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 Players are updated on victory progress throughout the game.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Archers are good defensive units, buy even they can dispose of a couple of rough barbarians.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Reaching an economic milestone... gathering 20000 gold pieces will yield an economic victory.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution Xbox 360 Wonders of the World take time and money, but offer large benefits.

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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TeamXbox Xbox 360 Jul 08, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameLemon Xbox 360 Sep 04, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
Video Game Generation Xbox 360 Jan 06, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
The Video Game Critic Xbox 360 Aug 19, 2008 B+ 83
AceGamez PlayStation 3 Jul, 2008 8 out of 10 80
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Xbox 360 Jun 30, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Thunderbolt Games Xbox 360 Aug 13, 2008 8 out of 10 80 PlayStation 3 Jul 30, 2008 16 out of 20 80
Computer Bild Spiele PlayStation 3 Jul 02, 2008 2.11 out of 6 78
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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