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Sid Meier's Civilization V

By Firaxis Games $7.49 Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Jul 1, 2014

Returning to its award-winning formula, Firaxis' latest revision of the turn-based strategy game streamlines a few aspects and adds new features to an already loaded package.

Pros

Beautiful graphics and an updated interface: With each new installment, the Civilization series proves that it stands the test of time -- with a few tweaks, of course. This time Civilization V ditches the cartoony aesthetic of Civilization IV for a more realistic feel. The new title also supports touch control for Windows 8 users on touch devices.

Just one more turn: Gamers can prepare to sink endless hours leading their civilization to victory with multiple ways to win, customizable worlds, and even an online multiplayer mode. Rule by force or diplomacy, or win the space race and leave Earth behind -- the choice is yours. With the option to extend the game after winning conditions have been met, you can literally play forever.

Streamlined styles: Civilization V took away most of the micromanagement that Civilization IV was infamous for. City characteristics like approval and happiness are now civilization-wide. Diplomacy options with other civilizations have also been reduced to a more basic form. The new city-states are a welcome feature; think of them as mini-civilizations.

Cons

Encourages specific playing styles: Civilization V makes force the preferred means to victory. So it's easy to find yourself constantly at war with other civilizations.

Macro over micro: Whereas you can control almost every aspect of individual cities in the previous game, the fifth installment dumbed it down by having you maintain everything at a national level. This is great if you're an entry-level player, but veterans may find the lack of freedom restricting.

Bottom Line

Despite Firaxis' chosen direction for this update to a classic franchise, Civilization V is still one of the best strategy games out there. Offering addictive gameplay that you just won't find anywhere else, Civilization V is much kinder to new players, while old fans can expect the same familiar fun behind an updated interface.

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General

Release July 1, 2014
Date Added July 1, 2014

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements 256 MB ATI HD2600 XT or better, 256 MB nVidia 7900 GS or better, or Core i3 or better integrated graphics.

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Total Downloads 4,213
Downloads Last Week 15
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Developer's Description

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 comes 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.