Tropico 5’s Big Cheese DLC is a fromage homage

24 Jul 2014 by Peter Parrish
Tropico 5’s Big Cheese DLC is a fromage homage
tropico 5 the big cheese

El Presidente’s cheese has a robust, uncompromising flavour.

Since El Presidente is already the figurative big cheese, I guess it makes some kind of vague sense to literally get him involved in cheesemaking too. At least … I think it makes sense. Tropico is a series that’s all over the map tonally speaking, and doesn’t seem to be any different. One minute it’s jokes about cheese, the next it’s political dissidents being executed in midnight raids.

Is any of this satire? A pastiche of vicious regimes like Azerbaijan that have a terrible record for making journalists ‘disappear,’ but also sponsor the Athletico Madrid football team and get travel features in The Guardian? I just don’t know any more. It probably mostly is.

Anyhow, this DLC (available today for $4.00 USD) is, indeed, all about cheese. El Presidente wants to create his own cheese brand, and you’re going to help him. Or help yourself, I guess, since you’re basically playing as the dictator.

Here’s what The Big Cheese DLC adds to the game, in handy bullet points I stole from the marketing materials.

  • New standalone scenario: ‘The Big Cheese’ – Create and promote an artisan cheese brand
  • New building: The Creamery – Produces cheese from milk
  • New dynasty avatar accessory: The Chef’s Hat
  • New sandbox map: Arco Iris Beneditas
  • New music track: ‘Eclectro-Hijinx Orchestra – Amiga’

And, in addition to today’s DLC release, Tropico 5 has received a general patch for all users. Here are the notes for Update 1.04:

  • Multiplayer: Added save/load game feature (matches are saved to all players locally and re-synced upon load)
  • Multiplayer: Fixed issues with determining territory ownership
  • Multiplayer: Fixed some asynchronous game states
  • Fixed issues with some task chains
  • Fixed food consumption modifiers when cancelling Extra Rations edict
  • Fixed issues with rebuilding buildings with upgrades
  • Fixed rare issue causing never ending fires
  • Budget setting is restored for rebuilt buildings
  • Fixed issue with “Send Army” action for protests
  • Fixed a bug resulting in tanks destroying critical buildings they are not attacking
  • Rebalanced cooldowns of Industrialization and Urban Development edicts
  • Disabled radio announcements between campaign missions
  • Democracy constitution mode no longer prevents military coups
  • Coups and Uprisings no longer happen during the Colonial Era
  • Modernization of Coffee and Cotton Plantations, Llama Ranches now restore upgrades correctly
  • Various tweaks and improvements to controller input
  • Depleted deposits display ruin piles to signify that the location is not suitable for construction
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