The phrase 'strategy game' is one which is known to put a large majority of gamers off of even considering a game. Those two words create an image of a player scratching their head while patiently deciding on the next move to make in the game. Civilization Revolution ironically revolutionizes this stereotype, and creates a whole new look to Turn-Based strategy.
The first and most important point about this game is that it has been designed entirely for console gamers. Those of us who've ever had a go at the likes of 'C&C Tiberium Wars' or 'Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth' will know that while these games had good concepts, the controls just weren't practical for console gaming. Civilization Revolution puts a stop to this. The controls are easy to pick up, and after half an hour or so on the tutorial game, you'll find yourself fluent in the navigation of the game and ready to go!
Players of past Civilization titles may be disappointed to see that this game doesn't have the depth of some of the previous games. 60 hour battles are now a thing of the past and the technological advancements aren't as detailed as before. But to a new gamer, this game presents the main skeleton of the franchise that has been so great for the last 20 years.
The graphics of the game are best described as fun. The dramatic and epic battle scenes of C&C games aren't to be found here, and are instead replaced by short scenes of sword flinging that decide the winner of each bout. This inevitably means the game lacks the strategy in combat which is so strong and vital in other strategic games.
But perhaps what makes this game so great is the open nature of it all. There are four ways in which to gain victory in the game, and each represents one of the four main pillars of the game. Victory can be acquired by combat (eliminating all other civilizations on the map), culture (gaining 20 cultural figures in your civilization), technology (becoming the first civilization to reach the space age), or finance (gaining 20,000 gold before any other civilization). This opens up many possibilities on the game, and no path is any easier or less unique than another.
The final strength of this game is the satisfaction that you will gain from watching your civilization progress from nomadic or stone age times, to the space age (an even bigger laugh comes from watching your rivals struggle with horseback knights while you mass produce tanks). The satisfaction of development in which ever culture you choose is what makes this game so much fun to play, along with the promise that no two games will ever be the same.
This is a truly unique experience for any console gamer who is new to the civilization franchise, and whether it's the sort of game for you or not, it's one which is well worth a try.