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CIVILIZATION:CTP PREVIEW
PART 2: PAGE 1

By Markos Giannopoulos

I) INTRODUCTION

Introduction? You really need one? Ok, here goes

Is this the Civ3 we've been asking for? Does it suck or is great? Is it a revolution, an evolution or just civ2 with 16bit graphics? Does it keep the Civ1/2 feeling or lawyers and televangelists destroy the great genre?


Opening screen

Single player choices, options screen
It is my humble opinion that all civers were happy when we heard about a new civ game from Activision. It was summer of 98, Microprose was playing with our nerves delaying MGE, and we thanked God for the creation of CTP. But exactly 2 minutes later, people start wondering how the new game would be, what Activision was going to make with the best game ever, and what the hell was a lawyer and cleric doing in Civ?

Time passed, we've learned a lot about the game and it's features, but without a Sid Meier or a Brian Reynolds to count on, criticism and scepticism came easy. There were many previews but they didn't go so much in depth and crucial details were missing to complete the puzzle.

Now, on the exact day of the release, after weeks of playing the game, we hope to give you the real experience of Civilization: Call to Power.

Liked the intro? :)

II) OPENING THE BOX, INSTALLATION

Actually, the box in our case was just a simple box used for mail services, but the contents were the same: the CD, the manual(an early version of it) and a big poster with the advances. The manual(will be about 200 pages in the final thing) covers pretty much everything. It would be good though if there were more details on some things, like the calculation of damages in combat or the profits from trade inside your civ, as well as some instruction on modifying the game files. The poster shows the advances, the units, the city improvements, etc, much like the civ2 one, but it's two sided not one sided. Which means that you can't hang it on the wall and see everything...

The installation is as any windows installation - easy. Two important notes on the setup process. One, the setup program will check your hardware for the minimum requirements(Pentium 133 with 32MB of RAM), and will give you a warning if you have something lower. It will let you install it, but the game will be slow. And two, the installation program will ask you if it should install the movies on your hard disk or not. Movies on the cd means 300MB on your hard disk, while the opposite will mean an extra 300MB occupied by C:CTP. Also, the game specifically notifies you that it will require you to have an at least 80MB virtual memory file, so check your settings and the free space of your hard disk.

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II) OPENING THE BOX, INSTALLATION
III) STARTING, SETING UP A GAME

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