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You Say You Want a (Civilization) Revolution? – Tech Gaming Reviews Sid Meier’s Latest Epic

Since the launch of the Xbox 360, we’ve been yearning for a
wholly strategic title. While a few Xbox Live arcade titles, have amusing us
for a week or two, they haven’t scratched the itch, in a way that a larger,
DVD-based title can. Thankfully, Sid Meier has adapted his acclaimed PC title, Civilization
, into a leaner, quicker, console game that is exactly what we have been
craving- a strictly turn-based strategy game that exercises our gray matter.

Once the gamer picks one of the title’s sixteen cultures, you
begin play with a small hamlet, and a band of warriors. These soldiers are used
to explore the immediate vicinity and also to remove any barbarian hordes infringing
on the player’s land mass. Soon, the player will be creating barracks, libraries,
granaries, in an effort to make the civilization grow. Players are presented
with a plethora of research options, which makes each game distinct. While military
might is one way to win the game, so is having an economic power, a cultural sophistication,
or a technological supremacy. 

                       Don’t remember when the Aztecs pillaged Rome? Time to update your history books.

Since, every game is played on a randomized map; strategies
have to be adjusted. While playing as the Japanese on a large continent with
other two cultures, a strong offensive infantry was the way to conquer the
land. We started the next game on a smaller island, and having a strong naval presence
was essential for migration to new areas.

As soon as players
discover new countries, relations are typically friendly. However,
relationships inevitably deteriorate, as demands are asked of the player, or other
AI players cease to tolerate your Alexander-esqe dominations. After about
thirty-minutes to forty minutes of play, things heat up quite nicely until the
game’s sizzling (and usually treacherous) climax.

Adding to the value is a ‘game of week’ scenario, and a
multiplayer option; which while welcome, took an enormous time of time for
three players to finish.  Players have
the option for head-to-head, team, and free-for-all, battles. We can see Civilization
being enjoyed by groups of friends throughout this current hardware generation.

     You insult my queen. You threaten my people with slavery and death. Oh, I’ve chosen my words, carefully, Zulu!

Although turn-based strategy games aren’t known for the
graphical prowess, Civilization Revolution amazes at moments. Especially well
done is the character art; where the follicles of Genghis Khan’s fur gently
sway, or Zulus appear especially lifelike. Some might miss the subtlety of the
build animations- watch carefully and you’ll see the construction of the Hanging
Gardens of Babylon authentically reengineered. However, later in the game the world map will slow down significantly as it attempts to scroll the myriad of
structures and warfare units. While slowdown in a turn based game isn’t as bad
as a reflex based title, it still does detract from the overall experience. Additionally,
the constant assistance from CPU AI could wear on some gamer’s nerves after a

Overall, these are small nuisances that can be overlooked
when enjoying the game. There’s a reason this franchise is still alive and relevant
eighteen years after its inception.  If
you’re a fan of strategy games, download the demo of Civilization Revolution;
it’s a shining example of an underrepresented console genre.

Final Grade: A

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.


  1. 300 Quote FTW!

  2. Great review. I’ve wanted this game, but can’t find it anywhere. I think Take 2 had release problems.

  3. Great review. I tried the demo and might have to pick it up.

  4. Great game; I’ve been playing it for years on the PC

  5. Stick with the PC version. I rented the 360 version and didnt like the dumbed down tech-tree.

  6. This game has conquered my heart and pillaged by free time!

  7. I want a revolution!

  8. I want this so bad! Payday can’t come soon enough.

  9. So the maps randomly put the Aztecs next to the Romans? Lame.

  10. They had to fake certain thing to make the game more interesting for repeat play. Also tank and bombers can be defeated by infantry; it’s just the rock-scissors-paper nature of the game. You can’t have an uber unit; that would kill the balance of the game.

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  12. Sounds like a cool game.

  13. Anyone know where I can get this cheap?

  14. Sounds boring!

  15. Tried the demo; now I’m hooked. Good lord, just what I needed.

  16. Not my type of game. I need a little bit of action to keep me awake. Still I appreciate what it tries to do.

  17. Sounds like fun. I can take over the world!

  18. Looks fun.

  19. Great review. Best I’ve read so far.

  20. Can you play as GW?

  21. Thats racist! The poor Zulu wanted peace.

  22. LOL! 300 Quote dude, calm down.

  23. too many 50 cent words there, friends.

  24. Hahaha, great captions!

  25. no action, no buy. I feel better after fragging people.

  26. Hope I win the contest for this one.

  27. Overrated.

  28. Saw a copy for $49.99 at Wal-mart today. Must be some kind of sale.