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Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
84
2.7
Xbox 360
83
3.4
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Achieving multiple victories with a single unit will let you upgrade it as it becomes more veteran.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 If you don't feel war is the right course of action, try diplomacy.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Missile launcher versus the archers, with your battleship aiding in combat.
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)

The Press Says

Gaming Nexus Xbox 360 Jul 28, 2008 A 100
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 3 Jul, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
ZTGameDomain Xbox 360 Jul, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Fragland.net PlayStation 3 Jul 11, 2008 86 out of 100 86
Video Game Generation Xbox 360 Jan 06, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
videogamer.com Xbox 360 Jun 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80
UOL Jogos PlayStation 3 Sep 09, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
JeuxVideoPC.com Xbox 360 Jun 18, 2008 16 out of 20 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Jun 11, 2008 8 out of 10 80
AusGamers Xbox 360 Jun 25, 2008 6.8 out of 10 68

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