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 Building new units.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution Xbox 360 The tech planner helps you see what to research.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 About to break our treaty agreement... cannot be done in democracy, though.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution Xbox 360 Battle animations. The victor is based on stats.

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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Gaming Nexus Xbox 360 Jul 28, 2008 A 100
Gamestyle Xbox 360 Jul, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Extreme Gamer PlayStation 3 Jul 31, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88 (UK) Xbox 360 Jun 11, 2008 8 out of 10 80 PlayStation 3 Jul 30, 2008 16 out of 20 80 Xbox 360 Jun 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80
AceGamez Xbox 360 Jul, 2008 8 out of 10 80 Xbox 360 Jun 13, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Jul 20, 2008 7.7 out of 10 77
AusGamers Xbox 360 Jun 25, 2008 6.8 out of 10 68


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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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