Civilization Revolution review

Come on down and join the revolution

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    No micromanagement

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    Surprising level of depth

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    Finally getting a nuke


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    Graphics won't blow you away

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    Fast pace hard to keep up with at times

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    PC Civ fans may frown at console tweaks

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When you bought your PlayStation 3 the chances are it wasn’t because you were dreaming of playing a game in which you built a garden of hanging vines to attract William Shakespeare to your city while Ghandi shook a stick at you in a fit of rage. The chances are even slimmer that you pictured yourself playing said game, bellowing your civilization to victory while trying to shove a sandal up Ghandi’s rear.

But that’s exactly what those clever chaps at Firaxis have done. They’ve taken a strategy game and managed to make it fun, by taking away those evil words that send shivers down the spines of anyone who’s played an RTS. There’s not the slightest whiff of micro-management, macro-management or any kind of grouping, which isn’t nearly as fun as it sounds.

Instead, the clutter has been brushed away and what’s left is a simple strategy game where the depth and interest build from trying to second guess your opponents rather than negotiating more menus thanyour local five star eatery.

The idea of Civilization Revolution is to usher your chosen nation to global dominance either through culture, finance, military force or the use of technology. Whether this means shoving tanks in the direction of your enemies or building up your own empire, it’s flexible enough to support your ideas and also makes it fun.

It’s a little fiddly and it’s still not the sexiest game you’ll ever play. Yet regardless of whatever background you come from, be it FPS, RPG, MMO or WTF, you’ll take to Civilization Revolution like you’ve been playing these damn things forever. That’s high praise. A strategy game that appeals to the masses is something akin to the holy grail for fans of the genre. All you need is a couple of hours in the company of Civ Rev to fall in love. Go on. We dare you.

Jun 16, 2008

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DescriptionSid Meier's Civilization Revolution offers a slightly simplified, but no less enthralling installment in one of the most well integrated and entertaining console strategy games yet.
Franchise nameCivilization
UK franchise nameCivilization
Platform"PS3","PSP","Xbox 360","DS","Wii"
US censor rating"Everyone 10+","Everyone 10+","Everyone 10+","Everyone 10+","Everyone 10+"
UK censor rating"12+","12+","12+","12+","12+"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)
Ian Dean

Imagine FX and Creative Bloq editor Ian Dean is an expert on all things digital arts. Formerly the editor of Official PlayStation Magazine, PLAY Magazine, 3D World, XMB, X360, and PlayStation World, he’s no stranger to gaming, either. He’ll happily debate you for hours over the virtues of Days Gone, then settle the argument on the pitch over a game of PES (pausing frequently while he cooks a roast dinner in the background). Just don’t call it eFootball, or it might bring tears to his eyes for the ISS glory days on PS1.