Civilization Revolution Review
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System: X360, PS3, DS 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

A hallmark of the Civilization franchise has been the editing tools. Alas, players will not find an editor here. That means there will be no user-created mods - at least out of the box, that is. According to the Firaxis list of features, official mods will be available though, as Civ Rev includes a Play Scenario tab in the single-player menu. Plus, Firaxis will allow gamers to download new maps in the Game of the Week feature, play them, and then submit their scores to the leaderboards. These features, along with the stellar multiplayer options, will make Civ Rev a game you’ll be playing for a very long time to come.

Civilization Revolution screenshot

Ever since Civ III: Play the World, fans of the series have headed online and battled it out for hours on end with other civilization fanatics. Online play is tremendously challenging and rewarding, but also arduous in that it requires an almost unreasonable time commitment. That has been completely remedied in Civ Rev. Online play in this version allows up to four players to wage epic Civilization contests in a couple hours, tops! Plus, the ability to jaw with players in-game via voice chat and then switch to a private parlay make multiplayer battles both fun and strategically limitless. Moreover, technically there’s no lag, and hosts are able to make turns last as little as thirty seconds, which really puts players under the gun to make rapid decisions. All in all, the multiplayer experience in Civ Rev is reason enough for PC veterans and more casual console players alike to give this title a look.

The presentation of the game is very nice indeed. The visuals are lush and interesting, while the sounds are hilarious and engaging. The environments, unit sprites, animations, leaders, and advisors are all very well recreated and pop off the screen with vibrant colors. The game moves along at a fast clip, and the graphics nearly keep up with it. Unfortunately, you will notice some lag and shuddering when leaders and advisors pop in and out of view. However, this doesn’t substantively hamper gameplay, but it is a bit unpolished. As far as sounds are concerned, combat grunts, bombing runs, and the clever use of “Firax-lish” by the leaders and advisors are great. None of the in-game avatars actually speak coherently, but somehow the characteristics of their native tongue or features of their personalities come through (it’s a lot like The Sims that way). Despite how enjoyable this is initially, it can get pretty repetitive, as your domestic advisor just can’t get over saying “Hootoo!”

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When all is said and done, Civilization Revolution is an exquisite experience for strategy junkies. PC purists may turn up their noses at it, but I dare them to play through multiplayer with a pair of headsets on and not get giddy. It’s true, Civ Rev is not as deep as its PC counterparts; in fact, there are only five levels of difficulty (what happened to Sid difficulty?), and the maps can feel somewhat uninspired. Nevertheless, advancing through the four eras of history, developing your civilizations, dominating the battlefield, and setting off for Alpha Centauri is an experience that console owners simply should not miss!

By Jonathan Marx
CCC Editor / News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
The characters, combat sprites, and animations are quite nice, but the game does marginally suffer from framerate shuddering.
5.0
Control
Activating commands, reports, and other pertinent information have been masterfully translated to the console controller.
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The sounds are an absolute riot, but they can get quite repetitive.
4.5
Play Value
The strategic options are still myriad, multiplayer is a blast, and the prospect of additional content translates into big fun!
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Choose from 16 Civilizations throughout history (from Africa to Germany to America to China) to lead to victory.
  • Play as one of the world's most famous historical leaders (like Abe Lincoln, Otto von Bismarck, and Mao Tse Dong) and compete against the other leaders as you strive to create your own history in this epic game. Each leader will have 4 special abilities giving their Civ unique advantages throughout the ages.
  • Accessible maps and streamlined time scale will deliver quicker games and constant action.
  • Triple your strength by combining up to three units into one powerful army and destroy your enemies. When your units win tough battles, they will become veterans and then elites. You can then choose from a list of powerful upgrades that will give elite units even more strength to dominate in war.
  • CIVILOPEDIA: An invaluable in-game multi-media resource that informs and entertains players with authentic videos, pictures and background information about the real world elements in Civilization.
  • Up to 4 players can battle as teams, head to head, or have a complete free-for-all online. Auto-matching, ranked games, leaderboards, and achievements make the online play more versatile and fun than any previous version of Civilization.
  • Each week a new Firaxis created map will become available to players for download.
  • Unlockables, scenarios, mods and additional maps offer infinite replayability.
  • Integrated Video and Voice Chat: When playing friends (or foes) in multi-player matches interact with them in a whole new way! Watch them smile as you offer your assistance, and then watch that smile fade away as your armies march into their capital.


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