|System: X360, PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Haemimont Games AD||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Kalypso Media||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 16, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Furthermore, laying out infrastructure can be trying, especially on rough, island terrain. Laying down roads that maximize efficiency and still leave you with space to plant crops and construct buildings is an often frustrating experience with the Xbox 360 controller.
Graphics and sounds aren't nearly as compelling as the controls are, but they still support gameplay nicely. Your island nation is well rendered with recognizable buildings and even people and cars roaming the street. However, there isn't a lot of detail to get excited about. In terms of visuals, things are skewed toward functionality rather than beauty. The aural complements are far worse. While I enjoyed the pseudo Tito Puente / Celia Cruz menu tunes, things get repetitive and the game itself is often devoid of a soundtrack. Morover, the "radio" announcements that give you an overall idea of the events and state of your nation are quite bad; the guy doing the announcing seems to be stuck between five different accents, none of which come through clearly.
Tropico 3 is a good translation of a quality strategy game. Even on the Xbox 360, there are hours and hours of fun to be had, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the series evolves now that it has ventured away from the PC. What Tropico 3 seems to be missing is PvP, online matches. While most LIVE gamers likely aren't patient enough to slog through hour after hour of turn-based strategy a la the Civilization franchise, putting players in control of a number of factions on the same island with some strategy-lite game modes could be great fun. Alas, all you'll find here is leaderboard support.
Tropico 3 for Xbox 360 is one of the best strategy games available for the platform, so console gamers looking for this type of gameplay will be pleasantly surprised. Of course, the PC version still trumps the console edition, so don't expect miracles.
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