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EDGE on Alpha Centauri

EDGE Magazine has published a fantastic look at one of the more forgotten brilliant games of all time: Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri:

Many games have opened at the end of civilisation, but only Alpha Centauri could open at the end of Civilization – repositioning Civ’s victory condition of manned flight to Alpha Centauri from a conclusion to a prelude. For those who pursued that victory it’s a sobering beginning, proposing that regardless of how enlightened or ruthless your climb to power was, the Earth of 2060 you leave behind is at critical mass: a map that’s been played out, save for the drawn-out bickering over the last exhausted resource tiles. In a case of life imitating turn-based strategy, those who had never touched a Civ title would be likely to find the setting just as plausible.

Alpha Centauri, unlike Colonization or Pirates! screams to be remade, but if I recall correctly (and if I’m wrong, let me know in the comments) Sid Meier has no plans to remake this game. Which is a shame, as it’s an amazing strategy game that is, in many respects, much better than the Civ games.

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  1. 12 December 2009 at 12:13 pm

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