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For the rest, I've already made my feelings about the game abundantly clear. Patrician is among the best strategic titles I've played in a decade-and-a-half of reviews. It's one of the few games where I've never felt my options were artificially limited by the developer within the environment, though obviously that's the case; and where every actions I took had a host of logical secondary choices attached to it. If you're into strategic trading simulations, it truly doesn't get any better than this.
If you are the average real time strategy gamer or you are into first person shooters, Patrician III can be daunting. The learning curve is fairly high. Let's face it, any game that comes with an 80 plus page manual has a fairly steep learning curve. If you have never tried it and some of this sounds intriguing, or if you are a fan of other empire building games like the Civilization series or possibly the Sim City series, you are probably going to find this game very well to your liking. Patrician III has a reward with it that keeps on giving if you're willing to stick with it and learn the basic concepts. If any of this scares you off, you may be better suited to some other games of less depth and that are less challenging by nature. It's all what you have time for and what appeals to you. For those who give Patrician III the adequate time, your rewards will be great.
Overall this is a very well thought out and well put together game. Ascaron has created a detailed medieval trade simulation game yet managed to avoid making it too complicated to be enjoyable. The inclusion of a map editor and support for multiplayer with up to 8 players also ensures longevity. This game is in my opinion definitely worth buying.
Overall, Patrician III is a lot of fun and can grow extremely addicting very, very quickly due to the various things and ways you can play, plus these factors also help to extend replay value and longevity well beyond a month or two. Fans of tycoon based or building sims will probably find the most enjoyment and long time use in Patrician III, but people who enjoy a good nautical romp through pirate laced waters may want to give it a try as well.
Patrician III is a successful blend of trading and city-building, and the dynamic world and late-game missions mean you can spend dozens and dozens of hours building a trading empire. Although the game is so fundamentally similar to Patrician II that those who own the previous game have little reason to pick it up at full-price, the feature additions refine the open-ended gameplay by removing some of the micromanagement and by providing more significant milestones to achieve later in the game. While building a town from the ground up is an expensive proposition, it's quite satisfying to see how the trade dynamics change as a result--and it's nice to have yet another outlet for your own products. Anyone looking for a new dose of the long-distance trading found in the Railroad Tycoon series and space trading games should enjoy the intricacy and challenge that Patrician III brings to the table.
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Ik weet niet op welk moment er bij Ascaron is besloten dat er een Patrician III moest komen, maar tijd om ook daadwerkelijk een game te ontwikkelen was er blijkbaar niet. Let wel, Patrician is nog steeds een prima handelssim maar om dit als compleet nieuw deel uit te brengen, gaat veel te ver. Als je een nieuw spel op de markt wil brengen, moet je wel zien dat je ook echt de tijd hebt om een nieuw spel te maken. Schaamteloos!
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
For those who have recently discovered a fetish for medieval cogs and selling barrels of pickled herring, there is no game better than Patrician III. But if you’ve played its predecessor, there's no pressing reason to run out and buy this game at full price.