Civilization Revolution or Civ-Rev to me and my circle of friends has had us all laughing, crying and even wanting to throw the controller at the tv screen. - I would seriously advise against this though.
A once popular turn based strategy game is still the most fun strategy game I have ever played.
Even now I'm playing it again trying to get a few of the more difficult achievements. 47/50.
You can play as many different civilizations, build many famous wonders and discover the long forgotten ancient artifacts, such as the lost city of atlantis. You can even purchase more additional content for the game from the xbox live marketplace, which has more wonders and artifacts and even more land designs.
In one turn you can declare war, build buildings or build up your armies, attack, defend, research or even just sit and wait for all of these to grow.
I find that games can take an hour or so depending on the type of victory your going for or even less time if your playing for a laugh. Or even the difficulty you set it on.
There are 5 different difficulties. Ranging from extremly easy (chieftan) to very difficult (deity).
There are also 4 different ways you can win,
- Technology- by building your space craft and ship it to Alpha Centari.
- Culture - by collecting 20 great people, wonders or converted cities. Then building the united nations
- Money by collecting lots of cash and building the world bank
- Domination - cn be won either by sticking the game out as it only goes to 3000AD or by capturing your oponents capitals.
The online multiplayer is great for playing with your friends, trying to beat each other is always a laugh in itself, except when theyre better than you :( And you dont need to wait very long for them to finish their turns either as you can set a time for each turn, and also how difficult they want to play it on.
Well what a good idea this is. I've long enjoyed the Civ series, but you do have to put aside a day or so to really enjoy it. So now we've got a new version for consoles, and it's taken into account the likes of me who don't have several days to spare.
Civ, is a turn-based strategy game. So in one turn you'll move all your men, build a town, set your towns to build new buildings and even declare war. Then it's one of the other countries turns and so on.
Games have been sped up for us console types with games running to about 3 hours. There are a number of different scenarios that speed things up even further, I finished one war based game in about an hour.
The graphics are great, the sound charming (the way the characters 'speak' is particularly lovely) and it's a great package for strategy heads
Undeniably the most popular turn-based strategy - if not strategy full stop- game series on the PC, Civilization is an absolute behemoth in the gaming world. Civilization is the game of everything, that can be played in every way, from warmongering, to trading, to peaceful co-existing... you get the idea.
Traditionally the Civ series has been complex. I mean, it's part of the appeal, with lots and lots of options and sub-menus that give you as much control as possible over your cities, armies and people.
Civilization Revolution on the Xbox 360 makes a slight departure from this complexity. Don't get me wrong, this is still a turn based strategy game with a fair bit of depth, but much more a 'lite' version of the more involved PC alternatives.
This has advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, it's fairly easy to navigate around the interface and play the game, especially using console i.e. gamepad controls. On the other hand, die-hard Civ fans are unlikely to find anything new here, and will likely be disappointed at the simplification of their favourite strategy epic. I must admit I felt a little disappointed at times - however, the PC game still exists. This is a different game altogether.
Whilst on the PC, games of Civ can take 5-6 hours sometimes (especially when playing on against more opponents), games here are much quicker, mostly because every single other nation seems hell bent on fighting, all the time. This makes it more difficult to pursue a peaceful approach to the game as you could in the PC version, I for example often try to avoid war as I find the game more fun when pursuing technological and economic goals.
However the simplification of gameplay here makes warmongering perhaps more fun than in other incarnations. The faster pace makes fighting wars a little less cumbersome. It also makes the multilpayer options more viable, for a good hour or two of fun competitive empire building.
In fact, when you get into it the multiplayer side of this game is where it really shines. Due to the reduced complexity, it means you're not waiting 5 minutes for the other player to take a turn. However the game is still involved and full of nuances and strategy, making it a unique and compelling multiplayer strategy experience that has yet to be beaten on the Xbox 360.
Overall, Civilization Revolution is an interesting and appealing take on the classic series. A lighter, faster paced and more console-friendly version, this game really shines especially in multiplayer mode.
The civilization series goes back to its roots with this title. For anyone who has played most of the different incarnations of this series, you will be used to new layers of detail and evolution being added each time. However, in this edition a lot of the detail has been taken down and the gameplay stripped down to a fairly basic level. The weird thing is that this actually works really well.
The game has the usual aims - you take control of a civilization, try to build up, build new cities, make alliances with other civilizations, go to war and basically try and take over the world, either by force, science, culture, etc.
For a strategy game of such scale though, it has an incredibly arcady feel to it. Everything is easy to do and you are never given lists of figures or dense amounts of information. Pretty much anyone can play this without having to go through an hour long tutorial. Thus, the gameplay is quick and brisk. It feels very much similar to the original Civilization for 15 or so years ago, except highly polished (the graphics are excellent).
The drawback from all this is that the single-player mode is rather short-lived. With the lack of depth comes a trade-off whereby playing against the computer opponents becomes somewhat unfulfilling.
This is where the online xboxlive experience comes in. Here you get to play the game online against other people or friends. This area of the game is clearly what it was designed for and is much more exciting than the single-player mode.
Overall, the game is well balanced and importantly for a strategy game, fun to play without ever becoming a chore.