Sid Meier's Civilization III Free Humble Bundle

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  1. FrgMstr

    FrgMstr Just Plain Mean Staff Member

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    I never played the original Sid Meier's Civilization game, but I did play Civ II for days on end back in 1996. Humble Bundle is giving away Sid Meier's Civilization III for the next 26 hours. It is the the greatest game of all time, at least that is what the advertisement said. Thanks Nebulous!

    Check out the video.
     
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  2. I used to love Civ II. I have Civ IV but haven't started it yet.
     
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  3. Ultima99

    Ultima99 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Thanks Kyle!

    Now I won't need to dig out my old CD's and apply patches.
     
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  4. Burticus

    Burticus 2[H]4U

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    I enjoyed Civ 3 back in the day (railroad tracks on every damn tile! hell yeah!) But then Civ 4 came out and I never looked at 3 again. But hey, free is free, and you can play it on your ancient laptops.

    But a better use of your time is VOX POPULI, the most awesome mod pack for Civ V. It has totally changed Civ 5, and it's better than Civ 6.

    http://civ-5-cbp.wikia.com/wiki/Civ5_CBP_Wikia
    https://www.reddit.com/r/civvoxpopuli/

    Anyone who is still playing vanilla Civ 5 needs to stop what they are doing and install Vox Populi RIGHT NOW. Read the wiki's though... it's a whole new world.
     
  5. Gigus Fire

    Gigus Fire 2[H]4U

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    Isn't it typical that most Civ games are worse than it's predecessor?
    I've read nothing other than bad reviews on Civ 6 where they gutted the strategy portion and added some kiddy cartoonish graphics.
     
  6. OnceSetThisCannotChange

    OnceSetThisCannotChange Limp Gawd

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    Actually they need to buy IV and play Realism Invictus mod (I still do), but to each his own :cool:

    For me from best to worst (to play today) Civ IV, II, III, I, V, VI (2-5 with mods), VI may become better than V one day, but it is still the worst.

    Thus Civ III is the third in the series, and third best, plus the price is right - what's not to like?
     
  7. cyclone3d

    cyclone3d [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Yay, free game.

    Ended up buying the mid-tier Humble Software Bundle 2 while I was there.
     
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    rezerekted 2[H]4U

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    It says you need all the DLC to use this mod. I only have Brave New World mod.
     
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    4884 Limp Gawd

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    I have Civ V but I've played only one game so far.
    It was too addictive but too long (took me 10+ hours for that game), I stayed up all night and couldn't stop myself until I successfully conquered the world.
    I decided not to play it anymore because it's not very good to my health :oops:.
     
  10. rezerekted

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    Civ IV complete is on sale at gamersgate right now. 78% off.

    https://www.gamersgate.com/DD-SID-M...S/sid-meiers-civilization-iv-complete-edition
     
  11. Seventyfive

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    They'd have to pay me to play a game where archers can defeat panzer tanks...
     
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    jardows [H]ard|Gawd

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    Wimp. This is what the Civ games are all about!

    I already own Civ3 on several media and platforms, but another one for free - sure! I actually place it above Civ4. I haven't played the original, or 6, so my preference is: 2, 5, 3, 4.
     
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    TheHig Limp Gawd

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    Snagged it last night. Really enjoyed IV.

    Thanks!
     
  14. NeghVar

    NeghVar 2[H]4U

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    Civ 3 is the only one I have not played. I was very disappointed with 6 right off the bat. Thankfully Steam has their refund policy.
     
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  15. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

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    I might grab this.

    I played the original back in 1991, but then proceeded to skip II, and III originally.

    Spent countless hours in IV, and V though, and have played through once or twice in VI, but its not appealing to me as much.

    I feel like grabbing it just to test it out and see what I missed back then :p
     
  16. SomeoneElse

    SomeoneElse [H]ard|Gawd

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    I had problems with the spearmen killing my tanks...even after multiple attacks in a row.....I grabbed it cuz it was free and i can't remember where my discs are. I stopped playing when they destroyed my tech advanced civilization was wiped out by 300BC civ....
     
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  17. Burticus

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    Yep. Here is the complete edition for $10. It says Mac, but it's just Steam keys so should work on PC (I know it did the other way around)

    https://www.macgamestore.com/product/3172/Civilization-V-The-Complete-Edition/

    I've never used that store, but I assume it's ok... maybe just use Paypal. I think I got my complete edition from a Steam sale a long time ago.
     
  18. Bawjaws

    Bawjaws Limp Gawd

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    I played the absolute granny out of Civ 1 on the Amiga, and still have a VM set up purely to play WinCiv (damn MS removing 16-bit support from Windows Home). I also love Civ 2 and while I can appreciate that it's probably a better game, I just don't love it as much as the original. Every subsequent game has been worse, imho.

    I'll still be picking this up for free, though :D
     
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    horrorshow [H]ardness Supreme

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    I remember the UI in Civ III being extremely wonky, so I just stuck with Alpha Centauri till Civ IV came out....
     
  20. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

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    I'm not sure I agree every iteration has been worse.

    Recent Civ games usually launch weak, improve a little with the first expansion, and then by the second expansion become pretty damned brilliant.

    I did love the original Civ, but then I skipped II and III.

    Civ 4 Beyond the Sword (the final expansion) was a real highlight and a great game. I was really disappointed with Civ 5 when it launched, two expansion packs in Brave New World, Civ V was actually a pretty awesome game. I still think Civ 4 BTS was a bit better, but Civ 5 BNW is up there.

    Thus far I've only played through Civ 6 twice. It doesn't have the same draw to me, but maybe it will after they get around to releasing some expansion packs.
     
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    Requires linking a Steam account with Humble, now owned by IGN, allowing them access to your gaming activity/statistics/achievements. Sigh.
     
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    TordanGow Gawd

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    To be fair I think the Germans built the Panzers with Kobe steel.
     
  24. DPI

    DPI Nitpick Police

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    Free is only free if your time is worthless ;)
     
  25. horrorshow

    horrorshow [H]ardness Supreme

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    Touche friendo!
     
  26. nomu

    nomu Gawd

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    At release, sure. Civ 4 is the high water mark after expansions (I had an irrational dislike for the vanilla release) and Civ V has the best mods IMO. SMAC is up there if you include it in the Civ series.

    Civ 2 was a titanic game for its time. It doesn't hold up against Civ 4 or SMAC.
     
  27. sirmonkey1985

    sirmonkey1985 [H]ard|DCer of the Month - July 2010

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    it's not like they didn't already have access, lol. it's easy as hell to data mine information through steam without the API.
     
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    STrAYeR Limp Gawd

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    I'm always having money issues. Get the advisor guy popping up: Hey dumbass you have no money!!
     
  29. zalazin

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    How is it free ? I just went there and it is 4.99 that's NOT free.....
     
  30. OnceSetThisCannotChange

    OnceSetThisCannotChange Limp Gawd

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    Well it used to be free, up to 26 hours after Kyle's post. I guess it's back to 4.99 now.
     
  31. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

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    What's the matter, you never saw the Ewoks destroy walkers in Star Wars? :p

    More seriously, I never played 3, but what I recall from the first game is that it was based on a random combat calculation. Given identical terrain, the same units have about a 50% chance of winning.

    The stronger unit you have compared to the enemy, the greater your percentage chance of winning you have, but the chance of losing never goes completely away.

    A comically weak or old unit can defeat a powerful unit, but it is awfully rare.

    In civ 1 I once remember having an ironclad warship defeated while bombarding a bronze age greek phalanx unit, but in the thousands of hours I spent in that game, I only recall something like that happening once.

    Honestly, I find the Aggressive Ghandi bug to be funnier.

    [​IMG]

    Each leader in the original Civilization had an aggressiveness number governing how likely they were to be an assholes and attack. Ghanbdi's was the lowest at 1 to reflect the peaceful nature of the real Ghandi.

    Problem is, once any Civ adopts Democracy their aggressiveness level drops by two.

    8 bit integers being what they are, once his value dropped by two, it couldn't turn into -1, so instead it turned into 255, higher by an order of magnitude than any other leader in the game, making late game Ghandi the most likely to nuke you.
     
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    Bawjaws Limp Gawd

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    Because you've missed the boat. It was a time-limited offer, which has now expired.
     
  33. Ranulfo

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    I grew to dislike Civ3 a lot, its expansion play the world added multiplayer but was a buggy mess. They really didn't play test it early on and initially it didn't come with a map editor that was worth a damn. You couldn't create scenarios with it, you couldn't even set starting points for civs. You'd start as the Egyptians in South America on the Earth map. I remember doing custom edits to unit values on the first day to fix attack values for some units like subs and privateers. Air units were bugged in some way if I remember right. Cultural borders were a joke, the AI would ignore them but hold you to them all the time.

    I'd rate Civ4 as the best so far even though 3 had soured me so much that I didn't get 4 until the gold edition came out. Civ1 first got me into 4x games, Civ2 was great but Civ5 and 6 haven't won me over. I regret buying Civ6 on release, hopefully it will get better with expansions but even 5's additions didn't do it any good in my view.
     
  34. oopspowsurprise

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    I remember playing this game. I was using stealth bombers to fight enemies with spears. Funny as hell.
     
  35. Paul_Johnson

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    Shit is free for me then!
     
  36. michalrz

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    I still play Civ II multiplayer gold to this day
     
  37. Gicusan

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    Civ 3 is probably the weakest of the series but it has some wonderfull mods. Best mod ever for civilization is RFRE - rise and fall of the roman empire. It is extraordinary. Go for it if you got this. Other than that 4 is the best game with loads of great mods and gaming. 2 is second best as it is fun, lots of fun. 1 is a wonderful antiquty I still play sometimes. 5 and 6... 1pt destroyed civ. They are somehow fun, especially 5 with Vae Victis, they have some new ideas but the 1pt flaw makes them much less fun as the Ai canot do that properly.