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Civilization

Turn-based 4X (explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate) strategy game series where players build a thriving civilization through ages of advancements.

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What is Civilization?

Civilization is a series of turn-based strategy video games, first released in 1991. Sid Meier developed the first game in the series and has had creative input for most of the rest, and his name is usually included in the formal title of these games, such as Sid Meier's Civilization. There are six main games in the series, a number of expansion packs and spin-off games, as well as board games inspired by the video game series. The series is considered a formulative example of the 4X genre, in which players achieve victory through four routes: "eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate".

The series includes:

Sid Meier's Civilization (1991) for MS-DOS, Windows, Amiga, Macintosh, Atari ST, Sega Saturn, Super NES, PlayStation and N-Gage Sid Meier's Civilization II (1996) for Windows, Mac OS and PlayStation Sid Meier's Civilization III (2001) for Windows and Mac OS Sid Meier's Civilization IV (2005) for Windows and Mac OS X Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution (2008) for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, iOS and Windows Phone Sid Meier's Civilization V (2010) for Windows, Linux and OS X Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution 2 (2014) for iOS, Android and PlayStation Vita Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth (2014) for Windows, Linux and OS X Sid Meier's Civilization VI (2016) for Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS and Nintendo Switch

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Civilization Features

  1.  MultiplayerCivilization offers a game mode for more than one player.
  2.  Single playerCivilization has one or more single player game modes.

Civilization information

  • Developed byFiraxis Games
  • LicensingProprietary and Commercial product.
  • PricingOne time purchase (perpetual license)
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.5
  • Alternatives33 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

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sgsuk
  
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A game where you can spend your life as long as you with

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Maoholguin
  
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One of the best turn-based strategy games out there. You can easily spend all your day on it!

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laurabrown
  
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Now that I think about it... I don't know why I like it. I spend hours playing it and still come back for more. At least it patiently sits and waits if I leave it alone for awhile. Better than having a pet and I don't need to scoop anything.

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Ola
  
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Best game series in the history. Just one more turn ....

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mbeln1992
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I love CIV V but I'm looking for an RTS alternative to it. A game that goes through all ages.

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OmgItsTheSmartGuy
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I've been playing a lot of Civilization V recently. Most of the glitches and performance problems from the earlier versions of the game seem to have been fixed. The game works best if you run it in DirectX 9 mode (it'll give you a choice when you start up the game launcher). However, in my personal experience, the game still lags like crazy once you approach turn 200. By the time I was on turn 250 or so, my older computer would often just freeze for 40-50 seconds between turns. Even my new computer has 10-20 second timeouts. And since my new computer is pretty awesome, I doubt it's a hardware problem. Either that, or Civilization V has the highest system requirements of any commercial PC game in the entire world.

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I purchased the Aspyr version of Civilization V a few months back, and it runs much better than my old 2K version of the game. Why there are two different companies distributing separate versions of the same game, I have no idea. Anyways, Civilization V no longer freezes outright, so that problem is solved. Unfortunately, the game still gets really laggy in the later turns. Plus, when I'm playing the game in windowed mode on Mac OS X, the window is stuck in the first monitor; I can't move it to my second monitor, so OS X's dock and menu bar obstruct my view of the game.

tl;dr Everything works better, but it's still laggy. Support for dual-monitors on OS X sucks.

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thelivingded
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I absolutely love civilization. I do have to question, though, why is this a listing for Civilization as a series but only talks about five? I love 5, but I also love 4 and 3. Should those be given separate listings?

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