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Sid Meier's Civilization V

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Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP
327 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 Sept. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,202 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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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.

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!

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459 of 490 people found the following review helpful By KingDuncan on 25 Sept. 2010
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eld on 10 Feb. 2011
Have been a huge fan of all the Civ titles prior to this one, so was delighted to receive it as a gift. However, the game is just so poorly put together I'm really sad at what has happened to a great legacy.

Things start to go wrong right from the start - you run the install from the DVD, but the installer insists you use Steam, and the net result is that you end up downloading the whole game anyway. OK, it's a tad irritating, but it's a one-time thing and you can go make dinner whilst it takes place.

Once you finally get the game going, and get through the interminable delay of the intro video the game starts up and off we go.... ooops! The game crashed....
Restart - begin my first campaign. I'm 100 turns or so in, the graphics look nice, we finally have hex based maps, the combat system has changed quite a bit - it's now just one combat unit per tile, so that will take a bit of getting used to as I..... oh, the game just crashed again!

I'll try to load my autosave, nope - as soon as I try the game crashes again... :(

Ah well, I didn't want to be the Romans anyway, so I'll start again. This time we play as the Greeks and..... game crashes.
Try again.... crashes....
And again.... crashes....

Go online and see that I'm not alone.
Try the different graphics options..... crashes.....
Try running in compatability mode.... crashes.....

Lose patience and uninstall.

Unless this title gets some serious tender loving care and some TESTING it won't be coming back.

PS. Before anyone suggests it - YES, I do know how to patch a PC thank you very much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr K on 23 Oct. 2010
A long-awaited title makes its debut, and totally fails to live up to the hype.

Civilization 5 had a lot to live up to; its predecessor, Civ 4, was for me the best of the series. Packed full of features, the game was extremely enjoyable to play without being overly complicated. And with the release of Warlords and Beyond the Sword, Civ 4 was taken to another dimension.

Having pre-ordered Civ 5 I was excited to finally get my hands on the game. But now that I've had time to play it, the only phrase that springs to mind is: "is this it?"

Civ 5 continues the trend of previous games: build an empire and gain supremacy through military, cultural, technological or diplomatic means. There the similarities end with the fifth incarnation adopting some drastic changes.

The main difference over Civ 4 is the introduction of the hexagonal tile board, as opposed to the traditional squares. Whilst this gives each empire's borders a more organic appearance, it doesn't really add much more to the game.

Civ 5 introduces the "one-man-per-tile" concept; no more stacks of doom to overwhelm your opponent with 20 swordsmen. This causes you to think more strategically in combat, and I think this is a great idea. At least it would be if the AI wasn't so pitiful, even on the higher difficulty levels.

There are now "natural wonders" to be found by exploring the map. However there aren't that many of them to be found, even on the bigger maps, and like the new tile system, they add little.

The developers created a huge fanfare over the new features in the game. But seasoned Civ gamers are more inclined to notice what's disappeared. Gone are the religions which added so much to the game.
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