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 Diplomacy in Civilization 5 gets more options
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows War against Greece in later stage of the game
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows The city screen
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows City-state sometimes give you missions

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
GamingTrend Windows Oct 06, 2010 94 out of 100 94 Windows Nov, 2010 91 out of 100 91
GameZ Windows Sep 24, 2010 90 out of 100 90
Gamervision Windows Oct 01, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Game Chronicles Windows Oct 05, 2010 8.9 out of 10 89
Gaming Target Windows Oct 18, 2010 8.6 out of 10 86
gamrReview Windows Oct 27, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85 (UK) Windows Sep 21, 2010 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy Windows Sep 21, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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