|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 youre fighting on a huge landmass or a string of islands. The gameplay remains fun, of course, but this is an issue thats 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 its nice to have a game that can easily be played in short sessions.
The other mild problem is the games visuals. Of course, DS graphics cant even be compared to those on the 360 or PS3. However, even by the DSs standards, Civilization Revolution looks a little ugly. This is again due to the fact that the gameplay real estate just isnt enough for a game of this type. Sprites look primitive and really basic; this is just an issue youll have to deal with for the DS version. If you can get over that, Civilization Revolution still has a lot to offer.
Even if youve 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 youll find yourself winning constantly against civilizations that dont even seem to put up a fight, or youll be pounded by nations controlled by brutally tough A.I. Theres no real in-between, which for most players is going to be a disappointment.
While its 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 dont have such a presence on the console versions of the game, but the DS iteration is still great. If youre hankering for some strategy fun on the go, theres no better game to buy than Civilization Revolution.
CCC Freelance Writer