Rated 5 out of 10 by Bdogs The name we trust but the game we didn't want!
If you played the CIV series from the beginning, this game will remind you of Civilization Call to Power. It has the name Civilization in the title, but it just does not fit in with the rest of the series. Hardcore CIV fans will be highly disappointed. The mechanics of this game is very different from CIV 3 and CIV 4. They seemed to dumb the game down, simplify the ways you can win, discourage huge empires by having steep unhappiness penalties, and streamline the game-play by making it seem very linear. The game has already had 5 patches since launch and it still has a save game bug. Search for "Civ 5 Runtime Error". The only thing that might make CIV 5 a good game, is their mod community. If you never played the CIV series this game might be for you but if you are a hardcore CIV fan you will be highly disappointed. If you must try this game wait until they fix the save game bug and if you are hardcore CIV fan, wait until Rise of Mankind MOD is release, maybe then CIV 5 will be worth playing.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Radioshack A must play for any strategy gamer!
I have had this game since is came out. At first I was just in awe because the graphics were fantastic compared to Civ 4. I find the game much easier to play than Civ 4 in many ways. You get can use conquered cities as, "puppets" which allows you to own the city, but not have control over what is built which helps when you have a lot of cities under your control. Also you cannot , "Stack" units on top of another which aids in militaristic strategies because what you see is what you get. Also when you conquer a city you do not have kill every unit stationed in the city to take it over. All your cities also have the option to defend themselves without having someone stationed there(they through stuff at the enemy). Social policies add a completely different way to play your game as well. there is no religion aspect of the game but you can built a temple for the culture boost.
My least favorite aspect of the game is that Leonard Nimoy does not do any voices in the game.
Rated 8 out of 10 by gamer76 Solid Game - Exactly as I expected
I haven't had a single glitch with the installation or gameplay for Civ V. It's a new game, so one should expect that it will not run as quickly or the graphics won't pop as much on an older platform. My system is a Core2 duo 3.0ghz with 4gb mem, Windows 7, and a 8800GT 512mb Video card. I'm running it in DX10 mode with no problems. To those complaining about Steam...the driver behind this is to help reduce software piracy. The publisher needs some way to ensure that their product is not being copied and redistributed. Measures such as this will allow them to keep putting out the games we love to play. The new tiled format of the 'board' really adds a lot to the game. I've found that the change to not allow units to stack actually makes the game more fair in that the AI doesn't show up with stacks of units and run through your cities. Not having to build a road on every upgraded square is nice too. Don't hessitate to buy, solid game.
Rated 10 out of 10 by hoss civilization evolved
i am an addict when it comes to civ, i first played civ when civ 3 came out. civ 5 has many changes that make this game even better but there is some missing parts from civ 4 that should have carried over such as religion, being able to know who is friendly towards you and who is not, and a specific government type for your nation. i have read the reviews that speak of bugs and what not but on my computer i have had no problem running the direct x 11 version of this game other than when i load up my tiles are not defined but all i have to do to fix that is move my screen over the tiles and that fixes it. the elements they added to the fighting is phenominal it makes you actually plan ahead when you are at war, my best moment playing was when i was rome and the french, iriquious, and siamesse all attacked at the same time, it was intense. what really makes this game so much better than previous is the new unit "GIANT DEATH ROBOT" if you make these units before anyone else you will dominate the battlefield with the greatest unit in all of gaming history.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Ghatz A great civ experience
I am a huge civ fan, I love it, and this certainly delivers. The main thing I like about it is how different it is from civ 4, I mean the central concept and a few things are similar, but the team that made this really put a lot of work into making a great game. The fact that armies don't stack was weird to me at first but seeing it in game was great. It makes you actually feel like your commanding an army, not just 3 riflemen as the march to a city, suddenly multiply, and then conquer it. The use of money was also cool to me, buying land, instead of just getting it seemed cool and it gave gold a much more realistic use. Overall this is some great fun to be had alone or with some friends, the online, which I never review because online play is stupid, is actually fun when playing with friends, just a word of advice, never play it on marathon, one era will last like 8 hours, its pretty ridiculous.
Rated 3 out of 10 by Bannor Really lame update to the CIV series, same bugs
This version, while it does have some slightly better graphics, the rest of the ENTIRE game is the same as previous versions. Same exact bugs, except they have removed unit stacking globally, which sucks all by itself. BUGS: Press "end turn" and it proceeds to remember that your turn is not yet finished and prompts you to finish by moving units etc, then press "end turn" a second time to finally get to the next turn. Crashes to desktop frequently on large maps even with an above min spec computer. Missile cruisers allow you to carry 3 missiles. However, the game tends to leave visual relics of the number of missiles behind whenever the cruiser moves... I have seen 6 or 7 left behind by the same cruiser over several rounds. You build specific buildings designed to upgrade unit experience, but only 2 or 3 of them actually work at any one time, spending money/time building the others is a complete waste as the new units never gain that experience. All of these bugs and many others, have existed in this game since version 2 of the Civ series and they still claim this is a NEW release?
Rated 2 out of 10 by patriots72 Not the old game but not improved, just worse
This new version is no where near as good as the previous versions. Instead of working on the things that didnt work in the older versions they changed many things and dumbed it down a lot. No more big armies, at any levels but the lowest you have to follow a very specific process to survive until the modern era. At that point you will finally have enough gold, sciense, culture, etc. to expand. However, it only takes a couple of bombers and one land unit to tediously take over the world. You will spend many hours clicking 'next turn' with nothing to do. You better have a tv or another computer to play something on because there just isnt much to do in this game. The AI will give up after it reaches the modern era and never does a very good job to begin with. If you played previous games in the series or never have I would suggest sticking with or purchasing civ IV as an alternative.
Rated 7 out of 10 by Tetaru123 good but gets better
An amazing game that at first can be a little complicated as there are alot of things to keep track of. I read the other reviews and agree the game is good in it's own right.
But heres a more broad view. The game's AI is extremely stupid even on higher difficulties the AI will start a war with you but not attack only wander around your units. Which in and of itself is rather idiotic.
But, the game's AI and overall gameplay gets a huge upgrade when you add in the God's and King's expansion. The AI is no longer lost in it's own movements and can actually give you a fair challenge of the easy and medium difficulties. If you get this, it's strongly recommended you get the God's and King's Expansion as well or you might find yourself bored with the AI's lack of intrest in wanting to actually play against you and just exsisting on the board is enough for you.
Rated 0 out of 10 Oh Happy Days
Now in my 30s I started gaming on the Commodore 64 and Apple IIc. Kings Quest 1 was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. But I became an addict when I first played Civilization I. I cant count the hours I played in high school. Then in college it got even better with Civilization II, probably the single best version in the series. I got the numerous new versions that followed as soon as they came out. Civilization went different ways with the various tangents it went off on with each iteration. Each had its own different quark but none "felt" like Civilization. Civ IV finally got back closer to the classic addicting pattern, however just not there. So here I am waiting in anticipation for CIV V. Please get back to the classic model. Undoubtly I will buy it, with crossed fingers. I am sure it will be an 8 out of 10, but here;s hopping its a homerun.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Simsational23 Change is inevitable
I have been a hardcore lover of the Civilization series since it first came out on the IBM around 15 years ago. The ability to research technologies, build armies, send ships into space, or expand your culture around the world is nothing new, but this game puts a fresh spin on things. It has been simplified so that people not familiar with the series can jump right in and have fun. For the hardcore people like me, it isn't everything I wanted but at the same time I do understand and appreciate it's appeal. The creation of policies to help guide your civilization was a nice touch. You can make your people live with freedom and liberty or create a totalitarian regime based on military strength and domination. My only real complaint about the game is the victories themselves. There used to be a video or something when you won, but now it's just a picture and that guy talking, doesn't feel like I accomplished much. I love the addition of Mods to shake it up a little, and I do agree with a lot of these reviews in that it doesn't live up to the series, but on it's own, it's one heckof a fun game if you have a good enough computer to run it properly.