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What do you miss in Civ 3?

Discussion in 'Civ3 - General Discussions' started by Sultan Bhargash, Dec 10, 2001.


What from Civ 2 do you miss most in Civ 3?

  1. Statue of Liberty

    4 vote(s)
  2. King Richard's Crusade

    5 vote(s)
  3. Spy/Diplomat Units

    8 vote(s)
  4. Caravan/Frieght Units

    5 vote(s)
  5. Eiffel Tower

    0 vote(s)
  6. Supermarket/Double Irrigation

    25 vote(s)
  7. Fundamentalism

    6 vote(s)
  8. Race to land on Alpha Centauri

    7 vote(s)
  9. SDI Defense in Cities

    2 vote(s)
  10. Spanish, Mongols, deleted Civs...

    21 vote(s)
  1. Ruffian

    Ruffian Chieftain

    Dec 7, 2001
    I miss the horror of realizing you started out right by the rutheless mongols. They were great!!

    I really wish they'd implemented some of the improvements AC had over Civ. For instance, being able to obsolete useless units. It's frustrating to be close to the end of the game and realize one of the governors in your distant forgotten cities manufactured a swordsman when you have tanks. Argh!!!!
  2. Lavindathar

    Lavindathar Warlord

    Dec 2, 2001
    Lancs, England
    Got to be King Richard's Crusade!
  3. Mozenwrath

    Mozenwrath Warlord

    Sep 22, 2001
    The Hotel California
    The one thing that I really miss is Marco Polo's Embassy. I know a lot of you people find the exploration aspect "exiliarating"(sp) but I hate it and I loved just building the embassy and trading maps with everyone. It got all that messy, "finding out where the people you have to kill are" phase.
  4. Jezner

    Jezner Warlord

    Oct 31, 2001
    New England
    God I miss the SMAC diplomatic system. I wasn't a big fan of the game, but the diplomacy really took me places. I miss

    a) not being able to vote on global measures
    b) not being able to give units to your neighbor
    c) not being able to broker peace

    It does feel like they took a step backward. The diplo screen right now is really good - and quite flexible which I say hats off. But it would have been amazing to add all those other components to it.

    Personally, I think Civ3 is much better than Civ2. I don't mind the combat system or the lack of firepower. But then again, I think the combat system is more of a "taster's choice" thing. I think it would be wise for Firaxis to give the player the ability to choose the combat system style. Actually, the more options the better.

    Still, they did a great job. It'll keep me playing for a couple of years.
  5. Northstar5757

    Northstar5757 Warlord

    Nov 4, 2001
    I played a lot more civ than civ2 (civ2 was still great) so I thought civil wars could only happen in civ1 (only saw it twice). Was definantly a really cool thing.

    Speaking of civ 1 I remember one saved game that messed up. In the advisor screen (embassy) it showed tons of info about the civ which you never could see before. Including ALLIES of computer civs which was probably the weirdest thing since until then I thought there wewrn't allies in civ, but clearly the computer was allying with other comps (of course I didn't have any since I couldn't negotiate allies in civ1).
  6. VoodooAce

    VoodooAce Emperor

    Jun 1, 2001
    Probably my biggest gripe, which doesn't seem to bother anyone else, is not being able to zoom out and see more of the map at once.

    I know, we have that little, itsy bitsy map on the bottom corner.

    I want to be able to zoom way out, though, to get a better picture of my overall strategic situation. Would be even cooler now with borders.

    Then they could give you a key to hit to show the map as normal, terrain, or colored in borders.....

    Anyway, nothing major, but I miss it. :cry:
  7. scavenger

    scavenger Warlord

    Dec 2, 2001
    Los Angeles
    1.true, sorta
    2.whats ICS?
    3.bombardment is bad, I like the old skool stylings better
    4.AI is stupidier as far as I can see or at least, only as inteligent
    6.powerful wonderes were better
    8.combat is better then Civ 1, but far inferior to Civ 2
    9.Leaders and armies are ********

    another thing I miss, THE FRIGGEN S KEY!

    I liked being able to sentry units so I knew if enemies walked past
  8. Mikeweather

    Mikeweather Chieftain

    Oct 27, 2001
    Louisville, KY USA
    I miss poisoning the water supply etc. They should never have been removed. I miss sleeping units too, but I'd rather have the ability to poison another civ's water etc.
  9. narmox

    narmox Emperor

    Nov 17, 2001
    build a city. rush-build a settler as soon as you can. travel 2 tiles and build a city. repeat until you haev a gazillion cities, producing a total of 10000000 gold each turn in 1000 BC and proceed to kill everyone.

    oh definitely not. Bombardment is much superior than just the old school no strategy take a bunch of howitzers (which in real life were just support units right? for BOMBING ennemies?) and take over the world.

    I was quite impressed with the AI, especially when I asked it to declare war and it actually did! so rarely did in civ2 and ctp... and other interesting stuff like that. It is better. It builds cities, it goes for resources, it trades, etc... It could be improved but it's much better than civ2/ctp.

    not for me. For me it means just 1000 more units to manage, etc..

    not always. First who built Leo's was way too powerful because he didn't need to bother building new units. And so on.. The civ3 wonders haven't been too much penalized compared to civ2, so they're still powerful but they don't dramatically overpower.

    not in my experience...

    not ********. Could be ameliorated maybe, but I do like them a lot!

    Well, what I hated about the S key was that I could never sentry spies, diplomats, settlers, etc.. That was pretty much annoying. Same for ships iirc... But I don't miss it that much, since I can usually see everything that's happening.
  10. bakant

    bakant Warlord

    Dec 3, 2001
    It is possible to zoom out. Just press the Z key.

    Hope this helps.

  11. ouzzo

    ouzzo Chieftain

    Nov 26, 2001
    I really agree with the opinion that CIV 3 has more goddies that CIV 2..

    But I really do miss the Scenarios , they made the game super enjoyable and provided endless fun to a super game.

    I wish that feature would return soon or that someone from FIraxs would assure that they are working on it.

    P.S. I miss the information in the embassy screen too that was cool.
  12. PanaGo

    PanaGo Chieftain

    Nov 15, 2001
    Athens, Greece
    I have to state first, that I haven't played Civ 2 so everything i miss is from Civ...
    1.Wonder Movies (they were in Civ 2)
    2.The city view, were you could actually see the wonder being built brick-by-brick(and the knock-knock of the workers)
    3.Poison their water!
    4.The S key...zzz...
    5.The "you are the first to complete a full circle of the earth" bonus of +1 naval movement.
    7.I liked the Civ UN wonder better...

    Of course Civ 3 is superior by all means and aspects...
  13. dannyevilcat


    Nov 8, 2001
    Burnaby B.C.
    trust me. Zooming ain't like it used to be.
  14. scavenger

    scavenger Warlord

    Dec 2, 2001
    Los Angeles
    because I can't rant enough, let me say this on zooming.

    In civ two you could see the entire friggen world at zoomed out level, and you could see the snot in your mens noses at zoomed in level

    the zoom now is pretty pathetic
  15. RogueNine

    RogueNine Warlord

    Nov 12, 2001
    Montreal, Quebec
    The only thing that I suppose I 'miss' is the civil wars. They were cool, added some stradegy to war. (But that was about the extent of stradegy in Civ 2...)

    Pretty much everything about Civ 3 is better IMHO. Is it a step back from CTP or AC? Maybe, I never played CTP and only tried AC briefly. (I actually found it a bit boring compared to Civ 2...) What I do know for sure is that Civ 3 is a ton better than Civ 2 in every way.

    The two main gripes I've seen so far about Civ 3 have been Corruption and the Combat system. First, I'd just like to go on record that I don't mind the griping. However, I don't find the problems to be anything near what people are making them out to be.

    - Corruption makes you think a bit more about your growth, and prevents the largest empire from the 'I got a faster start thanks to those two nomad-huts in 3500BC, now I've already won'. Getting big is good, getting bigger and bigger after that isn't. (Its not harmful either though.) It makes you think more about growing the cities you do have, and levels the playing field so that technology and culture become more important than turning out settlers faster than your opponent.

    - I can understand why some people are a little frustrated with the combat system. But aren't you tired of building 20 tanks, 20 Howitzers, 20 Steath Fighters, and before you've even started a war you KNOW you've won? THATS what Civ 2 was. It really lacked a good end-game. Civ 3 changes ALL that. I can't remember how many Civ 2 games I abandoned simply because I reached the 'time to invade and win now' stage. That gets a tad boring. Its nice knowing that just because I've built twenty tanks, I haven't won yet. Worried about losing an armor to a swordsman? Might look funny, sure, but isn't it nice knowing victory isn't assured? The AI is a tough opponent, even if losing to swordsmen might be a bit of cheating on their part. I just look at it as another challenge to overcome. (And a good challenge is the reason I play this game...)

    Anyway, sorry for the long rant, but I just felt that Civ 3 could use a 'positive' post for a change.
  16. Akka

    Akka Moody old mage.

    Nov 14, 2001
    Facing my computer.
    Doh, there is neither the tech tree nor the combat system in this poll.

    NOBODY can honestly say that the HP/FP was NOT better that the combat system in Civ3. HP/FP allow better moddability and more subtle changes that can NOT be made in Civ3 ; HP/FP system basically INCLUDE the Civ3 system, with something more, so well it just allows more options.
    Bombardement is good, and combined arms is a big improve over Civ2. Wars are now more interesting. But anyway, the HP/FP is what I miss the most.
    And I'll miss it even more when there will be a real editor around here...

    And to the one who said that "farmland is here, it's now railroad" : it was like that in Civ1. Civ3, about tile management, basically throw the Civ2 improvements and is back to Civ1 in every way except forests. Talk about improving...
  17. Rhandom

    Rhandom Warlord

    Nov 25, 2001
    The loss of the firepower system (or power plant system in SMAC) is the worst, considering how bad the random number generator functions.

    I liked SMAC much more than Civ 2. But, I think over all this is still a step backwards from civ 2, and a mad dash back from SMAC. No political intricacies at all. No PENALTIES for the huge bonuses some civs get. No caravans/crawlers to help supply a city in the desert, or to pull resources from a non settled hex. Air units can't kill sea units. Air units can't really do much of anything, though they do tend to survive longer to compensate.

    The AI is dumb. The fact that the science whore ploy works at all should indicate that. You still see civs attacking piecemeal instead of building groups.

    The resources are an interesting touch, but not well implemented. There aren't enough required in any given age to make trade viable. Many of the cultural units are useless, and several require iron at a time when it is impossible to have transoceanic trade at all. Nice concept, poor implementation.

    I miss planetbusters from SMAC. I miss the rising and falling sea levels.

    The best improvement from civ 2, the culture war, is poorly implemented and tested. Wartime culture flips of fresh conquests are ridiculous, as is the loss of all the units in the city that should be preventing defection.

    Luxuries are a nice addition, also.

    The leaders are an awful addition. The ability to instantly build a wonder is crazy powerful now that there is no other way to speed it, and the scarcity of leaders means usually one or two civs get a huge advantage. If multiplayer ever shows, you are going to see this break a lot of competitive games.

    I originlly said the game would rate a 9 out of 10 if they fix the bugs. I now think 7 out of 10 is more accurate without some major revisions to the rules.
  18. Busby

    Busby Chieftain

    Dec 5, 2001
    Perth Western Australia
    I miss the capacity to select the sex of the leader you play, as an English man originally, I don't want to play the part of Elizabeth if i select ENGLISH. Also the name, I just edited the text file in CIV II but haven't found the location yet for CIV III.

    Also the ability to set a unit to sleep I would put a unit with reasonable attack capacity at strategic choke points on a map or sometimes in cities and use them to let me know if someone tried to come near.

    You should be able to set units to operate together its risky sending workers out alone but if you send a warrior or archer with them, you have to give orders to the military units every turn.

    Lastly from CIV I the natural disaster happenings would have been nice an earthquake or tidal wave occasionally would be interesting, maybe even a planet buster meteroite such as took out the dinasours.
  19. Mike C

    Mike C Centurion

    Nov 1, 2001
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Hey, it looks like we agree on a lot of things about this game! :goodjob:

    The biggest thing I miss is social engineering. That thing was really something which breathed life into AC's factions. They way it got tied into diplomacy was well was really nice.

    If only you could make culture and strategic resouces in AC. Ahhh. That would be good indeed.
  20. Sam_Catchem

    Sam_Catchem Prince

    Nov 1, 2001
    I change my vote to sleep. I forgot about that. I move unnits into cities to heal..and forget about them. It would be nice to have sleep back.

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