Civilization 5

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I picked up a copy of Civilization 5 this weekend. I like the fact that it takes longer to play than Civilization Revolution (for Xbox 360). I need to figure out if there’s a harder setting, because the default is way too easy. Basically, you can steam roll other countries early in the game. Alternatively, you can build a ton of units and upgrade to artilleries to blast away everyone in the middle of the game.

So with that being said, I have a couple complaints…

1. It’s also not entirely clear how you can with a game culturally or economically. A technological or victory-by-dominance seems to be the only two clear options.

2. I also think the fact that they removed stacking units was a mistake. If I have a dozen units I want to deploy somewhere, it took forever to maneuver around each other.

3. My last complaint about the game is that the trade-with-other-countries is kind of weak. I found that it was easier to forcefully take natural resources from other countries. Trading just cost too much, and took too much time. I know this sounds kind of sick, but it seems the game designers strongly favor war versus diplomatic solutions.

There are some nice things about the game…
1. Yeh, the graphics are cool… It’s just stunning to look at times.

2. The hex-shaped grid for the playing field is great. This is a winning formula.

3. The music is fantastic. It really sets the mood. I wonder if I can buy the soundtrack. It is really lovely.

So is it good???

Well, if you like easily destroying peaceful countries for their natural resources, this game might be for you. If you don’t steam roll everyone at the beginning, you can find yourself playing the game for about 2 days. However, if you want the satisfaction of beating a worthy opponent, this may not be the right choice.