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A Revolution in Turn Based Strategy,
This review is from: Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I've been playing Civilization games for as long as they've been in existance; I have fond memories of playing the very first game on an old 386, (look it up kids), and again on the Amiga.
The point of the game is the same as it's ever been - choose a civilization to lead and take them as far into modern time as you can, a feat which in previous games could take days if not weeks or longer depending upon your difficulty settings, something which in the past purists have loved but average gamers hated for lack of accessability. So with the game's first foray into next gen consoles Take 2 have made huge changes to the game mechanics in order to both streamline the game and also allow for much, much shorter playing times - in fact most games will run over a couple of hours now.
I was hesitant towards the new gameplay system to begin with, I love playing Civ games for hours on end building up entire empires and slowly taking over the world; however, after going through the tutorial and playing my first game, (ending in a win for me through war), I must admit I was very impressed.
Even with it's 16 different cililizations and incredible selection of units, wonders and options, the game has nowhere near the scope of Civ IV, which I would reccomend to those out there looking for a classic Civ experiance, but for those looking for a pick-up and put down game this is a must buy as it combines the grandness of the Civ experience with something a little more bitesized.
The battle system has changed slightly and units are easier to manage and promote, worker units are easy to direct and will most of the time run automatically, if I have one problem with this game it's that it's just not as good as Civ IV.
The Acheivements for the 360 version are easy to attain, most run with winning a certain type of victory with a chosen civilization which is rather easy.
If you've never tried a Civilization game before this will be a great primer to one of the best series of computer games ever written, if you're an old hat it may be worth the purchase if you want a more quicker way of playing a great game.