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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 Civilization V 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 Introduction of the chosen civilization before the game start
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows The city screen
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows XX century infantry facing catapults. Good old Civilization
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Main menu

Alternate Titles

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

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

The Press Says

GameFocus Windows Oct 04, 2010 9.8 out of 10 98
Cheat Happens Windows Sep 28, 2010 9 out of 10 90
GameZ Windows Sep 24, 2010 90 out of 100 90
Cyber Stratege Windows Sep 24, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Daily Windows Oct 04, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Impulse Gamer Windows Sep, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
YouGamers Windows Oct 12, 2010 84 out of 100 84
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Sep 29, 2010 81 out of 100 81
Mana Pool Windows Oct 03, 2010 8 out of 10 80
CPU Gamer Windows Oct 23, 2010 7 out of 10 70


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