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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 Cultural civilizations can expand their borders widely without building many cities
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Oh no! Barbarians are approaching the capital! Where are my units?
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows You can toggle between a strategic and a normal game view.
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows There are three options what to do with a conquered city.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

I only love it because this is the first time I own a Civ game Windows Pixelspeech (952)

Critic Reviews

Giant Bomb Windows Sep 23, 2010 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 Windows Sep 23, 2010 92 out of 100 92
InsightBits Windows Oct 22, 2010 9 out of 10 90 Windows Sep 26, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Game Freaks 365 Windows Oct 13, 2010 8.8 out of 10 88
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep 21, 2010 87 out of 100 87
Game Shark Windows Sep 21, 2010 B+ 83 (UK) Windows Sep 21, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Brash Games Windows Nov 07, 2010 8 out of 10 80
HonestGamers Windows Oct 18, 2011 7 out of 10 70


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