Preview: Civilization V

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I too, talk in a pretentious accent while playing Civilization, young Hiawatha!

Also, diplomatic victory is for pussies. Real men win by full world conquest!

That preview was seriously the last straw. It's official, I can not wait for this game any longer.
I'm going to put myself in the freezer - could somebody please come by and thaw me back to life in 11 days?

Here come the sleepless nights of play... I must say, I loved the idea of natural wonders. And I hope the buildable wonders are even more than before, because we humans have sure built a lot of awesome stuff. I do miss the city view screen from Civ III. Zooming in in Civ IV wasn't quite the same. I hope they put something like it. I also like how conversation with the other leaders takes a full screen. Now that's more like an audience than a teleconference. I wonder if they'll change depending of current era. The social policies screen also looked quite promissing.
Hm. I always thought in English the janissaries are pronounced with "ya" in the beginning. And I was fairly confident I knew it, since they play a big and sad role in my country's history (it's "enichary" here). Well, there's always something new to learn.

ok... now i know that im going to LOVE this game

and you should write a book, i actually enjoyed reading your endeavors... good thing i pre ordered it like 2 months ago

too bad a good 2 weeks are left to play

aldowyn:
Best. Preview. EVER!
Seriously, you should role-play more previews like this, because that was awesome!

Amen to that.

I've played the original Civilization and the third one, but now I feel compelled to give the series another try :)

I love this game. I have lost so much of my life to Civ. It's a damn shame that there is no way my laptop will run it...

Korten12:

Irridium:

laryri:

Chunko:
I can't wait to play this game, I hope it's better than the console version of civ 4 though.

What? The PC version will be better than the console version of Civ 4 if that's what you're saying. There probably isn't going to be a console version of Civ 5.

There was no console version of Civ 4. There was Civilization Revolutions, a Civ game built specifically for consoles, but thats it.

OT: I want this game so badly. Like, seriously, very, very badly.

I remember my friends saying Civ Rev wasn't that bad.

yeah civrev was really good. Anyway, there can't be that much different between the PC and Console versions beside different controls, or is there something I am missing

woop woop Civ 5 hear i come... gonna have to play civ 4 now while i wait

Vrach:
I too, talk in a pretentious accent while playing Civilization, young Hiawatha!

Also, diplomatic victory is for pussies. Real men win by full world conquest!

Real men develop hype-advanced technology and conquer space instead!

Me and my brother were so excited we made a "civ addict testimonial" video for a contest:

Link removed. Mod.

Please vote for it!! You'll like our civ-hop!

I'm rocking a Mac, so I'm not sure when I'll be able to sport this game, but I'm excited nonetheless.

I like how fireaxis and it's auteur (whose name i just can't remember for the life of me), are not trying to make a "better" version of Civ4, instead going for something different. That's a good sequel, I find.

I'm a raging and huge fanboy though, so I don't know. Civ4 was my favourite game, and dominated many a weekend. I can't wait, but I hope to be smart enough to be able to taste dissapointment.

P.S. I was reading the posts and someone said the game ended at 2012. If that's so, then I want to clap Fireaxis on the back for one of the best tongue-in-cheek moments of recent times. That would absolutely make my life.

Looks much better than Civ 4.

I played 4 for a few days and it get boring far too fast.

The animations look far better and smoother than 4's though. It's certainly one to look out for.

I shall lead the great nation of India to GLORY.

Honestly though, probably won't be getting this for a while, I don't have the time :(

Dear Greg,

I too, am a Civ fanatic. It was Civ II that ate all of my time, as the stack of doom was not the annoyance it is in the later iterations.

What I'm wondering... how does it stack up for you? Is this THE Civ for you?

*wipes away a tear*...beautiful...so beautiful

I'm definitly picking this up, making this the first Civ game I've played since 2.

Apparently, I've got a lot of catching up to do.

Oh, and THE ZULUS WILL RULE ALL.

I read a 3-page preview (with screenshots) of Civ 5 earlier this month, but it's always great to see game play. I really liked how narrator's voice changed as he got more "civilized", or rather changed from one Civ to another. Also, got to love the fact that they got rid of the Stacks'Of'Doom. I hated seeing stacks of 20+ units rolling down a pitiable excuse of a road, and then just stand there turn after turn launching attacks against my city. There was no refinement in the combat system, except for building bigger stacks of units and matching them against your foes.

I'll definitely have to get this game!

Need we say more? Yes we do!

Civ 5: It's so awesome you will start randomly narrating.

bjj hero:
I love this game. I have lost so much of my life to Civ. It's a damn shame that there is no way my laptop will run it...

You have not 'lost' anything my friend. Time spent with Civ is time well spent.

Loved the reveiw style! I really, really want CIv5 now!

monnes:

DustyDrB:
Holy hell, RTSs are sooo boring to watch.

Not an rts.

Yeah real time strategy games are a hell of a lot better than this game.

Comrade Azza:
I'm definitly picking this up, making this the first Civ game I've played since 2.

Apparently, I've got a lot of catching up to do.

Oh, and THE ZULUS WILL RULE ALL.

Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on whether you liked being invaded by thousands of Impi Warriors), the Zulus are not in Civ V.

You can play as the Songhai Empire though.

I dig the in character preview. I need this game now. I'm going to be watching the live play session from Firaxis at 4 PM EDT because there's no way I can get too much information on this game.

I still play Civ 3, even 4 years after I got it. Civ games are addicting; can't wait to get this.

I thought Greg's review was a little to unorthodox and a bit cheezy...But informative none the less, i see myself enjoying this game.

Any ideas what kind of performance this game requires? I'm wondering if i can play it on my laptop...

I love the new voice actor, his voice makes me happy! :D

Also, can't wait to try out the new hexagonal system, It makes the borders seem a lot more natural than the older block-ish ones.

this finally looks like a Civilization worth playing, I have Civil 3 and it sucked because the easiest level was the only level that I could compete with the other nations but the game could end without a conflict. I had to start wars myself most of the time and it looks like they added a few more nations and smaller city states along with barbarians. I haven't play the fourth game but it seems like they have added armies as a regular feature. The third one, you needed to have a war hero or a small wonder (I forget which one) to create an army. This game seems so much better than any turn based game I ever seen. :)

Vrach:
I too, talk in a pretentious accent while playing Civilization, young Hiawatha!

Also, diplomatic victory is for pussies. Real men win by full world conquest!

true dat

Excellent in-character review, Greg. I greatly enjoyed watching this.
When my laptop gets back from the shop, I might consider saving up for this. I had enough fun with the first Civ and Civ Rev, and this looks like it's gonna be a lot more in-depth.
Plus, I have some friends who run multi-player games of Civ somehow, and that sounds like fun, too.

Oh My GAWD what a LAME review

Honestly, If I took your words and put it on top of a Vanilla Civ 1 video, It would still be absolutely true..

What IS it about the game that makes it better than any civ before it? Why should I wanna play this any more than civ 4, 3, or even 2.. from your review I'm getting exactly the same game.

YAWN

Bane_Star:
Oh My GAWD what a LAME review

Honestly, If I took your words and put it on top of a Vanilla Civ 1 video, It would still be absolutely true..

What IS it about the game that makes it better than any civ before it? Why should I wanna play this any more than civ 4, 3, or even 2.. from your review I'm getting exactly the same game.

YAWN

It's only a short preview, not a review.

I'm sure the review will be very detailed and entertaining.

All hail king Haiwatha of the Iroquois people!

No joke, great review.

Also, must have PRRRRESSIOUS!

Seems so sweet, to roam the world with warmonging vikings...=)

Bane_Star:
Oh My GAWD what a LAME review

Honestly, If I took your words and put it on top of a Vanilla Civ 1 video, It would still be absolutely true..

What IS it about the game that makes it better than any civ before it? Why should I wanna play this any more than civ 4, 3, or even 2.. from your review I'm getting exactly the same game.

YAWN

You said 'gawd'. I can't take you seriously. :P

But seriously, the preview goes over city states, the new civic system, etc. It's just all done in-character. There are several straight-up previews all across the internet, look 'em up. :)

Personally, I thought this was a good preview. I'm kind of embarrassed to say that this sort of thing is running through my mind every time I play Civ.

There goes studying in my dorm. Sounds like another rousing case of "One more turn" syndrome.

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