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Crash-landing on a world orbiting Alpha Centauri, 7 colonist factions of widely differing ideology must contend for dominance not only with each other, but also with a mysterious power called "The Voice of Planet".


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Cast overview:
Carolyn Dahl Carolyn Dahl ... Lady Deirdre Skye (voice)
Yu Lu ... Chairman Sheng-ji Yang (voice)
Yuri Nesterov Yuri Nesterov ... Prof. Prokhor Zakharov (voice) (as Yuri Nesteroff)
Regi Davis ... CEO Nwabudike Morgan (voice)
Wanda Niño Wanda Niño ... Col. Corazón Santiago (voice) (as Wanda Nino)
Gretchen Weigel Gretchen Weigel ... Sister Miriam Godwinson (voice)
Hesh Gordon Hesh Gordon ... Pravin Lal (voice)
Alena Kanka Alena Kanka ... Planet (voice)
Robert Levy Robert Levy ... Datalinks male (voice)
Katherine Ferguson Katherine Ferguson ... Datalinks female (voice)


The chaos of domestic and international war is beginning to destroy the world, and the United Nations sends a space ship, the Unity, to escape Earth's death throes. En route, the Unity is damaged, and the captain is murdered by an unknown assailant. The crew seperates into 7 distinct factions, seperated not by ethnicity, but by ideology. When one of the faction leaders hears the words of the "Planetvoice", the last survivors of the human race realize that there is another 'faction' they must either fight or surrender to - Planet itself. Written by Chris

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The Future of Mankind In Space


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English | German

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8 February 1999 (USA) See more »

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Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri See more »

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One of the greatest games ever
26 July 2003 | by kaiserwilhelm95See all my reviews

This is truly a great game. Civilization 2 was a good game, but Alpha Centauri simply blows it out of the water. The idea of the game is deceptively simple. Choose from one of seven factions, (factions, not nations like in other games, so the player can pick the faction with the same goals and morals as the player.) The very basic gameplay is the same as Civ II, Explore, Build, Discover, Conquer, but with WAY more options. The way the tech trees branch out is really the games only downfall. In Civ, if you had the choice between inventing gunpowder and philosophy, it was an easy choice, since you knew what what gunpowder and philosophy were. In Alpha, if you have the choice between Polymorphic Software and Superconducting Fiber, you can feel a bit helpless. These fears are gone once you play a few games though. One of the most interesting thing about the game is how the factions ideology will often conflict with each other. For example, the Spartans, who are a war-like faction, automaticly don't like the Peacekeepers, whose name explains their morals. From graphics to sound to overall gameplay, this game rocks.

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