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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 Taking a look at the tech tree.
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 That's what I like about Civ: Camel Archers are bombarding a submarine.
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Barbarian galleys are attacking

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

Spazio Games Sep 22, 2010 9.3 out of 10 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep 20, 2010 9.3 out of 10 93
AusGamers Sep 22, 2010 9.2 out of 10 92
Hooked Gamers Sep 30, 2010 9.1 out of 10 91
Game Watcher Sep 21, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Entertainment Depot, The Oct 15, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Game Freaks 365 Oct 13, 2010 8.8 out of 10 88
Ten Ton Hammer Sep 29, 2010 83 out of 100 83
Mana Pool Oct 03, 2010 8 out of 10 80 (UK) Sep 21, 2010 8 out of 10 80


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