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.
This is console strategy at it's finest. As a longtime Civ fan on PC, I was a bit skeptical when I first heard they were creating a console version of a beloved PC franchise. I've played other console strategy titles, and none of them captured the feel of PC strategy gaming.
I can assure you that Civ Revolution gets it right. The controls are a breeze to pick up. The depth, while slightly tweaked for consoles, is still there in all it's glory. Some have said that the game is "dumbed" down for consoles, and while some of the features found in the PC version of previous Civ titles are missing, this is still a Civ game at it's finest.
Controlling units is a breeze, the addiction level is still here in a big way, and more importantly, I haven't experienced a hint of slowdown when action gets heavy on screen. This is a big problem for a lot of console strategy titles, but I've yet to see this in Revolution. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but I haven't seen it, and that is a very good thing.
Graphically, it's not a stunner, but I've certainly seen worse in this generation of games. All the characters have a cartoon-ish look to them, but it fits with the overall game design.
Sound is probably the worst portion of this game. The leaders all speak in jibberish, similarly to the Sims games, and they get annoying really fast. I ended up turning down the voices because they became unbearable after a few games.
The game options are a bit sparse when compared to the PC versions, but there's plenty here to keep you busy for as long as you want to play. Play Now, Scenarios, and online play for those who want to play against human opponents. Not much to boast about, but still fun nonetheless.
Overall, this game is a blast, and I highly recommend it to any strategy fans, or those that have been intimidated by strategy titles in the past. This game eases you into the genre, and before long, you'll feel like you've been playing strategy titles for years.