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 When caravan visits your town, you can check the banquet at your palace.
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 Checking the advantages of a newly discovered technology.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Attacking a barbarian outpost.

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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Gamervision Xbox 360 Jul 23, 2008 9 out of 10 90
PlayDevil Xbox 360 Aug 22, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
ZTGameDomain PlayStation 3 Jul 16, 2008 9 out of 10 90
TeamXbox Xbox 360 Jul 08, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Worth Playing PlayStation 3 Jul 11, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Gamer 2.0 PlayStation 3 Jul 11, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
Gamer 2.0 Xbox 360 Jul 11, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
GameLemon PlayStation 3 Sep 04, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
IGN PlayStation 3 Jul 02, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
Middle East Gamers (MEgamers) Xbox 360 Jul 23, 2008 8.1 out of 10 81


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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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