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Galactic Civilizations III (pc game)
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Following in the footsteps of the superb Galactic Civilizations II and taking a similar route to sci-fi strategy games like Master of Orion, this is a bit of a mixed bag that remains a cautious recommendation. If you're new to the 4X genre, it's worthy of consideration, although there are better alternatives out there, and if you're a fan of the series, you might find it lacking when compared to the previous installment. In many ways, the game is similar to others of the genre, in that you're presented with a sandbox universe and charged with carving out your own galaxy-spanning empire. There is a storyline to follow here, but for the most part this takes the route offered by other games, in that how you create your empire is up to you. You can win by defeating all other civilizations, you can try cultural domination, forging political alliances or any combination of these approaches and more. This one is similar to the previous installment but focuses on streamlining the experience, with the removal of linear victory conditions, the addition of multiple objectives and so on. And for some of its running time, this is enjoyable stuff. There's a great sense of depth and scale, but the game is let down by its unfinished feel, unbalanced combat, poor AI and awkward UI. The visuals are decent enough, if a little overly familiar and lacking in real personality, with sound that is equally bland. This isn't a terrible game by any stretch but you've really got to have run out of sci-fi strategy games to play to try it out.