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Sid Meier's Civilization V PC Game

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  • E10+ - Everyone 10+
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Sid Meier's Civilization V is the fifth offering in the multi-award winning Civilization strategy game series featuring the famous “just one more turn” addictive gameplay that has made it one of the greatest series of all time.

With over nine million units sold worldwide, and unprecedented critical acclaim from fans and press around the world, Sid Meier’s Civilization is recognized as one of the greatest strategy franchises of all-time. Now, Firaxis Games will take this incredibly fun and addictive strategy game to unprecedented heights by adding new ways to play and win; new tools to manage and expand your civilization; extensive modding capabilities; and intensely competitive multiplayer options. Civilization V will come to life in a beautifully detailed, living world that will elevate the gameplay experience to a whole new level making it a must-have for gamers around the globe!

In Civilization V, players strive to become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the dawn of man into the space age, waging war, conducting diplomacy, discovering new technologies, going head-to-head with some of history’s greatest leaders and building the most powerful empire the world has ever known.

  • newegg Believable World More than just a strategy game - the expanded visuals and immersive audio invite would-be kings to take up the reigns of power and forge a mighty empire. Civilization V offers a limitless variety of vast, realistic and diverse landscapes for players to explore, battle over and claim as their own.
  • newegg Inviting Presentation An intuitive interface eases both new players and Civ veterans into the game. Guided by a set of trusted advisors who will explain game functionality and provide counsel for significant decisions, even first-time players will be confident in the choices they make.
  • newegg Huge Battles Combat is more exciting and engaging than ever before. Wars between empires feel massive with armies spreading across the landscape. The addition of ranged bombardment allows players to fire weapons from behind the front lines, challenging players to develop clever new strategies to guarantee victory on the battlefield.
  • newegg Live History Write your own epic story each time you play. Choose one of eighteen historical civilizations to lead from the stone-age to the space age on your quest to build the world's most powerful empire.
  • newegg Improved Diplomacy Negotiate with some of history's most cunning rulers, each with a well-crafted plan for victory. Successful diplomacy will depend on players carefully managing relationships with other leaders, trading items and land, plying them with gold, and deciding if they are friend or foe. City States will present a new diplomatic battleground on which the major powers of the world will vie for supremacy.
  • newegg In-Game Community Hub Compete with Civ players from all over the globe via the Internet, offering endless ways to rule the world. The game itself now serves as the hub of community activity, featuring the ability to share scenarios, compare scores, brag about achievements and visit one of the thriving Civ fansites without leaving the game. It's now easier than ever for players to become involved in the global Civ Community.

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3 out of 5 eggsGreat 4x strategy as always, but with some missteps.

Pros: Same great 4x strategy that Civ has always been known for, once you get used to the new interface and gameplay changes.

Playable with just a mouse and nothing else if that's what you want to do.

City States are an interesting addition.

Beautiful aesthetic design.

Hex grid, lack of unit stacking, and specialized ranged units allow for deeper strategy.

Resources seem to be more finite and to matter more, which also adds greater strategic depth. They are also one of your only bargaining chips during diplomacy now, which makes them much more important than before.

Civic policies allow for greater customization of civilizations' governance and nature.

Tutorial eventually tells you just about everything you need to know, provided you're willing to read a bit.

Nice diplomacy options, including a request for opponents not to build cities near your borders.

Some nice late game techs and units.

Cons: Can't zoom all the way out to a large top-down view like you could in Civ IV.

Sense of the Earth being curved is gone, in favor of bringing back the flat look of the earlier games.

Simple, narrated tutorial is gone. In its place is a series of tool tips and advisor screens that you will see in the course of a normal game anyway provided you set the tool tips to "New to Civ." It's functional and tells you everything you need to know, but instead of narrating everything, you have to read quite a bit.

Related to the previous point: TINY text when running on any high resolution, even just 1080p, and even on a large display. (This is adjustable via ini tweaks but an in-game option would have been greatly appreciated.)

Religions are entirely gone, and with them a large component of Civ IV's cultural game. There is a "Peity" branch in the civil policies, but that's about it.

Culture seems to play a substantially more limited role. It allows you to adopt civil policies at a faster and faster rate, but it has almost no tactical relevance beyond those policies' affect on your nation's economy, research, and production.

You can still win in a variety of ways, but the path to those victories feel less distinct than in Civ IV.

It's much harder to form alliances.

There is NO technology trading. This is a big mistake in my opinion, as gifting techs was not only a way to bolster alliances, but also a big component of the peaceful strategy, which is all but impossible now.

Countries will inevitably hate and wage war on you, and all you can offer them are monetary offerings. Which generally confer no benefit in their attitude toward you whatsoever. The aforementioned lack of technology trading hinders you further in this regard as well.

Games tend to progress similarly from one to the next, so despite it still being Civ's greatest strength compared to many other games, it still feels lacking in replay value compared to previous entries in this particular series.

Largely the same old tech tree we've had for three games now, with a fresh coat of paint and a few buildings added, rearranged, or replaced.

City States, while a great idea and an interesting addition, ultimately just become more of a nuisance than anything else. You have to constantly keep them happy or the few benefits they confer are lost, and they frequently drag you into war with other Civs.

No more vassal states. Countries no longer capitulate to become your vassals. Instead when capturing a city you can choose to annex it, raze it, or turn it into a puppet state. This means that you get the benefits like gold and resources from them, but you have no control over them. Coupled with the aforementioned inability to trade techs, this makes them far less useful or controllable than Civ IV's vassal states.

Other Thoughts: At the end of the day, this is a great strategy game. It's worthy of the Civ name and brings a lot of positive changes to the table. Strategically and tactically it's a deeper, more satisfying experience ultimately. You feel a lot more like a tactician, forward deploying front lines, follow on attacks, and keeping artillery and other ranged units in the rear. Fighting over resources is a real and necessary strategy now as well.

But its detracting issues still leave me wanting more. Especially how similar each game feels to the next.

A cultural victory means filling up five of the civil policy trees, which means pumping out sufficient culture to adopt policies more frequently than your opponents. But that's something you'll be trying to do anyway if you have any interest in expanding your borders.

Military victory is straightforward, but if you're ahead technologically you're likely ahead in production and military units as well anyway so conflict eventually tends to become unavoidable.

Diplomatic victory once again involves building the U.N. and voting but by the time you get there you will have already had a lot of battles and adopted a lot of policies as well. Since your options for fostering peace are extremely limited, you usually have no choice but to fight even if your goal is peaceful. The same goes for the space race, which is virtually unchanged.

It seems a bit too easy to reach any and all of the victory goals, with little substantive gameplay difference between them in terms of what you'll experience while progressing toward them, no matter which nation you play as.

City States are fun, but both they and puppet states are a poor replacement for Vassal states.

All in all, I'm happy with the game. If you love Civ, you'll likely enjoy this game. But if you fell in love with any of the things about Civ IV that are gone from this game, you may end up feeling overwhelmed. Fortunately, the strategic depth and the good things it brings to the table - to say nothing of the DX II tessellation and fresh coat of paint it spruces things up with - are enough to make it worth a buy if it's been a while since you've played Civ IV. You'll have a good time. But I'm hoping some of the available (or future) DLC that I have yet to invest in will address some of these issues.

TLDR version: war is deeper and more satisfying; game looks and plays beautifully; everything else is either been there done that, or much more limited than in Civ IV. But the game is still a blast to play if you're into 4x strategy at all and brings some positive changes to the table as well.

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  • Ben S.
  • 8/18/2012 9:57:59 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggsCiv

Pros: It's civilizations.

Cons: Not as much replay as i had hoped for. Not sure if they programmed the game to take advantage of large system memory. My machine runs 16GB of RAM and dual GTX560's in SLI with a hex core FX6100 at 4.3GHz and i will sometimes see a slight slow down or delay between turns. Typically when the whole world is uncovered and i have dominated half the globe, not sure if that is to be expected though...

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  • James T.
  • 7/11/2012 11:16:18 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Game

Pros: I don't know what to say. It's just like civilization with better graphics. The non stacking of combat units and longer production times give battles a much more strategic feel, more so than just mass units and attack.
I am not sure why so many people have problems with steam, I can only assume that they do not have proper updates on their computer. I have steam on 3 different Windows 7 machines and have had it on several XP systems since 2004. I have never had a problem other than if you are playing without internet, in which case I think offline mode would only work for up to a week before needing to reconnect.

Cons: Have not run into any problems. I do miss espionage, but this can be obtained in the new expansion.

Other Thoughts: People claiming steam is the worst client out there obviously have never tried to play a game on Origin.

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  • Sean C.
  • 3/29/2012 11:59:14 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsGood Game, not as good as Civ 4

Pros: Civ 5 is a good game, Civilization 4 + their expansions are better though. Newegg shipping is so fast I have no problems buying games on newegg instead of the pay/download online. I like owning the hard copy.

Cons: City states, I don't like you.
It's dumbed down (like most new games), Civ 4.. now that is an amazing game that takes some thinking.

Requires Steam. Not cool.

Other Thoughts: Game loves SSD. You should go buy the Crucial M4!

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  • Mr. L.
  • 12/30/2011 7:59:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCIV V

Pros: Fun game, have no problems with it.

Cons: Nope

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  • Aaron S.
  • 10/30/2011 2:50:11 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Game

Pros: another great game I can sit in front of my monitor and burn my retinas out.

Cons: Nothing to complain about.

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1 out of 5 eggsI'll Never Know

Pros: Pretty

Cons: As so many other reviewers stated: STEAM!

What a joke. I'll never know if Civ V is any good, because the Steam client crashes... not just the program, but my entire system (Win 7 Pro x64). After uninstalling, disabling all the Steam-related processes & services, safe mode boots, MULTIPLE system restores - every recovery option available - I've finally resorted to a clean OS re-installation. Sigh - what a hassle. But I can't afford to have my computer keep crashing on me.

Even during the moments it did work, from all I could discern, the Steam program is just a bunch of glorified bloatware. Achievements, community, game library, etc., etc.? I really don't care about all that junk, and if I change my mind, there are plenty of websites offering the same things.

Other Thoughts: I can't believe there's no option - not even when one owns a physical copy of the software - to circumvent Steam. What an AWFUL program. I've played the Civilization series since number II, but I'll never know how V stacks up - all on account of a tragic and altogether unnecessary 3rd party client. What a shame.

Additionally, I'd ***HIGHLY RECOMMEND*** anyone considering this game look up, on the Steam Support website, the list of programs that can conflict with the Steam client. In particular, check the list of anti-virus software: good luck finding one that DOESN'T have compatibility issues w/ Steam. I had to uninstall mine altogether just to get it to update properly. Too bad not even that fixed all the problems.


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  • Anonymous
  • 9/23/2011 8:15:30 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAnother Civ

Pros: The game is not as bad as some people have said it was.
The game has a different feel from the traditional versions of CIV but this is not a bad thing.

Cons: Takes some PC power to run all the graphic eye candies.
Requires steam, not really a bad thing but I like not having the DRM stuff in my games.

Other Thoughts: The little upgrades like adding scenarios or races is where they will nickel and dime you.
$3 per scenario packs on Steam ($0.99 I would understand)
$5 per race addition from the basic selection also on Steam ($2 maybe, waht do you really get for the money, your paying some guy to put a skin on a 3D model)
Makes me happy I got this when I did. $60 for the original release price plus the cost for the expansions would have ticked me off.
Still this is a fun game and I play it with both friends and family. I would recommend this to anyone.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/17/2011 7:01:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNo Support

Pros: Fun Game...when it ran.

Cons: Am running Windows 7. It ran fine for several months, then all of a sudden the program restet to run in a compatibility mode, which means that it doesn't run at all now. The tech support is limited to emails that provide NO INFORMATION regarding how to disable the compatibility mode.

Other Thoughts: STEAM should offer a 1 800 number or an interactive chat to remedy problems. As it is, I have wasted the price of the game.

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  • Michael H.
  • 9/6/2011 7:33:28 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat game

Pros: Great game. This is the first Civilization game I've played. Hard to stop playing, even at 2 AM

Cons: AI does some things taht dont make sense at times.

Other Thoughts: I dont get why so many have issues with Steam. It works great for me, have it on my laptop and PC, can have the games installed in both locations.

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