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Brian Leet
United States
Montpelier
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10
Sep 2010
Totally addictive. Different from prior iterations, but in many ways the best yet.
2010-09-29
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Donald Dennis
United States
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South Carolina
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10
Jan 2011
An amazing richness of play that allows for just the right amount of automation or micromanagement. However, because there is no such thing as a short game of Civ V., you really do feel a sense of accomplishment just making it to the end of a game.
2010-11-09
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Luke Stirling
Australia
Southbank
Victoria
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10
Nov 2012
This took so long to grow on me, it should probably lose a point for that. But after having put it down for over a year after playing it through a couple of times at launch, I have now invested hundreds of hours, and had more fun with this iteration of Civilization than any other (except Alpha Centauri).
2012-11-20
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Dan Maruschak
United States
Eugene
Oregon
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10
Sep 2011
Solid design. Really smart rethinking of subsystems from earlier games in the series.
2011-09-30
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Jan 2012


Civilizations IV and V definitely seem to play a lot faster than Civilization III, and for that reason, I'd probably rather suggest them to a group of friends than III, if we were going to play a game together. While playing on my own though, I'd usually prefer III.

Civilization IV definitely made a lot of interesting changes. Most people seem to see its changes as 100% improvement. I see them as 49% improvement, and 51% interesting alternatives, if I want a change from what I prefer in III.

Civilization V made very drastic changes that while making the game much more distinct from the others, also make it much easier for me to say that I prefer III and IV.

That said, they're definitely all good games. I just have a very slight preference for III over IV, and a moderate preference for those two over V.
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Jody Ludwick
United States
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10
Feb 2012
The first game d/l to my new MacBook Pro
2012-02-26
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Pablo FA
Spain
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10
Jun 2013
My go to game anytime.
2013-06-01
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Dimitri C.
Belgium
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10
Oct 2013
Note: this review is about the base game together with the Brave New World expansion.

Even after so many iterations, my favorite PC game still keeps improving with giant leaps. The biggest improvement is that battles are now much more fun thanks to the non-stacking system. Also, the graphics have become really beautiful. Finally, the user interface has become so user friendly and self-documenting that it now becomes possible to grasp even the most obscure features. This is the best Civilization version to date, and I am really wondering how it would be possible to improve it in future iterations. A must buy!
2013-10-01
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Justin Smith
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Feb 2015
I've been playing since Civ 2 and this is the first time I can safely say they have surpassed that game. Although the world size is still smaller than in Civ 2, there is just so much they got right with this one. It's one of the best games I've ever played.
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Timothy Iwan
United States
Bloomington
MN
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Feb 2013
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2013-02-05
Sean D.
Canada
Vancouver
British Columbia
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9.5
Nov 2012
Fun addicting game for sure. See my first impressions review here: http://boardgamegeek.com/article/5569807#5569807
2010-10-01
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Aaron Tubb
United States
Fuquay Varina
NC
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9.5
Jul 2012
So, I got this game back shortly after it came out, gave it a try, and didn't get too far before quiting and returning to Civ IV. I was really into some of the mods for Civ IV, and with both expansions and mods beefing up Civ IV, Civ V just seemed barren, lacking lots of cool stuff. Plus, it was different then I was used to, and therefore bad design.

A friend of mine is talking about getting it when he gets his new computer, and I went home and gave it another chance. "Quick" settings on the "Small" Earth map that comes with the game on the second or third difficulty. 15 hours later, I finally complete the game. I forgot how much of a time sink these CIV games are, and how absolutely compelling that they can be. I haven't felt the need to keep playing like this in quite a while.

Anyways, after playing through a full game, I have embraced the gameplay chages from previous Civ games, and I think some of them are really awesome. The AI is pretty retarded, though; it really doesn't know how to properly attack other cities with new more tactical combat. Most of the big gameplay changes seem to be suggesting a slightly different scale than previous games. One unit per tile, most units have a move of at least 2, city radii cover more spaces, ranged units can attack more than 1 space away, roads don't get built on every tile, etc. all suggest that the game is more "zoomed in" than previous Civ games, and it all makes more sense (I like the changes, even) when I think of it like that. Combat is more interesting, for sure.

I also like City-States; I thought they should have implemented something like them back when I was playing Civ III. Making specialized cities is a bit more straightforward than before, which is nice. I like that cities can defend themselves. I like that land units can travel across water without having to build separate transport units, with military ships being the only naval units you have to build. I love the art style.

I hate how opaque or invisible a lot of stuff is in the game, especially stuff like diplomacy and how other civs feel about you, unit maintenance costs, where your income is coming from, and stuff like that. I at least had an idea of what was going on with this stuff in previous games.

Nation-wide happiness is fine; they just streamlined a game mechanic that I didn't really think was very fun in previous games (individual city happiness). Also, at least how your people's happiness relates to you having a golden age is very transparent in Civ V.

The expansion looks like it adds some really cool stuff (customizable religions! Here come hilarious renames like Wal-Mart Inc, Herpes, Cult of Cthulhu, and Omnianism.) Espionage actually looks kind of cool (potentially); I hope it is, because I felt espionage was kind of tedious in Beyond the Sword.

Anyway, I realized that I really enjoy this game after all (even though the AI can be really terrible), but I'm not sure if I'll be playing it again anytime soon. I find it too hard to put down!
2012-11-17
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Sim Maud
United Kingdom
Chipping Norton
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9.5
Sep 2013
This is the first time I've spent any significant time in the City Screens since Civ2. This is needed just to work out how to grow some of the cities in difficult locations. This is a good thing it feels like the game has gone back to basics.

The stack of doom used to anoy me greatly, the lack of stacking is a massive plus as far as I'm concerned. I have never been strong on the war mongering strategy and a strong defence is now an option.

My preference was always to build comprehensive cities in large empires on the way to an Alpha Centuri type victory. It is too expensive to build and maintain complete sets of developments. Deciding what each city will do is now even more important.

The first retail expansion has upped the quality of AI to the point where I'm struggling. What a relief.
2014-04-04
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Steve Wagner
United States
Wood River
Nebraska
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Sep 2010
Based on only playing the demo. I would say that pretty much most of the changes has made the game easier to deal with and more streamlined, without reducing the amount of strategy.

Civ IV was a great game, however, this game seems to do everything much better.

Definitely taxing on the computer though.
2010-09-24
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Nicklas Roman
Sweden
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9
Apr 2012
Best CIV to date.
2011-03-27
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Richard Lake
United States
Illinois
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9
Mar 2011
Do not like having to go thru Steam
2011-03-10
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Mr. Stabs
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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9
Jan 2012
Civ V is another excellent title in the Civ franchise. My favourite innovation is the elimination of stacking troops. I really disliked stack warfare in Civ IV, and Civ V forces the player to take a more tactical approach to combat, instead of just building a massive stack of every type of troop.

The content depth is admirable and expected of the game. I like the hex layout of the cities, as well. I have mixed opinions about the city states, but I don’t have any strong feelings one way or the other about them.

Really, the only issues I see with this game are the same I see with every 4X title – it drags towards the end when your empire is bloated. Even that is mitigated partially by the improvement of small empire VCs to permit a strong game with a small nation. It’s a great game that everyone interested in 4X games should pick up.
2012-01-10
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Australia
Sebastopol (Ballarat)
Victoria
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9
Oct 2012
A very addictive (just one more turn) game. Multiple paths to victory and a lot of game to explore.
2012-10-22
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Germany
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Dec 2013
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Tim Mierz
United States
Middletown
Connecticut
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9
Mar 2013
Deep, constantly interesting, and replayably variable. The different sorts of victory are all feasible, and while you can't completely ignore any particular aspect, the level of detail of your focus is really up to you. Tiny defensive army? Sprawling expansion? Scientific genius? It's all up to you. Super addictive.
2013-03-19
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Greg Maynard
Australia
Melbourne
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9
Jan 2015
Great game. First version I have played since Civ II. Same feel.
2015-01-05
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Josh Jennings
United States
San Diego
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8.5
Nov 2011
The best Civilization game to date. They fixed a lot in this game. First of all, they have moved from a grid-based map to a hex based map which makes movement distance much more uniform.

Secondly, there is no more stack of death. My biggest gripe with previous games is that combat boiled down to building a stack of roughly one million units and then rolling it through every city on your way to military domination. Now you can only have one military unit per space and so combat has become much more strategic. Add in the fact that cities can defend themselves and you have a much deeper, thought-invoking combat system.

Lastly, there are now more victory conditions and they all feel fairly balanced. In the older games I used to either go all-out military, or try to out-science my opponents in the space race. Now it feels like there is more incentive to go the cultural or peaceful routes.
2011-11-15
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Brian P
United States
St Petersburg
Florida
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8.5
May 2011
Has serious AI issues.
2011-05-19
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Alex
Canada
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan
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8.5
Jul 2015
Great game. It's a real twist to the franchise, and it's taken me some time to get my head around it, but I like what it does. It makes Civ feel new again.
2015-07-02
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Eric Mowrer
United States
Vancouver
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8
Sep 2010
In need of some patching, and mass troop movement is cumbersome, but otherwise great. I do like the combat aspects of no-stacking, just not having to micromanage movement so much.
2010-09-24
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Royce Hix
United States
Wausau
Wisconsin
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Mar 2011
3-1-11
(in accordance with my approximate time of rating, with comment in retrospect)

Civ 5 did a great job improving the combat features over Civ 4. However, it seemed the game was slightly dumbed down as well. I haven't touched it in months, because frankly the Civ games don't hold my interest.

Just like the predecessor, there really isn't much reason to play more than a few games. Try out each pathway to victory and then play something else. Otherwise, you'll just be playing the same games over and over. It's like RTS games - if you want to be super competitive, that's fine, but if you play casually, you just keep starting over and over with each map.

Still a well-polished, fun game.
2011-12-16
Paul - the
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8
Oct 2010
Better than Civ IV I think but they need to change the concept a bit more for the next entry.
2010-10-08
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Patrick
Canada
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Mar 2014
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-Graphics are a vast improvement over Civ 4.
-Hex map makes moving more interesting.
-One unit per hex makes combat more challenging/strategic. No more mighty stack of doom.
-Multiple victory conditions and civilisations make for a huge replay value.

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-AI...Really...It's dumb, particularly for diplomacy.
-Higher difficulty level could have used more advanced AI instead of just units/ressources/production bonuses for the AI.
-Some civ seems more powerful.
-Some victory condition are too easy.
2014-03-04
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Michael Taylor
United States
Aurora
Indiana
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8
Feb 2011
I enjoy Civ 5 a lot more than previous versions. It seems more streamlined and plays quicker. I really enjoy the new combat system.
2011-02-08
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Henning D.
Germany
Heidelberg
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8
Aug 2012
The best version of the series. Great longtime motivation to play it. Although the micromanagement of the vaious units can become monotonious. And a single game usually takes very long, even on very small maps.
2012-08-06
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Keith Rudolph
Canada
Langdon
Alberta
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8
Dec 2011
Love the changes made in this edition. A.I. can be a little stupid at times but is a great game overall.
2013-06-20
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Andres F. Pabon L.
Colombia
Bogotá
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8
Apr 2012
A great game, as the previous 4 were. This one improves certain aspects over Civ4, and it looks gorgeous.

However, there's something missing. I could spend countless hours playing any of the previous ones (ok, to be honest, kicking 3 out of what I call "the previous ones"... that one was awful), but I can only stand playing this for 3-4 hours at a time.

A very well designed game, but perhaps lacking a bit of the "soul" 4, 2 and, to a lesser extent, 1 had.
2012-04-19
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Liam Liam
Scotland
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8
Mar 2013
Mac Gold Edition.

Probably the second best civilisation game. I still prefer 2 but this is quite nice. Sadly the Diplomacy is rather limited and often illogical.
2013-03-25
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Deep Thought
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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8
Nov 2013
In a number of ways, this game was a big step backwards. It also advanced several aspects, but I think the trend is negative. I've still not played it very much, but that's not a good sign. If I warm up to it, I may increase the rating.
Progress: 20%
2013-11-07
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Oliver Thebrath
Germany
Hückelhoven
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8
Nov 2013
Durchgespielt auf folgenden Schwierigkeitsgraden:

1 - Siedler (Kultursieg)
2 - Häuptling (Herrschaftssieg)
3 - Kriegsherr (Wissenschaftssieg)
2014-04-23
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Caleb Wynn
United States
Adairsville
Georgia
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8
Aug 2014
Beaten.
2014-02-09
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Oliver Thebrath
Germany
Hückelhoven
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Feb 2014
An Christian weitergegeben am 16.02.2014.
2014-02-16
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Emmanuel Aquin
Canada
Mont-Saint-Hilaire
Quebec
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7.5
Aug 2011
A beautiful looking and sounding game. But the gameplay leaves me a bit cold. It's the only CIV game that has underwhelmed me. At least, the music is great (and the collector's edition I bought included the soundtrack).
2011-08-08
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The one and only (but one of two in BGG)
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7.5
May 2013
My first and only Steam game. I got it for a new notebook computer, and it just runs (but loads slowly) on it. I can't stand the 3-D graphics, so I play only on the so-called strategic (2-D) map. Some say this version is a big step backward, and I can see why they say that, but I've always had a love-hate relationship with Civilization anyway, and I kinda like this new version. It has most of the stuff I've always liked about Civ, and it has done away with some of the stuff I've always disliked (such as big stacks of units and long, tedious battles).
2013-05-09
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Ted Dickinson
United States
Ohio
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7
Feb 2011
Seems to be much more of a resource hog than it has any business being. Also the AI is dumb as rocks in combat.
2011-02-08
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U Majuran
United Kingdom
Doncaster
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7
Nov 2011
Initially this was so buggy, it was ridiculous, especially on multiplayer. Still doesn't seem completely finished despite the patches so far. I do miss some of the options from civ 4 and civ 5 seems slower paced. Not a fan of these city states. Playable with some improvements to combat compared to its predecessor.
2011-11-09
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Stuart Finlay
Australia
Beldon
WA
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Mar 2013
Addictive and great fun until the end game. Battles can be dull when you just want to get on with the civ building.
2013-03-24
Krzysztof Zięba
Poland
Kraków
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7
Oct 2014
Played, completed a few games.

I'm not all that sure about the game yet, but after 20+ hours of it, it seems to me like there's not enough depth to the mechanics to keep me engaged. There's a lot of very automated decisions and once the entire map is uncovered, the game slows down to a crawl if you're not engaging enemies in combat.

Hoping the DLC will make it better, or at least that playing on higher difficulty levels will give me a better understanding, and perhaps appreciation, of the mechanics. Either way, this was a good introduction to the 4x genre for me, and I feel more confident about playing other well-regarded games like this.
2014-10-06
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Andrew Hodkinson
Canada
Kemble
Ontario
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7
Dec 2014
seems the same as the other Civ games
2014-10-24
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Finland
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7
Aug 2014
Never completed.
2014-08-28
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Matthew Percival
Australia
Bendigo
Victoria
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7
Apr 2015
Thoroughly enjoyable, but a little limited in options.
2015-04-17
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Charles Phillips
United States
Highland Falls
New York
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6.5
Dec 2010
Too many fundamental changes from IV. Not nearly as good of a product. Now some will say give it time because IV wasn't nearly as good on release as it was after a few expansions. However, V is still worse than IV even when comparing them both as they were at release.

Very disappointed.
2010-12-24
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Sean McCarthy
United States
Seattle
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Nov 2010
Strong ideas, but it's basically unfinished at this point. Lots of potential. Right now Civ IV is a significantly better game. My rating should go up in the future, once various bugs, horrible balance problems, and fatal AI flaws are fixed.
2010-10-15
Luis
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Nov 2014
"Civilization V: Complete Edition" is a solid 10 for me. This rating is for vanilla Civ 5.

Not as deep and complex as Civilization IV but gets rid of the stack of doom, the mechanism which annoys me the most of the Civilization saga. Breadth complexity has also been trimmed greatly, but without sacrificing much depth. Strategical thought is still required, but due to the reduced number of options you can make at a given time, you don't need to micromanage your civilization as much as in Civ IV.

But not every feature has seen an overhaul: the A.I. in particular has suffered quite a bit. On one hand, the so called "tactical A.I.", the one which handles the troop's movement, has absolutely no idea how to position troops unless the terrain is flat for the most part. Add a few mountain or forests to the mix and instead of getting inside projectile range with all units simultaneously, it will throw them at you one at a time, so that you can shoot them at your leisure.

On the other hand, the strategical A.I., the one which takes care of the overall state of a Civilization, is far from perfect. The way it handles diplomacy and foreign relations is obtuse and, more often than not, random. It likely is because they tried to make the A.I. clever. They probably wanted an A.I. that can backstab you if you are in a weak position. But it is implemented in such a way that long time allies suddenly hate you for no apparent reason and start a war which only weakens both sides.

The game also lacks a lot of features Civilization IV had, but most of the interesting ones have been introduced with the expansions. Religion for instance is introduced in Gods & Kings and, in my opinion, has seen a massive overhaul. Brave New World, on the other hand, reintroduces a feature which was noticeably absent since Civilization II: caravans. And with the expansion the strategical A.I. has seen massive improvements. The tactical A.I. is still dumb as bricks, though.

Vanilla Civilization V may not be as good as vanilla Civilization IV, but if we compare the "complete" editions of both games, I prefer this one.
2015-04-23
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Ryan Hendricks
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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Nov 2011
More of the same, but this time with hexes, fewer units, and small city-states. If you love Civ then grab some more here, but don't expect any earth-shattering upgrades to gameplay.
2011-11-18
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