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Old 25th Oct 2005, 14:27   #1
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Old 25th Oct 2005, 15:05   #2
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Firaxis promise that this will be the most accessible Civ yet.
If that means dumbed down so the mentally-highly-average can play soldiers, it loses the point. Civ 2 was the version, get to tanks first and then conquer the world.

Better graphics != Better game
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Old 25th Oct 2005, 15:10   #3
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Its a common trend. They say its accessable, that means they want more profits so have slashed the intelligence and dedication requirements in favour of simplicity and easy rewards. The worlds turning into an FPS
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Old 25th Oct 2005, 15:33   #4
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Looks nice, but still not nice enough imo. They could easily implement some nice water effects with dx9 etc
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Old 25th Oct 2005, 16:16   #5
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i remember playing civ on my amiga 500 for hours on end. It is truely one of the greatest game francises of all time.
I can wait for this to hit the shelves...
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Wow -

Too bad my pregnant fiance has a problem with me spending 20+ hours at a sitting playing video games..... She actually wants me to interact with her and help clean the house and such....

When was the last time I played civ? 94?
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Old 25th Oct 2005, 18:49   #7
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Looks nice, but still not nice enough imo. They could easily implement some nice water effects with dx9 etc
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If you want to move to the most hardcore level, Firaxis are releasing the SDK for the game to would-be modders. This should mean that gamers can do pretty much anything with the game, short of changing the graphics engine and the network code.
Yeah, they could've done it themselves, but the games open for heavy customization

Either way, I want, now!
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Might be worth a play, dunno. Civ2 was indeed an excellent game. It doesn't look like it'll rape my computer, but then again [insert phrase of choice for good computer to counteract previous comment] so I'll take some extra graphics for a lower framerate. And in any case, it's hardly an FPS so it doesn't need 30+fps at all times. Even Chaos Theory would let me get away with 15-20 on occasion, as it's more stealthy than go around and kill everyone.
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YEAH!! I've been playing Civ2 on my Playstation for 4 years now! Time to upgrade! *does happy dance*
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you can actualy endure civ on a playstation? Iv played starcraft on an n64, that was hell but wow.

RTS and the like do not mix with consoles

I found civ 3 slightly boring on the PC. not excited, but I admit it looks good
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Yeah, they could've done it themselves, but the games open for heavy customization

Either way, I want, now!
Not good enough imo. It's all well and good releasing an SDK to let others do the work for you :/ But if i spend my hard earned wonger on a game i want it to do what it should do, not let others make it instead. Anyway, it says you cant screw with the engine, an i doubt the engine supports some hardcore DX9 functions.
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Old 27th Oct 2005, 01:36   #12
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you can actualy endure civ on a playstation?
Yeah, Civilization 2 on a playstation 1 wasn't great, but it was livable. The worst part was the theme music (duh du du du du duuuhh, do do do do dooo...). That almost drove me nuts.
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Old 27th Oct 2005, 12:08   #13
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have had this on preorder since like August.. well looking forward to it lol.

hoping their idea of a "quick game" really is just a few hours rather than the days spent on all the others..
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looks interesting - I have been wanting to find a new game which isn't yet another FPS...

PS - Typo page 2 para 2: "...This is your standard map editing fayre, wi... That should be 'fare' I believe. (fayre is psuedo-archaic)
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Looks nice, but still not nice enough imo. They could easily implement some nice water effects with dx9 etc
if by nice you mean 'crappy' then yes
Ground Control 2 looks better than that and its a few years old now
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Ohhhhh lala. I first played CIV on an AT IIRC. Can't wait as this game is truly addictive. It's even got warning signs on the box saying it is addictive.
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Changing to new Civic forms will have a dramatic effect on the character and success of your civilization. You'll be able to boost or cut productivity, wealth, and happiness, make choices to increase/decrease the spread of religion, and even affect your ability to produce and maintain a large standing army."


Alpha centauri anyone? Been there done that, but it's a dang good idea and leads to some interesting social engineering. Barbaric, tree hugging and warmongering? Or maybe a free market supported by a massive criminal organisation? (INSERT SOCIAL SATIRE HERE)
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cant wait to be frank, was playing civ3 only yesterday.....and now today...and probably tomorrow....dammit help me!
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Well It looks interesting and yeah I started playin Civ way back on an Amiga 1000 too, So I can hardly wait, But I will as I have other interests that come first right now. I just love the blue emoticons here.
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I'd be surprised if the game play stands up to Civilization 2. Civ 3 was gay, all the culture bull **** made it impossible to be a war mongering maniac. I hate getting cheaped out by AI players that can build units twice as fast, and end up winning on sheer mass alone, and not any actual strategy. Beef up the strategy of the enemies, allow more war mongering and you've got yourself a game. In Civ 2 all that mattered was expand as fast as you can and tech hard, while taking over a few smaller civilizations and you would have yourself an empire in no-time. In Civ 3 if you expanded to fast you ended up with WAY to many problems.
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