Yesterday I got all my errands out of the way in the morning. Took my car in to get the tires rotated, did my laundry, sent out my emails, paid my bills, and then by 3pm I was ready to sit down and enjoy the rest of my day off by doing a little gaming.
I fired up Tropico 5, and then before I knew it, it was 3:30am, and I decided to go to bed, so as to not upset my sleep cycle too much. Twelve hours flew by so fast, I can't even describe it.
As I've said before, I'm a long-time fan of the Tropico series. In fact, I started playing Tropico 5 on my laptop before Windows 10 killed it. The game is so much more fun on a console, though. It's easy to learn, and Haemimont Games does such a great job at making simulation actions a breeze to do on a controller.
There's a huge amount of tongue-in-cheek humor and blatant humor that's well-paced throughout the game. It's full of color personalities, to say the least. It looks amazing as well, especially on a TV that excels with warm hues. On normal settings, it's not the hardest game in the world, but you will find yourself losing on occasion.
The big question is, is this game worth $50? For me, the answer is 'yes.' For others, there may not be enough material to warrant that price. I think most people are better off waiting for it to get down to the $35 price point. But, if you like playing easy-to-learn construction strategy games, Tropico 5 is probably a great buy for you. It's not something that you'd play as long as SimCity, assuming that a decent version of that existed. But the time you spend playing it will be very enjoyable.
I think the GameSpot 8/10 rating is right on the mark.