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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 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 Choosing production in city
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Discovering a natural wonder increases happiness in the empire.
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Constructing a farm to speed up city growth.
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Negotiating with Catherine of Russia.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

I only love it because this is the first time I own a Civ game Pixelspeech (955) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars

The Press Says

GameFocus Oct 04, 2010 9.8 out of 10 98
NZGamer Sep 22, 2010 9.3 out of 10 93
ActionTrip Sep 30, 2010 9 out of 10 90 Sep 26, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Bit-Tech Sep 21, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Gamereactor (Denmark) Sep 21, 2010 9 out of 10 90 Sep 27, 2010 9 out of 10 90 Oct 13, 2010 87 out of 100 87
YouGamers Oct 12, 2010 84 out of 100 84
CPU Gamer Oct 23, 2010 7 out of 10 70


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