Tropico 3 Review
Become El Presidente and build your tropical paradise in this fun city builder sim
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)
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