23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
, October 28, 2010
This review is from: Sid Meier's Civilization V - PC (Video Game)
I really enjoyed many earlier versions of Civ, but this game is a huge disappointment. Quick summary, since much has been said already:
- Strange glitches (very expensive equipment like a-boms, planes, a robot, etc. suddenly disappear into thin air)
- No more religion, which I had always enjoyed.
- No real diplomacy since I can't trade with city state, and the empires that I can trade with tell me nothing whatsoever about how they feel about me.
- No spies, gifts, and all that stuff, except the occasional boring gift of an underpowered military unit from a city state. (After I gave them a bunch of money, since that's really the only thing you can do with city states, give them money or declare war)
- Can't figure out how to transport a-bombs, since they can supposedly be housed on planes, yet I can't get this to work, and it's useless when trying to capture a city state that is at a considerable distance from me.
- Regular buildings take forever to produce, wonders don't take much longer but are now almost completely useless. (Rarely worth a free tech or anything)
- Forget about producing buildings, just produce enough to start making money quickly, and then buy/sell what you need, since actually building your city is a huge waste of time in comparison. This strategy, basically the only one to win, is incredibly boring. Never before have I sold almost all my buildings in my city just for pure cash. Like it doesn't even matter if there's nothing left in your city as long as you have a bank and stock market to make some more money. From a narrative perspective this makes no sense.
- Can't stack armies anymore, each single soldier/tank/etc has to spread out across tiles, which makes it incredibly annoying to move even a small army across the map, and arrange them around a city.
- The cultural development where you choose a specific kind of regime doesn't make much sense anymore. No incentive to change, because I'll lose cultural progress.
- I had to register an account on Steam, which basically put a bunch of worthless junk on my computer that runs constantly and serves no helpful function other than allowing my friends with a steam account to interrupt my gameplay by sending me messages.
In short: visually it looks live Civ (though not that much better than the last one to be honest, and the map flipping around drives me insane, especially since you're constantly switching between the numerous non-stacking units across the world, which need new assignments, and which your map abruptly slides towards. The game gave me a headache, and I'm probably not going to play it again. Total waste of money for only two evenings of game play.
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