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Civilization V - Game Of The Year Edition (PC DVD)
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- Platform: Windows XP / Vista
- BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
- Media: DVD-ROM
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Sid Meier’s Civilization V is the fifth offering in the multiaward winning Civilization strategy game series featuring the famous “just one more turn” addictive gameplay that has made it one of the greatest game series of all time.
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.
Inviting Presentation: An intuitive interface eases both new players and Civ veterans into the game.
Huge Battles: Combat is more exciting and engaging than ever before. Wars between empires feel massive with armies spreading across the landscape.
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.
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.
Modability: With unprecedented modding tools, players will have unlimited options for modifying Civilization V any way they like.
- All 4 Cradle of Civilization Map packs
- Double Civilization and Scenario Pack: Spain and Inca
- Civilization and Scenario Pack: Polynesia
- Multiplayer Map Pack, Official Digital Soundtrack
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The main issues are that you are heavily punished for expansion. This would be fine but the AI seems to just plonk cities all over the shop meaning they are seemingly unpunished. I know that this is perhaps because i'm playing it on 7/9 difficulty a few times having beat it on all the others so far but meh! It's a long game and to lose after 20 hours is frustrating.
I'd prefer if difficulty didnt make it hard for you and easy for the AI but made the AI smarter. To me it seems that playing on 6/9 offers the best balance between a game that you could still lose but is not so unfair that you are destined to lose. The higher the difficulty the AI start further ahead of you basically meaning they get science, military, religious etc advantage first. This wouldnt be so bad if it didnt mean it's inevitable that the AI manages to establish World Congress first giving them a massive advantage for diplomatic victory. Then they have all the resources ahead of you to get so many city states on their side that they win through becoming world leader and it's tough and a matter of luck to win before this happens. This has been the case all the times i have played on 7/9 difficulty. I had 3 spaceship parts built and lost in 1967 or so due to this the last time and it was impossible for me to stop it.
Also diplomacy is worse than ever it seems. If you want something from them they want you to provide the most unfair deal ever but offer only fair deals to you, meaning you pretty much ignore talking to them mostly yourself and just await them making suitable offers to you. Apart from surplus luxuries for surplus luxuries which is the only fair deal you can get it seems. Also you can do everything in your power to be good friends with a civ only for them to decide to invade you randomly if they see you as at all a threat. I know you can do this too, but it seems pointless to try and befriend them mostly, the benefits are too difficult to make it worthwhile.
The city states are a good idea but ... they play such a massive part that its too much. I'm hoping 6 takes all the best bits and merges them into one as well as making the AI better, and diplomacy better etc.
And bring back throne rooms! Was a nice addition that made you feel good when it improved! :D
For me Civ 4 was probably my favorite game ever, and it took me a while to get used to the massive changes in Civ 5. But it has been worth it.