The Civilisation Series is one of the best stratergy series ever made. No seriously, if you haven’t played these games you really should try.
Civilisation V brings to the table a whole new design compared to Civilisation IV. The main difference being the hexagonal shape tiles rather than square, which allows for different tactical options, such as more armies attacking.
To start off, Civ V is a very user friendly game. Tutorials and advice are available throughout the entire game, as well as having 6 ‘advisors’ whom give you tips when you request them. This is helpful to the newer Civilisation player; as well as the experienced player as information on the other players is also given.
The visuals in Civ V are very pleasing. The terrain is simple yet suits the game perfectly, from groups of mountains to the transition from pastures to barren deserts. The units are well designed. and can be easily told apart even without the symbol above their tile. Also, fighting animations (explosions etc) give the combat some depth, and is also aesthetically pleasing (nuke everything, its amazing).
Everything in this game is about upgrades. On marathon game length, it can take 1000′s to turns (a hell of a long time, trust me), to research all the technologies, which allows for a VERY tactic heavy game. This is amazing for RTS fanatics who love to spend hours planning what they’re going to do (me); although if you do not like drawn out games the length can be reduced to pretty much whatever you want. The technology tree works well also, with a very simple layout which displays what technologies you have and what is currently being researched.
There are several ways to win on Civ V, however some are overshadowed by others. Due to the overly aggressive AI, you will normally be pushed towards a military victory. This can be fun however seems to limit the game somewhat as there is no way to reduce the agro of the AI (bismark, i hate you). Other ways of victory include a Science victory, in which the first player to launch a rocket into space wins; cultural victory where you adopt a certain amount of policies to win; or the diplomatic victory (which is next to impossible i think, maybe i’m just a bad player..).
Combat help is displayed as you asses whom you want to attack. You are given a guideline of what the outcome will be (beware, this is not ALWAYS what will happen), which helps you decide on your tactics for battle. Ranged units attack other ranged units without them retaliating however, which i find quite strange (in my opinion, it makes sense for return fire. Maybe thats just me). Combat units are easily upgraded (done in home territory) which allows for a simple transition to the new tier of units without buying a whole new army all over again, which is nice.
The amount of options available for the type of game you want to play are immense. There are 7 or 8 difficulty levels, from easy to insane, and i promise you will find a difficulty level to challenge you. You can choose the way the land falls e.g. a pangea (a large land mass); or continents (where large islands are seperated by sea) etc. Also the amount of AI can be changed so you can decide how much space you want in between factions. Also the map size can be changed so if you want a close arms map then you can select it to be small; whereas if you prefer a huge map with loads of space to expand then you can select a large map type.
The AI throughout the game are easy to communicate with; when talking to a faction leader you go to a seperate screen and have several options which are simply presented. There are also many state capitals (the amount can be changed in the options) who you can ally with or declare war upon. This can give you a chance to share their resources or destroy their capital for extra expanding room (capitals tend to be easier to take than other faction cities). However BE WARNED, if you do this, many other factions will denounce you as you are picking on a weaker target (this seems to happen a lot no matter what you do. Don’t worry too much if you get denounced i just do it right back ).
Overall Civilisation V is a very enjoyable and very addicting turn based stratergy game, with many different tactics and factions, as well as pleasing gameplay. The only niggle i have with this game is the aggressive AI who just want to destroy you even if you’re nice to them for 50 turns. As it turns out however, this just makes crushing thier empire that bit more pleasing.
Civilisation V: 9/10 — Very addicting game, prepare to lose a lot of sleep!