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For gamers who lack patience then perhaps this is going to be a little too slow paced and taxing for you, but for those of you willing to give something different a try then you'll definitely come up trumps here. Tropico 3 is a rewarding, well designed game that offers hours of joyous entertainment. If you can handle the over abundance of Latin flavouring then there's no reason for you to not gel with the scenarios on offer. If it's value for money, replay value and a chance to show off your tycoon skills, then Tropico 3 is the top dog and well worth the investment. It's uncomplicated, easy to fathom and every bit as rewarding as any other game and then some. The pride you gain from starting in the gutter and working you way up is second to none and worth the price of entry. If you're an Xbox 360 strategist or megalomaniac then get this game as you won't be disappointed.
As mentioned earlier, there are a few flaws in the process. For example, it is incredibly challenging throughout the whole game, with lots of stuff happening at one time, and not being able to control it. Couple this with the overriding each-other voiceovers and even more confusion can occur. Also, if you have a normal-small- standard-def TV you will encounter some graphical issues. Apart from these minor omissions, there is nothing really wrong with the title, it is a fun, enjoyable city-building simulator, with good music and a flexible control system. A silent title it may be, but a great one nevertheless!
There aren't enough city sims on consoles, and probably for good reason. It's complicated enough playing on PC with so many menus to navigate and things to keep check on. However, Tropico 3 does a good job of having things accessible despite having a terrible tutorial. Once you get into the swing of things, you'll be building up a luscious, industrious city whilst keeping those pesky rebels in check.
Whatever your inclinations, Tropico 3 is an enjoyable city simulator that offers the same sort of replayability that others of its kind do; this one just emphasizes experimentation with moral behavior rather than perfecting a building grid. Outside of the refined graphics and Latin soundtrack, it doesn't reach too far beyond the original Tropico. But that's fine with me, as it was the best of its kind since the original SimCity. The Tropico caretakers at Haemimont Games have a solid revival on their hands... the question now is how they'll build on it.
Als Herrscher auf einer Insel habt ihr unheimlich viele Möglichkeiten, um das eigene Volk zu leiten und dabei zum Erfolg zu führen. Eure Entscheidungen haben dabei immer Auswirkungen, egal ob kurzfristige oder langfristige. Die Entscheidung, wie ihr dabei vorgeht und welcher Weg für eure Insel der Beste ist, liegt dabei bei euch. Insgesamt könnt ihr mit der Kampagne und dem freien Spiel sehr viel Zeit verbringen und der Titel wird auch nach vielen Stunden noch des Öfteren den Weg in die Konsole finden. Beim Gameplay macht der Titel ebenso einen ordentlichen Eindruck, auch wenn er hier nicht ganz frei von Schwächen ist. Ebenso hätte die Grafik ein wenig mehr Feinschliff vertragen können. Die Hintergrundmusik ist dem Titel sehr gut gelungen. Leider sind dagegen die Radioansagen und Wahlreden oftmals zu identisch und sie wirken daher eher langweilig. Doch auch trotz dieser kleinen Schwächen macht der Titel richtig Spaß und so mancher Genreneuling kann sich hier einmal versuchen.
This game could have easily pushed into the eighties had it not been for the awful and extremely frustrating save game issues that dog it right from the start to end. Nothing is more upsetting than losing hours upon hours of work to a simple design flaw and it almost puts you off starting again. Where the game really succeeds though is that, despite all that, you cannot help but want one more go.
In fact, it's very tempting to call Tropico 3 "edutainment," and I only hesitate to do so because the word has long since been synonymous with "no damn fun." In this case, however, the challenges the game presents are personally involving rather than being all teachy for its own sake. In facing players with barely fictionalized situations like ludicrous export taxes imposed on former colonies, or the tempting aid agreements that quickly turn exploitative, Tropico 3 makes it very easy to understand why, say, Che Guevara was so pissed off about the United Fruit Company, or how after the third attempt on your life, it'd be tempting to round up all the foreigners and rebels and ship them off to Florida. You might even feel a little bit galled that tourists don't want to have to see where your people actually live, and maybe feel like justice has been served in a small way when they pay through the nose for your watery liquor with an umbrella in it.
En PC Tropico 3 es uno de los mejores videojuegos de estrategia civil que se pueden encontrar en el mercado, en Xbox 360 es una opción francamente notable, pero algo lastrada por las inconveniencias del control con el pad. De un ritmo apacible pero también de una jugabilidad muy adictiva, el título se convierte por méritos propios en algo genuino y cargado de personalidad.
Wat betreft de besturing is het zeker aan te raden eerst de tutorial te spelen. Grafisch is de game de game in orde, maar de muziek gaat vervelen en er zijn nog wat andere irritatiefactoren. Al met al is Tropico een redelijk geslaagde game geworden, maar dan vooral voor de liefhebber van het genre.
It's hard to hold any of that against the game, though, especially since it manages to do so much all at once. If you still enjoy putting the fictional lives of an entire city in your hands, Tropico 3 provides a wonderful new chance to live that dream. Between its ambitious production values, its captivating complexity and even its occasional sense of humor, the game has more than enough to keep an armchair Castro busy for dozens upon dozens of thoroughly enjoyable hours. Forgive the game its problems and create your tropical paradise!
So Tropico 3 can't be recommended as an introduction to the genre. Nor can it be said to match up to the PC version, thanks to the lower-quality graphics, slightly poorer mode selection and inferior control system. All that said, it's impossible not to like this game. Maybe it's the classic, solid city-building gameplay. Maybe it's the unique style and sense of humour. Maybe it's the fact that, despite all the niggles, the game is still so absorbing you can spend hours on it without realising just how much time you've wasted.
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Tropico 3's success lies in its ability to switch between micro-management and the bigger picture effortlessly. It looks great and offers a hugely involving experience, and although it's not one for toe-dippers, anyone with a relish for gradually rewarding, meaty gameplay will be well served.
Even in this somewhat hamstrung form, Tropico 3 is still a good way to spend some time pretending to be a Caribbean strongman with delusions of godhood. This is one of those "just a few more minutes" games that can keep you up so far past your bedtime that you might as well grab some breakfast. It isn't the best way to experience the game, however; the PC version is clearly superior technically and otherwise. Just keep that news hush-hush for now, in case the phones are tapped and El Presidente is listening.
Come sottolineato, il valore di Tropico 3 in versione Xbox 360 è determinato in parte dalla qualità, piuttosto alta invero, del prodotto Calypso Media, ma molto più pesantemente dalle limitazioni tecniche che il mercato console si porta dietro di se. Sviluppato con competenza, il gioco non riesce a trovare una soluzione per rendere i comandi fruibili comodamente da tutti e per questo rischia di rimanere legato ad una nicchia di utenza limitata, dato che anche per coloro che sarebbero interessati a questo prodotti il consiglio è quello di puntare alla versione per personal computer.
Despite it’s solid foundations, there is something remarkably underwhelming about Tropico 3. Visually it’s rough round the edges but detailed enough to keep your world feeling alive, and its soundtrack is extremely limited. Although the option to form alliances and instate military conscriptions into your society is fun, it takes a hell of a lot to actually get something significant to happen in campaign mode (if you’re looking to run your nation successfully). Don’t get us wrong, it’s a decent first showing on the console market, but there’s a wealth of potential yet to be tapped into. It’s a real shame that the campaign plays second fiddle to challenges for drama and certainly entertainment, as Tropico 3 still has a fair way to go before it makes a significant impact outside of the PC world.