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Can be Buggy at Times,
This review is from: Sid Meier's Civilization V Game of the Year - PC (DVD-ROM)
I have not had any problem going well beyond turn 200. In custom settings I have gone as high as 700 turns. I agree that this is just a re-packaging of the original Civ V. The game will lock-up or freeze temporarily when I play using WiFi. When connected to LAN I have not experienced those issues.
I object to having to log on to STEAM to play. On the carton of the box, it is claimed that you only have to be connected "once" upon initial installation. However, that is false as you must be connected to the internet at all times (as noted by another reviewer).
While the graphics are extremely good (very high WOW factor), when you play using DirectX10 or 11, it is also very demanding of the processor, which can cause problems for older machines. You can adjust the settings to relieve your processor, or you can opt to play using DirectX9.
Using DirectX9, graphics will be a much lower, flat looking quality, but will not be as hard on your processor.
Overall, if you are into strategy games, this is a good one and I am not sorry that I bought it. There are numorous challenges, leaderboard trophies (similar to Xbox 360 style) and game options available through STEAM at no extra cost. Still, I liked Civs IV & III better for overall playability, and the fact that I don't have to be connected to the internet.
Concerning STEAM, the only advantage I can see, is that you do not have to have the Civ V disc in the drive after installation, thus saving some wear and tear. Otherwise, the initialization of the game each time you want to play is sometimes quite long -- can be up to 10 minutes on days that the STEAM server is busy. This is something that we will have to get used to, though, as the trend is moving away from CDs and DVDs into the clouds, and more and more games will require some kind of membership on the order of STEAM.
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Initial post: Dec 24, 2011 9:05:22 AM PST
James A. Crocker says:
After connecting to Steam once to activate, you can proceed to set Steam to offline mode and won't have the need to connect to the internet.
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