When I was younger I used to get my geek on with the Civilization strategy games. The games have been produced by Sid Meier. Civilization was released in 1991 by Microprose, Civilization II was released in 1996, Civilization III was released in 2001 and Civilization IV was released in 2005. I played all of them quite frequently and intensely. I did not play the 2 expansions for Civilization IV though (Warlords and Beyond the Sword). It seems that I might have to get my geek on again sooner than I thought, Civilization V will be released on the 24th of September. Over 8 million copies of the Civilization franchise to date. The object of the game is to guide a civilization on a macro-scale from prehistory to the present day. All titles in the series share similar gameplay. The game is turn based. Players can move their units on the map, build or improve new cities and units, and initiate negotiations with the computer-controlled players on their turns. In between turns computer players do the same.
I’m really looking forward to Civilization 5 because the game will feature:
- Hexagon tiles: These tiles will allow deeper strategy. The game will allow players to bombard cities from more than one tile away with siege weapons.
- Huge Battles: Combat will be more exciting and engaging than ever before. Wars between empires will be massive with armies spreading across the landscape. The addition of ranged bombardment will also allow players to fire weapons from behind the front lines, challenging players to develop clever new strategies to guarentee victory on the battlefield.
- A Believable World: Civilization V will be more than just a strategy game and will feature immersive visuals and sound that will invite would be kings to take up the reigns of power and forge a mighty empire. The game will offer limitless variety of vast, realistic and diverse landscapes for players to explore, battle over and claim as their own.
- An Inviting Presentation: An intuitive interface will ease both new players and Civilization veterans into the game. Players will be guided by a set of trusted advisors who will explain game functionality and provide counsel for significant decisions. Even first-time players will be confident in the choices they make.
- Improved Diplomacy: Players will negotiate with some of history’s most cunning rulers, each with a well crafted plan for victory. Successful diplomacy will depend on players carefully managing relationships with other leaders, trading items and land, plying them woth gold, and deciding if they are friend or foe. City states will also present a new diplomatic battleground.
- Modability: The game will feature unprecedented modding tools. Players will have unlimited options for modifying Civilization V any way they like.
- An In-Game Community Hub: Players will be able to compete with players from all over the globe via the Internet and Play by Email, or complete locally in Hotseat and LAN matches, offering endless ways to rule the world.
- Live history: Players will be able to write their own epic story each time you play. Players will be able to choose 1 of 18 historical civilizations to lead from the stone age to the space age on your quest to build the world’s most powerful empire.
I’m definately ready to get my geek on with this game. I’ve actually stopped playing World of Warcraft because I’m waiting for the Cataclysm Expansion to be released. Civilization V might be an excellent way to pass the time.
This is the Game Trailer for Civilzation V: