Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete

Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete

Roach Jan 4, 2013 @ 10:58am
Is your love for Civ 3 just nostalgia?
I'm asking this because my first Civ game was 5 (which personally I really like), then I bought 4 ( and it was pretty decent imo, though I prefer 5). Now I am considering 3, but every thread that I read praises Civ 3 endlessly, but almost always is accompanied by 'when I was a kid'.

I am wondering if peoples judgement towards civ 3 and their dislike for the games that followed isn't a bit clouded by their nostalgia instead of a real reason why 3 is better than all others.

I need someone to give me an honest assesment plox!
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Shadow Jan 4, 2013 @ 11:09am 
for $1.24 it is worth no matter what.. all the civ family have there up's and down's.
Last edited by Shadow; Jan 4, 2013 @ 11:09am
creativityfails Jan 4, 2013 @ 4:09pm 
My love for this game IS mostly nostalgia Civ III was my first Civ game. But I feel that Civ III is a decent game in its own right. Civ III is a much more straightforward game and lacks many of the features in the later Civ games, but for anyone addicted to the series who hasn't played Civ III, $1.24 is a good price for a playthrough. Overall what I remember liking about this game was how much you could expand early in the game (No diplomatic consequences for settling next to your neighbors, but they won't turn down starting a war and capturing an undefended city,) and grow your empire over a few dozen turns. losing units didn't seem like that big of a deal when you can churn them out by the dozens every few turns from such large amounts of cities in a usual Civ III game. I also have a novel memory of using spys to spread propaganda and turn other civ's cities to my own from the inside, outward. Double your pleasure was also a mod I enjoyed that was made for Civ III.

TL;DR: Civ III lacks may of the key features in newer Civ games that make them enjoyable. I bought this game mostly for the nostalgia, but there are unique experiences that I'd pay $1.24 for.

Hope this helps!
Last edited by creativityfails; Jan 4, 2013 @ 4:12pm
Chip Chipperson Jan 5, 2013 @ 4:25pm 
I got it just because I really love V
I have IV and didnt get to into it. I got this one ..... Just cause :)
link12313 Jan 5, 2013 @ 11:52pm 
This one has the best gameplay and suonds.
NetiYeti Jan 6, 2013 @ 12:19am 
Honestly, I bought it mostly due to nostalgia, yeah... mind you, at the current price - even if you end up not liking it you don't lose much
fucklord Jan 6, 2013 @ 5:04am 
civ 3 is much harder than civ 4 and 5. civ 5 just felt like you didnt even have to do anything, civ 3 requires extensive planning, no matter what difficulty
Zanney Jan 6, 2013 @ 8:44am 
Lot of great mods for Civ III. Worth it just for Escape from Zombie Island.
Bloody Senpai Jan 8, 2013 @ 2:28am 
Well, the game was out in the ~2000...
Nostalgia apart, Civ 3 objectively is a great game. One of his strongest point is the combat system.
Esophos Jan 8, 2013 @ 3:06am 
I played the original Civilization and also Civilization: Call To Power. Just bought Civilization III recently so for now I can't comment to quickly on the pros and cons, but I did realise the graphics doesn't seem to make the earlier version of CTP. Not bad so far and it does have the original Civ feel. I'd like to check out the mods Eyebiter is talking about. The $1.24 might make it worth it for you.
search9286 Jan 9, 2013 @ 5:34pm 
If you decide to buy the game get the deluxe edition. I've played 3, 3 deluxe and 5 and like 3 deluxe the best. You can stack units to move with deluxe, but not in 3 or 5. I recently DL'd 3 deluxe on Steam and have not been able to get it to run. I'm trying to get help from Support, but they seem to be busy. Hopefully they will respond in the next day or two.
my love for civ 3 is purely physical
bobapplepie Jan 15, 2013 @ 6:22am 
Civilization III is the only civ game I've ever played, but I can assure you that it is incredibly fun and addicting.
EnderWツ Jan 16, 2013 @ 10:43am 
this thread just inspired me to fire up dosbox and get Civ 1 out of the box. Its so lovely horrible from a nowadays point of view mixed with the memories xD
maou.tsaou Jan 23, 2013 @ 12:50am 
If they had only gone down to individual battlefields for the combat... MoM or the Avalon Hill Titans did. So did Archon I recall. Instead they tryed to make a wargame of Civ and made some Meh hybrid that does neither particularly well. Civ III had it's own strategy that was much more frentic than Civ V. Also, even if you don't like the feel of it, likely not coming from V as expansion is not nerfed by happiness so VERY different flavor, the Secenarios are WELL worth the pitance for the title in your library... and some good DLC as I recall
Lower Level Feb 3, 2013 @ 7:22pm 
It's the only one I have. I don't play it very often and am not very good at it but love it and find hours just vapourise when I fire it up!
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