Sid Meier's Civilization V Special Edition

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  • 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
  • Collectable bonus items included in this Special Edition maximize the Civilization experience in-game and on your shelf
  • Successful diplomacy involving 18 playable civilizations depends 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 reins 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

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Platform: PC/Mac/Linux/Unix | Edition: Special

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The Sid Meier’s Civilization V Special Edition is a robust retail package that contains collectable items and access to behind-the scenes content. In development at 2K’s world-renowned Firaxis Games studio, Sid Meier’s Civilization V is the next entry to the original turn-based strategy franchise that reinvents the addictive “just one more turn” formula with a plethora of exciting new additions and enhancements.

The Special Edition includes:
• 5 metal figurines based on units from Civilization V, manufactured by Reaper Miniatures
• 2-disc CD soundtrack of game score selections
• DVD “Behind-the-Scenes at Firaxis on Civilization V
• 176-page hardcover art book

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Sid Meier's Civilization V is the fifth offering in the multi-award winning Civilization turn-based PC strategy game series. 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. This collectable Special Edition also contains exclusive content and items. See the complete contents list below.

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A Legendary Franchise Reborn

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, Firaxis Games will take 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. 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.

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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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

Sid Meier's Civilization V Special Edition Includes

  • Sid Meier's Civilization V game disc
  • 5 metal figurines based on units from Civilization V, manufactured by Reaper Miniatures
  • 2-disc CD soundtrack of game score selections
  • DVD "Behind-the-Scenes at Firaxis on Civilization V"
  • 176-page hardcover art book

Key Game Features

  • 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 on your quest to build the world's most powerful empire.
  • Improved Diplomacy - Negotiate with some of history's most cunning rulers, each with a well-crafted plan for victory. 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. City States will present a new diplomatic battleground on which the major powers of the world will vie for supremacy.
  • In-Game Community Hub - Compete with Civ players from all over the globe via the Internet, offering endless ways to rule the world. The game itself now serves as the hub of community activity, featuring the ability to share scenarios, compare scores, brag about achievements and visit one of the thriving Civ fansites without leaving the game. It's now easier than ever for players to become involved in the global Civ Community.
  • Modability - With unprecedented modding tools, players will have unlimited options for modifying Civilization V any way they like.
  • New Hex-Oriented Play Spaces - New play area orientation into hex spaces, rather than traditional squares, offers new challenges in game area exploration and expansion.

System Requirements

Minimum: Recommended:
OS: Windows XP SP3/ Windows Vista SP2/ Windows 7 Windows Vista SP2/ Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
RAM: 2 GB RAM 4 GB RAM
Disc Drive: Required for disc-based installation
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 graphics 512 MB ATI 4800 series or better, 512 MB nVidia 9800 series or better
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
DirectX: DirectX version 9.0c DirectX 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.
 

Product Information

Platform:PC/Mac/Linux/Unix  |  Edition:Special
ASIN B003O6EFW6
Release date September 21, 2010
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3.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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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 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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If you loved all previous CIV games, the limited edition is a no-brainer. I am also a miniatures collector, so probably the beautiful putter minis included mean a lot for me. Te box is great and the extra Soundtrack and DVD included are a great addition. The game itself lives up to its predecessors and absolutely revives the "one-more-turn-mom, please" syndrome I lived with in my teen ages, tough now it is more a "one-more-turn-honey, please" syndrome. IMHO, some previous editions were a bit more involving and I would have expected more of the influence and religious stuff from the past, but now influence is less determining than ever before and religion was totally removed (maybe a wise move in the world we live now).
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To put things in perspective, the only other Civilization game I've ever played was Civilization Revolution. This makes my review pretty much worthless to any hardcore veteran of the series, but is great for people who've never played it or only played as much as I have.

In comparison to Civilization Revolution, this game is significantly better. That isn't to say the other was bad, but Civ V has everything I wished Civ Rev had - longer games, more choices, a more realistic and serious look and feel, and various other aspects. This only adds to how enjoyable the game is, living up to its "just one more turn" legacy. I also greatly enjoyed the need for new strategies, due to having hexagonal tiles, and not being able to stack units. Because of these two new features, you're forced to pay much closer attention and can easily win or lose a war or battle just by making a few small mistakes or beneficial moves. There are also plenty of Civilization's to choose from, all with unique traits, buildings, and units, as well as more to buy through DLC.

The game is occasionally plagued with glitches and flaws, and although none are game breaking, they're annoying. One of the most common is giving a unit a destination and it not being able to get to the location, for no valid or stated reason. When moved manually, the unit gets there fine. Another common one is the 'auto-alert' feature which notifies you a unit needs an order, and takes you to it after a second or two wait. Sometimes this feature is overexcited and takes you to each unit that needs an order in under a second, not letting you move the units on your own or take care of something else first.
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By ggbb on September 30, 2010
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Like the new movement and combat options. Not sure if I like that the cultural expansion and religious expansion in 5 as was in 4. The expansions are not as strong or useful as much. As was in CIV 3 units can cross boarders to an extent which only angers the country they cross. The resources towards units, is new and keeps from being over populated with higher level supreme units. One thing needs changing is the start up video. Once is good but should be able to stop the feed after that. The new adaptation that a city can defend itself is a good idea. Artillery is now the king in taking a city down and allowing easy access. Submarines are now more potent and are a viable resource to control the sea. Overall it appears the game is more tweaked towards combat and shied away from the more political, cultural and religious aspects. There are no spies in the game now so harassing the enemy is not longer a consideration. Overall the game is another great one. Not sure how they would make Civilization 6 after this one. TIME can only tell.
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