenden Missionen für lange Zeit fesseln. Stets gibt es Neues zu entdecken, jeder Level verlangt nach einer anderen Taktik, jedes Scharmützel ist eine neue Herausforderung. Schade nur, daß keine Zwischensequenzen die Story fortführen.
86
WindowsIGN
In the end I found Populous to be incredibly entertaining for about two weeks. Unfortunately, even with the multiplayer options, I just didn't find myself returning to it that often. Now that your followers are dependant on you for every move they make, you don't get the enjoyment of just watching them live out their lives that was so much a part of the original two games. Still, if you like real-time strategy games, this is one of the most innovative and well-designed examples of that genre to come out in a long time.
85
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Toch blijft Populous 3 een prachtig spel. Het geeft je echt een gevoel van macht, wanneer je de vijand ziet verschrompelen onder het geweld dat jij op hen loslaat en je zou er zelfs bijna de minpuntjes bij vergeten. Jammer dat deze net zo bepalend zijn voor het verloop van het spel, het wordt er een stuk frustrerender (èn moeilijker) door. Zoals Peter Molyneux het waarschijnlijk zou zeggen..... "It's such a shame!"
83
PlayStationSuper Play
Det märks att Peter Molyneux inte har varit inblandad i Populous: The Beginning. Precis som alla stora spelskapare sätter han sin speciella touch på sina produkter, och i det här fallet saknas just den. Trots att det var han som lade grunden till spelidén. Bullfrog är inga klåpare, tvärtom, de har trots allt lyckats att skapa en intressant produkt. Men om Populous: The Beginning hade producerats av Peter Molyneux skulle det förmodligen ha varit så mycket bättre.
83
WindowsGame Revolution
Populous: The Beginning is a stylish and solid game. It utilizes current graphical technology beautifully and delivers a very interesting gaming experience. While it still falls prey to some of the more irksome pitfalls of the genre, it manages to break through the haze and shed some new light on the masses. Both the heretics and the faithful will get a kick out of this one.
83
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Nur selten erreichte uns unterbezahlte Spieletester ein Programm, das so aus einem Guß ist. Ob ich nun mein Augenmerk auf die fein abgestimmten Level, die kultische Musik oder die abwechslungsreichen Katastrophen richte: Hier paßt praktisch alles zusammen.
81
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
Populous has moved on a long way since it evolved back in the 80's. Bullfrog have brought it bang up to date without allowing it to feel like a dated game with a new coat of polygon paint. This should guarantee it's success among old and young gamers. Beware of the excessively L-O-N-G loading times for a game that is not quite as intense and involved as the Command & Conquer series, but not as basic as Magic Carpet. The sounds are acceptable, the missions prove challenging, the graphics are stunning, but poor camera positioning causes many annoyances to the gameplay.
80
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
This is a good game, with tons going for it in terms of graphics and presentation. Bullfrog has modernized Populous and given it tons of personality and flare. All of the spells and spell effects are wondrous, and the real-time deformation of terrain and its application to strategy gaming is unrivaled. However, a severe lack of depth in terms of units, buildings, and multiplayer maps keeps this game from joining the ranks of the strategic elite. If your tastes prefer more glitz than gusto, you’ll like what you find here, and even the hardcore tacticians will appreciate the presentation.
80
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Overall, POPULOUS: THE BEGINNING is a mixed bag. The gameplay is unique and a nice change from most RTS tare. Some missions, however, are overly puzzle-oriented, perhaps to make up for the computer players’ Al, which at times seems a bit dense. Still, it’s a fresh entry into a stagnating genre, and even with its limited replay value it’s worth a look for fans of the original POPULOUS and newcomers alike.
80
WindowsGame Informer Magazine
It feels a little more like a modern RTS than the previous Populous titles - complete with some frustrating micromanagement and unit AI - but it has a charm all its own. There is also a PSone port of this game, but here's a little secret. Console RTS controls in the late '90s were not good. Stick to the PC version.
75
WindowsGameSpot
The only real problem with Populous: The Beginning is the difficulty in controlling your minions. Battles can be quite chaotic and frenetic, even at the lowest speed setting. Your minions can be difficult to control with any precision, as they often act with a mind of their own. This is both a good thing (they'll find work to do if they're standing around idle) and a bad thing (they'll often run headlong into battle while you're trying to formulate a plan). As it stands, Populous: The Beginning has enough innovation to make it more than just a run-of-the-mill real-time strategy game. It isn't really Populous, but it's a solid game with some interesting twists and features.
74
WindowsStrategy Gaming Online
Overall the game is a blast to play, but definitely suffers from an element of repetitiveness. The first, second, and third times you play it you'll love it, but by the tenth time you watch hordes of little subjects bashing down buildings amidst tornadoes, bug swarms and volcanoes it has become a bit redundant.
70
PlayStationNowGamer
Populous: The Beginning, was a nice effort, but it was really too big for the PlayStation. Hopefully this problem will have been addressed when Bullfrog release Dungeon Keeper 2 at the end of this year.
70
WindowsPC Gamer
Despite some visual flourishes and an effective array of land-warping and death-dealing spells, Populous: The Beginning is a disappointment that doesn't live up to the legacy of the first two games.
70
PlayStationIGN
Playing Populous: The Beginning was an interesting experience, especially for those who may have also played any of the Populous series on the PC. Although an excellent port to the PlayStation, those who have played with a mouse cannot help but find themselves limited by the control scheme of the control pad. However, I must stress that this should not be seen as a fault on the game designers, as they've done an excellent job of converting the interface to a console-friendly one. My suspicion is that traditional PlayStation users who have never played Populous before, or have never played on the PC before, won't have any problems.
41
PlayStationGameSpot
It's not that Populous: The Beginning is a bad game, it's just a bad PlayStation game. The controller really isn't up to the task of commanding tons of miniscule units with any amount of precision, and the graphics are so muddy you can't discern what's going on a good portion of the time. Also, the game crashed at least once on every PlayStation we tried it on. Get the PC version, instead. It's better in every way.