Yep, it's another Tropico game...
There really isn't much more to say other than that. It just feels lazy. All your old favourite buildings return, very few new ones. DLC is silly expensive, customization is meh. Save your money and go play one of the other tropicos. Either 1, or if you like roads, 3.
Building Variety - Tropico has never been big on this, but it's 2014. Would it kill to have 2 models for a Bunhouse/house/etc?
Eras - These are esentially mini-goals. If you fail to achieve them within the time limit, you lose. That's about it. All they do is lock buildings from you, making it harder to layout a good city -from the start-
Ships - You get to own ships, that sounds cool, and I really thought it was going to be like Tropico 2 managing pirate fleets. But it's not. You couldn't have any less interaction with them, No naming, no colouring, and with each era, the ship just poofs into the next eras ship and keeps doing what it does. Huge let down.
Mines - Ugly eyesores that just look silly when you upgrade them. A mini Bagger 288 just sits there, and it's grosly undersized.
Tanks - Yep, I'm gonna say this too. The introduction of Tropico tanks. They are T-34. That's it. Every nation be it america, soviets, modern armour,, oh and of course Tropico, all use the same model T-34.
Bring Back TNT radio - I mean the Tropico 3 one, (but 4 is even better than this schlock).
Some of these sound nitpicky, but this is why the game just feels lazy. Would it of killed them to make a few differnt tank models? Woud it of been that much of an effort to make another bunk house?
Sure, these are just visuals, but this game is very difficult to mod. And there are virtually no new gameplay from say Tropico 3, or 4. So if the game play is the same, then the visuals better be amazing......but they aren't. Hence a lazy, forgetable, "next tropico game".