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Sid Meier's Civilization V [Online Game Code]
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display: PC DownloadEdition: Standard
The Good: Amazing depth and strategy, addictive turned based game play, lots of leaders to chose from, great visuals and audio, new changes are for the better

The Bad: Can be too hard for super casual players, not 100% balanced, takes too long to finish a game, can be too addictive

After playing my first game of Civ 5 I realized how much of a greedy jerk George Washington was. 500 gold, all my resources, one city, and open borders for just one silk resource?! He's just begging to get wiped out, but I keep my cool and press on as the most advanced civilization for the next 150 turns. I build many great wonders such as The Great Wall, The Great Lighthouse, The Colosseum, The Taj Mahal, and even The Hanging Gardens. Of course it takes about 100 turns to create most of these but it keeps my people happy and sets us into a Golden Age.

This is just the beginning of Civ 5 and it's deep turn based strategy game play, but yet it's so simple to grasp and that's the beauty of it. Civ 5 may seem like some overwhelming beast when you first play it (mainly newcomers), but you learn as you play. After my 50th turn I already had the hang of 90% of the game, and just learned little things from there on out. You start out by picking your leader of a country, but each one has special attributes like a better economy, military, or even science. You establish your main capital city, and from there you learn new sciences, produce buildings, great wonders, workers, or different military units. Different tiles on the map may have icons for mining, farming etc. and you deploy workers here. Connect these to your capital and your income will increase.

Of course after awhile you must expand your empire or people will get unhappy and may even rebel in the city due to over population, or not having enough entertainment, food, or other resources. Keeping your people happy is just part of the struggle to create a great civilization. Other cities may want to ally with you by having you gift units, give them gold, or vowing to protect them. Connect your cities with roads and voila you have more income. Or you can just wipe them out and either annex the city (requires building a courthouse before you can use it), or use it as a puppet city and just collect the income, but don't control what they do. There's also the option to just raze cities and let everything burn!

Yes Civ 5 let's you play as you please sadism or masochism is all up to you. You can be friends with all your neighbors and just run out to 2050 and be the first and most advanced civilization. Or you can do what I did and get tired of the other leaders and build an army to take over. After having a rapidly advancing civilization over Washington I decided to open my borders to him, but he was still guarded because he didn't like my huge army. Sure I made my people suffer a tad by the high upkeep of this vast army, but it was well worth it. I started attacking his capital and this declared war. After a few turns he offered a peace treaty for 10 turns so I accepted and during this break I got every unit I had and surrounded his capital. After the treaty was over I attacked and quickly took over his entire empire. It was easy thanks to my advancement in military technology so I was way ahead of him. Musketmen versus spearman doesn't exactly equal fair. He offered peace treaties, but I swiftly turned them down and he eventually declared defeat.

But...just...one...more...turn! Even though I technically beat the map I kept on conquering, and even stole over his allied city before defeat. I bought tiles with lots of resources to quickly build my empire up and expand my borders. Turn after turn I swept up all resources, and horded my gold, and built massive structures to be the greatest of all time.

That's how every game plays out, and with the great AI, stunning visuals, and excellent little tid bits like Social Policies which act like perks, and the fact that not every map will play the same way twice. While you can't stack units anymore it really makes for a better strategy, and makes things a bit simpler so you're not just concentrating completely on your army. There are so many little things to this game you just have to play it to realize what's here. With a great in game user made map, scenario, and other item download section, excellent multiplayer, and countless hours of endless ways to play maps you will never get bored. Tactics must be changed up for each leader, each map, and each opponent. The only real issues I had were the fact that not every leader is balanced, and that a game can take days to finish plus some changes may turn hardcore fans off. So, the question begs the answer: Can your civilization stand the test of time?
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2012
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I was hesitant to buy Civ 5 because of all the poor reviews here on Amazon, but finally I purchased the download edition. A few of the reviews said that this wasn't really Civilization and it was a betrayal of the Civ tradition, etc. I'm sitting here building settlers, dealing with other leaders, making war with everyone, and researching new technologies. It seems like Civ to me! I'm not sure what these people are complaining about. I found the game to be just as entertaining as the other Civ games, but with enough new twists to keep things interesting.
There are a couple new things I really like. First, I like that units can travel over water without a transport ship. They're defenseless on water, but it's so much more fun to send them off into the ocean instead of having to take the time to build a transport. Also, I like the city-states. They make diplomacy, exploration, and trade more complicated, which is a good thing.
The only new thing that's a little annoying is having only one unit in a space. That makes for some cramped quarters when you're trying to lay siege to a city that is in a corner on the coast. Maybe a max of two units would be better.
I highly recommend this game. Now that the price has been reduced it's a no-brainer.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2012
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Sorry for the short review but... in all honesty i didnt play the game much... and well it seemed to me it wasnt as good as the past games.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2012
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I purchased this game for digital download and waited over an hour for it to download the 3GB file. When it finally completed, I pressed install, as instructed. It installed the Steam client, which I then had to create an account for.

Then, after I set up my account, I come to find out that I didn't really download the game at all! I have to download the game through Steam and it's estimated at over 5 hours! What a waste -- not to mention a huge pain!

I am a big fan of Amazon but I will really think twice before I buy a digital download from them again. It wasn't advertized that you'd download it... then have to download it again because you really only downloaded the client. The instructions tell you to just press install, but they don't tell you that you're not really installing the game.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2012
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So I bought this & downloaded as per instructions. Its been 2 days & I still can't get it to open! When I follow the Steam instructions to open the game, all that happens is that I get this screen with the note Civ 5 (not responding). I've sent email to Steam customer support but based on the discussions on their forums, it sounds like I'm not the only one with huge issues. Have no clue what to do but if it can't get resolved, will have to delete & count my losses. VERY disappointed as I've been a Civ addict in the past-lol
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2012
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I am recommending avoiding using any product that uses Steam -- like this one. For some reason, my account has been suspended. So far, it has been 2 days, and all I've received for my efforts is a form letter reply -- no human reply at all. I contacted 2k Games support, and was told there was nothing they could do. So, I've spent $50 for a game that I'm unable to play, and no person to call. Avoid this frustration at all costs!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2011
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Have been wanting Civ 5 every since a friend talked me into (finally) playing it. I was hooked on the spot, but it was too expensive for my blood. Finally on the holidays, Amazon was running a great sale, the base game for 15$ approximately. Couldn't beat that, only problem is I was almost late for Christmas dinner because I couldn't stop playing! Made it with 15 minutes to spare.... Thanks Amazon!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2011
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Excellent. Hours of fun. The only thing I would change is the action associated with battle. You once were able to stack units however now each takes its own tile. Makes it more efficient I guess however just getting use too.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2011
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dont get me wrong, it is a great game. it has better graphics and is more fun, with that being said, i will talk about the cons. the game crashes every half-hour(i dont know if it is the game or the computer), it wont let load a game that holds lots of space, and it takes forever to build things(you should just save up your gold and buy stuff with it)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2011
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The first time I played it, I missed some of the older aspects and elements, but eventually the new style/graphics and the more streamlined parts of the game won me over. If this was the first of the series, it would be heralded as one of the greatest games ever, but it has to deal with being compared to previous versions. The previous versions were good, and this version is good, it's just not the same.
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