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Is SMAC enjoyable to new players?

Discussion in 'Alpha Centauri' started by Ita Bear, Oct 31, 2021.

  1. Ita Bear

    Ita Bear Warlord

    Dec 8, 2020
    Hello folks,

    SMAC came out a long time ago and has obviously dated since its release. I am a huge fan of the Civilisation series (up to IV, anyway!) and more recently Old World. Graphics aren't a huge concern for me as long as the gameplay is deep and engaging. I love the city specialisation and empire management of Civilisation IV and Old World. I understand that Beyond Earth is a kind of spiritual sequel to the game but it wasn't too well received. Alpha Centauri isn't too much on GOG, so would it suit a relatively old-school strategy player like me?

    Grateful for any assistance.

    Kind regards,
    Ita Bear
  2. Buster's Uncle

    Buster's Uncle AC2 Co-Owner

    Apr 13, 2009
  3. Pfeffersack

    Pfeffersack Deity

    May 10, 2003
    I can clearly recommend it - still coming back to it from time to time. The lore and some mechanics (terraforming, terrain model, debt treaties) are unmatched or rarely found in other games (unit workshop). Not to say that SMAC hasn't bugs or weaknesses (balance, AI) - but luckily it has a living modding community. I would recommend to apply the HD-Patch (which greatly improves visuals and handling) and the great "Will to Power" mod, which completely reworks AI and balance and offers a huge challenge: https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/smax-the-will-to-power-mod.653694/

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