Sid Meier's Civilization V

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Sid Meier's Civilization V is the fifth game in this long-lived series, placing the player in control of a nascent civilization at the dawn of time and challenging them to rise to global dominance, through peaceful or military means. Beginning with a single settler to found a city, players are tasked with exploring their surroundings, growing their empire, researching new technologies to aid them, and negotiating with other, rival civilizations - trading with them, forming alliances and pacts, or waging war.

While the basic concepts of this game are broadly similar to previous games in the series, some major changes have been made. Chief among these is a change from the squares-based map of all previous Civilization games to a hexagon-based system; now, moving in a diagonal offers the same movement as in any other direction (as opposed to a squares-based system, where a diagonal is strictly faster than either vertically or horizontally). In addition, religions have been removed from the game, while the policies system - allowing the player to customise their rule, gaining various perks or bonuses - has been significantly overhauled, requiring players to purchase policies with culture. Ranged units have also been tweaked, allowing archers to bombard enemy units or cities from afar.


Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Taking a look at the tech tree.
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows You can buy plots of land for faster border expansion.
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Main menu
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Constructing a farm to speed up city growth.

Alternate Titles

  • "文明帝國 V" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Цивилизация 5" -- Russian informal spelling
  • "Civilization 5" -- Common name

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I only love it because this is the first time I own a Civ game Windows Pixelspeech (955)

Critic Reviews

Darkstation Windows Oct 03, 2010 10 out of 10 100
Giant Bomb Windows Sep 23, 2010 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameFocus Windows Oct 04, 2010 9.8 out of 10 98
Game Vortex Windows Oct 10, 2010 97 out of 100 97
PCActu Windows Oct 07, 2010 9.5 out of 10 95
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Windows Sep 22, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Games Radar Windows Sep 23, 2010 9 out of 10 90
IGN Windows Sep 20, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Family Friendly Gaming Windows 2010 86 out of 100 86
Absolute Games ( Windows Oct 06, 2010 83 out of 100 83


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