Thursday, August 26, 2010

Game Review: Civilization: Revolution

I can't think of anything else to post today, so you get to hear about a video game.

I've been hearing about the game "Civilization" for years. Never played it. I watched someone play for a little while. I didn't get it. You can't come in and watch part. But the people who rave about it tend to like the same games I do so I picked up the most recent game in the Civilization series.

First off, this game will eat your life. It's not one of those games that you spend days or weeks on. There's not levels that make good stopping points. Think of it more like the longest board game ever played. You don't play it once and you're done. You play the game over and over again.

You play as the leader of one of several different people - Arabs, Americans, Japanese, Inca, Bits, Germans, etc. You pick one of five levels of difficulty. You're given one group of settlers that you use to start a town.

With this town you start building. Soldiers at first. Then more settlers. The town grows. You use the settlers to make more towns. You connect them with roads. You start making buildings that improve the science, gold, culture, population growth, production, or resource gathering ability.

Starting from that you have one of four ways to win.
Technology - Develop enough technology to get you to Alpha Centari first.
Culture - Get 20 great persons or cities to willingly convert and you can build the United Nations.
Economic - Get 20,000 gold and build the World Bank.
Military - Kick ass and chew bubblegum.

As I was saying about the board game similarities before, you can play a whole game in a few hours. OK, several hours. A bunch of them. And through it all you keep thinking you'll just do this one last turn. One more round. I just need to take that city and then I'll turn it off. Next thing you know it's late at night and you should have been heading for bed an hour ago.

I'm gonna be playing this for awhile.

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