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 The Civilopedia
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Barbarian galleys are attacking
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows You can toggle between a strategic and a normal game view.
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

Cheat Code Central Windows 2010 4.7 out of 5 94
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Dec 20, 2010 9.25 out of 10 92
InsightBits Windows Oct 22, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Worth Playing Windows Dec 20, 2010 9 out of 10 90
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Windows Sep 22, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Gameplanet Windows Sep 22, 2010 9 out of 10 90 Windows Sep 21, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Impulse Gamer Windows Sep, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpy Windows Sep 21, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 (UK) Windows Sep 21, 2010 8 out of 10 80


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