I started “Tropico 5” several times lately only to realize that something isn’t right with it. I miss Tropico 4 – and I can’t even say exactly what it is. I called Tropico 5 a waste of my money for quite some time. After playing it for more than 110 hours, I obviously cannot say that anymore! However, Tropico 4 is still standing with more than 130 hours. And I didn’t even play it anymore after Tropico 5 got released – until very recently, that is.
It’s just a feeling, as I haven’t compared it directly yet, but in places, Tropico 5 seems like an easier version of Tropico 4. I remember being able to adjust the wage of my workers either for one building only, for all buildings of that type or for all workers with that school education – and in Tropico 5, there are only five choices for the wage – either for this specific building only or for all such types. It just annoys me that they took this away, even if it’s not a big thing. Also, there are other parts that are better now like the user interface (knowing which buildings you’ve already placed, for example).
So for the time being, I went back to Tropico 4 and it is just much more fun than Tropico 5 – if only I could also see a list of placed buildings there.
The exact opposite happened with Warlock 1 and Warlock 2. I only had my laptop available which isn’t made for gaming. Warlock 2 needed a few too many resources, so I chose Warlock 1 and even though there were some things about Warlock 2 which I actually didn’t like much (e. g., the limit for cities you can control without getting some kind of punishment), as soon as I was playing Warlock 1, I realized that it had just been the nostalgia that made me think I preferred Warlock 1. To me, Warlock 2 feels like the better, the improved game. And that’s how it should be with sequels, right?
At the same time, there is always this nostalgia… the fun you had with a game is something that just sticks to your mind!
Civilization VI, on the other hand, is a game that actually does not make me look back. Even though I don’t like the AI and their constant “denouncing” for little things like having a different kind of government. There are so many things I like about the game – for example, I love the districts and I would really miss this – that I don’t even think about going back to any of the older games. I know there are a lot of players complaining, playing Civ V. So I guess I may be in the minority here. But as always, it’s subjective whether you like a game or not.
It’s just that whenever a game I love gets a sequel announced, I hope that they will not bring out a game that seems easier or even “dumbed down” and will instead work on improving what made the previous game popular. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, I guess.