X360, PS3 Monday, June 9, 2008 | 5:58 PM

Images of Civilization Revolution

Images of Civilization Revolution

2K Games released a demo of Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution last week on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, while the game itself will be released on the 11th of July. I have been without a computer for a week and unable to do any gameplay videos of the demo, but here are at least some images from it.


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Commented on 2008-06-09 18:47:35
i HATE turn based games... but after this demo... i cant believe im about to say this....

I WANT IT!

I really despise the developers though... they put that turn limit at just the right place to piss ya off ... i mean right as its getting really good "you have 10 turns left" ... i've never screamed so much in my life and it did it to me 5 times LOL
Commented on 2008-06-09 18:51:57
Love these games, only games i buy now. RTS have so much replay value.
Commented on 2008-06-09 18:58:37
I played Civ 3 or something on the PC and gave up after 10 minutes because it was so complicated. But then I tried this demo on xbox and got hooked. The graphics style and control scheme just makes it so easy to get in to. And yeah I was mad when they told me I only have 10 turns left in the demo. Can't wait for this game.
Commented on 2008-06-09 19:06:54
Turn based strategy is a great genre, it's nice to see consoles getting some turn-based-love. I always thought these games would port better to consoles than RTS would anyway, since it's not nearly as manic in nature.. and here we have a game that's been specifically designed for the platform anyway, yet there are loads of RTS ports. Weird.
Commented on 2008-06-09 19:53:03 In reply to bakatrinh
Posted by bakatrinh
And yeah I was mad when they told me I only have 10 turns left in the demo. Can't wait for this game.
lol it wudnt be so bad if they had give u a countdown from when you start but its always happening at the least oportune moment.

This games going to be a lot bigger than people think... i have 3 people in my house that rockband is the only game they played (2 girls and 1 young kid) and they saw me playing this demo and instantly were hooked, the easy controls, nice stepped gameplay and graphics along with the whole history aspect was like an instant sell...

its like RISK with good graphics and plots
Commented on 2008-06-09 20:22:27
I think RTS is going to be the next FPS.

It offers perfect replay value and is totally under recognised. These "Doom Clones" have had a good run and some spectacular shows, but RTS currently offer something new and as people are discovering with this, something totally different and fun.

Halo Wars will offer an interesting side, while Civ offrs a different appeal. Basically, no 2 games have a basic linear forumla like FPS do. I cannot wait to see what happens in the future of this genre!

High Hopes (Y)

As for Civ 5, it is Civ IV but easier to be honest. Good job I like that fact :P Used to love controlling the worlds supply of oil and then not allowing anybody else the resource. Therefore, I would have access to all late-tech machines and everybody else would still be trying to prod me out of the sky with their spears :P
Commented on 2008-06-09 20:33:30 In reply to RazorbackVI
Posted by RazorbackVI
I think RTS is going to be the next FPS.

It offers perfect replay value and is totally under recognised. These "Doom Clones" have had a good run and some spectacular shows, but RTS currently offer something new and as people are discovering with this, something totally different and fun.

Halo Wars will offer an interesting side, while Civ offrs a different appeal. Basically, no 2 games have a basic linear forumla like FPS do. I cannot wait to see what happens in the future of this genre!

High Hopes (Y)

As for Civ 5, it is Civ IV but easier to be honest. Good job I like that fact :P Used to love controlling the worlds supply of oil and then not allowing anybody else the resource. Therefore, I would have access to all late-tech machines and everybody else would still be trying to prod me out of the sky with their spears :P
You do know that Civilization is a TBS and not an RTS?

TBS (Turn-Based Strategy) = You take turns.

RTS (Real-Time Strategy) = Everything happens in real time.

As for the linear nature of strategy games, many have argued that Strategy games are amongst the most linear of games, traditionally requiring a startup phase that doesn't have any real distinct/meaningful decisions within the first few minutes.

Take Warcraft 3 for example. Playing as orc, you're going to build the following:
Altar, Burrow, Barrrack, Burrow while getting 5 peons to be put on the gold mine and 3-6 peons to work on wood collection. You do this 99% of the time and it never changes, yet it takes up several minutes of game time each time. There's a lot of linear motions you have to walk through and only in more recent games like Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War and Company of Heroes has there been any real changes.
Commented on 2008-06-09 20:40:03
Fine strategy games. I just call them all RTS lol, really doesn't matter they all have the same idea really, management and destroy or create.

Also, I meant how FPS follow that overused structure. Story, give a mission, fight through enemies to objection. FPS do work very very well for multiplayer though, Strategy games are more at home in single player.
Commented on 2008-06-09 20:54:46
Well there are clear distinctions, right?

As a person who buys at least 5 strategy games a year, I can tell you that TBS is never as popular in multiplayer as RTS.

Looking at recent TBS games (such as Civ 4) we can see that waiting for your opponent to take a turn, especially if s/he has 5+ bases to manage and 5+ armies, could take a good 5 minutes of waiting in between each turn. You will probably not even be able to see all their movements, thus being fog of war'd out of the game and doing nothing for that timespan. This creates a huge problem in multiplayer because you're constantly asking people to wait (which is only compounded even further when you add more players). Only in Japanese SRPGs (such as Advanced Wars) where you're limited to very few moves on a very small map is it tolerable.

Whereas RTS has dominated the market in terms of multiplayer and provides players with quicker games and constant play.

While I think Civilization Revolution will be fun and great to play, I have huge doubts that it will revolutionize anything because of the fact that its Civ. It'll take time to wait for people (half or more of your time in the game will be spent waiting), multiplayer games will likely last at least 2 hours, going onto 5-10 hours possibly with more players.

If anything is going to persuade the mainstream to play strategy games, its going to be RTS where games will be on average of 10-15 mins.
Commented on 2008-06-09 22:06:31
I don't expect a revolution out of Civ Rev as far as popularity of the genre. I believe stuff like Halo Wars could push RTS way more on consoles. I don't see anything really topping FPS as a gamer genre yet, but RTS could move up a few steps.

As far as Civ Rev, I really like the few additions they've made to the game, the who army system and overrunning cities. I only ever set all my workers to automatic in Civ 4 as well. I also like little things how you get more out of taking a barbarian city now (info and gold). I worry that the pace is a little fast and the civilization evolutions aren't as pronounced as they could/should be.
Commented on 2008-06-09 22:49:20
demo is damn good
Commented on 2008-06-10 03:49:14
I need to try the demo, but strangely I just got Civ IV for the PC, lol. I always played Civ 3, but never got around to getting version IV. Oh well, I'll give the demo a try while I wait for Civ V, I just don't THINK this game will be anything close to the PC version.
Commented on 2008-06-10 10:00:30
I was surprised, I could never get into the Civ series for the PC. But this demo got me hooked!
Commented on 2008-06-10 12:26:03 In reply to twoism
I truly enjoyed demo, really great stuff. :)
Commented on 2008-06-10 12:35:13
This seems to be a fun game but it feels like a Civ4 lite or something but that doesn't mean it's a bad game. I have to see more about the DS version.
Commented on 2008-06-10 23:34:13 In reply to Isomac
Posted by Isomac
This seems to be a fun game but it feels like a Civ4 lite or something but that doesn't mean it's a bad game. I have to see more about the DS version.
I pretty much felt like I was playing an XBLA game. Not sure if I'd shell out the cost of a full game for this, especially as I'm fully expecting a load more nations and leaders to be added very shortly after it's released.

I'll definitely be getting it when it's a little cheaper though. And it's great to see at least some developers haven't forgotten about system link :)

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