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Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.4
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

What a ripoff! James Kirk (159) unrated
A Disgrace To The Entire Series Rick Jones (108) 1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars
Civ 3 Play the World has good ideas, but lousy implementation Droog (461) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.9
Overall MobyScore (21 votes) 3.4


The Press Says

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GameStar (Germany)
Die zusätzlichen Funktionen und Völker machen Civ 3 noch spielenswerter, die neuen Siegbedingungen gefallen mir richtig gut. Doch in Sachen Multiplayer hat Civilization 3 ein generelles Problem: Es ist für strategisches Abwägen konzipiert, nicht für Züge unter Zeitdruck. Schon der Simultan-Modus artet in Stress aus. Das »rundenlose« Ziehen hat dann mit Civ 3 kaum noch was zu tun, sondern wirkt wie Blitzschach auf Speed. Unverzeihlich: Der E-Mail-Modus ist ohne Wiederholungsfunktion praktisch unspielbar. Für diese Unzulänglichkeiten vergeben wir trotz Modi-Vielfalt nur ein »Gut« bei Multiplayer. Dies und die schlampige Szenario-Ausstattung ergeben einen Punkt Wertungsabzug für das Addon.
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4Players.de
Das, was Firaxis eigentlich als kostenlosen Patch präsentieren wollte, steckt jetzt in einem rundum gelungenen Add-On - allerdings für etwa 30 Euro. Und erst mit dem kürzlich veröffentlichten Patch 1.14 ist das Ganze online genießbar und weitgehend fehlerfrei. Wer Mehrspieler-Duelle im Auge hat und sich abseits von der Runden-Gemütlichkeit auf dynamische Spielerlebnisse einstellen kann, die fast in Echtzeit-Hektik ausarten, kommt natürlich nicht an Play the World vorbei. Selbst der E-Mail- und der Hotseat-Modus dürften viele Freunde finden. Seid Ihr allerdings Einzelkämpfer und Gelegenheitsspieler, solltet Ihr gut abwägen, ob acht neue Völker, eine bessere Bedienung und kleine Detailzusätze den Kauf rechtfertigen. Insgesamt haben Sid Meier und sein Team das Spiel jedoch dermaßen veredelt, dass eingefleischte Fans der Reihe zugreifen müssen…
85
Meristation
La expansión Play The World nos ofrece ocho nuevas civilizaciones, una nueva maravilla, nuevas unidades y nuevas mejoras en la ciudad y lo más importante la opción multijugador a través de Internet.
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PC Games (Germany)
Bevor Sie Ihre Kräfte im Internet oder Netzwerk messen, sollten Sie unbedingt den neuesten Patch installieren. Denn erst mit der Version 1.14 kommt es nicht mehr alle paar Minuten zu Abstürzen oder sekundenlangen "Lags" (also Verzögerungen) bei Online-Matches. Ist das erledigt, können Sie sich über eine ganze Reihe von Neuerungen freuen.
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IGN
If you've read the Civ 3 review, you've already got a good idea of what we think of the expansion. In many ways Play the World is just a tighter, more refined version of Civilization 3. But there are plenty of changes that make the game different enough that it's a must have for any Civ fan(atic).
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WomenGamers.com
Unlike the review of Civilization III, this review comes from a standpoint of a long-time Civ gamer—I've been an addict since the original Civilization. I majored in Classics in college and the Civilization franchise appeals to both my inner history nerd and my inner megalomaniac. Play the World offered more of what I had already come to love from Civilization III with one extra inducement: a multiplayer option.
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UOL Jogos
"Civilization" é um jogo que não mudou muito em cinco anos, mas ainda assim continua criando uma enorme legião de fãs que não se cansa do título - é só ver pelo enorme número de pessoas que comprou as duas continuações, apesar das pequenas mudanças. Se seu corpo já está exigindo uma dose mais concentrada do game, a expansão é uma boa pedida - só não espere uma mudança radical de tudo aquilo em que a série se apóia.
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FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
Civilization 3:Play the World is great in theory, and with each patch will become better, stronger, and faster. It's a bargain at twenty bucks, if you ask me. The programmers just need a little longer to iron out those online kinks.
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JeuxVideoPC.com
Les fans en voulaient plus, et surtout attendaient toutes et tous avec impatience une seule et unique chose : la possibilité de jouer en réseau à ce superbe jeu de stratégie qu’est Civilisation 3. C’est désormais chose faite, puisque cette extension au titre évocateur de Play the World nous apporte ce petit plus tant espéré parmi d’autres nouveautés, et ce grâce aux efforts d'Infogrames et du studio Firaxis.
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GameSpot
When Civilization III was released, developer Firaxis hinted that it had special plans for multiplayer support. The assumption, which Firaxis didn't deny at first, was that it would be available as a patch. But time passed with no sign of a multiplayer patch, and the feature eventually became the cornerstone for Firaxis' Play the World expansion pack. The game has some single-player additions as well, but there's no denying that the most important addition to the game is multiplayer support. Unfortunately, the multiplayer is also an unmitigated disaster.
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Netjak
About a month ago, I was complaining that the expansion for Heroes of Might and Magic IV was overpriced. I still think so, but compared with Play the World, it suddenly looks like quite a good deal. The Civilization III expansion is not only vastly overpriced, it is unnecessary as a boxed title at all. A patch download from the official site would be more than sufficient to offer the majority of improvements Play the World offers. Firaxis has pulled the PC gaming heist of the century: they made me spend $80 on a single game. Remind me, please, not to buy another game from them.
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GameSpy
I'm a longtime Civilization fan. I've probably taken hundreds of different civilizations to Alpha Centauri and been voted into hegemony more times than I can count. I even played the new Civilization board game this last weekend. Thus, I've been slavering for Play the World ever since it was first announced. I ran home, ripped open the box (literally … I couldn't be bothered with finding a sharp object to open the seal), fidgeted and fretted while waiting for it to install, and was presented with a borderline disaster. I say "borderline" because there are a few things which save the expansion from being a total flop, but they are few and far between.
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Computer Gaming World (CGW)
It’s hard to reconcile the reputation of Firaxis with the shoddy, inexcusable mess that is Play the World. A full year after Civilization III debuted with no multiplayer support, Play The World arrives promising connectivity and new play modes at the low, low price of just $30. It’s a promise Firaxis couldn’t keep. Play the World is, simply, the worst implementation of multiplayer gaming in recent memory.