Tropico 4 is a continuation of the popular dictator sim from the last decade that places you in the role of the nameless "El Presidente." Seizing control of an island nation, you choose whether you want to be a benevolent leader, an malevolent tyrant, or something in between.
The game was demonstrated for me last week, and I've got to be honest: there's a lot of micromanagement involved. If that doesn't deter you, the game otherwise looks like good fun.
The game builds upon Tropico 3 by giving you more of everything. Islands are three to four times larger, imports in addition to exports have to be monitored, and relations with a greater number of superpower nations have to be carefully managed. There may be a major disaster, such as a tanker spill, requiring a quick decision that improves favor with one nation while decreasing favor with another. The line is very gray; someone will inevitably be unhappy with your choices.
At the center of it all is a city-building sim that should make fans of Sim City very happy. A lot of focus is placed on the residents of your island; it is actually possible to zoom down to a street view and see your people going about their daily business. In fact, by clicking on any person, you can inspect their income, career, and even family tree! You also select department ministers from among the residents by weighing their qualifications and backgrounds, then give them autonomy to handle their new role.
New to the series is Facebook and Twitter integration, so players can share screen captures with their friends or compare ruling styles against fellow players. Just about everything has social integration these days, but it doesn't hurt to have some available. I'm more curious as to how the 360 version of the game will work on a controller. I've been told that the 360 version of Tropico 3 had intelligently mapped controls, so I can only assume the controls this time around will be even better.
Tropico 4 will release on both the PC and 360 in August. Which version are you grabbing?
|12:00 PM on 10.30.2012|
Warm up with some Tropico 4 Gold Edition screens
It's cold as hell in my office. I'm under a blanket, and I have my feet tucked under my dog. I'm chilled straight through and my nose is running. But things look quite the opposite in these new Tropico 4 Gold Edition sc...more
|2:45 PM on 11.03.2011|
Tropico 4 'Junta' content on Xbox and PC next week
Kalypso will be dropping new content on Tropico 4 fans next week with the "Junta" DLC , which adds a little more military flavor to your island paradise. The pack, releasing for Xbox Live Marketplace on November 9th and ...more
|2:00 PM on 09.05.2011|
Review: Tropico 4
Hola El Presidente! I see you have returned to rule Tropico once more, after having done so in Tropico 3 and maybe even after extending your rule in Tropico 3: Absolute Power. Because life as El Presidente is hard enough, you will be happy to know that the island nation will take more or less the exact same skills to govern as it did before. Or perhaps the similarity will disappoint you.more
|11:00 AM on 08.16.2011|
Being a dictator in Tropico 4
For anyone familiar with the Xbox 360 iteration of Tropico 3, you will most certainly find yourself on familiar grounds with the sequel. During the Kalypso Summer Event at the San Francisco Bay Aquarium, I had a chance to che...more
|8:30 PM on 08.15.2011|
Tropico 4 release dates announced
When Tropico 4 was announced, no specific release date was given, but a promise of 2011 was made, and is now being fulfilled. Those looking to fill the role of El Presidente on the PC can start their dictatorship on Aug...more
|6:30 PM on 06.20.2011|
Juanito says: Go watch this Tropico 4 trailer
A new trailer for Tropico 4 confirms one thing: it's more of what Tropico 3 gave us. Which is really all I need to know to make it my third most anticipated game for the rest of this year after Deus Ex: Human Revolution and A...more
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Fantasy Life will be getting an expansion in Japan
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Review: Reef Shot
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