Sid Meier's Civilization V (Windows)

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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 The city screen
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows The advisors menu
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows That's what I like about Civ: Camel Archers are bombarding a submarine.
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Introduction of the chosen civilization before the game start

Alternate Titles

  • "文明帝國 V" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Цивилизация 5" -- Russian informal spelling
  • "Civilization 5" -- Common name

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Critic Reviews

Cheat Code Central 2010 4.7 out of 5 94
Hooked Gamers Sep 30, 2010 9.1 out of 10 91
GamesRadar Sep 23, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Thunderbolt Games Apr 03, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Gamereactor (Denmark) Sep 21, 2010 9 out of 10 90
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Sep 22, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Game Watcher Sep 21, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Game Chronicles Oct 05, 2010 8.9 out of 10 89
HonestGamers Oct 18, 2011 7 out of 10 70
CPU Gamer Oct 23, 2010 7 out of 10 70


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