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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 Civilization selection, Egyptians.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Building roads between cities seriously saves your units their movement points.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution Xbox 360 Advisors ask for your decisions on civilization growth.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Starting the game.

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

Gaming Nexus Xbox 360 Jul 28, 2008 A 100
GameSpot Xbox 360 Jul 11, 2008 9 out of 10 90
PlayDevil Xbox 360 Aug 22, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameZone PlayStation 3 Jul 03, 2008 8.7 out of 10 87
Video Game Generation Xbox 360 Jan 06, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
JeuxVideoPC.com Xbox 360 Jun 18, 2008 16 out of 20 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 3 Jun 11, 2008 8 out of 10 80
HardGamers Xbox 360 Jul 27, 2008 80 out of 100 80
PlayLipse.fr PlayStation 3 Jul 30, 2008 16 out of 20 80
UGO (UnderGroundOnline) Xbox 360 Jul, 2008 B 75

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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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