Sid Meier has done it again. If you were a fan of any World Domination game on the PC in the late 90's and early 2000's then you love this "lite" version of a classic franchise. Sid has designed this slimmer version from the ground up using everything he has learned from his Civ games of the past. The concept is simple: Rise from early man to dominate the world using Domination, Technology, Riches, or Culture. Having smaller maps, less opponents, and slimmed down city management compared to past Civ games; this game may seem a like "weaker board game" of the classic. But with Revolution's quicker pace, it makes each game feel like less of a "work simulation" which would keep PC games lasting days. The main features that Revolution adds to the series are "fun" graphics, online multiplayer, and achievements which all lead to a higher replay value compared to past Civ games on the computer. A must buy for Sid Meier fans. And a rent for all else looking to take on the world against the greatest leaders of our time.
Watered down, but good for those new to the series
posted by Trinity (CENTENNIAL, CO) Jul 14, 2008
Member since Nov 2006
I've always loved the Civ. series... i'm one of those gamers that's anticipated this release for about 6-7 months lol.
Overall its a very very good game but there are a few issues keeping me from buying it and giving it a 10. I'm curious to try the PC version of this, if it's as watered down as the console version.
So here's the breakdown for this game:
PROS: ~Graphics - I like the style of the graphics - kinda cartoon/cell shading. It actually looks very very crisp on my LCD. ~Controls - easy to understand and not overwhelming. I miss having a mouse/kb - but considering i'm holding a controller - it's not bad at all. ~Gameply - fun and keeps you coming back for more -- plus I enjoy the 'scenarios' game options that gives you a little more variety for this game. ~Achievements - let's face it -- within the first hour or 2 of playing this game i had over 200-250 pts... thats not too shabby.
CONS: ~Longevity of the game -- I don't see this game as one that keeps me coming back for months. I've already beaten it 4x and am tiring of the repetition. The other CIV. games allowed you to setup the domination factors for each game.... IE... win by domination....win by economics....win by spacerace.... etc. This game you cant.. you can win by all 4 each and every time... but because of the game engine...most games turn into domination (conquering all other nations) or just a technology battle. I find myself rushing thru almost every technology just to beat the Greeks or dodge the French. Theres very little variety. ~Glitches -- with the cultures response to other cultures. They will declare war on you 100%, but stay allies with other cultures even if the other nations are winning!.... its not an equal chance between other nations like the other CIV games. The Americans are launching the space race, and the French are pommeling my weak catapult nation to a pulp ... yeah...equal
Good game, good for those new to the series... but i'll try the PC version next.
If you are expecting Civilization IV for a console, you will be disappointed. As stated in other reviews, this game was built from the gound up for the Consoles, and it shows. It is by far the best strategy game on the 360, and indeed a VERY fun game. Be ready to become addicted, and find yourself doing everything you can to get back to the game. It is THAT fun. No, it is not the uber-detailed, control-freak, keep playing the same game for months style of Civ4, but it most certainly is a very entertaining strategy experience, and if you like strategy games, you WILL NOT be disappointed. However, don't expect a port of the PC Civilization; instead, you should look at this game like a completely different game based on the Civilization style of games, and you will find yourself addicted to this game in no time.