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Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

Developer: Firaxis Games Publisher: Electronic Arts
12 February 1999
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A sort of the sequel to Civilization 2, SMAC is the most beautiful science fiction story I've ever seen. Not to be taken lightly, Alpha Centauri deals with heavy existential themes on essence of being, technology, the best way to lead society, and the way you lead your colonists has a gamut of awesome and terrifying power: You can construct anything from the worst technological dystopia to a utopia where all untold human suffering has been worth it, with flavour text and lore being backed by believable precedents and roots in real physics and biology.

For a canonical playthrough and the best first impression, play as Gaia's Stepdaughters, and shoot for Transcendence Victory. Let it envelop you entirely.
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An excellent 4X game that got so much right. In short:

- Great faction system, with 7 distinct philosophies and 7 interesting characters
- The first(?) 4X games to incorporate a storyline, but not in an obtrusive way
- A straightforward tech tree containing lots of sci-fi inspired technologies
- Good combat system with a lot of unit variety and the opportunity to design your own units
- Great building system for recourse management, bases, money etc
- Greatly improves upon the Civ 2 engine to make a visually distinctive, atmospheric and easy to control game (no embarrassing advisor videos)
- The usual good humour expected from a Meier game
- Very atmospheric - the planet really feels like a hostile, intriguing place that wants to be explored. The music helps here too; it's not cheesy like you might expect a 1999 sci-fi game to be
- Challenging, with lots of difficulty settings and customisation options avaliable for games. LAN play is great as well

Has it aged well? I'm not a good judge for that. Perhaps the AI could be better (but that's true for most 4X games). But in a genre where so many things need to work together just right, nothing has come this close since.
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inunonaizo Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri 2022-11-23T21:46:51Z
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severianthelame Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri 2022-11-19T01:01:21Z
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hugbug Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri 2022-11-02T18:56:10Z
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berezet Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Planetary Pack 2022-10-16T21:18:35Z
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CelluloidNomad Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri 2022-10-12T02:54:56Z
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Xydako Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Planetary Pack 2022-10-03T01:55:15Z
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jcfools Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri 2022-09-29T13:19:31Z
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Boris_Bezdar Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri 2022-09-12T05:14:25Z
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Animal_Noises Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri 2022-09-05T00:22:33Z
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  • Drug_Use 2018-02-09 06:10:30.945643+00
    It mystifies me how I managed to get into (with the help of my dad) and ENJOY this when I was only 9 years old

    Revisiting this 15 years later, getting into it is like trying to crack open a boulder with your head
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    • ... 2018-09-19 13:39:27.099786+00
      Try playing Aurora if you want to crack your head against a boulder.

      Alpha Centurai is actually a pretty intuitive and easy to learn example of its genre, compared to a lot of space 4x games. That's part of its mass appeal if anything. There are much deeper and strategic 4x games than this for sure, but none which seem to connect to so many.
    • Drug_Use 2020-12-27 09:38:40.956993+00
      Pretty happy to say I've since managed it, 9 year old me outsmarts me no longer
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  • finalshed 2022-02-09 21:51:14.960714+00
    Game with potential crippled by some obnoxious and outdated mechanics. Needs a remake.
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  • Clownboss 2022-10-21 00:05:53.303826+00
    Evangelion of strategy games
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