Sid Meier's Civilization is not only one of
the best games in the top 50 of all video games, it's popularity is
unparalleled and it has received a variety of face lifts since its
creation in 1991. Although the title has experienced some limelight in
the console world, Civilization Revolution is the penultimate
Civilization experience on any gaming console that takes elements from
the PC version and positively modifies it for the XBox 360 and the
For those unaware for
the Civilization phenomena, the series is basically an empire-building
game that requires the player to create their empire from the ground up
that includes technologies, economy and defense to name a few of the
attributes required to maintain.
As briefly mentioned, the original game
was a PC title that had the user using the keyboard and mouse to control
their vast empires, however Civilization Revolution takes a much more
subtle approach and uses the wireless XBox 360 controller which
perfectly allows you to control the game from the comfort of your lounge.
Although the title does
have a rather high learning curve, the tutorials and manual will assist
in the process, however if you are a fan of the previous titles, than
the player should have no problems in mastering the title.
Even though it's
reminiscent of the PC version, the graphics have had a major facelift
that make the title an impressive looking game which also contains your
traditional advisors, albeit basic and comedic in appearance, assist you in your empire
building. The Civiliopedia has returned to the console version which
gives the player access to a plethora of game information from
strategies to units and can be accessed at any point in the game.
The control system of the XBox 360 is surprisingly quite impressive and
uses a combination of most buttons with the analog sticks to control
your gaming experience. Although it may feel a little complex, the
developers have successfully ported the franchise to the console world
and maneuvering your units or creating new buildings is quite a simple
process. For example, the analog stick is used to move your units,
whereas the D-pad gives instant access to units and commands.
Revolution contains all the Civilization antics from the previous games
as you can modify your empires cultural, economic or military power in
the regions. The gameplay is quite varied and diverse and will have you
coming back to this game quite often as you attempt to make diplomatic
allies and double dealings with other countries.
system of the game may seem a little simplistic when compared to the PC
versions, however they are still quite engaging and nothing is more
satisfying than seeing your armies march across the globe as you enforce
your powers or protect your country from invading enemies such as Gandhi
The only downside of the title is that you cannot continue
after you have achieved victory which was a great feature in the PC
version as you could continue playing, even when objectives have been
completed. Maybe in the next version?
Graphically, the title
is quite colourful and in some aspects a little Spartan in a "cartoony"
type of way that suits the genre perfectly and looks fabulous
on a high definition TV.
Even though the graphics have been simplified to
suit the console world, the details are still there and seeing your
cities develop is quite an enjoyable experience. The title contains
some great cutscenes and special effects that go hand-in-hand with the
gameplay. The soundtrack is also quite ambient and suits the subtly of
the game and match that with a variety of sound effects and it's almost
as if you are part of this new empire.
In conclusion, Civilization Revolution is a rather immersive an
addictive title that perfectly suits the console world and offers a
decent strategic game with all the intricacies of the original series.
Good gameplay, impressive gameplay and overall an enjoyable title that
is perfect for the gamer looking for something a little different than
your stock standard first person shooter or sports games.