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 Barbarian galleys are attacking
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows The Civilopedia
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Romans are good in building huge empires so i'm going to make one more city
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Choosing production in city

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 Windows Sep 28, 2010 9.7 out of 10 97
Destructoid Windows Sep 17, 2010 9.5 out of 10 95
Spazio Games Windows Sep 22, 2010 9.3 out of 10 93
InsightBits Windows Oct 22, 2010 9 out of 10 90
GamesRadar Windows Sep 23, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Thunderbolt Games Windows Apr 03, 2011 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
gamrReview Windows Oct 27, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
Gaming Age Windows Oct 04, 2010 B+ 83


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