View Full Version : I played SMAC yesterday.

15-05-2003, 06:30:03
The odd thing is that when I threatened Lal with being squashed like a bug, he went submissive and pacted. Usually the computer declares war or acts like it can't hear you. In fact, all the wars I fought beyond a certain point only required me to capture a small number of bases before the enemy faction surrendered. Usually they don't give up quickly even when I've got 40+ conventional missiles ready to kill off their AAA guards.

15-05-2003, 06:51:07
I played SMAX yesterday with the original factions.

15-05-2003, 08:51:05

15-05-2003, 15:40:27
You had the difficulty set to regular or less, maybe?

15-05-2003, 21:57:04
I play at Talent.

Chairman Yang
19-05-2003, 00:03:08
The difficulty settings in SMAC are much easier overall than in, for example Civ3. Transcend eventually becomes easy. However, its still one of the best games ever. :)

20-05-2003, 22:12:21
I think it could have been better though, it looks too much like a advanced mod for civilisation.

21-05-2003, 06:03:18
Yang, that's because the AI was the old Civ2 AI. It wasn't tuned for the actual new stuff in SMAC. That's why SMAC is so easy.

Colon, it is just Civ 2.9. Also known as Civ in Space.

21-05-2003, 22:43:49
I noticed the AI was essentially the same in the demo already (although I think it does manage combat better) but I was naive enough to buy the game anyway.
What disappointed me the most was factions didn't behave in accordance with their ideology. Gaians wouldn't build more clean facilities than the Morgans for instance. That sort of ruined the RPG aspect.

22-05-2003, 23:20:15
Probably a side effect of the AI's reluctance to develop technologically. Even sharing techs liberally, I always get a big tech lead.

23-05-2003, 19:08:53
I still think its a cool game.

23-05-2003, 20:53:17
It is.

Next cool game on the horizon: Elemental, from Star Dock. It's a Master of Magic meets Magic The Gathering, according to Brad and his merry team of developers.

Of course, they may have to change the name, as I think there is a couple of games going by elemental already...

23-05-2003, 23:16:46
Originally posted by TAZ
I still think its a cool game.

I happily admit the game gave me several sleepness nights. The story and the characteristics of the factions were fascinating and the developpers truly knew how build the right atmosphere. Unlike many others I don't the graphics are bad either, they really add to the atmosphere and I liked the 3D map.
The problem is that its strength is at the same time its weakness. The story and the features cried for a new game engine but they didn't give it one.