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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 Starting a new game as Genghis Khan.
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows This Frigate has earned enough XP for a promotion.
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows You can buy plots of land for faster border expansion.
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows City-states are a new feature to the Civilization series.

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Sid Meier's Civilization V Screenshot


Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

I only love it because this is the first time I own a Civ game Windows Asinine (1006)

Critic Reviews

AceGamez Windows Sep 30, 2010 95 out of 100 95
GamingTrend Windows Oct 06, 2010 94 out of 100 94
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Dec 20, 2010 9.25 out of 10 92 Windows Sep 23, 2010 92 out of 100 92
Cyber Stratege Windows Sep 24, 2010 9 out of 10 90
InsightBits Windows Oct 22, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Game Chronicles Windows Oct 05, 2010 8.9 out of 10 89
Gaming Target Windows Oct 18, 2010 8.6 out of 10 86
Gaming Age Windows Oct 04, 2010 B+ 83
GreatGamer.Ru Windows Oct 01, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65


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  • 4Players
    • 2010 – #3 Best PC Game of the Year
    • 2010 – #3 Best Strategy Game of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2010 – PC Game of the Year
    • 2010 – Strategy Game of the Year
  • Steam Awards
    • 2016 — The 'Test of Time' Award — Nominated

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