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Sid Meier's Civilization V for PC Games
Sid Meier's Civilization V

Sid Meier's Civilization V

PC Games Developer : Firaxis

(164 ratings)
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14 out of 16 people found this review helpful:
Review by Flint on 26th September, 2010
2 stars "Wait for the patches."

This was a game I had been looking forward to for some time, the demo only made it look better, plus the reviews have all been glowing.

The problem with this, as with many PC games is that it seems what would have previously been a beta testing phase has now become a job for those consumers who foolishly buy such a game on or close to release date.

The single player side of things looks pretty good, many improvements in game mechanics and unit design over Civ IV. Where the game really lacks polish is the multiplayer side of things. Now I should add that I love Civ IV multiplayer, it is by far the more tactical way to play the Civilization series. Regrettably 2k and Firaxis seem to have missed the reasons why people play the franchise as all unit animations have been turned off in the multiplayer mode and cannot be turned back on. What this effectively means is that rather than your units marching into battle they teleport from one tile to the next. Combat is even worse as it is resolved as a numbers game. Thus, the animations that featured in Civ III multiplayer have been removed. This seems like a huge step backwards and I find it ruins the multiplayer experience, who wants to be able to use ranged units if you don't see the arrows flying and the individual units falling to your blows? Sure some people may like to speed up the game by turning these off but the fact that this is not an option is a major shortfall.

The second problem with multiplayer is that not only is it not engaging it is extremely unstable with game crashes frequent and often requiring a full reboot.

Another key problem appears to be the developers understanding of the issues and willingness to resolve them. For example every time you open the game the intro movie attempts to play in its entirety (about 5 minutes long). Then if you try and close it by pressing enter it waits 30 seconds and the screen flickers before opening the game (how this escaped testers only adds credence to the theory that the poor mugs who buy the first copies of the game are in fact the testers). The solution 2K proposes, rewrite the opening sequence by actually going into the games files and changing the code. In my mind this is in no way good enough for a new product.

This covers only a portion of my disappointment for this game. Sure if you only want single player I'm sure you will enjoy it a great deal, however if like me you love to sneak in and attack your friends you want to see your units moving and be able to play for more than five minutes without the game crashing.

Either way wait for a few weeks to see if the problems are resolved.

Overall rating

Single Player 4/5
Multiplayer 1/5

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful:
Review by Craig on 5th October, 2010
5 stars "Best. Game. Evah. "Just one more turn...""

Sid Meier's Civili­zation is the poster child of the “just one more turn” game. Many nights have been lost as players say “oh, it's only 1:00am, I can have one more turn”.

This version is no different.

The great things about previous versions have been left alone. Research, exploration, diplomacy, wonders – they are all there.

What is added is a better map (hexes are just better than squares), better city maintenance (cities can work hexes further away that before), simpler information on-screen about resources and resource use., city-states (computer controlled cities that you can bribe or conquer – often they are petty and vindictive) and far better combat.

You can not have multiple military units in the same hex. Ranged units however can bombard enemies more than one hex away. This means you have to accompany melee units with ranged units. No more stacks of tanks. This means that attacking a city on a penninsula is really difficult.

If you like these sorts of games then you already own Civilization V. If you want to get into this sort of gaming then you need to buy this game. Just be prepared to see tens of hours of your life dissappear.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
Review by Mike on 8th October, 2010
5 stars "Civilization V, love it!"

Civilization V is an amazing game. Many things, but manages have changed but the feel of “Civilization” is still here. The whole game have been polished. A bit resource demanding.
Try it, love it.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
Review by Martin on 19th October, 2010
4 stars "Excellent but will need some patching"

Like most games in the Civ series this release has set a good base to build on. Not as polished or as good as it could be, but the groundwork has been laid for a solid game once some patches and expansions come out. Not to say that it is not a good game without them though

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
Review by Nikola on 5th May, 2011
5 stars "The greatest game ever..."

Pretty much, see above.

While there are changes from older Civs most players can just jump right in. The hex grid and single units are brilliant improvements to this venerable title…



Release date NZ
September 24th, 2010
Multi-player Co-op
All-time sales rank
Top 100
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With over nine million units sold worldwide, and unprecedented critical acclaim from fans and press around the world, Sid Meier's Civilization is recognized as one of the greatest strategy franchises of all-time. Now, Firaxis Games will take this incredibly fun and addictive strategy game to unprecedented heights by adding new ways to play and win; new tools to manage and expand your civilization; extensive modding capabilities; and intensely competitive multiplayer options. Civilization V will come to life in a beautifully detailed, living world that will elevate the gameplay experience to a whole new level making it a must-have for gamers around the globe!

In Civilization V, players strive to become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the dawn of man into the space age, waging war, conducting diplomacy, discovering new technologies, going head-to-head with some of history's greatest leaders and building the most powerful empire the world has ever known.

  • Believable World: More than just a strategy game -- the expanded visuals and immersive audio invite would-be kings to take up the reigns of power and forge a mighty empire. Civilization V offers a limitless variety of vast, realistic and diverse landscapes for players to explore, battle over and claim as their own.
  • Inviting Presentation: An intuitive interface eases both new players and Civ veterans into the game. Guided by a set of trusted advisors who will explain game functionality and provide counsel for significant decisions, even first-time players will be confident in the choices they make.
  • Huge Battles: Combat is more exciting and engaging than ever before. Wars between empires feel massive with armies spreading across the landscape. The addition of ranged bombardment allows players to fire weapons from behind the front lines, challenging players to develop clever new strategies to guarantee victory on the battlefield.
  • Live History: Write your own epic story each time you play! Choose one of eighteen historical civilizations to lead from the stone-age to the space age on your quest to build the world's most powerful empire.
  • Improved Diplomacy: Negotiate with some of history's most cunning rulers, each with a well-crafted plan for victory. Successful diplomacy will depend on players carefully managing relationships with other leaders, trading items and land, plying them with gold, and deciding if they are friend or foe. City States will present a new diplomatic battleground on which the major powers of the world will vie for supremacy.
  • In-Game Community Hub: Compete with Civ players from all over the globe via the Internet and Play by Email, or compete locally in Hotseat and LAN matches, offering endless ways to rule the world. The game itself now serves as the hub of community activity, featuring the ability to share scenarios, compare scores, brag about achievements and visit one of the thriving Civ fansites without leaving the game. It's now easier than ever for players to become involved in the global Civ Community.
  • Modability: With unprecedented modding tools, players will have unlimited options for modifying Civilization V any way they like.

System Requirements:

Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 1.8 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+
Memory: 2 Gb
Hard Drive: 8 Gb free
Video Memory: 256 Mb
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 7900 / ATI Radeon X1900
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
DirectX: 9.0c
DVD Rom Drive

Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista/7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.4 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 @ 2.4 GHz
Memory: 4 Gb
Hard Drive: 8 Gb free
Video Memory: 512 Mb
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 9800 / ATI Radeon HD 4800
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
DirectX: 11.0
DVD Rom Drive

Other Requirements: Initial installation requires one-time Internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Microsoft Visual C++2008 Runtime Libraries and Microsoft DirectX.

Internet Connection and acceptance of Steam™ Subscriber Agreement required for activation.

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