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The 100 Greatest Games | 5 | Sid Meier�s Civilization
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The 100 Greatest Games | 5 | Sid Meier�s Civilization

YEAR: 2005     FORMAT: PC

The 100 Greatest Games | 5 | Sid Meier�s Civilization


It's testament to the core values of Civ that, even though Sid Meier's original was released back in 1991, the gameplay has remained broadly unchanged ever since. The formula's been tweaked (Spearmen are now far less likely to fight off Sherman Tanks, for example) but the basic premise, which allows you to build a civilization from the stone age up to the space age, crushing or befriending everyone who crosses your path, is as compelling now as it was 18 years ago. Civ 4 and its various add-ons are certainly the pinnacle of the franchise and an essential purchase for anyone not yet initiated, but it was the original that took strategy gaming to a whole new level and the one we salute here.

Memorable for...
Diplomatic double-crossing. There's nothing quite like signing a peace accord with the French and then sacking their capital when they least expect it. If they didn't think anything was amiss with the 10,000 angry swordsmen massing outside Paris then we're saying they had it coming.

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