Sid Meier's Civilization V offers a robust turn-based experience for PC and Mac users alike, overhauling the core mechanics of its intricacies. Perhaps the biggest change from the previous iteration is the use of the hexagon grid; rather than place heavy focus on increasing the player's numbers and strong-arming opponents into routing, only one stack can rest on one hexagon on the grid. While this does mean players can potentially surround a single unit, it does mean that tactics, rather than surplus finances, dictate who will win the battle.
Sid Meier's Civilization V Pros
- Better tactics:As previously stated, Sid Meier's Civilization V attempts to better the balance of gameplay by requiring more tactics in battle rather than saving large sums of money and buying a large number the best units to bully neighbors.
- Multiple ways to win:Though not a new idea, there exist a number of ways to win the campaign. Players can either destroy all other civilizations, complete the Utopia Project through social policies, simply outlast the others and have the highest points at the end of the game, make it into outer space first or by other means.
- Customization: Like any good PC game, Sid Meier's Civilization V is known for its numerous mods that can easily be accessed and downloaded through the game, making it possible to change something in an instant.
Sid Meier's Civilization V Cons
- Not difficult enough:Despite the addition of tactics, it is still too easy to build use surplus finances to build up a good enough army; just because it is not possible to stack multiple groups onto the same hexagon, it is entirely possible to create a sort of conga line of fighters. The first couple of groups may die, but having a huge army makes it too easy to hack down any adversary.
- Compatibility issues: On newer hardware, with Windows 7 being the primary culprit, there are major compatibility issues at hand. In a rather strange set of circumstances, it seems to force the computer into a shut down while breaking other programs like iTunes. No patch has been released to fix it, and the community has never come up with a reasonable solution to fixing it.
At the end of the day, Sid Meier's Civilization V is most fun to play on somewhat older software with friends. The AI is too easy to get through, and the game would undoubtedly be less fun if it always shut down the computer each time regardless.