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- Product InformationMankind's last best hope, the Unity Mission, is in trouble. The UN sponsored colonization ship carries with it enough men, women and technology to seed a civilization. The ship is populated with experts and scientists from every field and contains an extensive payload of supplies necessary to outfit and guarantee survival until the fledgling colony can become self-sufficient.
It was a good plan, or so the sponsors believed, until an unforeseen and devastating accident aboard the ship caused the travelers to awaken from cryogenic sleep much too soon. A cataclysmic loss of communications with Earth exacerbates the situation, leaving the colonists isolated and awake until the ship reaches the still far-distant earthlike planet Chiron in the Alpha Centauri system.
Over time, the factions within the ship polarize into seven distinct groups, each with specific goals, beliefs and agendas. The leaders of each group build a following -- dedicated people who share their ideology and plans for colonizing Chiron. As a microcosm of mankind on Earth, the factions pull steadily away from one another until clear battle lines are drawn with each group determined to mold the future of mankind based on their own philosophy.
In Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, designer Brian Reynolds has taken the Civilization ideas a step farther -- colonization of a planet in deep space. The game is turn-based with each turn representing a full year on Chiron. Gameplay follows the same pattern for every turn -- planet (native) and enemy faction movement, faction updates and then player movement encompassing defensive, offensive and tactical maneuvering.
As in many Sid Meier games, the player has multiple customization options. These include scenario challenges, random or customized map generation with choices of land to sea ratios, erosive forces on terrain (strong, average or weak), frequency of encounters with indigenous life forms and cloud cover and weather conditions (sparse, average or dense). There are six levels of difficulty ranging from novice (Citizen) to expert (Transcend) with progressively smarter and aggressive behavior by the AI.
The seven factions and their philosophical bent include Gaia's Stepdaughters, environmentalists attuned to and protective of the planet, the Human Hive embracing harsh collectivist and authoritarian principles and the University of Planet, elitists dedicated to knowledge exchange and research. The Morgan Industries group is an organized corporate-type that follows capitalistic and economic avenues and benefits from commerce between the other factions.
The final three factions include the paramilitary survivalist group, the Spartan Federation, with their deep and abiding doctrine of the right to bear arms and The Lord's Believers, consisting of those who follow the path of righteousness, prayer and worship. The last faction, the Peacekeeping Force, employs humanitarian principles and follows in the footsteps of the long-ago and far-away United Nations.
Each of these groups has distinctive, diverse and specific advantages and disadvantages when dealing with both the planetary conditions and other factions. Diplomatic concerns play a large role during gameplay and establish the basis for which of the five possible outcomes is eventually attained.
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is basic point-and-click with keyboard equivalents for many of the actions. The game has comprehensive in-game tutorials to help with the learning curve, a random 3D world generator to ensure unlimited replay value and supports up to seven people on a LAN or the Internet. Modem or serial link multi-play is also available.
Other features include the option to design and customize your own fighting units or accept those offered by the AI. More than 75 technological advances to discover and utilize, secret projects available to each faction, over 60 upgrades from which to choose for incr
- PublisherElectronic Arts
- GameSid Meier's Alpha Centauri
- ESRB RatingE - Everyone
- ESRB DescriptorMild Animated Violence,Realistic Violence
- Control ElementsKeyboard,Mouse
- Number of Players1-7
- Release Year1998
- Game Special Features
- Each turn represents a full year on Chiron
- Multiple customization options such as scenario challenges, erosive forces on terrain, cloud cover, and weather conditio
- Six levels of difficulty ranging from novice to expert with progressively smarter and aggressive behavior by the AI
- Work your way through a variety of environments including Guadalcanal, Okinawa, Burma, and America
- Battle out historic military skirmishes as either the Japanese or Allied forces in 50 different scenarios
- Receive and complete missions from the US, British, Australian, New Zealand, and Japanese armies
- Each turn represents a full year on Chiron
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- finalbernabeJan 09, 2013by
They don't make 'email like they used to.
I've only ever played the demo, but my little brother took great interest in the game so I decided to buy him the full version. Overall an excellent thinking man's game, an oldie but a goodie. Especially in today's society, as good an anti-drug as any other.
- 94023375@delete...Nov 15, 2006by
A Stunning God-Game
Alpha Centauri is a sequel to Civilisation II, and in this respect, the graphics are quite dated from our modern perspective. And yet.... Alpha Centauri is one of the few computer games to actively work on a story, on philosophy and genre at the same time. The player is taken to the world of 2100, where a small group of colonists ust managed to escape the wastes of an apocalyptic earth, on a ship to the next Star system, Alpha Centauri. But the intricacy starts there: the player gets to choose from seven unique factions, all with (sometimes too) believable, realistic ideologies, and guide their faction's destiny, taking on the guise of one of the charismatic leaders in the game. There is technological advance to be seen through, which leads humanity's survivors to the very peaks of progress, to transcendence and immortality themselves, but there is also a contest to be won against the other factions, as rivalries over faction ideologies break loose. And then there is the Planet itself. Most background stories of computer games are barely sufficient to keep the setting interesting and believable, some do not even achieve that. But Alpha Centauri's setting shows true creativtity and even genius, when building a complex, realistic world of alien lifeforms and planetary consciousness, all set alongside regular quips ranging from Aristotle to Zarathustra, showing the philosophical dimensions that humanity has opened. This game is a stand-alone. It is not only a game, it has the potential to become a vision, something that might as yet be unique in the history of computer games: a work of art.Read full review
- 306048071@delet...Apr 02, 2007by
Civilization In Space...
I was looking for a civilization type game and I ran across Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. It plays very similar to the first civilization with a a deeper amount of unit types and civ advances. The basic story is that you are one of 7 factions that left earth on a colonization mission to alpha centauri. There's a problem with the ship and you are awaken early and all 7 factions leave in seperate escape pods. You begin your new civilization and explore the planet. Eventually you run into the other factions and choose to live in peace or go to war. There is a native lifeform to the planet that tries to control the growth of your colony as well. It's a great strategy game. I have enjoyed playing it. If your a civ addict and like Sid Meier games. This is for you.
- ceresia_bladeJun 05, 2006by
The "Mars" Version of Civilization II
Everyone has to remember playing Sid Meier's Civilization II, where you can create your own empire, build world wonders, even fight off random Barbarians. Alpha Centauri takes the CivilizationII engine and creates it on an Alien like platform, where there are different units, advisors, etc. If you like Civilization II i would recommend this game, i remember playing this game years ago, and over time lost it, I remembered the game when a couple of people were chatting about it online so i decided to buy it. You cannot go wrong with a completely new game, sealed, for a cheap price on Ebay.
- gueche13Aug 06, 2012by
BUY IT!!! and lose a few hours in your life!
Still one of the best strategy games out there, almost 14 years later. In desperate need of a reboot, but the quotes alone are worth playing it for!!!
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