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 The city screen
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Great Wall covers all the territory but looks something like this
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Oh no! Barbarians are approaching the capital! Where are my units?
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Starting a new game as Genghis Khan.

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

MacLife Macintosh Dec 20, 2010 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
G4 TV: X-Play Windows Sep 17, 2010 5 out of 5 100
GameFocus Windows Oct 04, 2010 9.8 out of 10 98
AusGamers Windows Sep 22, 2010 9.2 out of 10 92
IGN Windows Sep 20, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Daily Windows Oct 04, 2010 9 out of 10 90
GameZ Windows Sep 24, 2010 90 out of 100 90
Gaming Target Windows Oct 18, 2010 8.6 out of 10 86
GameZone Windows Oct 17, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
Macworld Macintosh Jan 14, 2011 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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