Brb, Civ5.

Started with Civ5 this Sunday. The AI sucks at the moment and there’s a lot of stuff broken. Nevertheless, the new game mechanics, especially the new combat is brilliant and it has some very nice ideas built-in. There’s a lot of reviews so I won’t rehash what you’ve probably read a lot of times already, but you should really be looking at the critical reviews and not the positive ones if you want to get into the substance of things rather than partake in the huge hype surrounding the game.

In fact, I wish people gave up more weight to critical reviews rather than the one gushing about new and popular games, which is in fact all that the pop-review sites seem to be able to do. The critical reviews tend to be more thoughtful, and even when they’re not positive about the game in the end, you end up understanding more about the game from them, rather than from the hype-bandwagon. This is the second reason why Zero Punctuation is one of my favourite locations to get my reviews (the first one naturally being that Yahtzee is so creatively funny).

Anyway, back to the subject, if you’re interested in the game or the series but not burning to play it right goddamn now, then I would advise that you wait at least until Christmas sales. Then you’ll both get the game with a few patches in so that the most horrible bugs and imbalances are fixed and you’ll likely to find it on a nice steam sale and grab it for 20€ less or something. If you’re a huge fan, then you’ve already got it so there’s no point in me telling you not to 😉

I personally would have also waited for a bit, perhaps playing it pirated once or twice to see how it goes, but after I saw an Amazon.co.uk deal for 20€ less than Steam, I couldn’t help myself 🙂

10 thoughts on “Brb, Civ5.

  1. I've been playing 5 since last weekend. Would be awesome if dx11 worked right and even dx9 has crashed on me once. Will be nice to see them fix some of the problems.

      1. Works better but I've not tried the DX11 yet. Actually tempted to install Civ3 since it will likely play a helluva lot faster.

        1. There are some irritations in the game. Not sure which one is worse, that the research you learn in the first few turns of 'Ancient History' in the game are associated with quotes from the old testament or, once you learn all the research that it quotes george bush over and over and over again.

          1. hah, I didn't notice that. Maybe it's being ironic. Perhaps someone should mod this out 🙂

          2. Meh, I'm done with it. This patch has made the game more unstable for me. I have all the graphics on low, audio at the lowest, was playing a huge map with 4 players and it's crashing every 10 turns. I'm kinda done with it now. Before the patch this was doable, not now.

  2. I'm glad I'm not the only anarchist alive who enjoys playing world domination/nation building games. I'm looking forward to picking this one up soon. I've been a Civ fan since the very first game (which fit on one single 3.5" floppy)!

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