Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete, the latest offering in the Sid Meier's Civilization III franchise, provides gaming fans with Sid Meier's Civilization III, the highly-addictive journey of discovery, combined with the updated and enhanced multiplayer expansion pack Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World*, as well as all of the
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Release Date: Oct 30, 2001

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Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete, the latest offering in the Sid Meier's Civilization III franchise, provides gaming fans with Sid Meier's Civilization III, the highly-addictive journey of discovery, combined with the updated and enhanced multiplayer expansion pack Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World*, as well as all of the great new civilizations, scenarios, and features from Sid Meier's Civilization III: Conquests! Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete provides more ways to explore, more strategies to employ, more modes of play, and more ways to win, all in one box!

*Online Multiplayer to be suspended as of May 31st 2014, LAN mode still supported

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    Recommended: Windows® 2000/XP (only), Pentium® II 400 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 1.7 GB Free HDD space, Windows® 2000/XP compatible video card*, Windows® 2000/XP compatible sound card*, DirectX® version 9.0b (included) or higher
    * Indicates device should be compatible with DirectX® version 9.0b or higher.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
A game that stands the Test of Time...
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
67.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Possibly the greatest game that has ever hit humanity
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
91.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Score: 10/10

You could be forgiven for thinking Civ V is the best Civ, but III is where it's at!
Beautiful 2.5D graphics that still hold up today, legendary soundtrack and insanely addictive gameplay.
For the price Steam have it at it's a steal!

So don't delay, build the Prymiands in Gettysburg today!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
178.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
The best turn based strategy game ever!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
152.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
I still think this game competes with the newer titles, one of the best strategy games I've ever played, although I still haven't fully figured out the combat system.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
15 years later, this game still holds up.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
So I'm not big on writing reviews but I can tell you that this game turned me into one skunk lad. I haven't really played on steam cause I stopped playing this game but I recon that this game is super fly. Back in 98 me, Jerry Seinfeld and Craimer would play this as we had turns doing stand up and eating a philly cheese steak sandwich aye. 10 out of 10 the German leader is really hot!!!!! <3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Still as good of a game as I remember it from my childhood, it's age shows a little, but for $5 (and potentially even less) it still provides that "one more turn" mentality. I probably sunk at least 200 hours into my local libraries copy, so when I saw it was on steam, it was a no brainer purchase.

Having played Civ 5, I have to say that the portraits of the rulers convey far more emotion, at least in my eyes, than the full set pieces of Civ 5. The barbarians have multiple AI options and can be absolutly brutal. Certain civilzations have certain traits which affect what actions trigger golden ages. You get to upgrade your palace in a way that actually changes the way it looks on the city screen. Also there is a city screen where you get a detailed overview of your city and all the wonders you built. As opposed to Civ 5's jam packed 3D model of your city.

Age helps, in a way, since with todays operating systems the turns are lightning fast, even with troop movement.

I know I have my nostagia blinders on, but I really like this game, despite whatever flaws I cannot see. I suspect that anyone who likes these kinds of games and doesn't mind the lack of 4k graphics, will definitely get their money's worth.

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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Still the best Civ game after all these years. I only wish firaxis would return to the model set by this game including the stacking of units, the single tile cities, the awesome full control easy to use GUI editor, etc.... The Civ series has consistently declined in quality since Civ3, culminating with the current Civ 6 release although the biggest jump down was from 3 to 4 where most of the features were removed to allow them to be slowly introduced in future upgrades and DLCs for the following games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
105.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
The combat mechanics are as clunky as the graphics but i still love it.
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Münchausen by Proxy
7.8 hrs
Posted: December 5
Product received for free
I got this game from a book order back in the 2nd grade. To this day, it's still my favorite strategy game ever.
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Augustus512
1.1 hrs
Posted: December 4
So first off I'm going to start by saying even though it might show about an hour or so of playtime it does not mean I have not played this game before. I first came across this game at GameStop and I really hadn't played any games since I was young. But I needed a past time because I was dying of boredom being at home laid up in bed unable to do much. I had severely injured my back and I wasn't going to work anytime soon and the depression started to kick in. So anyways by now the game had been out for about 3 years and it looked interesting so I bought it. Went home and started playing it and it was my first time playing a strategy game so I didn't even know if I was going to like it. I started playing around lunch time by the time I know it was dinner time so took 10 minutes got my food and came back and ate while I played. By the time I knew it was freaking 6am the next day! I had never had lost track of time by that much, but man was I enjoying the game. I thought the graphics were pretty decent, the game play was very good and the UI was also good. Of course it was the first time I've had played a game with an in game Civilopedia and I thought that was awesome. The other thing I miss from Civilization III that has not been added to any other Civilization since is building your capital building when your citizens were happy you were able to add one section at a time until you finished upgrading your building. I thought that was fun, even though it was a very simple and quick thing. By the time Civilization IV came out I had around 3500 hours invested in this game and I still have the original disk I bought, but I went ahead and bought it on Steam because they had a very good deal on Civ III, IV and Colonization which I already have the other two also. But I want to keep those disks from getting any damage and besides Steam keeps a running track of your gaming time. So I can safely say this game is what got me back into gaming and becoming a full time gamer. I DO RECOMMEND THIS GAME, EVEN THOUGH IT'S AN OLDER GAME. Keep gaming.
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Takeda Iesyu
63.7 hrs
Posted: December 4
Civilization has been one of the main cornerstones of the 4X genre since its first entry in the 90s. I grew up playing tons of Civilization II until my brother got a copy of Civilization III for Christmas, and I've loved it ever since.

PROS:
+Grand strategy based on ruling an empire and balancing multiple facets including your militaristic, economic, industrial, scientific, and diplomatic agendas.
+Impressive number of Civilizations to play as (over 30), each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
+Despite the number of potential Civilizations, each plays with its own distinctive style.
+More peaceful options to win than spaceship-building.
+Numerous scenarios (or Conquests) including WWII in the Pacific, Sengoku-era Japan, Pre- and Post-Columbus America, and the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire.
+Abnormally good soundtrack.
+Difficult to master, like many good strategy games.
+Introduces new game mechanics like war weariness, forced labor, and corruption.
+Included is a Scenario-maker, which is very comprehensive and allows for the addition of entirely-new civilizations, technologies, and maps.
+There's many of the popular fan-made maps and scenarios already installed with the game.
+Mods! (on CivFanatics)

CONS:
-Loses some of the characteristics form Civilization II (such as wonder movies, animated high councils, and "Our words are backed with NUCLEAR WEAPONS!"
-Doesn't run as well on modern machines. I've had game crashes on the Victory Screen, but I've heard of people not even being able to start the game.
-Tutorial hints hidden in the Preferences menu, so unless you've played Civilization II or IV, this one's pretty hard to learn. Other Civilizations (including this game's direct predacessor) automatically turned on the hints if played on the lowest difficulty, or had menus for learning the game.

Personally, it's my favorite of the grid-based Civilizations, and I always come back for more.
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nettiemac
43.6 hrs
Posted: December 3
This is a good strategy game and takes some thought to enable you to be the winner.

As with all Civ games it would be nice if you research multiple advances at once, instead of being limited to one.
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ShrooM
298.7 hrs
Posted: December 1
Aside from the original Civilization, this is my favorite in the series...
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chrzanclan.03062000
11.9 hrs
Posted: December 1
An old, yet good game. A classic.
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Fire maker
11.8 hrs
Posted: November 30
doesnt work for me
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bfitzgerald1701
57.1 hrs
Posted: November 29
All right. I got this game from a friend sometime around 2012, I think. I played it for a bit but honestly, I had trouble getting into it. A lot had changed from Civilization II and I never really caught on to all the differences.

Picked it up during the Steam Black Friday sale on Thanksgiving. I gave it a whirl. At first, I had the same feelings I did last time I played all those years ago. It wasn't CivII, and the strategies that worked for me then were failing me now. It didn't help that there wasn't a tutorial or a manual of any kind, and the Civilopedia is not the most user-friendly interface, although it's critical to understanding all of the game mechanics the AI employs.

I played on Chieftain for a while, just trying to get a handle on the game mechanics, but now I'm bored of chieftain. Too easy. Once you learn and begin to understand the game mechanics, this is a pretty great game. That said, it's virtually impossible to win if you don't constantly expand and build one city after another. I mean, that is all you will do. Build and build and build. If you don't, the AI will and you'll lose. Pretty much the only way to win is to begin building a ton of cities in the early parts of the game.

I did like the implementation of cultural borders, and how borders clash against one another. The cultural conversion tool was also pretty cool, where cities could rebel and join your forces because they realized that their own culture was lifeless. So it's a pretty good game, and definitely worth the price for my 46 hours (and growing).

I do have to say, though, that a couple of the leader choices are really dumb. Mahatma Gandhi was not a leader of the Indian nation. Although he championed the move for India's independence, making him the face of India is weird, because he was a guru and not a general. And Jeanne d'Arc leading the French? She was a teenager and a peasant who, by her own confession, never even used her sword in combat. They could have chosen Charlemagne or Napoleon Bonaparte, but Joan! Kinda silly!
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GyozaGulpr
0.6 hrs
Posted: November 29
one of the early Civ games that is perfect already.
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