Genre: Turn-Based Strategy, Simulation
It’s been a couple of years since this game came out, and it still hurts to have to put it on this list. I wanted to love this game so much. I have played A TON of Civilization over the years between Civ 3 and Civ 4. This game was a monster disappointment.
Civilization is a turn-based strategy game, which means that you take as much time as you need on your turn (you’re playing either other players or the computer). Once you are done, you end your turn and the other players do the same. Then it’s your turn again. The goal of the game is to win the world – peacefully with a cultural, space race or democratic victory or by force with a domination or conquest victory. You build up your civilization with new cities, buildings, technology and military.
There are many out there who say that this was the best Civilization game yet. I just can’t agree with them. It was not a fun game for me. They took out a lot of what I found fun about Civilization 4. First, I could not adapt to the new combat method. In Civ 4, you could have “stacks of doom” on a single tile, which had its advantages and disadvantages. It provided a lot of defense bonuses to your army, but if you were flanked, you could take heavy casualties. I HATE the new system. It forces me to play a new way, but I just couldn’t adjust.
They also removed religion from the game. Now, if you know me, you’ll find it ironic that I have a problem with them removing religion from anything. However, it really added a deep strategic element to Civ 4 and I really missed not having that as a tool. Now, they did add this in an expansion, but I had no interest in buying it.
There were some good changes as well such as ruins in exploration, natural wonders, barbarian changes and city-states. These were not enough to keep me playing, though, and I never finished a full game. If you’re a fan of the Civ series, I would recommend playing it and making your own judgement. It just wasn’t a good game for me. I’m a bit nervous about Civilization 6, which is coming out later this year.