I have been playing Civilization for years on the PC and have sometimes spent many months on a single game. I bought the PS3 version based firstly on the name Sid Meier in the title and secondly because I love turn based strategy, a genre that unfortunately appears to be slowly disappearing from the gaming world in favour of online MMO real time games.
I agree with some other reviewers that the game has been "dumbed down" compared to the PC but this actually goes in its favour. Sure, I can spend months on one game of the PC version but when I get home from work, I can simply pop the disc into my PS3 and jump straight into a quick game knowing that I can complete a level in a few hour fix depending on difficulty level. It is a different type of Civ game and I think it is unfair to compare the two platforms against each other.
The graphics are easy on the eye although not overly taxing the power of the PS3 and the sound is ok if a little repetitive after a few games. The control interface is also extremely intuitive and allows you to keep your mind on the game. As is usual for the Sid Meier series of games, the emphasis is on the gameplay rather than the aesthetics.
A huge plus for Civ Revolution is that they really have managed to keep hold of the "one more turn" addiction that made the original PC versions so appealing and I have often suffered a late night just so I could capture that last city or discover the next technology advance.
I have also jumped in and downloaded some of the map and technology DLC from the Playstation Network and for once, the content actually adds depth and longevity to the game. The technology opens posibilities for new strategies and tactics to combat your foes. Some packs are free but most cost between £0.79 and £2.99 to download.
Overall, I have knocked a star off because the option of bigger maps and the number of computer opponents should be there to provide a longer or more customisable gaming experience, although I daresay that bigger maps will appear on the Playstation Network for download at some point in the future.
I would highly recommend Civilization Revolution to any fan of strategy games and I congratulate the publisher for having the guts to produce a good quality turn based strategy on a predominantly FPS console platform and hope that other developers will follow in their footsteps.