Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution

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Revolution is a turn-based strategy game about development and territorial expansion, with sixteen distinct civilizations from prehistoric times to the future. Not counting Silent Service, it is the second console-only Sid Meier branded game, the first being Sid Meier's C.P.U. Bach, and it is the first in the Civilization sub series to be released on console platforms.

Specifically built up with console controls in mind, the original gameplay is intact but with stripped-down complexity. The available civilizations include America, England, Japan, Aztec, China, India, Mongolia, Rome, Egypt, France, Arabia, Greece, Spain, Germany, Zulu and Russia, each with their own leaders (e.g. Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln) and specific perks. Another civilization, the Barbarians, is not playable and they constantly wage war with the other ones. Gameplay sessions are generally shorter with fewer victory conditions and simplified city management. The possible strategies are still very open, as the four victory conditions are Domination, Technology, Economic and Cultural. Players can either build vast armies and try to dominate the other civilizations to capture their cities (Domination), or use a more subtle, diplomatic approach to gain the upper hand. There is a technology tree to eventually move into space and be the first to reach Alpha Centauri (Technology), players can try to create a World Back earn 20,000 gold (Economic), or build twenty wonders (Cultural).

Units are often specific for a certain civilization and gain experience, as well as through research, to access upgrades. That way, a catapult can eventually become a tank. The focus is as usual on micromanagement. The two single-player modes allow for straight matches against AI players or rather fixed scenarios to complete. Multiplayer is supported for up to four players, free-for-all or with teams.


Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Attacking the Indian capital.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Reaching the medieval era.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Building new units.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 As you fast move throughout the map, the view will zoom out giving you better perspective of an overall globe.

Alternate Titles

  • "シヴィライゼーション レボリューション" -- Japanese spelling

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One step forward and ten steps back Xbox 360 Pixelspeech (955)

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Cheat Code Central PlayStation 3 Jul, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
ZTGameDomain PlayStation 3 Jul 16, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Xbox 360 Jul, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Gamer 2.0 Xbox 360 Jul 11, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
IGN PlayStation 3 Jul 02, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
UOL Jogos Xbox 360 Sep 09, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PlayFrance PlayStation 3 Jul 01, 2008 8 out of 10 80
JustPressPlay Xbox 360 Sep 18, 2008 8 out of 10 80
HardGamers Xbox 360 Jul 27, 2008 80 out of 100 80
GameSpy PlayStation 3 Jul 07, 2008 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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1001 Video Games

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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