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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 Set city goals for future turns.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Building roads between cities seriously saves your units their movement points.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Researching technologies.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 If you have enough gold, you can spend it to immediately complete your current unit or building production.

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Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution Screenshot
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution Screenshot
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution Screenshot
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution Screenshot

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 (949)

Critic Reviews

The Review Busters Xbox 360 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Xbox 360 Jul 22, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
Extreme Gamer PlayStation 3 Jul 31, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
GameZone PlayStation 3 Jul 03, 2008 8.7 out of 10 87
1UP PlayStation 3 Jul 03, 2008 B+ 83 Xbox 360 Jun 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80 (UK) Xbox 360 Jun 11, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Power Unlimited Xbox 360 Jul 10, 2008 80 out of 100 80 (UK) PlayStation 3 Jun 11, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Jul 20, 2008 7.7 out of 10 77


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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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