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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 Cities by themselves can are military units with own strength, health and shooting range
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows The Notre Dame Cathedral is one of 28 Wonders in Civilization V.
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows City-state sometimes give you missions
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows War against Greece in later stage of the game

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 (949)

Critic Reviews

G4 TV: X-Play Windows Sep 17, 2010 5 out of 5 100 Windows Sep 28, 2010 9.7 out of 10 97
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Windows Sep 20, 2010 9.3 out of 10 93
NZGamer Windows Sep 22, 2010 9.3 out of 10 93
3D Juegos Windows Sep 21, 2010 9.2 out of 10 92 Windows Sep 23, 2010 92 out of 100 92
ActionTrip Windows Sep 30, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Game Watcher Windows Sep 21, 2010 9 out of 10 90 Windows Oct 13, 2010 87 out of 100 87 (UK) Windows Sep 21, 2010 8 out of 10 80


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