Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Chris Farrell's Top 14 Overrated Games
Advanced Civilization took a classic, if overly long, game (Civilization) and eliminated the strategy and player interaction elements, increased the length and complexity by 25-50%, and turned the whole thing into little more than an accounting exercise - all in some bizzare quixotic goal to add "realism" to a game that was never intended to be, and still isn't. It's amazing to me how much the intervening 10 years has increased my understanding and appreciation of good games; were Advanced Civilization to be released today, I would probably be able to immediately identify all the problems and avoid playing it, but I was just blissfully unaware at the time.

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