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Thursday, October 10, 2002

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Civ III: Play the World Preview
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GameSpy recently took a closer look at Play the World, an upcoming expansion to the popular turn-based strategy game Civilization III. Currently in development by Firaxis Games, Play the World is set to bring several enhancements to Civ III, including several new races, new modes of play, and the much-awaited option of multiplayer.

GameSpy looks in detail at several of the new races being added, including the Arabs, the Vikings, and the Ottomans:

The Arabs are expansionist and religious. Their unique units are Ansar Warriors, the rough equivalent of very fast Knights. The Ansar Warrior's speed of three gives the Arabs a mobility advantage early in the Middle Ages, since no one has a unit that can move that quickly until Cavalry are unlocked by the discovery of Military Tradition.
Also looked at are the new modes of play. Besides Regicide, in which each side attempts to kill off the other's king, a new Capture the Princess mode pits players in a "capture the flag" game, where players attempt to capture an opponent's princess and bring her back to that military unit's capitol.

Other features discussed include the various multiplayer modes as well as various tweaks made to the Civ III game itself, including fixing dead-end units such as the Swordsmen and adding buttons for cycling through cities with disorder. Those interested in the full read can find it at GameSpy.

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