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Wednesday, October 24, 2001

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The latest entry in the recent blitz of Civilization III previews has been thrown in by IGN PC. While glossing over much of the same information as many previous previews, IGN nevertheless manages to throw in some new details regarding this upcoming turn-based strategy title.

One of the new additions to the Civ world is the fact that all of the sixteen available civilizations now have two characteristics each attached to them, each with its own strengths. The possible characteristics are Commercial, Expansionist, Industrious, Militaristic, Religious, and Scientific.

In addition to these new characteristics, each civilization will also have a unique military unit of some kind, each with its own special strengths designed to give its side the edge in battle. For example, the Aztecs have a Jaguar Warrior, Persia their Immortals, and America the F-15. How these units will balance out has yet to be made clear, though the premise certainly seems promising.

Also new to combat in Civ 3 is the fact that units with high mobility can now retreat from battle. For example, a cavalry charge can be pulled out of a fight if the outcome looks bleak. Also, artillery units now have no attack or defense values, and instead have a bombardment feature that allows them to attack units from up to 2 squares away wih no chance of retaliation. They can, however, be captured by enemy forces.

The rest of the preview covers other changes from previous Civs such as the elimination of Windows-based menus, the negation of purchasing Wonders of the World, and more detail on what characteristics are assigned to each Civilization. For the full story, be sure to check out the preview at IGN PC.

As far as Mac progress goes, Civ III hit First Playable status late last week, with a current anticipated release date of next February.

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