9 Ways To Dictate Like A Pro In Tropico 5 on PS4

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9 Ways To Dictate Like A Pro In Tropico 5 on PS4

Hola, PlayStation fans! Today we’re excited to talk to you about infamous city-builder and political sim Tropico 5, which arrives on new-generation consoles later this year exclusively on PS4. This is actually the first time Tropico has ever been released on a PlayStation platform before, and to welcome the PlayStation community to Tropico 5, we’d like to introduce you to the world of Tropico and its lovable dictator El Presidente.

Tropico 5 on PS4

Our beloved leader El Prez is aware that some people may not have had the pleasure of ruling over their own island republic as an iron-fisted dictator before, so he’s humbly asked us (ordered us) to prepare a list of 9 useful tips on how to rule in Tropico 5. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to be a gruesome tyrant or leader of social justice, but staying in power is no easy feat. So have a read of the list below and ask us any questions about the game in the comments!

1.) Build Your Dream Metropolis

As Presidente, it’s up to you to develop the island as you see fit, but sometimes you need to rein in your crazier ambitions. Ask yourself: is an economy based on pineapple farms sustainable? Cheap housing may sound cost-effective, but unhappy citizens love to rebel — and usually with guns.

2.) Get to Know the Different Political Factions

Keep your friends close, and your enemies so close you’re exchanging fashion tips. It’s essential to understand who wants what on your island — or face game over after being voted out of power. Know your capitalists from your communists.

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3.) Trade = $$$

Developing industry is important for the growth of your city, and while you might be pleased with a booming llama wool industry, it’s not time to celebrate yet. Use the Trade menu to organise even more lucrative export deals.

4.) Keep It In the Family

The dynasty mechanic lets you keep it in the family and utilize your loved-ones for political gain. Outmaneuver rivals and take advantage of unique character traits for bonus effects on your island.

5.) Manipulate the National Constitution

Depending on what kind of Presidente you are, the constitution can be written to promote democracy — or restrict the rights of the people. Each constitution point has certain effects, so use them to determine your governmental strategy.

6.) Read the Almanac for Important Info

The all-knowing Almanac stat menu provides every bit of info you need to know about your city and its people. Use this knowledge to improve their quality of life and get more votes!

Tropico 5 on PS4

7.) Rule Across Time

Tropico 5 introduces different eras for you to rule across and each one comes with its own challenges. Keep an eye on what changes through the years: quaint colonial shacks probably won’t be all the rage in 2015…

8.) Mess With the Rules in Sandbox & Multiplayer

Use sandbox mode to challenge yourself and create even wackier scenarios than in the campaign. Mess with the rules, see what happens and subject unlucky friends to your craziest ideas in 4-person multiplayer.

9.) Sit Back and Admire Your Handiwork

Tropico 5 for PS4 is rendered in full 1080p with intuitive DualShock4 controls and even Vita Remote Play support: so it’s perfect for those long living room sessions. Tropico is also famous for its sense of humor and flavorsome Latina soundtrack — so sit back, have fun, and enjoy ruling however you like. The island is yours, Presidente.

We’ll have more updates and content on Tropico 5 coming up over the next few weeks. For now though, remember! Vote El Presidente…or else.

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  • Looks good. Can’t wait. Day one buy.

  • hmm this has been getting delayed since last October or November tho…and it was supposedly supposed to be out last week…you guys have a hard date for this yet? New date says 3/31 which IS a Tuesday…

    • Sorry, no hard date yet as we would really like to focus on the game’s quality first and foremost. Tropico 5 is perfectly on track and will be available on your PS4 very soon.

  • I love this game. I bought PC version last year as it released. And sure I will support this on PS4, cause this console is my primary gaming device now, and strategy game is not popular on PS4.

    I like the gameplay, so I hope you guys try your best to make it console friendly and we can experience more of the graphic.

    • Tropico 5 is actually a very console-friendly game as it allows you to play at your own pace and pause whenever you like or feel overwhelmed by the burden of being a benevolent … err ruthless dictator.

  • Tropico 5 is actually a very console-friendly game as it allows you to play at your own pace and pause whenever you like or feel overwhelmed by the burden of being a benevolent … err ruthless dictator.

  • Hello Timo,

    This is one my top 10 games for 2015 for my PS4. I already have it pre ordered.

    I wanted to ask if you guys would consider on making “Dynamic Themes” and “Avatar Pictures” for the PS4. Your game would look cool displayed on everyone’s PS4.


    Rob aka Graf

    P.S. Please keep posting info on the PS Blog as your game gets closer to launch, thanks. Also please get this on the PS Store soon, so I can switch my pre order to a digital copy since I plan on playing this until Tropico 6 comes out. Viva El Presidente!!!

    • Hey GrafUlrich88, thanks for the kind words! It always encourages us to read fan feedback and comments.

      We’re definitely working on some “meta” content for your PS4 surrounding Tropico 5’s release, but I can’t share any specifics yet. Let me just say we are planning to provide every PlayStation fan with their own share of a little Tropican paradise on their PS4!

  • this looks great! honestly id like a nxt gen sims game

  • This looks great. Could Vita handle this game? I would love to play this on the Vita as a standalone title (not just remote play).

    • I believe it would have to be specifically adjusted for a Vita standalone title. Although there are no plans right now, I’d love to see a Tropico spinoff on Vita one day. Dictator on the go? Sounds about right if you ask me.

  • Been a fan of this game ever since it was announced. Constantly been on the lookout for updates on the game. Please give it a date and start pre-orders and pre-loading. Day 1 purchase for sure.

  • Hello Timo,

    Thanks for the quick response.

    I hope you will talk to your team about getting the game on the PS Store soon so many of us can digitally pre order it. Also please include videos on the PS Store as well.

    Thanks and “Long Live El Presendente!!!!”

    Rob aka Graf

    P.S. Another idea to consider is talking with Sony about getting a ShareFactory Theme and also Little Big Planet 3 character and theme items based on Tropico 5 characters and locations.

    • Absolutely. There are things being put in motion behind the scenes right now, so keep your fingers crossed. And I agree, El Presidente needs to be everywhere. ;-)

  • I got the game on PC last year and i love it! can’t wait play it on PS4 also looking forward to getting all of the trophies

  • Also i don’t know if its possible but local multiplayer might be cool

    • Sorry, no local multiplayer. However, it’s still fun to play with a friend – if only for the “offline” advice. Trust me, bring a buddy over – let him choose the sandbox game parameters – try to win a scenario – hilarity ensues. Even better if you bring some (legally acquired) cigars and El Prez/Penultimo outfits. If you’re still friends afterwords, you know it’s for life.

  • Can’t wait to play this. One of my most anticipated games of 2015 for PS4!

  • Tropico controlled surprisingly well when I played it on X360. The only thing I hated was not being able to reverse X and Y controls on the camera. I hope that’s an option on Tropico 5!

    • Thanks, noted! Overall, the control scheme will be very similar. In fact, you can already try out Big Picture mode on Steam now to see how to rule an entire island nation just by using a simple game controller.

  • Can we expect a demo for the game?

  • I am so glad to see Tropico coming to PS Nation. I have always wanted to try it, oh and I love Latin music. Viva Tropico!

  • do you guys know if the Waterborne DLC will come to PS4 thanks!

  • Hey Timo, you say that Tropico 5 is perfectly on track. But is it still on track for a Q1 2015 release date? I have already preordered the game and can’t wait to play it.

  • Yes, still aiming for Q1. We’re counting down the weeks now and hope to be able to share a solid date very soon.

  • Any chance at adding mouse and keyboard support for PS4? I know it’s possible, and I remember a few ps3 games did it (CS:GO, dust 514). Would be a good way to give everyone more options :).

  • Thank for replying to comments i am definitely pre-ordering now, i love the tropico series and i am very happy i don’t live in Thialand

  • This franchise is great. Im so glad your bringing it to Ps. I too have been patiently waiting as the release date mambo’s around, but I’m glad your not rushing it to market before its ready. Day 1 purchase for me.

  • Maybe tropico 6 for the vita soon? :d

  • i mean tropico 6 in the future?

  • One of the “features” of the XBOX360 version compared to the PC, was a cap on the population, naturally because of hardware limitations.

    Presumably we can expect this to be raised for the PS4 release. Is there any number yet on what the limitation may be now on PS4?

  • Hi

    Will the game be available in other languages? such spanish or portuguese

  • CANT WAIT! Really looking forward to this!

  • Please take the time and get remote play control right or give us options to choose from. Too many ps4 titles ignore this feature.

  • What steps are you taking to make sure the controls fair well utilizing remote play on the vita? Are you invested at all in ensuring us remote players are able to enjoy this title on the vita? We’d appreciate it :)

  • I just wanted to ask, I have never played a strategy based game before. Is this something that will be easily picked up, or a steep learning curve. thanks

  • I hope this is out sooner rather than later and is a success it will bring you nothing but joy and something different to play would love to see xcom and possibly civilization on Ps4 also most strategy games on console are digital downloads with little or zero appeal for the masses cheaply made badly designed. Only other strategy game i know of and want is constructor hd a re make originally on ps1 pc released in the 1990’s

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