I played 4 before 3 and I just couldn't get in to 3. the stuff they added for 4 really did something magical with the way I played it. Matt Bowyer, if you like cities builders with a political and cultural facets, it's great. You place each and every building unlike a SimCity. The real meat of the game is figuring out how to make your little island profitable -- manufacturing, exotic crops, raw minerals, tourism, etc (all the Tropicos are like this). It's also a slightly funny game, always poking fun at itself.