Caesar III
(By Gerry Wang)

by Gerry Wang

Part 3 in the "Caesar" series, Caesar III retains almost all of the same traits as its ancestors. The most glaring similarity is that it sucks bad. Just like its predecessors, you feel like it's boring as hell.

Why is Gerry in such a foul mood you say? It's because I'm fighting an intense pain in my stomach from: Indigestion + heartburn from the pizza I just ate + playing a crappy computer game.

It looks like a Civilization clone. Actually, it's SimCiv. Except clones rarely surpass the original, and it clearly shows here. You got a big map full of foliage and your little huts, then a little puny overall map. Ho hum. Then you click on little buttons to make your men jiggle about.

The graphics look Ok. Yup. They look like Civ. The sound is terrible. It sounds like someone is playing a record backwards. If you thought the grunts in Age of Empires was bad, you ain't seen nothing yet.

So to conclude, I say, Don't buy this game unless you're a Civ-type game lover. All the Civ basics are present, and it is better than its previous installments. Of course, that was back in the early to mid 90's. Caesar III doesn't seem like it evolved much though.

Gameplay ***
Graphics ***1/2
Sound *
Smooth *****
Repeat **

Overall - 2.9 out of 5

*Note: These screenshots are courtesy of Adrenaline Vault Online magazine