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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 City-states are a new feature to the Civilization series.
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Rating of the military power
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows XX century infantry facing catapults. Good old Civilization
Sid Meier's Civilization V Windows Introduction of the chosen civilization before the game start

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Sid Meier's Civilization V Screenshot
Sid Meier's Civilization V Screenshot
Sid Meier's Civilization V Wallpaper (2560x1600)
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

G4 TV: X-Play Windows Sep 17, 2010 5 out of 5 100
GameFocus Windows Oct 04, 2010 9.8 out of 10 98
Game Vortex Windows Oct 10, 2010 97 out of 100 97 Windows Sep 23, 2010 92 out of 100 92
Video Games Daily Windows Oct 04, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Worth Playing Windows Dec 20, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Gaming Target Windows Oct 18, 2010 8.6 out of 10 86 Windows Nov 12, 2010 84 out of 100 84 (UK) Windows Sep 21, 2010 8 out of 10 80
CPU Gamer Windows Oct 23, 2010 7 out of 10 70


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

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