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Civilization V is a turn based strategy game. I really think that this one is maybe one of the best strategy games ever and some people even play the old Civilizations. As far as the strategy goes, being a turn based game might feel different than real-time to the player and I personally think it is better that way, but increases the control of the players to the programmer, making a better optimized strategy game.
The gameplay is actually fun, but at first is hard to learn. I thought that it wasn't going to be like that, since it was turn based and you had to wait a lot. You really have to wait, but you will enjoyed every single turn. You can upgrade a lot of technology to make better armies, civilization, culture and much more. On top of that, you have to unlock policies and that will help you build faster, have more combat abilities, earn more coins or raise better diplomacy when you are against others.
When talking about the graphics, I was really impressed. Using DirectX 11 in a turn based strategy game is really cool and clearly unbeatable to its genre. Also, I would recommend using a graphics card that supports it, but in the mean time you can play it even with DirectX 9, but there is no guarantee that it is compatible with the graphics card. There have been some complaints about older graphics cards, but I don't know what the true problem is, since I didn't notice any problem. I truly like the idea of going backwards and supporting older cards, but this doesn't mean that this choice is going to work.
The optimization is one of the best of all times. I was terrified at the encyclopedia the game had. It was extremely large and had every single word you might search for. There was a lot to learn there and you might need some weeks to read it all, if you really want to (or maybe months!). The players had not a single bug and you could move them manually, or automatically depending on what you like to do. I didn't notice any bugs, with the exception of the main window getting darker while opening it again with the keyboard. There might be other hidden stuff, but I didn't notice anything else.
The idea is quite clear, it is the exact history as in real life and what happened is the same. Depending on which mode you are playing, you will normally play against various enemies and watch different stories. There are also some difficulties where you can actually make a tougher AI. Talking about artificial intelligence, it might be stupid or wise, that depends on the difficulty you choose, so choose wisely. I didn't exactly like the tiles idea, neither the turn based stuff, only because you will have to wait a lot each turn, until the enemy finishes. Also, depending on the difficulty, you will find yourself waiting more on tougher stages and waiting less when the game its easier.
The sound effects where pretty neat. There are some weird sounds though which don't have anything to do with the situation, but in overall it was good. You can change the sound in the settings menu in case you want to do some tweaks. Also, the weird sounds, might come because of the integrated sound card I have. Having an external sound card will have its own priority for this kind of game.
Overall the game was fun to play. I got distracted playing it more than I had recorder and this is really good. Since I like strategy games, it was quite obvious though. Thanks for reading guys and don't forget to post your own ideas!
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