Posted: January 23
I've wanted to write a review of this game for a long time. Hopefully 459 hours of play-time will make me credible enough to say that this is an AMAZING GAME!
First of all, this is a strategy game that let's you shape history! In all aspects! Not only on the war front, but culturally, religiously, scientifically, and diplomatically. It's incredibly immersive, a drawback being that it can trap you for hours and hours on end until you see the sunrise. Well, not so much "see" as "barely notice" cos you're too busy 'one more turn'-ing. But that only proves how great it is!
Individual games can go on for many, many hours before a victory, as 3/4 victory types (science, and diplomatic victories especially, cultural usually, but not necessarily domination) rely on latter eras to complete. However, gameplay evolves over the eras so game-changingly that you never get bored. You stop needing to worry about barbarians raiding your lands, and start sending out spies, and voting in world diplomatic congresses. You move on from fighting with arrows and swords to fighting with bullets and nukes. And most important of all, you grow your fledgeling civilization from one small village to a sprawling empire with a huge land area and population, building large wonders and fierce armies.
Additionally, gameplay differs from game to game. You may have chosen a civilization with a deeper stress on diplomacy than the last playthrough so you shift focus away from military, for example, or this map has more oceans than last game, so you build a stronger navy. Such high replayability makes you come back for more and more civ. Again, 459 hours...
So if you love strategy games, get this one! You can happily stay up all night getting nuked by Gandhi, getting beaten to constructing wonders by Ramesses II, and getting converted to Isabella's religion! Happy Civ-ing!