Civilization Revolution Review
Xbox 360 | PS3 | DS
Civilization Revolution box art
System: DS, PS3, X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Firaxis 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: 2K Games 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: July 8, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1, 2-4 Online 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Civilization Revolution does have its problems, but for the most part these issues are the fault of the system, not the game itself. For example, because the DS screen is quite small compared to a computer monitor, the maps are smaller and more cramped. This results in earlier conflicts in the game and also makes games significantly shorter. The game feels scaled back and you no longer feel you’re fighting on a huge landmass or a string of islands. The gameplay remains fun, of course, but this is an issue that’s exclusive to the DS version of the game. On the other hand, in many ways the shorter games is a good thing. After all, the DS really is an on-the-go system, so it’s nice to have a game that can easily be played in short sessions.

Civilization Revolution screenshot

The other mild problem is the game’s visuals. Of course, DS graphics can’t even be compared to those on the 360 or PS3. However, even by the DS’s standards, Civilization Revolution looks a little ugly. This is again due to the fact that the gameplay real estate just isn’t enough for a game of this type. Sprites look primitive and really basic; this is just an issue you’ll have to deal with for the DS version. If you can get over that, Civilization Revolution still has a lot to offer.

Even if you’ve never played a Civilization title before, Civilization Revolution is still a great strategy game. The learning curve is quite smooth, as the game features a number of tutorials for veterans to refresh their skills and for newcomers to get the hang of the game. There are also five different difficulty modes, which is a nice touch. However, even with all these difficulties, the game seems unbalanced in terms of challenge. Either you’ll find yourself winning constantly against civilizations that don’t even seem to put up a fight, or you’ll be pounded by nations controlled by brutally tough A.I. There’s no real in-between, which for most players is going to be a disappointment.

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While it’s by no means the best Civ game out there, Civilization Revolution for the DS is still a solid addition to the franchise. The fact that you can have fun with this game on your own terms and on your own time is great, but the title does this without sacrificing any of the classic Civilization gameplay so many people have come to know and love. Its major shortcomings don’t have such a presence on the console versions of the game, but the DS iteration is still great. If you’re hankering for some strategy fun on the go, there’s no better game to buy than Civilization Revolution.

By Joseph Catalanotto
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.4
Graphics
They’re pretty muddy and ugly and don’t show off the best the DS has to offer, but they get the job done.
4.3
Control
Standard button and stylus control are both used and are intuitive and easy to get the hang of.
3.1
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The game’s music is nothing special and doesn’t particularly enhance the game, but it’s not “bad.”
4.7

Play Value
Tons of civilizations, randomly generated maps, and local multiplayer ensure that you’ll be having fun with this title for a long time to come.

4.2
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Take control of one of countless civilizations and lead it to victory.
  • Unique DS controls make conquering the world easier than ever.
  • A unique combination of management and combat make Civilization Revolution as addictive as ever.
  • Five difficulty levels allow anybody -- Civilization veteran and newcomer alike -- to have fun with this game.


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