Reviews by jmcleod


Civilisation V

jmcleod | Oct. 1, 2011 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization® V

Having never bought a Civilisation game before, but always having had an interest in the type of game, I finally picked this up from GMG for £16 (with voucher) a couple of months ago. What a great decision that turned out to be.

The game is immensely good fun to play, and unlike some other strategy games of a similar nature that I have tried in the past, does not have a really steep curve in learning how to play the game.

That's not to say it isn't difficult, because it is, especially on the higher settings. Prince is supposed to be the normal difficulty setting, but looking at the steam stats for how many people have actually won on this difficulty, only 15.1%, indicates the problems I'm about to explain:

Even on the lower difficulties these problems are apparent, but its not so critical as usually you are comfortably stronger than them. The problem is the difficulty is not really defined by how clever the AI is, just how strong a starting situation it is given, and once you start playing on anything above Prince, the AI is getting significant advantages, making it very very difficult to beat. It's not to much they are tactically better (which is what it should be), they just get much better bonuses in terms of land / terrain, etc, and if I'm honest, it makes playing on anything above Prince not a lot of fun.

However, that's the negatives out of the way. The rest of the game is amazing, it is still a lot of fun to work through all the scenarios and just playing random skirmishes, especially if you have the DLC packs, then there really is a lot of choice and variability between games.

Overall then, this is a great game, but it is still let down by some of the flaws on higher difficulties. Highly recommended purchase however, especially at GMG prices :)