OS Neutral Tropico 3 or Tropico 4?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by bmac89, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. bmac89 macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2014

    I am thinking of buying Tropico 3 or 4 Gold Edition but am completely new to this game. I actually know very little about the games other than that they are part sim builder/political management game. I have seen some screenshots and thought it looked good. I have also enjoyed playing Simcity 3000 in the past.

    In the meantime I will try the demos (Tropico 3 Mac & Tropico 4 PC - because no mac demo) to get a better feel for the game.

    However, can those who are familiar with these games please tell me what the pros and cons of each are. Obviously 4 is newer and appears to have better graphics and more DLC extra content.

    Also which would you suggest buying for someone new to this series.

    Many Thanks
  2. Beaverfish macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2008

    I was thinking of buying ones of these too?
  3. GoldfishRT macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2014
    Tropico 4 for sure is the one to buy.

    3 and 4 are VERY similar but 4 basically just built on what made the previous game fantastic. It runs better, looks better, has everything the third game has plus more content and lots of good DLC.

    Avoid Tropico 5 though. It's a mess and a full step backward for the series.
  4. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    I do like the premise of Tropico 5 though…. because you play a historical Dynasty dictatorship through many decades…. which really reminds me of the Kims of North Korea!

    Could you please elaborate why you think T5 is a step backwards? I am also tempted to go with Tropico 4, since it's often on sale these days, AND it also has some DLCs which expands it into an even bigger game.
  5. GoldfishRT macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2014
    Maybe that was the wrong term to use. It just doesn't really advance the series in any meaningful way. 5 loses a bunch of customization options for your dictator (and sells you DLC for it, real shocker there) and as a whole the dynastic bits are disappointing. The eras are super cool though but don't add quite as much to the game as one would hope. It feels more like a stand-alone expansion than the whole new Tropico experience it was marketed as. Considering the price, 4 plus all the extra content is just a much better value.

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