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"Civilization V is one of the best turn-based strategy games I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing." -IGN.com
"Civ V isn’t simply a rehash of what came before with better graphics: it’s a whole new world with a whole new set of rich, intricate rules to master."- PCGamer.com
Just updated with FREE extra content - Skirmish, Ring and Ancient Lake maps have been game alongside the free Civilization and Scenario Pack: Mongols (Genghis Khan). The new maps will arrive automatically through a Steam update.
Ride with Genghis Khan and his Mongol horsemen to establish the largest continuous land empire ever seen. Lead your civilization from humble beginnings on the steppes of Asia until all under heaven trembles at the might of your nation.
About the game:
The Flagship Turn-Based Strategy Game Returns.
Become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the dawn of man into the space age: Wage war, conduct diplomacy, discover new technologies, go head-to-head with some of history’s greatest leaders and build the most powerful empire the world has ever known.
INVITING PRESENTATION: Jump right in and play at your own pace with an intuitive interface that eases new players into the game. Civ veterans will appreciate the depth, detail and control that are highlights of the series.
BELIEVABLE WORLD: Ultra realistic graphics showcase lush landscapes for you to explore, battle over and claim as your own. Art deco influences abound in the menus and icons in the most well-designed Civ ever developed.
COMMUNITY & MULTIPLAYER: Compete with Civ players all over the world or locally in LAN matches, mod* the game in unprecedented ways, and install mods directly from an in-game community hub without ever leaving the game. Civilization V brings community to the forefront.
WIDE SYSTEM COMPATIBILITY: Civilization V operates on many different systems, from high end DX11 desktops to many laptops. Enjoy unlimited installations on multiple PCs with your Steam account and take your Civ V experience with you everywhere you go.
ALL NEW FEATURES: A new hex-based gameplay grid opens up exciting new combat and build strategies. City States become a new resource in your diplomatic battleground. An improved diplomacy system allows you to negotiate with fully interactive leaders. Custom music scores and orchestral recordings give Civ V the level of polish and quality you expect from the series.
SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE: 2K Games is donating a total of $250,000 to four education based charities, and users' choices will determine how the money is dispersed: simply select your choice from the pre-selected charities during the install process. †
*Modding SDK available post launch as a free download.
† Charity selection available until Dec. 31, 2010. Not valid in all territories.
"Indisputably the best-looking turn-based strategy game ever made.” -- 93 out of 100, PC Gamer, Editor's Choice
“My number one most anticipated game. I will probably play Civ V for years.” -- IGN, Best Strategy Game E3 2010
“Games like this remind us why it is still good to be a PC gamer.” -- Game Informer E3 2010: Best of PC, Best Strategy Game
“We won’t be reachable for at least a week after this game comes out. Sorry about that.” -- Entertainment Weekly.com
“A continued commitment to the elements that make strategy gaming great.” -- Gamespy E3 2010: PC Game of Show, Strategy Game of Show
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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.
My first game was Civ 3 and I've played every main Civ game since then. I've played probably around 3000 hours across 3, 4 and 5 but this one is my favourite though at roughly 800 hours. The graphics are great, the hexagonal tiles add a lot of strategy that the square tiles didn't. The unstacking of units was also a feature I greatly enjoyed as army placement became that much more important. The religions have good beliefs (if you're one of the last to make one they kind of suck) and the civic policy and ideologies are good. The wonders are fantastic. The vareity of old and new nations and leaders are great (some of them do kind of suck) and the vareity of units and buildings is also excellent. The game does have a few minor problems in that the rationalism civic basically has to be chosen or you will fall way behind in tech and the AI is still pretty stupid but better than previous games in the many choices that it makes. If you're a long-time fan of the series or just getting into the series this a great game either way. You should defintely buy it and I hope you have as much fun as I've had playing this game.
I'd never played a Civilization game before and after 10 minutes I was hooked! Even going in blind it's not to difficult to figure out how to play, advisors and difficulty setting are helpful while you?re still getting the and of things. Honestly the only reason I can think of not to play this game is the fact that a sequel has just come out and you might want to pick that up instead (I think I heard it's not as hard on your computer).
This game can be as simple or as complicated as you make it; that's the beauty of it. There's eight difficulty levels, but beyond the 4th or 5th the AI begins to cheat, as they get free resources and gold. You can enable or disable tips, and you can choose whether to go into detail about which tiles to work and which to buy, or let the game do all that for you. It's so satisfying to see enemy civs fall before your army, and if you're into achievements, there's a truckload of them waiting for you. It really is quite addictive; you will find yourself wanting to see what each turn brings, whether you win the war or lose your capital, and to see who will build the wonder first. The only gripe I have with the game beyond the cheating is that multiplayer is still a little buggy and desyncs can happen frequently.
Before I start on why is this the best strategy game in my opinion. I must mention that I have also played and already invested hundreds of hours in Civilization VI as well, however the experience and thousands of hour spent on Civ V cannot be out shined by anything else I've ever played. The game had a couple bugs in the beginning that were later on fixed and it now makes the most perfectly designed strategy game, there is good planning and logic behind every aspect of it from sounds and voices to graphics. Other than being a good game on it's own, what makes the whole experience better are the cheap yet entertaining DLCs but that's not all... It possesses a huge community that puts out tons of different, unique and fun mods to your game thus allowing you to play it however you want. Campaigns are well written, a huge amount of civilization with outstanding leaders and unique units, good variety of maps, epic soundtrack and unlimited cocaine. Well maybe not cocaine, but definitely unlimited amount of fun whether you're a new or hardcore strategy player.
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