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Standard User Lt_Swan
(knowledge is power) Mon 23-Dec-13 14:13:00
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Sid Meier's Civilization V


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Just bought this for my laptop. It was only a fiver in Sainsburys.
I'm still playing LOTR Battle for middle Earth 2 Rise of the witch queen so thought I'd have a go at something different.
I just read a review on Amazon and hardened civ players don't seem to like it. Seems it's been dumbed down for console players laugh

Before I unwrap it I was wondering if anyone here has played it and has any advice, like that it back and buy something else smile

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Standard User Lt_Swan
(knowledge is power) Mon 23-Dec-13 14:27:38
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Found this interesting review

As I've never played a civ game before I think I fit into grade 1

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I've been playing Civilization since the 1st on DOS, when I had a computer that had no sound card so I had to imagine what it sounded like in my head. Yes that's how old school I am in terms of Civ. AND LET ME MAKE CLEAR THAT I HAVE PLAYED WELL OVER +100 HOURS FOR CIVILIZATION 5, I have tried my absolute best to try and love this game but I am sorry to announce that I have FAILED MISERABLY.

Okay here are two different reviews:

1) YOU HAVE NEVER PLAYED A CIV GAME BEFORE Game is pretty cool, a lot to do and discover in the world of civilization. Graphics are somewhat up to date and it's a fun learning experience. Not the best strategy game you've ever played most likely, but a solid outing nonetheless.

GRADE: B- 2) YOU HAVE PLAYED OTHER CIVS AND ARE POSSIBLY A CIV FANATIC LIKE MYSELF If you've played any other Civilization game to date, you will almost instantly notice that the game has been dumbed down SOOOO much it possibly brings tears to your eyes.

- You can no longer manage your economy, taxes, luxuries, culture, religion, research, espionage, or just about anything else. The only things you can manage are your cities and units. - Diplomacy has been dumbed down as well. You can no longer trade techs or maps, and there is very little reason to conduct diplomacy besides trading luxury resources to keep your empire happiness. - MANIFEST DESTINY? THINK AGAIN. Oh how unhappy the happiness in this game will make you. Happiness is not city based anymore, rather it is now on a universal +/- scale for your ENTIRE EMPIRE. On any difficulty above Prince (I usually play on Emperor/Immortal) your happiness cap will SEVERELY LIMIT your ability to expand around the world. You will most likely be stuck to a handful of cities for a long time and you will have to carefully and painfully slowly expand so that your precious happiness doesn't drop.

THE RESULT? Somewhere around 40-60% of the world map will be unsettled depending on your map type. ON IMMORTAL DIFFICULTY, EVEN THE AI WHO IS CHEATING THROUGH HIS NOSE STRUGGLES TO EXPAND ACROSS THE MAP. - WANT TO MAKE A BUSTLING DEMOCRACY THEN SWITCH TO FASCISM LATER IN THE INDUSTRIAL AGE? I THINK NOT BISMARCK. Once you pick your Civics you're stuck with them until the end of time... literally. And it's not like civics are easy to get, late game with large empires it takes 100s of turns to get enough culture. - Single Unit tiles is good and bad depending on your perspective. Ultimately though, it makes it very difficult to position your 8 units every single time you want to move across the map and makes invading other empires/cities more of a chore than fun. -

A LOT OF FUN.... for until you're in the middle ages. Then the game drags and drags and dragssssssssssss like no tomorrow. WITH SO MUCH OF THE MICROMANAGEMENT STRIPPED FROM THE GAME, there is almost nothing to do besides choose what buildings to make in your cities. If you're not constantly declaring war on your neighbors then expect to spend most of your turns STARING AT YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN HOPING SOMETHING INTERESTING HAPPENS. USUALLY DOESN'T UNLESS YOUR HOUSE CATCHES FIRE. - WANT A CULTURE VICTORY? TOO BAD GANDHI, THAT 4TH CITY IS GONNA COST YA... the game.

Different victory types in Civilization have almost always been choose what you want to do early/mid way through the game and stick with it. But with this civilization, you damn better well have a strategy set if you want to win. This makes the game oh so much more boring that it was before. - Despite it being the year 2011 now, the AI of Civilization is still almost as woefully bad as it was in CIVILIZATION I ON DOS. The AI is AMAZINGLY STUPID, and all ramping up the difficulty does is MAKE THEM CHEAT LIKE NO TOMORROW. AIs will outresearch you, make far larger armies in less time, build wonders in half the time you do, and YOU WILL STILL ALMOST ALWAYS STOMP THEM. A travesty for modern gaming. Don't even get me started about diplomacy, the majority of the AI leaders are schizophrenic on their best days when taking their medication.

GRADE: D- I'm sorry but this ISN'T CIVLIZATION. Empire Total War has far more depth than this current outing and that REALLY PAINS ME TO SAY THIS because I've always far preferred Civilization to the Total War series. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE THINKING WITH THIS GAME, it's more suited to be played with on an arcade stick much less on a PC. WILL EXPANSIONS SAVE THIS DISASTER OF A GAME? It could, but it's going to need something absolutely BRILLIANT, and judging by how bad this game is I have my doubts. Fingers crossed though....

BOTTOM LINE: I REALLY DON'T RECOMMEND THIS GAME IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM SINCERELY: AMAZINGLY DISAPPOINTED LONG TIME CIV FANATIC frown

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Standard User SPOOKish
(knowledge is power) Mon 23-Dec-13 15:32:43
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Re: Sid Meier's Civilization V


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Sounds perfect! Great strategy building a civilisation game for beginners who like to sit back, take it easy and build, um, buildings.

The only Sid Meier's game I played was the original pirates one. That was really frustrating as I couldn't work out how to do the fencing stuff properly. Or a lot of other stuff so it got boring very fast.

If only these purveyors of ultra elite nerdism would dumb down their franchises so we could all play along?

Oh wait! They already did! grin

Have fun Swanny! Let us know what kind of civ you built? I'm guessing fascist totalitarian autocratic dictatorship with a dollop of tyranny and despotism on the side? Yeah, me too. Fantastic fun. smile

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Standard User Lt_Swan
(knowledge is power) Mon 23-Dec-13 17:01:50
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I might be a nice god smile
Hopefully they've dumbed it down enough for me

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Standard User time2die
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 23-Dec-13 18:37:05
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Yeah take it back and get something else wink...Sonic the hedgehog would be more appealing blush
Standard User time2die
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 23-Dec-13 18:38:58
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Not got the patience I'm afraid and not a game I would have as a freebie blush
Standard User time2die
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 23-Dec-13 19:04:41
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Have to be totally dumb for me....and no wise cracks.....been crying in my soup from a bombardment of wise cracks from both Nelly and Spook....

Suppose when your a born leader and Gaming Messiah it's expected ....When I say Bo....You say Selecta"......Bo Selecta ....Eh Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....chamone mutha fukka wink
Standard User Lt_Swan
(knowledge is power) Wed 25-Dec-13 20:50:43
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Oh dear


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My laptop has only got a nVidia 8600M GT graphics card so it looks as if I can't play it frown

Well Above Recommended Spec:
nVidia GTX-480, nVidia GTX-470
ATi 5850, ATi 5870, ATi 5970
nVidia GTX-460
nVidia GTX-295
ATi 4870 X2, ATi 4890
nVidia GTX-280

Noticeably Above Recommended Spec:
ATi 4870, ATi 5830
ATi Mobility 4870, ATi Mobility 5870
nVidia GTX-260, nVidia 9800GX2

Just Above Recommended Spec:
nVidia 8800GTX, nVidia 9800GTX
ATi 4850, ATi 3870 X2
nVidia 8800GTS 512MB, nVidia GTS-250
nVidia 9800GT, nVidia 8800GT 512MB

Roughly Equivalent to Recommended Spec:
ATi 4830, ATi 3870, ATi Mobility 5850M
ATi 5670
nVidia 9800GS, nVidia 8800GTS 640MB

Just Below Recommended Spec:
nVidia 9600GT
ATi Mobility 3870, ATi 4650
nVidia 8800GS
ATi Mobility 3870

Between Minimum and Recommended Spec:
nVidia 9600GSO
nVidia GT 330
ATi 5570
nVidia 8800GTS 320MB
ATi HD 3200
nVidia 8800GT 256MB
ATi X1900 XT, ATi HD2900 XT

Just Above Minimum Requirements:
nVidia GT 330M
nVidia 7800GTX, nVidia 7900GTX, nVidia 8600 GT
ATi X1800 XL, ATi Mobility X1800 XT
nVidia 7900GT

Roughly Equivalent to Minimum Requirements:
ATi Mobility 5650M
nVidia 8600GT
nVidia 7900GS, nVidia 9500GT
ATi HD2600 XT, ATi Mobility X1900
Core i3/i5 Integrated Graphics (Intel HD Graphics)

Barely Below Minimum Requirements:
nVidia GT 230 (DDR2)
ATi HD2600 Pro
nVidia Go 7800 GTX, nVidia 9500 GT (DDR2)
nVidia 6800GT

Noticeably Below Minimum Requirements:
nVidia 8600GT (DDR2), nVidia 8500 GT
ATi Mobility HD 2600
nVidia 6800, nVidia 7600GT, nVidia 8600M GT
ATi Mobility X1800


Oh well it never was a gaming machine

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Standard User Lt_Swan
(knowledge is power) Thu 26-Dec-13 15:10:13
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Not to worry


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I bought Civilization IV GOTY instead smile

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Standard User Lt_Swan
(knowledge is power) Fri 27-Dec-13 01:05:55
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Pah


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Well after playing it for a couple of hours I've decided it's not the type of game I enjoy

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