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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 Visiting friendly villages always yield some kind of benefit for your civilization.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Your military advisor has a simply policy: crush, kill and destroy.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Game options.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Checking the advantages of a newly discovered technology.

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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User Reviews

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

The Press Says

Game Informer Magazine Xbox 360 Jul, 2008 9.25 out of 10 92
Gameplanet PlayStation 3 Jun 12, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 3 Jul, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
TeamXbox Xbox 360 Jul 08, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Xbox 360 Jul 22, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
GameLemon PlayStation 3 Sep 04, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
IGN PlayStation 3 Jul 02, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
Gamesmania Xbox 360 Jun 19, 2008 85 out of 100 85
Computer Bild Spiele Xbox 360 Jul 02, 2008 2.11 out of 6 78
GameSpy PlayStation 3 Jul 07, 2008 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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