Truly classic strategy games - of which there are but a handful - become greater in hindsight. When you look at the hundreds of mediocre games available each year, it's easy to long for the days of Civilization. Of SimCity. Of Populous. Sequels to these classics can go one of two routes. The safe route is to make a slightly modified version of the original (such as Civilization II or Populous II). The daring route is to completely revamp the game, taking the core elements and building a new game atop them. Populous: The Beginning, the third in the series, does the latter. This isn't a Populous for the 3D-accelerator age; it's a game that takes inspiration from the original, but little else. There are some minor similarities, but Populous: The Beginning is a very different game.