Civilization V

Civ V: Taking a city-state


I picked up Sid Meier’s Civilization V (Gold Edition) during the Steam Winter Sale, which is going on through January 3rd. It’s a turn-based strategy game in which you grow your nation from a single settlement into a vast empire.

Civ5: Suleiman
Interacting with other civilizations

During your turn, you manage your civilization by directing troops, producing new units, researching new technologies, founding new cities, improving the land, adopting new policies, expanding your religion, building wonders, and interacting with other civilizations and city-states through trade and diplomacy.

Civilization V has five paths to victory:

  • Domination – be the last player in possession of your original capital city
  • Science – build and launch a spaceship (requires a lot of technological research)
  • Cultural – complete the Utopia Project by filling 5 social policy trees
  • Diplomatic – win a vote in the United Nations
  • 2050 arrives – if no one has won by the year 2050, the player with the highest score wins


Civilization V is the first Civilization game I’ve played and as a big fan of Age of Empires, I was really excited to give it a try. The ideas are similar, but Civ 5 has a lot more depth and strategy than AOE. Well, and Civ 5 is turn-based whereas AOE is real-time strategy. 😛

Civ5: Spaceship victory
Science (spaceship) victory

The game might seem a little daunting at first, but the tutorial does a decent job of teaching you how to play and your advisors (economic, military, foreign, and science) help with decision-making. The game begins with micromanaging a few units, but as time progresses, you start playing the game on a larger scale.

I really like how Civ 5 accommodates different play styles, allowing you alternatives for winning besides just wiping everybody else out. As much as I like being warmongering, it’s fun to experiment with different play styles, too.

I love Civilization V and I keep learning and improving the more I play. Just a warning, though: you’ll lose track of time when you play and you might find that it’s 3am all of a sudden. 😉