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Tropico 3 Review

Become El Presidente and build your tropical paradise in this fun city builder sim

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The presentation in Tropico 3 is stellar. The game looks very good and detailed, and on maxed settings can even be compared to Crysis’ vegetation and water (if it were an RTS with a top-down view) though of course it never quite reaches that level of realism. This is definitely one of the best looking strategy games in a long time, and possible the best in the city building genre. Due to the great looks though, be prepared to have some hardware to handle it. Running the now-average 8800GTX I was able to pull a steady 30 frames per second only when setting some of my post-processing effects to medium but keeping the great 1900x1200 resolution. Tropico 3 also has one of the best soundtracks in recent memory, with fun and rhythmic tropical tunes accompanying you through the game. There is also a fun-sounding DJ that will often comment on your progress with fun one-liners and quotes. The sound production is very well polished, with only possible downside is that there isn’t a huge variety of song styles so things could get repetitive after a while.

Tropico 3 is a great revamp of a classic city building that will hopefully get more spotlight in the genre than its predecessor. The original game was different and fun, and Tropico 3 keeps everything from that time and only adds new, better enhancements to the gameplay. There are minor quibbles such as difficulty scaling, lack of a good tutorial and some presentation issues, but overall it is a very fresh and enjoyable city builder. There is a demo out there, so you should definitely give it a try if you can’t wait for the next Sim City and CitiesXL doesn’t quite satisfy you with its lackluster presentation and monthly costs. If you liked the original Tropico, you should definitely pick up this title and enjoy your time in paradise.
 

Our ratings for Tropico 3 on PC out of 100 (Ratings FAQ)
Presentation
90
Excellent visuals, great soundtrack and an original setting. You can't ask for better presentation from a City builder sim. New players may need time to adjust to the interface.
Gameplay
83
The gameplay is fairly involving and could prove difficult to grasp for newcomers, but once you get into it, the game's depth will impress and challenge you in unique situations.
Single Player
80
A standard selection of campaign and custom missions, together with a sandbox option. Random events and different bonuses during each game session keep things varied.
Multiplayer
NR
None
Performance
(Show PC Specs)
CPU: Intel Core i7 CPU 930 @ 2.80GHz
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X 1GB
RAM: 6GB DDR3
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
PC Specs

85
An excellent engine that looks great, and for this reason may run slow on older machines. The hardware upgrade will definitely be worth the gained visual detail though.
Overall
84
Tropico 3 reinvents the original classic with some flashy new presentation and interesting gameplay changes for the modern audience.
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Tropico 3
Tropico 3 box art Platform:
PC
Our Review of Tropico 3
84%
Great
The Verdict:
Game Ranking
Tropico 3 is ranked #206 out of 1574 total reviewed games. It is ranked #13 out of 75 games reviewed in 2009.
205. Gran Turismo 5
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206. Tropico 3
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