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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.


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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 (943)

The Press Says

G4 TV: X-Play Windows Sep 17, 2010 5 out of 5 100
IGROMANIA Windows Oct 28, 2010 9.5 out of 10 95
Game Revolution Windows Nov 22, 2010 A- 91
Worth Playing Windows Dec 20, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Games On Net Windows Sep 22, 2010 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
InsightBits Windows Oct 22, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Absolute Games ( Windows Oct 06, 2010 83 out of 100 83
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Sep 29, 2010 81 out of 100 81
CPU Gamer Windows Oct 23, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Macworld Macintosh Jan 14, 2011 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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