I've been playing the hell out of Tropico 3, so I decided to go and check out the demo for 4, which was released on Steam recently, and to my surprise, the games are almost copies of eachother, I'm hoping this is just a demo thing
- One of the startup title screens is just the Tropico 3 Screen with Tropico 4 photoshopped in.
- The font is identical to the previous game
- Avatar Creation is exactly the same, same traits, rise to power, clothing and character models.
- All the icons for building items are the same as in 3 as are all the edict icons.
- You have exactly the same edicts as you did in 3, but you lack the megalomania edicts you gained in Tropico 3's Absolute Power Expansion
- The voice clips for your citizens are all the same as they were in 3.
- The models for all your citizens are identical to those in 3, as are their vehicles
- Every building is the same as in Tropico 3, the models/textures are identical a few have had some colors changed, but thats it. There are a few new buildings though, about a dozen or so.
Basically, according to the demo, the only new things in Tropico 4 are a few new buildings, slightly rearranged menus, the ability to level up your avatar's traits, and the lighting engine was tweaked to make everything less washed out. The previous game looked great, the new lighting sorta makes everything look fake, if that makes any sense. Cities in Tropico 3 looked Gritty and realistic, which contrasted with the beauty of the island and the peppiness of Juanito, which was a neat touch, in Tropico 4, everything looks sorta toy-like.
They recycled a stupid amount of assets from Tropico 3 and are charging 40 bucks (Tropico 3 was also 40 at launch.) for the same game. My recommendation so far is to just buy Tropico 3 and it's expansion for the time being.