Verfasst: 28. Dezember
I was hesitant to buy this game at first because of the reviews but I went ahead and got it anyway because it was on sale and I love the Tropico franchise. This is now my favorite tropico so far.
This game got me just as hooked as the others, and hands down it is the most in-depth and complex tropico so far.
They have introduced dynasties so you can have additonal characters and vote other dynasty members in during elections and take advantage of their bonuses. Moving the character around to give boosts to buildings has been eliminated. I see this as a good thing because it just seemed like unecessary micromanagement in the previous game. Instead your character or dynasty members give global boosts to production or whatever else they do (military strength, effectiveness of services, etc.)
They have also overhauled trading and added trade routes which can be very profitable if you find good opportunites (Not every trade is profitable and sometimes settling for less lucrative ones is desirable.) They are very easy to manage and not annoying at all. Docks are now more useful to provide more ships for trade routes.
The difficulty of the game has gone up, which is a good thing for me because in previous installments I'd get bored when I had loads of cash and almost 100% happiness. In this game I've actually had to use my military AND do the voter fraud thing. I had never had to do that in previous games. You no longer need a secret service building to do certain things, which I thought was pretty annoying.
They've introduced a constitution which give you decisions to make that will benefit your country. There is no more immigration building but the benefits provided by one are instead on a constitutional amendment. Edicts are basically the same but some have to be unlocked through research. They've also added research, and it's not just buying blueprints like before. Building libraries and staffing them give research points.
Armies and military are very important now and are to be utilized. In previous games I would not bother with militaries until the militant faction complained, in this game it is very handy to have a sizable military, especially when declaring independence in the colonial era.
There are now multiple eras in the game. I did not have the modern times expansion from Tropico 4 so I will not compare them directly, but the eras add a whole new interesting layer. In the colonial era you should try to increase revolutionary support to buy independence from the crown and move on to the great war era. This is where the military can also come in handy, to declare independence the crown requests $20,000. If you have a sizable military you can refuse and fight off the crowns troops to save that money. It's not extremely difficult to do and is somewhat challenging but it was a lot of fun for me to do.
Farms and mines are also much different. Farms are much more asthetically pleasing and larger. The way building upgrades work has also been changed and is more relevant early game. It's not just a statistical advantage to get late game anymore. A previous reviewer has complained about the way the mine looks, but I think it looks much much better than before. Instead of a random patch of land being dug into, mines are now in preselected locations along mountains.
Wages & rents are more simple to manage, no longer do you set individual rents or wages but you set budgets which determine worker prosperity. I do not think I can explain it well, but if you set budgets high, the workers income level becomes either poor, well-off, rich, etc. This determines what kind of house they live in.
There is now a "fog of war" type mechanic on the island. In the colonial and great war era you need to explore your island to reveal what resources you have available. You use your military for this.
The game runs just as well, if not better, than the previous version of Tropico. I honestly think it runs better than Tropico 4 did on my laptop which is surprising. I also feel comfortable hooking the laptop up to the TV and playing this tropico from my couch with my wireless laptop & keyboard. The GUI had been changed and is much better. I also like that they changed the portraits on the message screens. It's not as exaggerated and cartoony as it was before. I also feel like I can't zoom in on my island as far as I used to.
Cons: Only bad things I think is that there is no real additional building sprites. I thought this would be something easy to do. The almanac also has a little less info available but the data that it does show is much more useful and better organized than before.
I highly recommend it for anybody who likes the Tropico series. I have been playing since Tropico 2 and this one is my favorite so far. Definitely buy, even at full price.