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 Rating of the military power
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
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Diplomacy in Civilization 5 gets more options

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

Giant Bomb Windows Sep 23, 2010 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Darkstation Windows Oct 03, 2010 10 out of 10 100
GamingTrend Windows Oct 06, 2010 94 out of 100 94
InsightBits Windows Oct 22, 2010 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Windows Oct 17, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85 Windows Sep 24, 2010 17 out of 20 85 Windows Nov 12, 2010 84 out of 100 84
YouGamers Windows Oct 12, 2010 84 out of 100 84
Game Shark Windows Sep 21, 2010 B+ 83
Ten Ton Hammer Windows Sep 29, 2010 83 out of 100 83


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