Summary: Tropico 5 is a reasonable strategy sim for those trying to seek their teeth into a sometimes inaccessible genre. It's simplicity and sense of humor helps it stand out from some of it's peers, but not enough for it to become a true classic.
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Not a dramatic reinvention, but still an enjoyable game of construction, economics and election fraud.
It's a tropical vacation, always pleasant and relaxing… and one that you're always ready to leave behind.
Tropico 5 features a number of improvements to its long-standing formula and there's a lot here to like. The humour and in-fighting of your aides provides a lighter tone missing from other management sims, and there's a degree of satisfaction to be found progressing through the distinct eras. It also looks more vibrant than any previous entry. It works well for now, then, but Tropico 5 is clearly more concerned with introducing new concepts atop the old than it is with overhauling its base mechanics. Looking ahead to the future, this long-running series would benefit from having the fires of revolution lit beneath it.
On the PC there are too few new features to satisfy existing fans, but on the PlayStation 4 the joys of being an island dictator still feel enjoyably fresh.
Tropico 5 cuts out the fat of previous entries and builds upon its strongest features. While the new dynasty system is disappointing, the narrative context provided by eras and world events is outstanding.
With disasters, elections, and new tasks to complete at every turn, Tropico 5 provides a structured and entertaining city building experience
Tropico 5's irreverent wit and smooth difficulty curve make governing your own banana republic an easy and enjoyable experience.
Tropico 5 made me feel powerful in the worst way
The bottom line is Tropico 5 is a good entry-level sim and strategy game. If you love SimCity and Civilization, this should be up your alley. Of course, you could just keep playing a board game, but I digress…
While Tropico 5 isn't the game-of-the-year masterpiece of a generation, it's a more-than serviceable sim and strategy title that can satisfy a grossly under-served genre within the console community. If you love SimCity and Civilization and are dying for something similar on your PS4, then there really is no reason not to have and enjoy this game to its fullest extent.