Civilization celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, marking it as one of the most successful strategy game franchises we've ever seen. Its popularity hasn't waned either. If you look at the list of top played games on Steam right now, you'll likely find both Civ 6 and 5 holding their own. This series is huge.
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There's an option in Civilization 5 to start a new game on an Earth map, but in Civilization 6 there's no such thing. And there's no Steam Workshop support yet either. So what can you do?
It's been a good week for people who enjoy half-cloaks and complicated bits of machinery, all things told. Star Wars Battlefront's new DLC let's you play as cape-sporting cloud man Lando Calrissian, whereas Fallout 4's Contraptions workshop DLC lets you tinker with all sorts of, well, contraptions.
I learnt everything I know about history from Civilization, which I played for hours on end on my Amiga back in the early nineties.
Civilization 5 is free to play now until 10am, 23rd October 2014 on PC via Steam.
The most popular games on dominant PC download platform Steam are Valve's, with Dota 2 revelling in an estimated 25.9 million owners, and Team Fortress 2 an estimated 20.3 million owners.
World-conquering strategy sim Civilization 5 will be relaunched tomorrow in Complete Edition form, bulging with expansion content.
Got any money left? It's the last day of the venerated Steam Sale, dubbed "Encore Day", for which the most popular deals have been brought back.
Civilization 5 is free for a limited time for those who purchase its Gods and Kings expansion on Onlive before Tuesday next week.
Purchase the add-on and you'll be given a PlayPass for unlimited access to the parent game. Ordinarily Civilization 5 and its expansion are $29.99 each, effectively making the bundle half off.
Onlive confirmed to us that the deal extends to the UK, where both Civilization 5 and the Gods and Kings expansion will be available 22nd June at 12:01 am BST.
Firaxis turn-based strategy game Civilization 5 is now a part of the Steam Workshop, 2K Games has announced.
Two new Civilization V DLC packs will be released on Thursday, 11th August.
Two new add-ons for empire-building strategy title Civilization V launch next week.
Civilization V welcomes the Polynesia Scenario Pack this Friday, 3rd March.
The lead designer and gameplay programmer of Civilization V - Jon Shafer - has been hired, double-quick, by Elemental: War of Magic maker Stardock.
What happens now that the lead designer and lead gameplay programmer of Civilization V has walked away, leaving Firaxis and the iconic settlement-building behind? Will the series noticeably change?
Sid Meier's Civilization 5 is due a massive update today, publisher 2K has announced.
A post on the game's official forums detailed all the myriad changes being made to the PC strategy title, with the main focus on fixing AI glitches, rebalancing units and adding in new national treasures.
The patch is timed nicely to get things ready for the new Double Civilization and Scenario DLC pack due tomorrow, which adds a new scenario and lets players rule the Spaniards as Isabella or the Incans as Pachacuti.
A new DLC pack is on the way for PC strategy sequel Sid Meier's Civilization 5, publisher 2K Games has announced.
The Double Civilization and Scenario Pack: Spain and Inca will be available on 16th December and lets players rule the Spaniards as Isabella or the Incans as Pachacuti.
There's a brand new scenario too, set in the year 1492, where players have to set sail and discover a brave new world.
Strategy game Civilization IV has made history after becoming the first videogame to be nominated for a Grammy Award.
Bored of Civilization V? Get some new maps - they've just been released.
That networked version of Civilization that Sid Meier has been labouring over - it'll be out next year.
Sid Meier's Civilization V is set to get brand new downloadable content later this month, publisher 2K Games has announced.
Are you enjoying a Civilization V trade bug whereby your Resource inventory miraculously multiplies? Pity - it's going to be eliminated.
2K has shared details of the first chunky patch for Sid Meier's empire building game. The corrections span multiplayer, modding, AI, gameplay, user interface and miscellaneos.
2K has "no ETA right now" for the patch, and the contents are still only partially complete.
Codemasters' new racing game F1 2010 dethroned Halo: Reach to become the UK's best selling game last week.
A demo for Civilization V is available right now on Steam.
When I first got my hands on Sid Meier's Civilization V, my life became a fight. I don't mean I was struggling to guide my civilisation to global renown, languidly picking my way up the research tree, sending little men to die in little wars. It wasn't that kind of fight. I mean I was fighting not to click the icon that led to the game that led without fail or mercy to me entering a kind of strategy fugue, which I'd emerge from, hungry and dehydrated, between three and seven hours later. To say this game is addictive is like saying that dry toast is edible. Of course it is, but that's not the whole picture.
If you haven't played a Civilization game before, they have the grandest of all strategy concepts. You're given control of an entire race of people circa 4000 BC, and from a humble beginning caving in the heads of local barbarians you engineer your nation's success over whole millennia, eventually reaching a day-after-tomorrow technological level with Nanotech and (new with Civ V) Giant Death Robots.
One of the more curious parts of Civ is the different ways you can win it. The Domination victory has been simplified with Civ V to "simply" holding the capitals of all the other civilisations. Then there's the Science victory, whereby you assemble the various parts of a spaceship and launch it; the Diplomatic victory, where your peaceful ass is voted to be head of the United Nations; and the Cultural victory, which in Civ V means using culture points to complete five social policy branches and then the 'Utopia Project'.
Some more Sid Meire's Civilization 5 Screenshots
I, like many others, have been playing Civilization games for well over a decade. Over this time I've developed several habits and ticks that have become ingrained in my play style. I habitually name my first city 'WillisCool', the second city 'WillisVeryCool' and (should any metropolis be founded near a particularly disputed border) the third: 'F***theRomans'. Or indeed any other civilisation I wish to textually bait. Civilization V, however, horror of horrors, does not let you rename cities.
A demo of Civilization V will be offered to everyone next month, according to the official website.
2K Games has picked the Steamworks set of developer tools for Mafia II and Civilization V.
2K Games has whipped the curtain back on the Special Edition of Civilization V.
You know how it is. Just. One. More. Turn.
Modding community gets its recognition.
2K Games has announced a release date for Civilization V, the latest instalment in Sid Meier's popular strategy series.
Civ V will launch in the UK on 24th September. Our lucky American friends will get the game a little earlier, on 21st September.
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Speaking at the Game Developers Conference, Sid Meier has declared that 2011 is "the year of Civilization".
Civilization may be so wonderful that we're even prepared to tolerate its use of a "z", but it's hard to imagine building on something that was already so complete. Hard for us, anyway, but then we're not making it.
When Civilization IV came out - and I'm using the z spelling with the same counter-intuitive courtesy that allows me to refer to drag acts using "she" - it was difficult to say, "Hey! Everyone! This is the big new thing that makes Civ IV the one game in the series that'll make you guff up your lungs, in a way none of the others previously did!"
2K Games has announced Sid Meier's Civilization V for release on PC this autumn.
We popped over to Baltimore-based developer Firaxis recently to check on the game's progress and will have a full preview and interview to present in a few weeks.
In the meantime, you can check out the first Civilization V screenshots on Eurogamer now. What the hex.
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