Master of Orion III is the third game in the popular space strategy game. The game plays out like most other 4X strategy style games like Civilization.
Unlike previous games in the series Master of Orion III introduces a number of game mechanics to help automate the process of gameplay. While this decision was not necessarily well received by fans of the series it was definitely necessary so that the game could expand to the size it wanted to and still remain playable by a human being.
The game world is definitely not shy on size with the largest maps offering around two hundred stars for players to explore which each can have anywhere from one to eight planets. All of these planets have varying statistics with some being uninhabitable for your race but might be perfect conditions for a different race. As the game progresses this becomes less of an issue though thanks to terraforming technology.
In each game your ultimate goal is to take over the galaxy in one of three ways. The first and often most easiest path to victory is to gain control of the Senate. The second and next most difficult victory is to track down the five Antaran X items that are scattered around the galaxy. Finally, players can attempt to use military means to destroy other races in the galaxy which is definitely the hardest option given the size of the galaxy and the number of enemies you’ll encounter.
To achieve one of the victory conditions listed above players will have to use their diplomacy, technological advances and spies. Technology is arguable the most important aspect with six different types of research for players to pursue based on their preferred game style.
Master of Orion III has made plenty of changes to the gameplay compared to previous games and while not all of them will please fans it is still an impressive space 4X game overall.
- The third game in the Master of Orion series.
- New automated systems to help you handle the huge game maps.
- Potentially thousands of planets to explore in each game.
- 3 different win options with an interesting senate victory option.
- Research technologies and craft powerful ships.
Review Platform: PC