Very good translation of the CIV gameplay to console. If you've played the PC versions, you know what to expect! Some elements aren't quite as in-depth as the PC counterpart, but that's to be expected when this type of game is made for a console and the controller. Controls overall are pretty good, however, cycling through many units can become tedious. You'll learn when to try to manually select vs. jumping to the next unit in line. None of these things get in the way of a very enjoyable and addictive experience for those who like this type/genre of game.
posted by ZackyCakes (RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA) Jul 8, 2008
Member since Oct 2002
gamers (62%) found this review helpful
This Civilization game is a watered down, console friendly game. It's easier to pick up and play then it's PC counterparts, but it's still just difficult to master. You control an entire civilization, from the earliest small cities to the future and space exploration. As you may guess, this leads to quite a bit of management by the player... lots of micro-management!
It's easiest to compare this to RTS games like Command & Conquer or Lord of the Rings, but this game is less about conflict and war and more about the advancement of your civilization. You can use diplomacy to end most conflicts and you can choose to share your tech with rivals. If you're a fan of RTS, you have to try this game. It's not action packed, but those looking for a mental challenge will love playing this game on it's harder settings.
Give this game a rent, it has more polish than most games and is pretty complex under it's easy controls.
This game is tons of fun and replay value is pretty much endless since the terrain is different every game. I wish there was a bit more variety to the units, buildings, and wonders but all in all the game's content is good. This is definitely the best strategy game on a console in my opinion.
The real disappointments, and what kept me from giving an 8 or 9, comes when looking for a greater challenge on a higher difficulty and the absurd in game bonuses. Instead of making the game more challenging they just made it frustrating by having the majority of the computer civ's gang up on you while the others run away with a win. The Atlantis artifact bonus is just silly as well, if you find this you learn like 5 tech's giving an extreme advantage. Both of these kinda kills the whole strategy concept for me. Graphics are also a problem at times as enemy troops are invisible sometimes and fighter jets are hard to see at times, but this is rare enough to be tolerable.
All in all this is a quality game and lots of fun. There's always online play or a greater challenge since the AI doesn't really produce. I bought it and would recommend that to anyone who likes the demo since the replay is so high. This is the first strategy game I've liked on a next gen console and it's so addictive at times I can't put the controller down.