If it didn't have the name Sid Miers Civilization on it, there is no way this game would be getting such high scores.
CedeeBoo wrote this review on .
There is no way Civ V justifies a high score. This game is incomplete. I say about 85-90% complete. It was shipped out early. Multi player dosn't work or there is lots of trouble with it, from what others have said. I don't do multi player so I am going what I read on forums.
The game is ok. It is fun, but I don't see the replayability as it is right now. I can't see myself playing this game over and over again for years as with Civ, Civ II or Civ IV. I didn't care for Civ III only played for about a year. . Maybe 2 or 3 more plays and that will be it for the Civ V unless "patches" fix this game up. As I said I hated Civ III but I played it more than I intend to with Civ V.
The begining of the game is slow. Buildings things is slow. I don't even bother with building barracks, because it costs too much money too maintain. If you are not at war, you still have to pay the 1 coin maintence costs. There is no way of getting rid of it, by selling it or just delete it. So you are stuck with what ever you buy. This people claim makes the game more in depth. I just see it as, I build or not, really no options. So it's a no brainer dead decesion, you don't build it, because there is lots and lots of barbarians to get those experinace points.
The Wonders of the World are just meh or bland. Lots of them, the benifits are not worth it. They are basically over glorified maintence free buildings. You get no movie, just a painting that is ok. You get not grand splendor of building a Wonder of the World. I really miss the Call to Power 2 Wonders of the World movies. That game got alot of flack. The flack that game got, is the same thing in Civ V. Why people hated CtP2 and love Civ I have no idea. I think CtP2 was better at launch. Too bad it was abanonded. At least the modding community made it a great game. I beleive Civ V will not be abaonded which is a good thing though, so some props to that.
While there is a "one more turn" precence, it's the wrong one. The reason you keep hitting "one more turn" is that there is nothing to do. (AI dosn't really make wars with you. It seems there is only one AI that will be dominate and just take over the other AI civs one piece at a time. So if you have a unique unit, it is only good to go against Barbarians because the AI will not declair war on you until around turn 150-200 where your unique unit is obsolete). So all you have is workers working the tiles or hexes and nothing else to do because building things in cities are soooo slow, and workers dooing things takes 4-11 turns.
Yes the game is fun. I will admit it There was a few times, I was engrossed in the game. But sadly it lasted about 2 or 3 hours then the game gets monotonous for a while. So for the game to monotonous or even boring at times, there is no way Gamespot could give Civ V such a high score. There is no way this game deserves a 10. It dosn't deserve a 1 either to be fair.
If this game was done by a different company and not call Civilization, it would be a good game, not a great game. So I gave it a 7.5.
Yes the game can be better with patches but a game should be great out of the box not with patches and mods. This game reminds me of Call to Power 2 and Masters of Orion III. Games that did things differently, were hyped up big time, and is a big let down at launch.
If it didn't have the name Sid Miers Civilization on it, there is no way this game would be getting such high scores. In fact if this game didn have the name Sid Miers Civilization on it, it would have been another Call to Power 2 game. Which might not be a bad thing, that would mean the modding community can make this a great game then just like Call to Power 2 is a great game.
Just a shame, that it's up to the modding community to make games great now sadly in this day and age. Hopefully Firaxis can fix this game.