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Civilization V is the fifth installment in the long running strategy series and it certainly does not disappoint. The gameplay is easy to understand, yet difficult to master. The civilizations are all exciting and unique. And, most importantly, Civ V is incredibly addictive. In fact, it's one of the most addictive games I've ever played. This game is a must have for any fan of strategy games.
Civ V was my first Civ game, and I was damn impressed. I was apprehensive about playing a turn based game after spending much of my childhood with AOE, as I thought it might feel slower, but the experience was absolutely fantastic. Building a civilization from the point of having a single city and one warrior, to destroying other civilizations with nukes and submarines, and building a space program is such an incredible experience, as you go so much further through the ages than any other game offers. What more can I say than just WOW?
Sid Meier's Civilization IV was a masterpiece even without expansions and it only got better with them, this one sadly not so much. Vanilla version of Civilization V is extremely streamlined and simplified, to the point were there are even no religions to begin with. Without expansions, this one is pretty disappointing and if you want the proper version of this game, get Complete Edition instead, because without expansions, this entry is just average at best.
Civ 6 wasn't that great off the bat, I am not sure how it is progressing now but Civ 5 is still the best by far especially after the couple years of updates which have balanced it out! Forget upgrading and just get this one!
Some of the decisions made in this game befuddle me. I've played every Civilization iteration since the first (except CivNet), and this one has a lot to recommend it, so I'm clicking the "Yes" button. But I recommend it with reservations. Civilization IV is the better game, and feels more like Civ to me. However, the changes made in Civ V (like one unit per tile) provide their own challenges, so there's fun to be had, as long as you don't expect it to be "real" Civ. At least, that's the attitude I ended up taking, and it helped me find fun with the game.
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