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Sid Meier's Civilization V - Mac

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Everyone 10+
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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Platform: Mac
Edition: Standard
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  • New hexagon environment tiles allow for deeper strategy, more realistic gameplay and stunning organic landscapes for players to explore as they expand their empire.
  • New game engine orchestrates a spectacular visual experience, featuring fully animated leaders interacting with players and speaking in their native languages for the first time.
  • Consult a set of trusted advisors who will explain game functionality and provide counsel for significant decisions.
  • Wars between empires feel massive as armies dominate the landscape and combat is more exciting and intense than ever before.
  • 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.
  • Civilization V introduces hexagon tiles allowing for deeper strategy, more realistic gameplay and stunning organic landscapes for players to explore as they expand their empire.
  • Successful diplomacy will depend on players carefully managing relationships with other leaders, trading items and land
  • Wars between empires feel massive as armies dominate the landscape, and combat is more exciting and intense than ever before.
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Product Details

Platform: Mac | Edition: Standard
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0048X7P4E
  • Item Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: May 8, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,136 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Mac | Edition: Standard

Product Description

Sid Meier’s Civilization V reinvigorates the classic turn-based strategy genre with an astonishing new engine built from the ground-up for this flagship edition of the Civilization franchise. Players are introduced to an entirely new combat system, deeper diplomatic interactions and a cavalcade of expanded features that deliver a fully immersive experience providing hours of entertainment as players build and defend their empire on their quest to become the greatest ruler the world has ever known.

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Sid Meier's Civilization V is the fifth offering in the multi-award winning Civilization turn-based strategy game series, and now it is available to players on the Mac platform. As with earlier installments in the series, Civilization V features the famous "just one more turn" addictive gameplay that has made it one of the greatest game series of all time. In addition to this it also features improved diplomacy, unprecedented modding tools and functionality, new ranged combat over a hex oriented board rather than squares, an in-game community hub facilitating improved online play and more.

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A Franchise Reborn Comes to Mac

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, with Sid Meier's Civilization V, Firaxis Games takes 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.

George Washington, leader of the American faction in Sid Meier's Civilization V
18 civilizations to choose from.
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Ranged fire from behind enemy lines in Sid Meier's Civilization V
Now fire from behind enemy lines.
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New hex oriented area sections in Sid Meier's Civilization V
New hex oriented expansion tiles.
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Large scale battle in Sid Meier's Civilization V
Diplomacy and large-scale battles.
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In-game advice council from Sid Meier's Civilization V
Familiar deep advice system.
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Civilization V comes 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.

Playable Civilizations

Civilization V features 18 playable civilizations chosen from every corner of the globe and from pivotal points in history. Each of these features a charismatic and historic leader who speaks in his/her native tongue, while their forces possess special abilities and units. The culture of each civilization will evolve, with players unlocking and adopting social policies over time, which bring benefits and improvements appropriate to the stage of civilization achieved to that point. Playable civilizations include:

  • America
  • Arabia
  • Aztec
  • China
  • Egypt
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Iroquois
  • Japan
  • Ottoman
  • Persia
  • Rome
  • Russia
  • Siam
  • Songhai

Key Game Features

  • Civilization V Mac introduces hexagon tiles allowing for deeper strategy, more realistic gameplay and stunning organic landscapes for players to explore as they expand their empire.
  • The brand new engine orchestrates a spectacular visual experience featuring fully animated leaders interacting with players from a screen-filling diplomatic scene and speaking in their native language for the first time.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wars between empires feel massive as armies dominate the landscape, and combat is more exciting and intense than ever before.
  • 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.
  • 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.

System Requirements

Minimum Requirements
  • Operating System - OS X 10.6.4 (Snow Leopard)
  • CPU Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
  • CPU Speed - 2.4 GHz
  • Memory - 2 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space - 8 GB
  • Video Card (ATI / NVidia): Radeon HD 2600 / Geforce 8600
  • Video Memory (VRAM): 256 MB
  • Media Required: DVD-ROM
  • Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard
Recommended Requirements
  • CPU Processor - Intel Quad Core
  • CPU Speed - 2.6 GHz
  • Memory - 4 GB RAM
  • Video Memory (VRAM) - 512 MB
  • Apple original CPU's only, CPU upgrades not supported
Supported Video Cards
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600, 8800, 9600M, GT 120, 320M
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750
Notices
  • Apple Intel Chipsets only. Power PC Processors (G4 and G5) are not supported
  • Intel integrated video chipsets are not supported
  • This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
  • Internet connection required for activation

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
532 of 588 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BRUTALLY UNCIVILIZED December 4, 2010
Platform for Display:Mac|Edition:Standard
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
The working relationship between a game designer and his publisher is never a simple one. So I would not know where exactly to place the blame, Sid Meyer or 2K GAMES. But in the end, it does not matter. Because it is simply sad to see a great gaming franchise came to this.

THIS IS NOT A CIVILIZATION GAME
A great number of major features of this beloved series have been simply removed. A fellow gamer called this "Civilization For Dummies" and he is absolutely right.
There is no trading maps or technologies. There is no claiming resources outside your borders by building a colony. There is no need for transport ships as units apparently are now all..amphibious (and they need 15-20 turns to cross an ocean!). There are no city-growth milestone requirements (granary, aqueduct, refrigeration). There is no culturally conquering an enemy city (detonating a "culture bomb" by consuming a Great Artist will only get you extra territory tiles but no cities). There are no spies nor health/pollution balance. And there are no armies (please read on).

ARMY CASTRATION
Someone please tell me what was so wrong with armies that had to be yanked out? Napoleon almost conquered Europe with one army. Germany almost conquered the eastern hemisphere with three and the US still holds a two-and-a-half armies doctrine. How can a turn-based game be called Civilization unless one can emulate, well, a real civilization? Building an army, seasoning it on minor conflicts and then going for the enemy's capital was one of the most fun parts of any Civilization game. Why Sid, why?

YOU MAY BE ABLE TO LAUNCH INTO SPACE YET CANNOT CLIMB MOUNTAINS?!
Movement should be hindered by rough terrain.
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155 of 177 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:Mac|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is about the Mac version of the game, I've not played the PC version, though game mechanics should be the same.

I read a couple of reviews complaining that the game was "watered down" or dumbed down in some way, but I don't feel that way at all. This is more like your standard Civ experience than is Civilization Revolutions for counsels (now that was watered down!). However there are some big changes. In fairness, if you've read any articles about the games development, or any game previews or preliminary reviews from game websites/magazines, you would know the big changes; 1) Hex tile board layout instead of squares, 2) no more unit stacking, 3) religion gone and cultural sway over rival civilizations reduced, and 4) the strategic limits of resources (one horse doesn't mean unlimited mounted units but instead 1 -4 [depending on the specific tile] mounted regiments]
For those who have played earlier versions of the game, these are huge changes (except maybe religion which was an addition itself to Civ IV). It's up to the individual gamer whether they accept them or not. I think they're good changes. Not necessarily better, and sometimes I still boot up Civ II, III, or IV to play those versions, but I like this new one, and the changes add a certain different balance that, contrary to some reviewers, I feel adds realism to the game.
1) the hex layout is familiar to anyone who plays battle simulation games like Axis and Allies Miniatures or Warhammer or the new D&D. It's sort of been accepted over the past decade and a half as the standard and it adds more fidelity to the combat.
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75 of 87 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous environment and fun game, but with caveats November 29, 2010
Platform for Display:Mac| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Having played most every version of Civilization since it came out (I missed Civ 3) I was eagerly awaiting this newest installment. The preview videos you see over the web looked fabulous. And, let's face it, if you're into Civilization, you're going to be eager to play the latest version. "Just one more turn" and all that.

So after buying the DVD version and receiving it, here's the skinny:

1. Installation is a bit of a pain because you have to download the Valve Steam stuff online. In my opinion that should be included on the DVD.
2. Make SURE you go to Aspyr.com to check the LATEST version of the system requirements. They're VERY particular. Hopefully they'll improve compatibility over time, but many common Mac graphics cards are NOT supported. Also, it's Snow Leopard (10.6.4 and greater) ONLY.
3. After I installed it, I could get to set up but couldn't actually start the game. It would always freeze up. Then I restarted my system and it worked fine. I'm on an iMac Core2 Duo 2.93 with NVidia GT120.
4. Once you get it running, the first thing you'll notice is that the environment is beautiful. I'm running it at 1900x1200 full screen and love it.
5. The next thing you notice is that it's significantly slower than Civ 4. To be expected for sure. But it really seems to be taking everything this machine has and could use some more.
6. The units don't seem to take multi-step direction as well as Civ 4. This is annoying. If there is any inconvenient obstacle, it essentially won't take the order. Sometimes it doesn't take the order anyway. There may be more to it than that, but that's the way it feels.
7. Combat is totally different. Especially when besieging cities. But I like the new combat system.
8. The longer you play, the slower it gets.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like strategy or just conquering the world you'll love this.
Great game. Still play it in 2014. Will still play it in 2015.
Published 22 days ago by Jacob Louden
5.0 out of 5 stars works great on macs
works great on macs, got all the expansion packs. need a bigger monitor (thunderbolt) for better view. saving it for Christmas.
Published 1 month ago by A. B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicting and fun!
Great game, even to someone who has never played a game before! My daughter convinced me to download it and it is very addicting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Be Well
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super fun game. My husband has gotten every version and loves them all...
Published 2 months ago by Dana Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 3 months ago by George King
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly what I wanted.
Published 3 months ago by Micha L.
4.0 out of 5 stars I need a support group.
This game is not good for me. It is plastic crack. I have spent whole days on a single match. against the computer. Hours upon hours wasted. It's pretty darn good.
Published 4 months ago by Ben Henning
5.0 out of 5 stars all rignt
all rigntall rignt
Published 4 months ago by Jose Angel Pulgar
2.0 out of 5 stars worst civilization I ever played
I love civilization even bought the one for PS3. Loved them all until now. Turn spacing is so slow it takes like 5 or more minutes before it gets back to you and this is when you... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ronny
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Improved
I was a bit skeptical when I bought this because I downloaded it. Everything worked perfectly though, and I was very impressed with the improvements since the previous versions of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alex & Autumn
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Platform: Mac | Edition: Standard