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Revolution is a turn-based strategy game about development and territorial expansion, with sixteen distinct civilizations from prehistoric times to the future. Not counting Silent Service, it is the second console-only Sid Meier branded game, the first being Sid Meier's C.P.U. Bach, and it is the first in the Civilization sub series to be released on console platforms.

Specifically built up with console controls in mind, the original gameplay is intact but with stripped-down complexity. The available civilizations include America, England, Japan, Aztec, China, India, Mongolia, Rome, Egypt, France, Arabia, Greece, Spain, Germany, Zulu and Russia, each with their own leaders (e.g. Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln) and specific perks. Another civilization, the Barbarians, is not playable and they constantly wage war with the other ones. Gameplay sessions are generally shorter with fewer victory conditions and simplified city management. The possible strategies are still very open, as the four victory conditions are Domination, Technology, Economic and Cultural. Players can either build vast armies and try to dominate the other civilizations to capture their cities (Domination), or use a more subtle, diplomatic approach to gain the upper hand. There is a technology tree to eventually move into space and be the first to reach Alpha Centauri (Technology), players can try to create a World Back earn 20,000 gold (Economic), or build twenty wonders (Cultural).

Units are often specific for a certain civilization and gain experience, as well as through research, to access upgrades. That way, a catapult can eventually become a tank. The focus is as usual on micromanagement. The two single-player modes allow for straight matches against AI players or rather fixed scenarios to complete. Multiplayer is supported for up to four players, free-for-all or with teams.


Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 There are four different ways to achieve a victory in this game.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Building new units.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Tutorial can be skipped if you're familiar with the controls.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution PlayStation 3 Build galleons to explore distant lands across the oceans.

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Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution Screenshot
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution Screenshot
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution Screenshot
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "CivRev" -- Common abbreviation
  • "シヴィライゼーション レボリューション" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

One step forward and ten steps back Xbox 360 Asinine (1006)

Critic Reviews

Playstation Illustrated PlayStation 3 Aug, 2008 96 out of 100 96
ZTGameDomain Xbox 360 Jul, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Xbox 360 Jul 22, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
Extreme Gamer Xbox 360 Jul 31, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
GameLemon Xbox 360 Sep 04, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
Xbox World Australia (XWA) Xbox 360 Jul 21, 2008 85 out of 100 85 Xbox 360 Jun 19, 2008 85 out of 100 85
Video Game Generation Xbox 360 Jan 06, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies Xbox 360 Jul 22, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Giant Bomb PlayStation 3 Jul 31, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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1001 Video Games

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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