Explore the alien planet that is your new home and uncover its myriad mysteries. Discover over 75 extraordinary technologies. Build over 60 base upgrades and large-scale secret projects for your empire. Conquer your enemies with a war machine that you design, using over 32,000 possible units.
Just an amazing game, the faction leaders all have unique personalities that you can randomise each time you play, so one who is normally religious and peaceful may actually turn out to be a war monger, the tech tree is extensive.
There is nothing quite like having a nuke being transported in a sub and then launching it from sea to an enemies city and watching it destroy the land around it, sure everyone else might turn against you but so what? You are the Alpha and the Omega, this is going to be YOUR planet.
Alpha Centauri is an EXPERIENCE. If you like Civilization-style games, you need to try this. It has features that are cutting-edge even today. You get to design your own units, for example.
What I like most about AC is the factions. You have 7-or-so leaders that are committed to advancing their own ideologies on the Planet. You have a religious-fanatic, a scientist, an environmentalist, a capitalist, an autocrat, ... and I forget the other two. :D
You need to form alliances to get ahead in this game. Diplomacy is very important. Also, the planet itself is trying to kill you. It's a hostile alien planet.