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 Xbox 360 The Fog of War is an actual fog in this version.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 By keeping your units in defense mode, they will dig in and create barricade that will raise their defense.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 These barbarians are putting up a fight.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 About to break our treaty agreement... cannot be done in democracy, though.

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)

Critic Reviews

Cheat Code Central Xbox 360 Jul, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
Gamer 2.0 Xbox 360 Jul 11, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
Extreme Gamer Xbox 360 Jul 31, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88 PlayStation 3 Jul 11, 2008 86 out of 100 86
XboxAchievements Xbox 360 Jun 18, 2008 85 out of 100 85
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Xbox 360 Jun 30, 2008 8 out of 10 80
HardGamers Xbox 360 Jul 27, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Gameplayer Xbox 360 Jun 13, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Jul 20, 2008 7.7 out of 10 77
Gamekult Xbox 360 Jun 20, 2008 6 out of 10 60


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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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