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Sid Meier's Civilization V

5 years ago

Civilised: Humble Sid Meier Bundle

The latest Humble Bundle offers the chance to own three complete Civilizations, as if you were trying to recreate the British Empire. Along with Civs III, IV, the lowest tier contains the recent Ace Patrol games, which are fairly lightweight, but clever, replayable and oddly adorable considering the World War dogfighting subject matter. All of that, along with the latest incarnation of Railroads! can be…

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6 years ago

Remembering The Realms: Civ V Faerun Mod

I spent a lot of time playing Civ IV mods, particularly the splendid Fall From Heaven, but I've only tried a couple of alterations to Firaxis' most recent entry in the series, and don't think I've downloaded a single one since installing the two excellent expansions to the base game. That all changed this weekend, when a post on PC Gamer drew my attention to…

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!!! – Valve Releases Video Of Steam Controller In Action

We've heard tell of the Steam controller's ins and outs (and ups and downs and lefts and rights and Bs and As and starts) from many a developer, but still skepticism reigns. And with good reason: Valve's haptics-powered Franken-pad is kinda bonkers. But now, at the very least, we can see - with eyes or echolocation - how it functions moment-to-moment. Go below to see…

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Civ V – Brave New World review

I've founded religions, spied on my neighbours and sent a spaceship in search of a new home on a distant star. The promise of a Brave New World was enough to bring me crashing back down to Earth though, and I've been making new friends, meeting old enemies and creating great works of art. This latest expansion takes on the greatest challenge of all -…

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Tempest Fugit: Civ V – Brave New World

Civ V brings out the worst in me and Brave New World may be the expansion that changes all of that. I was approaching the industrial age in a recent multiplayer game when I realised what a terrible ruler I was - 'terrible' not because I was a failure but because I was too much of a success. I was the coal-devouring, smoke-belching face of…

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Civil Served: Civilization V: Brave New World Footage

Civilization V: Brave New World adds a continent-sized piece of content to Civ V, with nine new civilisations, more wonders, trade-routes, ideologies, and an over-hauled cultural victory. Looks like this could be a fairly big deal compared to Gods & Kings, partly thanks to the "world congress" feature intended to facilitate greater diplomatic happenings between nations. Footage and details below.

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Digging Up Civ V: Brave New World Footage

I am saddened to admit that I am not a Civilization player. My brain does not work in that way. No matter how much I try, I just bounce off the game, and then I'm pushed out the way by mean Civ bullies who mock my tactical and diplomatic failings. It's like home economics all over again. But I'm a bigger man than those meanies,…

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Impressions: Civ V – Brave New World

I’ve started more games of Civilization V than a hundred men could ever finish and that’s not only because I enjoy discovering new worlds more than I enjoy conquering them. Civilization doesn’t have a compelling end-game, lacking the peaks and troughs of grand strategy, and instead taking a predictable course once the pieces are in place. Brave New World attempts to fix that by overhauling…

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Firaxis Talk Us Through Civilization V’s Brave New World

There's going to be a second major Civilization V expansion. It's called Brave New World, it introduces 9 new Civs, the concepts of tourism, ideologies, international trade routes and archaeology, and basically it sounds like it's pretty huge on an under-the-hood front. I had a big chat with Firaxis lead programmer Ed Beach and senior producer Dennis Shirk on what's in there, why, how it…

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7 years ago

Praise Be: Civ V – Gods And Kings Demo

How often do you find yourself looking at Civilization V and thinking, 'all this science and culture is fine, but there simply aren't enough deities knocking about the place'. If the answer is 'very often' you might already have bought the Gods and Kings expansion. If not you could read my thoughts on what it does for the game or you could even try it…

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Civ V – Gods And Kings review

Civilization V makes people angry. I’ve seen it first hand; perusing the shelves of a local boardgame emporium I was moved to express an opinion about hexes and how much I enjoyed their use in the game. Upwards of twenty furious men immediately formed a stack of doom and pummelled me into submission. “But perhaps the Gods and Kings expansion will make the game more…

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Civ V Leaves Leonardo’s, Joins Steam Workshop

Civ V is integrating with Steam Workshop with the intent of making the use of mods much more user friendly. Create mod collections, browse what's available through Steam and then fall to your knees in anguish because Fall From Heaven is nowhere to be seen in this version of the game and never will be. I haven't explored the modding scene for this one a…

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Fate Of The World: The Decade-Long Game of Civ II

What happens when you play a single game of Civilization II across ten long years? Well, carpal tunnel syndrome and a lifelong fear of pixels smaller than than the size of a fist. Also, an in-game world which is "a hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation", riddled with nuclear fallout and caught in a terrible stalemate between three ultra-nations which have been at war for…

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A Free World: Civilization V (For A Little While)

Crush the weak, spare the weekend! Sid Meier and Some Other Peoples' Civilization V is open to all-comers for a bit, from now until some point on Sunday (1PM PDT, whatever that means in real time), making it the perfect time to give its hexy new style a shot. If you like it, you can buy the full game for 75% off, and have plenty…

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Men, Gods And Kings: Civilisation V Expansion

I liked Civilisation V, which sometimes causes long-time fans of the series to hurl detritus at me in the streets, but I would never argue that it wasn't lacking features that I craved. Foremost among them was a decent application of the cultural and historical force of religion, so I'm extremely pleased to see that the just announced expansion, Gods and Kings, will bring all…

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8 years ago

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Mods and Ends: Civilization V NiGHTS

Sometimes the work that goes into a mod is breathtaking. Civilisation V NiGHTS is such a thing, born perhaps equally out of admiration and frustration. The team, led by Markus Beutel, have looked at Civilisation V, stripped it down and rebuilt it from the ground up. They describe the mod as a total conversion but that doesn’t mean it gives you fantasy units, adds magic…

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Civ V++

Civ V's one of those games I've somewhat taken my eye off since launch. While lovely to point my ocular organs at and with a natty new take on Civly combat, it seemed to lack the identity and variety of the evergreen Civ IV. Importantly, however, it's apparently been a continuing slow-burn success, given the steady trickle of new patches and DLC over the last…

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CivVille: Civ World Revealed

When we first heard about the Facebook version of Civilization a couple of years back, the prospect was enormously exciting - a persistent online Civ, played from any PC, any time. Of course, back then we perhaps weren't fully aware of the route Facebook games were broadly taking - the pay/spam friends/wait model popularised by FarmVille. There's absolutely nothing to say that model can't be…

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Civilization V Is Getting A Hot Seat Mode

Wow! It's a good day for passable games getting additional modes. Civilization V, which Alec and I both saw eye to eye about, will be getting updated with a hot seat mode within the next couple of months (hotseat being a multiplayer mode where several players take turns taking... uh, turns on the same PC). Which might seem like a long time to wait for…

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History Fixed As Civ V Balance Patch Arrives

Big Download note that the patch that makes significant balance changes to Civ V (as well as adding a range of bugfixes and a new building, the Aquaduct) has landed just in time for the Polynesia pack hitting this Thursday, and dutiful Steam might just have updated your game already. You can read the full patch notes here. Guess what I've got waiting for you…

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