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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 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 XX century infantry facing catapults. Good old Civilization
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows The city screen
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows There are three options what to do with a conquered city.
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Oh no! Barbarians are approaching the capital! Where are my units?

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

GamingExcellence Windows Oct 11, 2010 9.8 out of 10 98
IGROMANIA Windows Oct 28, 2010 9.5 out of 10 95
AceGamez Windows Sep 30, 2010 95 out of 100 95
GamingTrend Windows Oct 06, 2010 94 out of 100 94
Games On Net Windows Sep 22, 2010 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamervision Windows Oct 01, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Cheat Happens Windows Sep 28, 2010 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) Windows Sep 22, 2010 88 out of 100 88
ComputerGames.ro Windows Oct 13, 2010 87 out of 100 87
YouGamers Windows Oct 12, 2010 84 out of 100 84


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