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Sid Meier's Civilization V

Developer: Firaxis Games Publisher: 2K Games
21 September 2010
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I'm not here to recommend Civilization series in general: know that it is awesome.

But why do I think Civ V is the best of the series?
First of all, the empire building has got more interesting: the boundaries develop now in much more amorphous manner, and much more consideration needs to be paid to the terrain: it is no longer sensible to spam the whole realm full of railroad and mountain chains are important. Also for some strategies having a small empire is sensible and viable, but the upkeep for big empires is not as crippling as in Sid Meier's Civilization IV either.

Various civilizations still have their individual strengths, but much more customisation and differentiation is allowed via social policies. Religions also have now their own gameplay differences.

Since I personally like exploration and building more than warfare, I also think the combat system has become more interesting, requiring now more consideration how to position the troops (and pay attention to the terrain) instead of the old system of just creating a big bunch of troops and moving them against the enemy (or suddenly finding one in your doorstep).

From this comes also the biggest weakness of Civ V: AIs are not particularly good at handling war and are here quite passive: this sometimes leads to situations where halfway through the game it becomes obvious how the game will go, if you have managed to take enough lead you'll probably keep it unchallenged and the endgame can become something of a grind, and if someone else has pulled ahead it is not easy to catch them the other AIs at least won't hinder the leader effectively.

Also the vanilla game itself is not quite as great as it becomes with the expansions. And I can see that someone much more into warfare would prefer e.g. Civ IV over this, but for a more peaceful builder like me this has brought hours of joy and will continue to do so.
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Finally, a genuinely good turn-based strategy game. No Paradox quirkiness, no realtime janky-ness. A game for a Sunday afternoon with friends.
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jumbo_t 2023-12-19T14:13:48Z
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Probably the greatest case of "style of substance" in video game history.

The core mechanics of Civilization 5 are lacking, and effectively fall apart on higher difficulties. There's no reason to ever deviate from Tradition/Rationalism, you always have to prioritize science no matter what (don't come at me with "it's realistic", it's a video game), cavaley and its successors are near completely useless, the AI cheats to a level where it's effectively impossible to contest any wonder at higher difficulties, country bonuses range from "meme tier" (Denmark, Mongolia) to "hilariously overpowered" (Poland, Korea), and so on. I don't know if Glitchwave reviews have a character limit, but I'm fairly sure that I would hit it if I just continued to list the inherent flaws of the game.

But the aesthetics? My god, the aesthetics.

Civilization 5 is, for the lack of a better word, dignified. It's a game that takes itself very seriously, and it pulls it off so convincingly that you just have to go along with it. Everything from the oil painting-like map to the fairly realistic character models and the absurdly beautiful wonder artworks work together to create a "classic masterpiece" atmosphere, and this alone is enough to turn the game into something worth playing. It may not have the best gameplay, but the atmosphere more than makes up for it.
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mdvs 2023-09-18T21:45:33Z
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Never could get into this one
I loved Civ 2-4 (was a little too young for Civ1). This one never quite sucked me in though. A few game design problems.

1. The AI simply can not play the game properly. And, the multiplayer was too buggy to play.
2. The diplomacy seemed rather meaningless and opaque.
3. Too many of the gameplay systems are "trees". It feels too gamey. Compare and contrast civ4 and 5:
Tech:
-Civ4 is a tree to put points into
-Civ5 is a tree to put points into
Government:
-Civ4 was a list of different specializations to choose
-Civ5 is a list of trees to put points into
Religion:
-Civ4 had a dynamic system related to trade routes and tied into diplomacy
-Civ5 is a list of trees to put points into
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castoridae 2023-08-12T04:57:39Z
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My former personal favorite of the Civ series
Used to be in love with Civ 5. Unfortunately no longer - for one main reason, and that is that it gets very repetitive after the tenth playthrough. I forced myself to do a difficulty 7 playthrough on every civilization and it eventually just got tiresome. The diplomacy system could definitely be more robust and a lot of the time things aren’t very well explained unless you hunt down the information, which was annoying to me as a newer player (although it is a very accessible game nonetheless). It’s worth hours and hours of fun but my rating goes down with every single time I touch the game again after my last time.
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I launcha da missles
this is the steam game I have the most hours on. no surprise considering it's a pretty fantastic game but I do wonder if the reason I prefer this over VI is simply because I've played more. oh well, who knows!
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OnlyCosmia 2021-05-07T17:59:52Z
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  • ratatoing 2022-02-18 22:16:02.374512+00
    "Extremely unbalanced, lots of detrimental civs and useless units"
    Yeah especially in multiplayer the lack of balance really shows. i.e. Catapults completely useless, Rationalism tree mandatory
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  • edvardmunchremix 2022-03-19 18:13:48.487106+00
    Crack is what they put in this game
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  • Altemo 2022-06-14 21:44:18.912707+00
    Ahhhh fuck, tundra start. Yo guys can we reset?
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  • heavymetalthunder 2022-09-23 11:38:49.957553+00
    Balance is overrated in games that everyone starts pretty much at the same level
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    • ... 2023-01-25 03:15:26.123034+00
      Not if it limits your options.
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  • jhank1 2022-11-28 19:26:46.382557+00
    this is my jam. great game
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  • grapesinacake 2023-03-03 23:49:10.269137+00
    I really like a lot of the changes in the community patch/Vox Populi. The AI is way way more competent here which makes me wonder if Firaxis makes the AI stupid on purpose because they found that more fun in playtesting. I am in the late game on Warlord (usually play on Emperor without mods) and I am in endless war and the AI never runs out of units. Feels like it needs some mechanic to prevent endless stalemates. There's war weariness which is ruining my happiness but the AI does not seem to care.
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  • Klavor 2023-08-14 00:11:20.396303+00
    with mods it's one of the best 4X experiences oat
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  • JGar40 2023-10-21 22:07:44.399841+00
    Game would be better if AI was actually smart. You don't have to have more than like 4-5 troops to defend your city from a full scale invasion because that's how bad the AI is.
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