Sid Meier's Civilization V: Game of the Year Edition [Download]

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The flagship of the Civilization series returns in an all-new Game of the Year Edition. Sid Meier's Civilization V: Game of the Year Edition is the fifth offering in the multi-award winning Civilization strategy game series featuring the famous “just one more turn” addictive gameplay that has made it one of the greatest game series of all time. Included is the newly updated base version of the game and over $40 in bonus and digital content including: Civilization Pack: Babylon, All 4 Cradle of Civilization Map Packs Double Civilization and Scenario Pack: Spain and Inca, Civilization and Scenario Pack: Polynesia, Civilization and Scenario Pack: Denmark - The Vikings, Explorer’s Map Pack, Official Digital Soundtrack.

  • Believable World: More than just a strategy game - the 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 to explore, battle over and claim as their own.
  • Inviting Presentation: 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, even first-time players will be confident in the choices they make.
  • Huge Battles: Combat is more exciting and engaging than ever before. Wars between empires feel massive with armies spreading across the landscape. 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.
  • Live History: 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
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OS:Windows XP SP3/ Windows Vista SP2/ Windows 7Windows Vista SP2/ Windows 7
Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
RAM:2 GB RAM4 GB RAM
Hard Drive:8 GB or more
Video Card:256 MB ATI HD2600 XT or better, 256 MB nVidia 7900 GS or better, or Core i3 or better integrated graphics512 MB ATI 4800 series or better, 512 MB nVidia 9800 series or better
Sound Card:DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
DirectX:DirectX version 9.0cDirectX version 11
Other Requirements:Initial installation requires one-time Internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Microsoft Visual C++2008 Runtime Libraries and Microsoft DirectX.

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Platform:PC Download
ASIN B005OSTWWK
Release date September 22, 2011
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What there is to like:
-Combat is much more interesting than previous Civilization games, and it has completely alleviated the problem from previous games where you would simply build a massive stack of one unit and click on the enemy units until they died.
-Units have much more clear and differentiated roles. The ranged unit updates bring the game in line with the traditional role of cavalry, infantry, and missile weapons in warfare.
-Civilizations are very different and can create a whole different game on different plays, especially if you prefer epic length so that you can get a proper war in each era.
-Landscapes and borders look more natural.
-The City-State system keeps you active in the early game, even when playing a cultural or scientific strategy.

What I do not like:
-I can see the reasoning behind separating the science from income with the increased importance of gold, but the change makes a focus on science less integrated into your top level strategy and more incidental. I don't feel like you have as many non-wonder options to excel at science.
-Overall the AI is pretty terrible at combat and only succeeds at higher difficulties because of numerical advantages built into the system.
-Balance between the civilizations is terrible across the board.
-Diplomacy with other civilizations is meaningless, they will betray you for no reason whatsoever if it looks like you might obtain a victory condition.
-Lag tends to bog down multiplayer games on maps larger than standard at the end.

Overall I think they're onto something, and I hope that they can polish the game out the same way Civilization 4 was polished out by its expansions.
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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 V, "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, apparently, units 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?

YOU MAY BE ABLE TO LAUNCH INTO SPACE YET CANNOT CLIMB MOUNTAINS?!
Movement should be hindered by rough terrain.
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I'd love to review this game, but that would require playing it. Instead, I've spent about three hours over the last two days downloading and re-downloading Steam. It doesn't matter how you purchase this game, (download or disc), you are required to log in to Steam to play it. Get used to seeing a "The Steam Servers are Too Busy to Process Your Request Right Now" error. Running Windows 7 on an intel i7 processor with 32 Mb of Ram. The reviews on the Steam boards are either terrible, or glowing, ("Anytime I had a problem, I realized that it was user error or my computer settings were incorrect"); NOBODY says that in a review. It might as well say, "Steam is Awesome, and problems can only be caused by stupidity of users like me!!"

The point is, I don't have enough hours to screw around with this POS, so I'm going to try to send it back. This is the same crap that XBOX was going to try, but later realized was a huge nightmare. I understand that they have to protect their work, but if they can't do it without interfering with the entertainment that I've paid them for, then it's just trash.
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Update: 24 NOV 2012.

If you didn't know it from previous reviews, you know now that Brian Ranzoni has played *Civilization* from the first game, in the MS-DOS days on a POS 386. Once I joined the Windows 95 revolution, I bought Sid Meier's Civilization II at the San Diego "dry side" Navy Exchange, and ruled the waves over every title in the main PC series since. Even pursued the Call to Power for a while (though no facebook, mobile, console, or Alpha Centauri, sorry to say).

Of all I've played, Civilization V is the best in the series in several respects. Yet isn't enough of an advance over number IV to make it a must-have for every fan. The GOTY edition collects all of the download content into one package--though there are expansion, performance and DRM issues to consider.

---Web Alert---

On the back of the box, in bold italic type, glares the Steam internet activation notice. For concerned gamers, here are some salient points:

> Once Civ 5 is activated and up to date, neither net nor disc is needed for single player. Steam has an off-line mode that, yes, can be activated off-line.
> Steam saves your game to local disk by default, so don't worry about cloud access unless you've set the game to save there.
> Civ 5 can launch from the desktop game icon to bypass the Steam browser.
> You can also set the game to not update automatically.
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