Yes, Firaxis. Yes. YESSSSSSS!
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How much do you love Civilization? If the answer is LOTS, then the latest Humble Bundle might interest you, because it's all about Sid Meier, and there's a hefty bunch of swagalicious Civilization goodness to be had right there.
Here's what throwing down any amount of cash will net you: Sid Meier's Civilization III Complete, Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition, Sid Meier's Ace Patrol, Sid Meier's Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies and Sid Meier's Railroads!
But if you pay over the average (currently $6.80 / ~£4.17 at the time of writing), you'll nab yourself Civ V and the Gods and Kings DLC on the cheap too. Pay over $15 and you'll unlock Civilization V: Brave New World. Seriously, what are you waiting for? #yolo
As per usual, you can choose how to split your donation between devs, charity (this time its Action Against Hunger), and Humble Bundle themselves.
Honourable Mentions: Civilization (actually, anything Sid Meier's ever done), Puzzle Quest, Command & Conquer, Halo, Animal Crossing, League of Legends, Solitaire, Angry Birds
Sometimes the most addictive games are the ones you don't really understand. Why am I following the instructions of a talking unicorn? Why have I been flinging balls at coloured pegs for the last few hours? More to the point... why can't I stop?!
Of course, Peggle's addictive charm is simple: it's basic score attack bliss. Besting your friends, those fiendish challenges, constantly praying for a lucky bounce as Extreme Fever grips us, Ode To Joy kicks in, and our screens are filled with rainbows.
Well this one needs no explanation. Year on year, every November without fail, Call of Duty emerges as the biggest event of any entertainment industry's calendar. Criticise its lack of core innovation if you must, but millions upon millions of fans who keep coming back for more year on year can't be wrong. It's safe to rag on Activision's cash cow because it's the biggest, most bombastic slice of online entertainment. But there's a reason for that: we all love it. There are better FPS titles out there, for sure; but few offer the easily-accessible, arms-wide open plethora of online options that COD does.Click here to read more...
Having sampled Civilization V's latest expansion pack in our Brave New World hands-on preview, we were keen to explore some of the deeper and persistent gameplay systems that Firaxis' latest offering brings to the experience. To this end, we sat down with producer Dennis Shirk to discuss the totally revamped Culture Victory, archaeology, tourism, new Civs and the future of the Civilization franchise.
Jonathan Lester (Dealspwn): Thanks for talking to us, Dennis. In an age where "dumbing down" and "shooter fatigue" are fast becoming buzzwords, why do you think that Civilization is so enduring?
Dennis Shirk (Firaxis): That's a tough one. I think it has to do with Sid [Meier]'s original design, you know, as Mel Brooks would say: "it's good to be the king." Letting players have all the decision-making throughout the game - they make all of the decisions in terms of what happens to their people and their civilizations, from the stone age to the space age - it empowers the player. You don't just play through and then the story's done, you go back and play a different story that unfolds in a completely different way.
You can do it over and over again. There's just limitless amounts of options for players in Civ V, or any Civilization. I think that's the genius of his foundation: there's a limitless amounts of possibilities in terms of what you can do.
Dealspwn: Let's get down to business: Brave New World. Your latest DLC pack totally revamps the culture system. Could you tell us about that?
Dennis Shirk: Sure! We basically changed the way the Culture Victory works. Before, you had a really exciting beginning of the game, you were building your wonders etc. But you got to a point in the middle of the game where you're just hitting next turn, you're just trying to get the broadcast towers that's going to make your culture blast. But you're just hitting next turn and trying to fill up your five policy trees, and it just wasn't as interesting or compelling as the other victories in the game.Click here to read more...
We're into the final week of Direct2Drive's spring fiesta of sales, with another barrage of choice games and a discount downloadable rate. It must be said, I rather think that the sales peaked around week 2 but, whilst there's nothing here to maybe rival snapping up GTA IV for under a fiver, there are a couple of sparkling price drops that may well interest the discerning gamer.
As with the previous three weeks, there are another 11 featured deals, which we've listed below; be sure to hit the link above, though, to have a look at all of the sub-£10 offers they've got going on.
In all honesty, this list is not quite as impressive as Direct2Drive might like to believe. Mass Effect, for example, can be bought as a double separately for under this price (considering that you can nab ME2 for £12.99 elsewhere). The Saboteur's price is the cheapest around at the moment, but only by about 3p. No, the real bargains here come at the bottom end, and Sid Meier's fans will have a bit of a field day. Civilization 4 and Pirates! are two absolutely cracking games, and you won't find them cheaper anywhere else for a couple of quid.
I didn't really get into the whole Civilization thing until the release of Civilization IV and found it to be surprisingly addictive and good fun before checking out its predecessors. There was a massive deal of depth to it, and although it took me a little while to get to grips with the game mechanics, I picked things up pretty quickly. Now, Sid Meier has brought us an even more streamlined and accessible Civ game to try and spread his empire-building...erm...empire to a wider audience, and it's pretty darn good.
If you've always had a hankering for global domination, you might be interested to know that you can pick up a copy of Civilization Revolution for just £9.73 from The Hut, saving you over £5 on the nearest competitor (Sendit - £14.89).
It's worth noting that Revolution was built from the ground up for the console audience, and as such offers a somewhat simplified take on the Civ series although the basics are instantly recognisable. As usual, there are four different ways for your burgeoning empire to achieve victory: by beating up everyone else with your armies, by investing in your boffins to achieve scientific superiority, by engaging in fierce financial fighting and buying your way to victory or by making sure that yours is the cultural centre of known world.
Revolution is by far the most welcoming instalment of the series so far, with plenty of virtual advisors to help steer newbies through the strategic wastelands and the myriad of options available to the player from the start. The lack of a mouse isn't as painfully apparent in this game as with other console strategies either, with navigation and exploration working fairly well with the dual-stick system, and the games have been cut down in terms of campaign completion time to accommodate the short attention span of us console gamers.
Unfortunately, this means that the most compelling and addictive aspects of Civilization Revolution, and this is just as addictive as any other game in the series even without defensive alliances, aren't quite realised as well as they should be. The biggest flaw with this game is that it's all over far too quickly. You'll keep playing, though, just to do it all over again with a different nation, in a different way as if Risk was laced with crack.
Thanks to Jerec at HUKD
Sid Meiers’ games have been around for a long time and have evolved and improved over the many years. They have grown from being small management games to huge, complex and diverse games that provide hours upon hours of gameplay. And now Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Complete Edition provides the original and two expansion packs for any fan of real time strategy to take control of.
Play are currently offering the cheapest price for Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Complete Edition @ £4.99. The next best price stands at £6.99 from Amazon, which means you’ll be saving yourself a couple of quid. Plus it’s free delivery when you buy with Play.
You start at the dawn of man, just mere cavemen who have just discovered fire and communicate with grunts. You live in caves, hunt, forage, discover fire and reproduce. It’s up to you to get from this primitive and rather embarrassing state, to the super power of the world, which has space technology and nukes at your disposal.
It’s your job to discover technology and keep your people safe from other tribes. You take on one of history’s greatest leaders and battle, negotiate and explore your way through the world. You can focus on economic power and peace - or my favourite - military might, where by you crush your opponents and take their lands for yourself. Any path is possible just as long as you continue to expand and improve your tribe.
When you first enter Sid Meier's Civilization you may be intimidated by the steep learning curve. There is so much to take in and do, but thankfully there is a comprehensive tutorial. It helps a great deal for those people playing it for the first time and experienced players can choose to skip it.
The musical score is great and the graphics are good. The expansion packs include The Warlords pack, which include new ways to win by military power, six new civilizations, ten new leaders and eight additional scenarios. Beyond The Sword pack includes, ten new civilizations, sixteen new leaders, eleven new scenarios and much more
So with this lot, you are certainly going to be kept busy up until Christmas, and at £4.99 you are definitely getting value for money!
Thanks to diGriz from HotUKDeals!
The current selection of games expires today so it might be a good idea to get in their quick if any of the following titles interest you.
The biggest game currently going is Civilization 4 which, at just £5, gives you a great saving considering the game would usually set you back £19.95. Veteran Civilization players will already know that this is one dangerously addictive franchise, and Civilization IV continues the general trend of obsessive, career and family wrecking gameplay. This is the biggest title presently on offer, but the other six include:
As already stated, all titles are just £5 each, and as you might have guessed, the trend for this week (actually last week September 7th – 14th) is Ubisort and strategy game titles. However, each week the genre will vary, and although no specific future titles have been announced, the games will fall under these various categories:
Civilisation is one of those games which, although it starts off as a casual fling, can quickly escalate into a serious obsession. Indeed, as you carefully hone your fledging state, from a sparse village into a full blown superpower (like Mr Miyagi tending one of his bonsai trees), all that meticulous micro-management will have you neglecting personal hygiene, alienating wives and girlfriends, and calling in sick for work because you just couldn’t stop playing it the night before. I know sounds great doesn’t it!
If they do end up stamping warning signs on games for being dangerously addictive (just so you know which are the best), Civilisation would certainly be first in line (apart from maybe WOW). However, buying the console version isn’t quite such a risky investment as the PC edition. The game has been streamlined which - although it might not be to the liking of hardcore strategy gamers - is good news for those looking for something a bit lighter. Currently the best price going for a copy of Sid Miers Civilisation Revolution is from Grainger games at £9.99 – nearly £4 cheaper than the next best price.
As you might expect, the changes Civilization has undergone to make it more compatible with console gamers won't please die hard fans. There are many who feel that the game has been watered down, which, in many ways it has. The whole thing is much shorter – it only takes about 6 hours to play through an entire game -, there are less victory conditions, and not quite as much complexity. These changes might bring a few Civilization nerds close to tears, but overall, most console gamers looking for a quick fix and less of a full on strategy game experience, will be pleased by the compromises.
Thanks to Wizzkid from Hotukdeals.
Build an empire and conquer all others, by picking up Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution on the Xbox 360 for only £9.95 at TheGamingCollection!
According to a price-comparison, this deal for Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution is the cheapest you can find! A port of the popular PC strategy game, Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution received a favourable reception upon release, earning an 84/100 on MetaCritic. Critics were impressed with the fluid controls, translated from the more complex PC layout, and liked the stylised visuals and faster, if less tactical, gameplay.
In Civilization: Revolution, players choose from between 16 world-wide civilizations, from the Aztecs to the Americans, each with their own Leader and unique troops. Genghis Khan will lead the Mongolians into battle, and the Japanese may employ their specialised Samurai units. Each civilization advances, both culturally and technologically, until the player has achieved a Victory.
And a Victory can be won in a number of different ways. A Domination Victory means you have captured every rival civilizations' capital cities. A Culture Victory means you have assembled 20 great persons, wonders and/or converted cities, in order to build the United Nations Wonder. Economic Victories concern amassing 20,000 gold and erecting the World Bank Wonder, whereas a Technological Victory demands you expand your reach from the globe, to the galaxy and beyond!
Civilization: Revolution also features an online multiplayer mode, where up to four players can compete either head-to-head or pair up. Voice and video chat heightens the social aspect of matches, which many critics have cited as slow and cumbersome, although a timer can be included to help speed up matters!