Sid Meier's Civilization V Review

Which expansions to Sid Meier's Civilization V do you recommend?

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Salvador (after 5 days 23 hours play time)

494 days ago

All of them.

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Shriven (after 43 days 5 hours play time)

689 days ago

Without Gods and Kings the game is very basic. Absolutely recommend only buying if you get G&K expansion.

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ashcloud (after 21 hours play time)

222 days ago

Best Civ ever!

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Phil Iwaniuk (after 2 days 1 hour play time)

422 days ago

At this point it's cheap enough to buy the complete edition, and the difference between the vanilla game and the full experience with all expansions is night and day. Take the plunge.

Tomrage (after 26 days 8 hours play time)

390 days ago

Gods and kings and brave the new world, Party gone be exciting !!

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Zayrek (after 10 days 1 hour play time)

290 days ago

So addictive, same as all other previous releases.

Zeke (after 39 days 20 hours play time)

59 days ago

Dont buy the game without G+K and BNW, its not worth it, however, with them it is excellent

EvokerPoker (after 13 days 6 hours play time)

377 days ago

I am a very late comer to the Civ series given that Civ V was the first one in the Civ franchise that I have played. I bought the game with all the DLC in 1 package through Steam so I also did not experience it without G&K, etc....I absolutely love it, have never ran into a game like it, and had the help of my brother who is a Civ fantatic to answer many questions. Incredible game IMO and one of the best ever if not the best!

SuperSandro2000 (after 2 days 11 hours play time)

329 days ago

BEST GAME EVER!

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How complex is Sid Meier's Civilization V to learn?

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unclecid (after 79 days 23 hours play time)

494 days ago

extremely easy to learn.....very hard to master.
i play marathon length at deity difficulty

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Shriven (after 30 days 13 hours play time)

951 days ago

VERY very easy. They aimed to make the game as accessible as possible over 4, they achieved it at the cost of some depth

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Shriven (after 43 days 5 hours play time)

689 days ago

For anyone who has played a 4x strategy before, you will slide into the mechanics effortlessly. For anyone new to the genre, I would recommend Civ5 over others as its mechanics are simple to learn yet difficult to master and the information if presented too you very clearly and in its basic forms.

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Matt Purslow (after 3 hours play time)

819 days ago

Without prior knowledge of 4x or Civilization games, CivV can be moderately tricky to learn. It's tutorials are not brilliant, and very quickly let you loose with only a basic grasp of the core concepts. This can result in several botched attempts at getting a civilisation going before you get into the swing of things. For people familiar with the Civ formula, CivV is probably one of the easiest Civ games to get to grips with, being slightly more simplistic than its older siblings.

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Salvador (after 5 days 23 hours play time)

494 days ago

The tutorials aren't the best, but the game interface itself is extremely accessible and user-friendly. I like most how it always makes your options clear, and doesn't let you finish a turn without doing everything you can.

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Phil Iwaniuk (after 2 days 1 hour play time)

422 days ago

You'll grasp the basics after one short campaign, but the subtleties just keep revealing themselves after tens of hours of play. Difficulty is scalable in all sorts of ways though, so learning the game doesn't have to be a punishing experience.

Tomrage (after 26 days 8 hours play time)

390 days ago

Very easy to understand and learn but you will have to try hard to win emperor and + games

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How does Sid Meier's Civilization V reward you for playing tactically?

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Matt Purslow (after 3 hours play time)

819 days ago

With planning and tactics, you'll be able to open up far more of Civ's technology and progression rewards. A stronger player will be able to advance their civilisation to a much more technologically-dominant stage faster than someone who fails to plan and develop a strategy. Guns and bombs work better than sticks and stones, so the reward is clear to see.

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Shriven (after 43 days 5 hours play time)

689 days ago

Something as simple as the placement of a city can have dramatic effects on the future of your game. As the technology trees develop and social policies evolve a decision you made 2000 years ago can potentially be a game winning one. It is so rewarding to think ahead.

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Phil Iwaniuk (after 2 days 1 hour play time)

422 days ago

It's a game about deferred gratification. Sewing the seeds and watching them grow into an empire over thousands of years. That's your reward, really - staying alive.

The depth of Civ comes from having to thinking tactically in the current turn, and the long term, on different fronts: culture, economy, military, research, etc.

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How realistic is Sid Meier's Civilization V?

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Phil Iwaniuk (after 2 days 1 hour play time)

422 days ago

It's possible to acquire technologies and unit types way, way earlier than anyone did IRL, and that's half the fun. It's certainly grounded in reality, but no game of Civ has or will ever play out like a simulation of historical events. Ghandi keeps nuking me, for example.

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Matt Purslow (after 3 hours play time)

819 days ago

Whilst Civ's progression from cave man to the atomic age and beyond is all based on man's own technological and cultural rise, it is a character of history rather than accurate portrayal. George Washington certainly wasn't a real figure at the dawn of time, and I've never heard of France warring against Germany, one side armed with nuclear warheads whilst the other has barely discovered fire. Essentially: do not use Civilization V as research for your homework.

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Shriven (after 43 days 5 hours play time)

689 days ago

Other than the names of Civilizations and their cities. It is totally "What if" history. What if the English lived in a desert? What if the Mongols sacked Rome? The scenarios such as "Fall of Rome" have hints of historical realism.

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How hard is it to make money in Sid Meier's Civilization V?

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Matt Purslow (after 3 hours play time)

819 days ago

Money is the key to a lot of Civ's core (no money, no expansion, no win), so it's vital that it doesn't just pour out the sky. Making money through the in-game economy isn't difficult, but it requires strong tactics. Evaluating when best to invest, what units to buy, and managing populations will ensure your cash flow is strong. Failure to pay attention to these elements will make money generation a lot harder than it actually is.

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Shriven (after 43 days 5 hours play time)

689 days ago

You will find that Money and Happiness are the keys to victory. Money = troops which equals conquest which equals happiness. As in real life,a lot depends on money.

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Phil Iwaniuk (after 2 days 1 hour play time)

422 days ago

If you engineer your civilization to make it a priority, you can make huge amounts of money. It's a useful thing to have in excess however you're playing - it'll by units and buildings, extra tiles for your cities, and can be used to broker deals with other leaders for resources and luxuries.

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Would you buy at full price or wait for a Sid Meier's Civilization V sale?

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Shriven (after 30 days 13 hours play time)

951 days ago

Now, its going to be much cheaper after the Beyond Earth game releases.

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Phil Iwaniuk (after 2 days 1 hour play time)

422 days ago

The complete edition represents great value for money.

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How active is the Sid Meier's Civilization V mod scene?

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Shriven (after 43 days 5 hours play time)

689 days ago

Very. One of the most popular on Steam Workshop and with several years of mods now.

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Phil Iwaniuk (after 2 days 1 hour play time)

422 days ago

Steam Workshop has all sorts to tinker with. Maps, leaders, cheats, editors... you name it.

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How good are the graphics in Sid Meier's Civilization V?

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Shriven (after 30 days 13 hours play time)

951 days ago

It wont win any awards for it, because its a game that doesnt need to.

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Matt Purslow (after 3 hours play time)

819 days ago

With simple designs and bold colours, Civ has a distinct style without overdoing it. By remaining fairly simple, it manages to convey its mechanics much more successfully.

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How active is the multiplayer community for Sid Meier's Civilization V?

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Shriven (after 30 days 13 hours play time)

951 days ago

Never played Multiplayer

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How good are the sounds in Sid Meier's Civilization V?

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Shriven (after 30 days 13 hours play time)

951 days ago

Various great pieces of public domain classical music. Including that music from the Hovis advert!

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How does Sid Meier's Civilization V run on your PC?

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Shriven (after 30 days 13 hours play time)

951 days ago

Used to have an incredibly long initial load. Moving Windows onto SSD seems to have removed that totally.

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