When Firaxis released the immensely popular game Civilization III last year, there was talk amongst developers of the game for a multiplayer update in the future. The rumour mill has finally stopped circulating and an expansion pack, Play the World, has been released. Boasting incredible new features and landscapes, the expansion pack can only build on a game that was deemed perfect in many gamers’ eyes.
The main feature of this latest expansion pack is the multiplayer aspect, enabling Civ players to face off against other players worldwide. New multiplayer games include Elimination, Domination, Regicide, and King of the Mountain. Also included in the multiplayer options are game modes that comprise the default turn-based mode, simultaneous mode and — appearing for the first time in a Civilization title — a turn-less mode. Similar to the simultaneous mode, the turn-less option enables gamers to move their units simultaneously, with the production occurring automatically at certain intervals. The length of the intervals extends as the game progresses, giving gamers more time to amass their armies and constructions.
Eight new Civs are added and include the Spanish, Mongols, Celts, Ottomans, Koreans, Carthaginians, Vikings and Arabs. Another welcome addition is the Scenario editor, which gives gamers access to scenarios created by other Civ III fans worldwide. Also, the option to build your own scenarios offers limitless replay ability, as the gamer can essentially build their ‘dream’ scenario. An updated interface improves on the stand-alone title, giving the gamer more efficient management and better control.
Not just an exciting addition, the expansion pack proves to be very compelling. It gives gamers the opportunity to step away from the game and expand their knowledge of the civilisations that are featured in the title. Novice and hardcore gamers alike should warm to this title because of its compelling gameplay and infinite replay ability. If turn-based games aren’t for you, this title with its different game modes will make you think twice. And if, of course, you were a fan of Civilisation III even without these new additions, knock up a batch of fresh coffee and rejoice.
Developer: Firaxis Games