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Sid Meier's Civilization V

Released on 24 September 2010

Rating: 12+ (PEGI)

3.0 out of 5 (28 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Civilization V is the fifth offering in the multi-award 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.

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 will come 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.

  • 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

    Sid Meier's Civilization V

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 Average rating (28 reviews)

 Dumbed Down and Disappointing

| | See all BlackCatsFTM's reviews (5)

Its years since I looked forward to a title as much as this but having lived with it a while I feel totally let down. It's been simplified in many areas exactly the opposite of what was needed. How can you just forget religeon, spying and loads of other great elements from Civ 4? In their place a simplified tech tree, annoyiing City states, units that wont stack, generals that cant lead but can build a pointless citadel?? Rubbish! To add insult to injury it runs like a dog on my i7 based pc on large scale games and even occasionally crashes! All so very very disappointing...

 Good, but flawed

| | See all yetihw's reviews (28)

Overall I am fairly disappointed. I've been a massive fan of the series since the very first game, and I don't even want to think about the amount of hours I've spent playing Civ4 the past few years (it's terrifyingly high).

First, the positives. It is quite nice looking, though not as good as I expected. Unit animations are fantastic, particularly when ships fire their guns. Watching the canons going off on a Ship-of-the-Line is beautiful. The soundtrack is brilliant. The guy who does the narrations is no Leonard Nimoy, but does a good job.

However Civ5 just isn't hitting the spot. I'm already tiring of playing it. I'm probably going to go back to Civ4. The main reason, the main thing I just can't get over, is the 1 unit per tile thing. It just doesn't work. Movement is so restrictive it just becomes tedious managing an army and having units dotted all over your farmlands because you can't put them in to cities is annoying. You can't move onto the same tile as an allied unit either, leading to ridiculous traffic jams all the time. If an ally fills up an area of land with units and you don't have a unit with enough movement points to pass through them in one go, you won't be going anywhere any time soon. A much better idea in my opinion would have been to have had a unit limit per tile, say 4 per tile. This would stop the large stacked armies issue from Civ4 and stop the issues I have with Civ5.

Another thing which, while it may seem small, has rather ruined the game somewhat for me, is the embark feature. Any unit can simply move on to a water tile and abracadabra, it turns into a boat. No more transports. This is just stupid. Once a unit is at sea it can't be stacked with warships for protection, meaning that if you really need to protect it you need 6 ships to surround it in order to protect it, and even then it can be killed by multiple bombardments anyway. Massive seaborne invasions are, while possible, not fun any more. Once you embark more than a few units things get clogged up on the high seas pretty quickly and defending them effectively on their way over is almost impossible.

Great people are not as useful as in Civ4 and I don't really care much when one appears any more.

I for one enjoyed the religion aspect of Civ4. It's a shame they removed it completely. And while I didn't use espionage or corporations much, it's still a shame that they feel its a good thing to remove such options. This is the issue with Civ5, everything has been dumbed down. Economy and science research are not as customisable either, in fact it's basically all automated. Gone are the sliders of old.

Another major problem for me is AI Civilization growth. AI Civs grow at a laughably slow rate, and seem to stop expanding all together at some point, so on a huge map the game always ends up with vast tracts of unoccupied land.

City states, while an interesting addition, now just annoy me. Luckily you can choose not to have any in the custom game options.

There are too many gripes for me to enjoy the experience. Some of the issues I have could be fixed with patches and hopefully some good mods somewhere down the line (the only reason I still play Civ4 so much is the Diversica mod - which adds huge amounts of content to Civ4, probably why I'm having so much trouble adjusting to the simplicity of Civ5). However the underlying game mechanics such as 1 unit per tile will not change, except maybe if some clever mod types are able to do it.

I'm sure this Civ will be great for people new to the series, but for many hardened Civ,Civ2,Civ3,Civ4 players like myself, it just doesn't cut the mustard. I think Civ4+Diversica mod will be reining supreme for another few years for this Civ fan.

 Amazing

| | See all jayansell's reviews (3)

Everyone seems to be moaning about installation on here, not sure why. If you have an internet connection then it isn't a problem at all. I use Steam anyway and had no problems installing Civ 5 at all.

As for the game, i love it. Civ 4 was my first Civ game and i enjoyed that. So many added features to Civ 5 and the graphics look so much better it makes Civ 4 look inferior. The Hexes, and no "stacks of doom" from Civ 4 mean combat is alot more technical.

If you liked Civ 4 then you will love Civ 5. Be warned though, this game eats away at your social life.

 Or Dear....Steam!!!

| | See all SteveyboyArrow's reviews (13)

I've always been a massive fan of Sid Meier's Civilization & im sure this game will be absolutely amazing, if ever I get to play it!! You cant install the game unless your computer is connected to the internet & you have no choice but to install Steam if you want to finish installing the game & play it!! However when I try to install Steam it just freezes while updating Steam & wont go any further!! My computer has a quad prosessor & more than an adequite graphics card so its not that. I just dont understand why Steam are involved but thats all that, very frustratingly seems to be stopping me playing this game....If ever I get past this, somewhat major hick-up I'll leave another review with 5 stars saying how amazing this game is, if not I'll be returning it for a refund!! Steam have ruined it so far!!

 A good game let down by its behind the curtain tech

| | See all MrCai01's reviews (4)

This latest Civ game in the series might well one day prove to be the best yet, it looks great - however a warning to potential buyers, i would recommend waiting closer to xmas or even wait until the new year for all the bugs to be ironed out.

Usually little things everyone is something we can all live with, however there are some massive flaws that currently exist in the game, making single player a disappointment and multiplayer largely problematic!

check the 2k forums before you buy!!

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Rating12+ (PEGI)