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Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution

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PlayStation 3
84
2.7
Xbox 360
83
3.4
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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.

Screenshots

Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 About to break our treaty agreement... cannot be done in democracy, though.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Keep your units over the enemy occupied fields to halt their resource and food gathering.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution Xbox 360 Your advisors change with your technology level.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Civilopedia.

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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The Press Says

Gamervision Xbox 360 Jul 23, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Xbox 360 Jul 14, 2008 90 out of 100 90
GameZone Xbox 360 Jul 22, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
Gamesmania PlayStation 3 Jun 19, 2008 85 out of 100 85
videogamer.com Xbox 360 Jun 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80
MS Xbox World Xbox 360 Jun 30, 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
Computer Bild Spiele Xbox 360 Jul 02, 2008 2.11 out of 6 78
Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Jul 20, 2008 7.7 out of 10 77

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Trivia

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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