The third installment in the Civilization series which is getting pretty old these days, with it's successor Civilization IV and V. This is another one of those titles that you might have grown up with as a kid and have had nostalgic value to you. This is at least the case for me. I remember that the game took a chocking 700 MB of space on my hard disk and it was generally tanking my late 90's computer. I have sunk a huge amount of hours into this game and for me this is the best game in the series.
Civilization is probably the most dominating Turn-based strategy game in the gaming industry. The Total Wars games for example are RTS/TBS hybrids, while CIV is completely TBS. True Civilization enthusiasts probably rank Civ3 pretty low, compared to Civ2, Civ4 and Civ5 which were very well received for their times. For me however, Civilization 3 is the favorite among the ones I've played (Civ3, Civ4 and Civ5). Again - because of it's nostalgic value.
All Civ games start out the same way unless you play a scenario or campaign. You start off with a settler and a warrior of some sorts. The settler can build a city, and as you find a suitable location for your capital - let your Civilization begin! Beware though, once you have started a game you won't be able to leave for at least 4 hours. This game is honestly best played during the night and is mostly a single-player experience.
There is a Campaign/Scenario mode, where you play historical events or just silly settings. As well as a multiplayer mode, but I have never enjoyed these ones at all. Nothing beats that random map mode, select the terrain, the climate, map size and your opponents/allies. Let the history get rewritten as you choose the path of the righteous, or the path of the tyrant. Through exploding expansion, racing technology, crushing warfare and cunning diplomacy you must stand victor as the one and only dominating superpower.I only recommend picking this up if you have a personal connection to it, or if you are entirely out of gameplay from modern titles.Note: You might want to check out Civilization V (Review) as it's a modern take to the genre and series.