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Master of Orion 3? This isn't Master of Orion 3...I'm still waiting for a game worthy enough to be called Master of Orion 3 Windows Indra was here (20928)
Disappointing as a MoO game, but unique and arguably good if taken on its own Windows weregamer (169)
Like a great monument. They put so much on it they caused it to fall apart. Windows James Kirk (168)
Why exactly did they do with the extra year of production? Windows William Shawn McDonie (1181)
A great empire management game Windows lucian (40)
A total makeover for a great strategy classic! Windows Josh Miller (7)

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WindowsIGN (Feb 14, 2003)
I’m sure there are going to be reviewers who take a look at MOO3 and scoff at the apparent lack of entirely new features, and complain that it’s more of a MOO2 update than a whole game. What they may forget is that many of MOO3’s innovative features were never solid in previous turn-based space strategy games. Diplomatic AI has never been anywhere near as clever as in MOO3, for instance. Combat has never been so strategically focused. Colony development has never been so detailed and intensive, and computer opponents so well-balanced that literally any of them could win. Galaxies are much bigger, available researches are more extensive, and there’s far more information to track than in any previous 4x space game.
WindowsUGO (UnderGroundOnline) (Feb 18, 2003)
The main measure of the game, however, is that even with the aforementioned problems, it is damned addictive. This is the sort of game that includes an alarm clock, because hours fly by unnoticed. One of my playing sessions began at noon, and before I knew it, it was already midnight. This is the sort of game that for some can develop into an obsession. Master of Orion III can best be described as a cross between the first Master of Orion and Europa Universalis; this is the first game in a long while to truly have an epic feel to it, especially when one gets used to the game system. Was Master of Orion III worth the wait? The answer is "definitely", and when and if the expansion comes out to plug some of the missing holes, this game will finally share the spotlight with the seminal Civilization series.
WindowsGameZone (Mar 17, 2003)
Even though this game has a few annoying things about it, and the fact that it will take players a while to get used to the game mechanics, it really is a blast to play! Soon players will find themselves addicted to this game, and the time seems to just fly while they are playing. People will find themselves saying “Just thirty minutes and then I will go do something else,” next thing they know it is past midnight. Check this game out if you are really into turn-based strategy games, or a fan of a good space game.
WindowsNetjak (Jan 09, 2006)
Master of Orion 3 is a game just waiting to be discovered. It does have its problems even beyond those involved in learning to play it, but they are minor in the grand scheme of things and, for lovers of the genre, it is the grand scheme that Master of Orion 3 captures best. So that is why I like Master of Orion 3. If you are still intent on throwing pointy rocks, I don’t suppose I can stop you, but please, before you do that, give Master of Orion 3 the second chance it deserves.
WindowsGame Critics (Apr 23, 2003)
Staring into the night sky has always given me a sense of wonder at the sheer scale of the universe. In MOO3, as in many of the great science fiction novels that take this vastness into account, a single leader cannot oversee everything. The new methodology required to deal with this large scale makes MOO3 the first progressive strategy game and avoids previous mistakes of the genre, such as overwhelming floods of micromanagement near the end of the game. It is precisely this refreshingly dynamic experience that makes MOO3 so appealing. The sooner a player releases the notion of constant absolute control established and cemented by prior Empire building games, the sooner the real game in MOO3 will reach out of the monitor and grab the player's mind.
WindowsGameplay (Benelux) (Mar 31, 2003)
Master of Orion 3 is een bijzonder harde noot om te kraken, maar de vrucht is des te zoeter. Een schitterend turn-based strategiespel!
WindowsUOL Jogos (Aug 19, 2003)
"Master of Orion III" é um jogo que exige total dedicação. Seja na hora de decifrar os arcanos controles dos menus ou na hora de gerenciar um império composto por dezenas de sistemas solares, a escala está presente e é aplicada com maestria. Fãs do gênero não devem passar essa oportunidade de comprar um game capaz de consumir meses sem perder a graça - mas os inexperientes só conseguirão acumular grandes doses de frustração.
WindowsGameplanet (Mar 21, 2003)
All round MOO3 is a good game and one that will see players wasting a lot of time into the wee small hours of the morning. It has incredible depth but sometimes you are left wondering why some things have happened. Saying that, if you like grand strategy games where good diplomacy and management are rewarded than this is the game for you.
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG) (Apr 29, 2003)
Despite the game's passé visual and audio effects, I absolutely adore Master of Orion III. The gameplay is so addictive, I often found myself saying, "Okay, just one more turn", 267 times in a row. This game is immersive, richly detailed and full of strategy. Furthermore, multiplayer support is quite fun when friends are involved. All in all, Master of Orion III is a turn-based strategy fan's dream.
WindowsGameSpy (Feb 26, 2003)
Even with all of these annoyances, Master of Orion 3 somehow ends up being addictive at times. It's like a drug; it's too tempting to press that "end turn" button and read the latest Sitrep to see which technologies you have discovered, or if the enemy has amassed a fleet on your border, or what that newly explored star system contains. There are things to like about this new version, especially as a multiplayer game, but in the end there are too many issues, big and small, for it to reach the nearly unreachable standard set by its predecessors.
MacintoshMac Gamer (May 06, 2003)
Can you have fun with this game? Certainly, as long as you accept its weak points. As it currently exists, you can expect the satisfaction of managing a large empire and conquering the Galaxy. But don't expect much visual feedback or a high level of satisfaction from real-time combat. Although you won't get the tactical thrill of a Myth or StarCraft, the organizational aspects of invading a planet are both challenging and entertaining. But MOO should come with more documentation describing how to run an Empire. I guess that is what Strategy Guides are for.
WindowsActionTrip (Mar 04, 2003)
Overall, many fans of the old series may just approve of MOO3 because it does rekindle some gameplay characteristics of its predecessor. There's a lot of new options and customizations to tangle with and you can explore and colonize a virtually endless universe. And yet at the same time, players will encounter numerous downsides of the gameplay that might slowly decrease the popularity of an otherwise excellent franchise. The unbalanced AI, weak diplomacy, poor combat, steep learning curve, are all pieces that draw the players attention away from the game and ultimately decreases any replay value. I fear that the people anxiously awaiting this game may be supremely disappointed.
WindowsPC Zone Benelux (May, 2003)
Voor een doorsnee gamer kan dit alles best negatief overkomen, maar zo is het allesbehalve bedoeld. MOO3 is nu eenmaal een zeer afwijkende game die andere wetten hanteert dan die gangbaar zijn. Daardoor hebben we hier te maken met een genre dat ene kleine, maar wel zeer fanatieke groep vertegenwoordigt. Want heeft het je eenmaal bij je nekvel, dan laat het je niet meer los.
67 (Mar 24, 2003)
Als Genre-Liebhaber ist mir nicht ganz klar, was die Designer eigentlich wollten. Sollte Master of Orion 3 ein schwergewichtiger Hardcore-Strategietitel werden, hätte man noch mehr Optionen einbauen bzw. besser deutlich machen müssen, wie sich Detailentscheidungen auf das Gesamtgeschehen auswirken. So jedenfalls habe ich keinen Sinn darin gesehen, selbst in die Planetenbebauung einzugreifen und mich mehr oder weniger geschwind durch die Runden geklickt. Sollte Quicksilver aber eben das im Sinn gehabt haben, hätte man mehr Wert auf die Präsentation sowie auf taktische Kämpfe legen müssen - die unnötig komplizierte Einarbeitungszeit schreckt schon genug Spieler ab. So richtig empfehlen kann ich das Spiel eigentlich nur Hardcore-Fans der ersten beiden Teile - diese dürfen gut und gerne zehn Punkte zu der Wertung dazuaddieren. Alle anderen sind mit Haegemonia oder Birth of the Federation besser aufgehoben.
WindowsGameSpot (Mar 05, 2003)
Quicksilver's Master of Orion III is more complex than any of the previous games in the turn-based strategy series of interstellar conquest, and yet it lacks much of what made its predecessors such classics. The design relies on extensive automation to make it playable, and at its best, Master of Orion III succeeds in reducing the micromanagement that often plagues the later stages of games in this genre. But the combination of weak opponent AI, unappealing graphics, and having to second-guess the automation makes for an experience that is much less rewarding than you might hope, especially considering how much effort you must exert to get used to the game's complicated interface.
WindowsGameStar (Germany) (Apr, 2003)
Bin ich Student oder Spieletester? Die ersten 15 Stunden mit Master of Orion 3 erinnern an so manche Uni-Vorlesung: Hunderte scheinbar sinnlose Tafelbild-Menüs vermitteln Tausende von Infos ohne irgendeinen erkennbaren Zusammenhang. Auch Begleitliteratur (Handbuch) und Tutoren (Tutorials, On-Screen- Hilfe) verwirren mehr, als sie helfen. Wer jedoch bereit ist, sich in die Materie einzuarbeiten, entdeckt nach einer langen, entbehrungsreichen Zeit tatsächlich so etwas wie Spielspaß. Wenn ich 80 Planeten, riesige Raumschiff-Flotten und einen ausgefuchsten Spionageapparat kontrolliere, fühle ich mich trotz aller KI- und Grafik-Mängel wie ein mächtiger Imperator. Wer möglichst schnell ein galaktisches Vergnügen erleben möchte, hält tunlichst Abstand! Arbeitswillige Strategie-Profis sollten Master of Orion 3 aber eine Chance geben.
WindowsGames Finder (Jan 24, 2014)
Master of Orion III has made plenty of changes to the gameplay compared to previous games and while not all of them will please fans it is still an impressive space 4X game overall.
Master of Orion 3 has proven to be one of the most difficult reviews I’ve ever had to write. The elements for a great game are present, but the focus and execution of those elements is not. Combined with an underwhelming and questionable AI, this puts MOO3 at a disadvantage right out of the gate. In the end, it’s difficult to recommend this title to anyone but diehard MOO fans.
WindowsGameSpy (Feb 26, 2003)
Even with all of these annoyances, Master of Orion 3 somehow ends up being addictive at times. It's like a drug; it's too tempting to press that "end turn" button and read the latest Sitrep to see which technologies you have discovered, or if the enemy has amassed a fleet on your border, or what that newly explored star system contains. There are things to like about this new version, especially as a multiplayer game, but in the end there are too many issues, big and small, for it to reach the nearly unreachable standard set by its predecessors.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW) (May, 2003)
Those with the patience to overcome MOO3’s initial learning curve will eventually discover a deep and engrossing game with unrivaled detail and strategic possibilities. The enemy A.I., while not dazzling, will put up enough of a fight to make things interesting, and the truly dedicated can spend several thousand turns fighting other fanatics in the multiplayer mode. For normal folks, though, there simply isn’t any justification for the time investment required to learn the game.
MacintoshMac Addict (Jul, 2003)
The system requirements are modest, thanks to the paucity of eye-candy graphics, but the game has good balance. If you can work your way through the difficult early learning curve, you'll find yourself hooked. Orion is deep, rich with detail, and filled with strategic choices. Don't play it near a clock. You'll be horrified by how much time it can eat up.
WindowsBoomtown (Apr 07, 2003)
Ultimately, Mater of Orion 3 is a huge disappointment, Quicksilver really missed out on a chance to take back their, as many believe, rightful crown as the kinds of space turn-based strategy. Perhaps they will learn from the mistakes from this game, and make Master of Orion 4 a shining example to everyone else on how to make a real-time strategy galactic masterpiece.
WindowsGame Over Online (Mar 18, 2003)
I’m really sorry. I wanted the game to be better, but it’s not. Maybe they’ll work some patches out for it or something. But until then, I’m going to stick with Civilization 3 and MOO1. There’s still plenty of gaming left in those titles, and I can hope that Galactic Civilizations, when it comes out, is better.
WindowsGame Revolution (Mar 01, 2003)
It appears as though Master of Orion 3 suffers from a development cycle that lasted a bit too long. The developers and testers got so used to this game's ponderous interface and extreme complexity that they lost sight of the average gamer, whose primary goal is to have fun. Games like this have their place and their fan base, but even a turn-based strategy fan like myself doesn't really have the time to invest in this game. In the end, it's a good game for those who have the initiative to play it for hours upon hours, but the rest of us are better off finding a game with a little more fun and action.
56 (Mar 08, 2003)
Master of Orion 3 ist alles in allem ein unausgegorenes Spiel, in dem viel mehr Potential gesteckt hätte, doch viele teils dämliche Gameplay-Schnitzer, unnötige KI-Querelen und die komplett fehlende Lokalisierung sorgen für die Keller-Wertung. Hätte Infogrames das Spiel übrigens noch übersetzt, wäre die Wertung um rund fünf Prozentpunkte nach oben geschnellt. Meiner Meinung nach ist das Webgame Space Assault die bessere Alternative, als Master of Orion 3.
WindowsPC Action (Apr 07, 2003)
Irgendwie erinnert mich Master of Orion 3 an Stars!. Nicht nur wegen des gleichen Spielinhalts, auch optisch. Zur Erinnerung: Stars! war jenes Weltraumstrategiespiel, dessen Designer überzeugt verkündete, Excel sei super und eigne sich perfekt als Spiel. Da fehlen mir die Worte. Aber falls Sie diese gewagte Auffassung teilen, ist Master of Orion 3 vermutlich das ideale Spiel für Sie. Vorausgesetzt, Sie verfügen über exzellente Englischkenntnisse oder schlagen gerne Spezialtermini im Langenscheidt nach. Selbst oder gerade als bekennender Fan der Serie fasse ich diesen dritten Teil als Beleidigung auf. Da bleibe ich lieber beim fast sieben Jahre alten Vorgänger. In dem darf ich mein Weltraumimperium wenigstens eigenständig verwalten. Das macht mehr Spaß. Und sieht besser aus! Ach ja: Wenn Sie das Leid unbedingt am eigenen Leib ertragen wollen, zahlreiche enttäuschte Fans geben das Spiel mittlerweile deutlich unter dem Verkaufspreis ab.
WindowsPC Games (Germany) (Apr 22, 2003)
Gratulation an die Entwickler: Vom größten Herrscher, den die Galaxie je gesehen hat, bin ich im dritten Teil der Serie zum Steuerberater und Außenminister degradiert geworden. Bis auf ein wenig Finanzplanung, etwas Diplomatie und ein paar grundlegende strategische Entscheidungen hat man in Master of Orion 3 nicht viel zu tun. Im Grunde spiele ich gar nicht - ich lasse spielen und bekomme dafür von der KI einen Jahres-Bericht, wie toll sie forscht, baut und Kriege führt. Schönen Dank auch! Auf der anderen Seite ist es fast ein Segen, dass ich nicht mehr machen muss als ein paar Reports zu lesen und mit Aliens zu quasseln - die total versaute Steuerung macht es eh unmöglich, überall seine Finger im Spiel zu haben und alles zu kontrollieren. Fazit: Spielen Sie lieber weiter Master of Orion 2. Das sieht besser aus als der Nachfolger und macht vor allem mehr Spaß!
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) (Mar 08, 2003)
Master of Orion III is een zielige hekkensluiter van een reeks schitterende Build&Conquer-games. Waarom het zo lang moest duren om deze draak te produceren weten we ook niet, maar het valt ons heel moeilijk een reden te verzinnen om hier geld aan te geven
WindowsGame Watcher (Aug 29, 2003)
Maddening, frustrating, confusing. Just three words in a long list that describes Master of Orion III (hereafter known as MOO3) by Infogames. A long time ago I almost invested in the MOO series, so when I was given a chance to review this game I drooled in anticipation…how could it fail to live up to its predecessors? However, it wasn’t long before I realized that this game was not fun at all; in fact, my stress level increased to an unhealthy level.
40 (Apr 04, 2003)
There is SO much potential here, and a lot of really nice ideas, but with the horrendous lack of documentation, an inconsistent interface, and Artificial Intelligence that makes you want to gnaw-off your own leg in frustration, this game is not worthy of the name Masters of Orion. I will keep watching, like many, for an official patch, and once tested, I will report back to you. In the meantime, Quicksilver and Infogrames should treat the community of players who still stand by this forlorn title to a steak dinner, and the mod teams who have worked so strenuously to make the game somewhat playable while the rest of us watch and wait for the patch deserve a job offer.
40 Games (Mar 10, 2003)
Quicksilver hat einen stinklangweiligen Regierungssimulator abgeliefert, der an die Österreichische Regierungsapparatur erinnert: Unglaublich aufwendig und gross und so wenig wurde erreicht. Viele werden auch sagen: "Mann, spiel doch erst mal zehn Stunden lang, dann überleg dich deine Wertung und Meinung noch mal!" Aber ist es nicht so, dass ein gutes Spiel leicht verständlich sein und ausserdem sofort in seinen Bann ziehen soll? Wenn ich mich mit einem PC-Spiel unterhalte, will ich nicht vorher einen WIFI-Kurs besuchen müssen, sondern sofort loslegen und Spass haben! Ich möchte an dieser Stelle auch keine Kaufempfehlung abgeben. Irgendwo da draussen gibt es eine Spieler Spezies denen Master of Orion 3 gefallen wird ( wer auf MS Access steht, der wird mit diesem Spiel seine helle Freude haben!), dessen bin ich mir ganz sicher. Leider gehöre ich nicht dazu und ich denke, dabei wirds auch bleiben ..
WindowsWithingames (Mar 05, 2003)
Da geht sie dahin, die Hoffnung auf einen würdigen Ersatz für Master of Orion 2 auf meiner Festplatte. Seit der Ankündigung von MoO3 wartete ich auf dieses Spiel und hoffte darauf, dass ich es auch noch in einigen Jahren mit der selben Begeisterung wie MoO2 spielen würde. So wie es jetzt aussieht, wird das Spiel bereits nach wenigen Wochen meine Festplatte wieder verlassen. Die Idee, dem Spieler das Micromanagement (das auch mich bei MoO2 teilweise sehr gestört hat) zu entziehen, um ihm Zeit für wichtigere Dinge zu geben, ist gut - nur muss man dann auch wichtigere Dinge einbauen. Der Rundenablauf bei MoO3 ist extrem öde, nicht einmal die Kämpfe können etwas herausreißen. Insgesamt hat MoO2 die bessere Grafik, das bessere Spielprinzip und mehr Möglichkeiten für den Spieler als der neue Ableger. Für mich ist Master of Orion 3 schon jetzt die größte Enttäuschung dieses Jahres.
30 (UK) (Mar 31, 2003)
It's a terrible shame to see the Master of Orion series take such a huge step backwards in terms of playability. We can only hope that those longing for a decent space empire simulation won't be disappointed by the other big hope for the genre, namely Stardock's Galactic Civilisations, which looks very promising indeed and could make up for the disappointment that is Master of Orion 3.