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Sid Meier's Civilization V

by Take 2 Interactive
Windows Vista / XP
 Ages 12 and Over
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
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  • 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, 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
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / XP
  • BBFC Rating: Universal, suitable for all
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B003ELORWE
  • Release Date: 24 Sep 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,730 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Manufacturer's Description

Everybody wants to rule the world, but only Civilization lets you do it from the comfort of your own home. The block-busting strategy series returns with the biggest overhaul in gameplay and graphics in its history.

Taking over the world has never been easier
Veterans can delve into the game's more complex options
The new combat system uses hexes, not squares, to move
 

Mixing the depth and versatility of previous PC sequels with the accessibility and pace of console hit Civilization Revolution, this all-new game lets you nurture a civilisation from prehistoric times and into the space age. That's the same as always - as is the ability to win by either military, diplomatic or cultural means - but the way you actually play the game is completely different.

Moving and attacking with your armies, monitoring and building your cities, and negotiating with allies and enemies - everything is now easier, quicker and more fun. With a revamped multiplayer hub and in-built tools to help you customise the game however you want this is the ultimate refinement of the ultimate strategy game.

Key Features
  • Rise of Nations: The biggest revamp in Civilization's history improves everything from the graphics to the artificial intelligence, with a game that's easier to play than ever.
  • Top to Bottom: Major interface changes make a more believable game world and an easier game to navigate, with hex-based movement and naturally growing city borders.
  • War Games: All-new battle system makes combat quicker and more tactical than ever before. Cities can now attack units directly and weight of numbers is no longer a guarantee of victory.
  • Online Conquest: Compete and co-operate with other fans online and take advantage of the in-built tools to enable fan made mods and game-changing extras.
About the Developer: Firaxis Games
Founded by some of the biggest names from old publisher MicroProse, this U.S. studio is best known for the Civilization strategy series by Sid Meier. Many other top developers have also contributed to the games though, as well as titles such as Alpha Centauri, Pirates! and Railroads!

Product Description

Everybody wants to rule the world, but only Civilization lets you do it from the comfort of your own home. The block-busting strategy series returns with the biggest overhaul in gameplay and graphics in its history.

Mixing the depth and versatility of previous PC sequels with the accessibility and pace of console hit Civilization Revolution, this all-new game lets you nurture a civilisation from prehistoric times and into the space age. That's the same as always - as is the ability to win by either military, diplomatic or cultural means - but the way you actually play the game is completely different.

Moving and attacking with your armies, monitoring and building your cities, and negotiating with allies and enemies - everything is now easier, quicker and more fun. With a revamped multiplayer hub and in-built tools to help you customise the game however you want this is the ultimate refinement of the ultimate strategy game.

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456 of 487 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Before I start my review I need to begin by saying that I've loved the Civilization series ever since the very first instalment. Civ 2 is probably the game I've devoted the most hours of my life to. Civ 3 was a bit weak, but did bring in several new concepts, such as culture which are now a critical part of the Civ games and were definitely a positive aspect. Civ 4 was in my mind a complete and more polished version of everything before, with enough of the original version's complexity to keep me coming back to it time and again.

Civ 5 is therefore a massive disappointment, and feels like a huge step backwards. For all those complaining about Steam, mine worked perfectly, and I was playing the game within ten minutes of taking the disc out of the box. In a similar vein, it has not crashed on me once, and for those interested my PC is not exactly a high spec machine.

The game's true problems lie in the fact that it has been "dumbed down". There is very little new incorporated into this game that wasn't present in Civ 4, but there is a lot now missing that was present in previous instalments.
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346 of 370 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Like many other die-hard fans I preordered the game (well, it was Digital Deluxe actually, but it's irrelevant). After initial hype about The. Next. Civ. Game I've played my first five games and guess what - I've won every single one of them! I was like "huh?" I'm in no means a great civ player, in Civ4 BTS I was able to play Emperor 50/50. Here, first game on King, second on Emperor, third on Emperor too, then fourth on Immortal and yup, fifth on Deity! The game plays like the AI isn't even there, just a bunch of random units moving about.
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That was my first clue that there's something horribly wrong with this one, and after a while it finally dawned on me - Civ5 is not done yet. When you play you can almost feel big gaping holes where the game features should be - diplomacy is a joke with AI ALWAYS accepting deals for nearly exact same amount of money, there's no religion, social policies (replacement for civics) are like skill tree from Diablo 2... City States, the much awaited for improvement over Civ4 are just a money sink now - throw money at them and get what you want - it's clearly written - this one gives you food, that one gives you culture... There's no interesting choices whatsoever, game simply leads you by the hand and don't worry about losing. I could go on, but I don't want to rant.

If you're a civ series fan - skip this one, and wait 6-12 month till they finish the job.
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155 of 167 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Game Mechanics 22 Dec 2010
By Yuki
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
After the five gigabyte download and two sessions of playing Civilization 5 (both ended in the game crashing), a sense of déjà vu overwhelmed me; it was the same feeling of bitter disappointment I felt after playing the dumbed down sequel to Supreme Commander. Up until recently, I was still playing Civilization 4 thanks to the modders who were keeping things interesting, but it's going to take some serious modding to put right what's wrong with Civilization 5.

If you're not familiar with the Civilization series, then here's a brief summary: the game involves you, the leader of a budding civilization, trying to expand your empire, build cities and either defend against or conquer your rivals in order to win one of several types of victory. Civilization 5 is quite different to its predecessors, in that it uses hexagonal tiles, rather than square ones for movement. There are also city states who are not competing with you to win the game, but can be conquered, befriended or traded with. Not only that, but your cities are no longer as venerable as they were in previous titles; they can not only resist invasion but shoot back at enemy units from a distance too. There is also a new government system consisting of a list of eight "traits", which act as power-ups, giving you bonuses such as improved defence while fighting on friendly territory, or an increase in worker speed etc. That, unfortunately, is where the changes for the better end.

The new government system requires an accumulation of "culture" points before a particular policy can be chosen. It's not like the previous titles, where changing government in response to changing needs or technologies was simply a matter of revolution. One you've chosen a set of policies in Civ 5, there's no going back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
I have played Civilization since the first one came out many moons ago which over 15 years ago. Quite simplely a great strategy game which seems to have an endless way of playing... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much better after expansion content.
This game was criticized, and rightly so when it came out. It was a massive step backwards in features from the masterpiece that was Civ 4. Read more
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