So Steam is having a huge sale on all the Civs(Less than 24hrs left). I haven't really played any games in the series, since the hundreds of hours I poured into 3 and the many I poured into Revolution. So I grabbed 5 for the paltry sum of $7.50 (couldn't afford the gold atm) and wow. Already lost 8 hours to the game. We had a very lazy Sunday yesterday. My kids just played and watched TV and I was constantly going back forth, between them and my computer. It was fantastic. A love affair has been re-kindled.
First thing I noticed upon booting it up, was how gorgeous the game was. I spent a good few minutes zooming in and out. Watching birds chase schools of fish, just under the water's surface, seeing dolphins chase boats, the land itself. One of the prettiest strategy games I've ever played and it's two years old. I adore that they use hexes now instead of squares too. I never had a problem with the squares in past titles, but as someone who grew up playing war games of the board variety, the hexes make me smile. Just seems neater and nicer to me. Anyways, moving on to the part I don't really like. They sure dumbed down/removed espionage, diplomacy and religion, huh? I hear Gods and Kings puts them back in, but again, too broke for that $5 splurge (I WILL TRADE SOMEONE SOME GAMES IF THEY WANT TO HOOK ME UP BEFORE THE SALE ENDS THOUGH!). It's a disappointing thing, but not a deal breaker. For the first few hours it was actually nice, since I'd been away from the series for so long. It helped ease me back in. Still the vanilla is a great game, just a little sad about that.
Now, onto my favorite feature and one I know pissed a lot of folks off. 1 unit per tile (1UPT). I much prefer the 1UPT system. To me it becomes less about stacking op units and rushing and becomes more about positioning and tactics. For the first time in a Civ game, I am really thinking hard about the battles. Just as much as the planning and building. I'm in strategy heaven. I have to say that 5 is quickly becoming my favorite in the series. At this point at least. Let's see if I feel the same way in another 50 hours. Hopefully I'll have Gods & Kings by then and the answer will be a yes. Now excuse me please, Munich done fucked up. After them, I'm getting those God damn Dutch!
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I'm coming for you Shade. Your little country too. Teach you to remain neutral during WWI.