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Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (Windows)

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Written by  :  Brian Hirt (10014)
Written on  :  Mar 04, 1999
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

A good solid game that's definately worth buying

The Good

Pretty much everything. Specifically, the AI and the ability to customize units are a big plus when compared to other games like Civ/Civ II. Also there are some new unit management features which help prevent the end game from being a huge micro management nightmare. The combat system and Diplomacy options have been refined since Civ.

The Bad

While I liked the new 3D graphics, it's sometimes hard to tell where your pieces are located. The game is great, but it's basically Civ II with some added features and refinements (I haven't tried out the multi-player support).

The Bottom Line

A fun game that has the same adictive qaulities as most Sid Meier / Brian Reynolds games. You start out on an empty planet with six other factions. World domination is your goal. You build your empire city by city, and advance your technologies discovery by discovery. As you improve, you will be able to create bigger and better city improvements and more powerfull combat units. If you do the right things, you will be victorious.