Sid Meier's Civilization V

PC, MAC / Strategy / Release: Sep 21, 2010 / ESRB: E10+

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Civilization 5 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown get Complete Editions

Civilization 5 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown get Complete Editions

2K Games is working on a pair of acclaimed Firaxis compilations, one of which is making a sudden arrival tomorrow. A 'Complete Edition' of Civilization V, which will include the base game and all of its add-ons, will hit PC on February 5, while the Complete Edition of XCOM: Enemy Unknown (which includes the XCOM: Enemy Within expansion) will drop on March 4.

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Humble Sid Meier Bundle celebrates the Civilization creator

Humble Sid Meier Bundle celebrates the Civilization creator

2K Games has a lot of love for Sid Meier and they're proving it through a new collaboration with Humble Bundle. The latest Humble Bundle will collect some of Meier's best games, including the recently-released Sid Meier's Ace Patrol. But if you're feeling particularly charitable, you can also come away with Sid Meier's Civilization V and both the Gods and Kings and Brave New World expansions.

Read more: A celebration of Sid Meier »

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Civilization 5 'Scrambled' map packs announced

Civilization 5 'Scrambled' map packs announced

2K and Firaxis have decided that they like their civilizations like they like their eggs: scrambled. Civilization 5 is getting two new map packs with that theme for $4.99 apiece. The Scrambled Continents pack is available now, and the Scrambled Nations pack will come on November 5.

Read more: Inspired by "Scramble for Africa" scenario »

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Steam controller shown in action

Steam controller shown in action

We've seen the promo shots of the Steam controller and heard generally positive reactions from indie developers, but we haven't yet seen it in action. That changed today, with a demonstration video that shows the prototype being used to control games ranging from the generally console-friendly shooters to more PC-centric titles.

Watch: Civilization 5 and Papers Please »

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You can play Civilization 5 as Beavis & Butthead

You can play Civilization 5 as Beavis & Butthead

Mod support in PC games is common for adding things like user interface tweaks or weapons and armor. In a game like Civilization 5, which is all about the methodical building of society itself, mods can get a little wild. Like putting your nation-state in the hands of two cartoon idiots, for example.

Read more: Faster degradation, happy (dumb) citizens »

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Civilization V patch adding Pitboss mode

Civilization V patch adding Pitboss mode

Almost three years after launch, Civilization V's promised Pitboss multiplayer mode is finally arriving today in a new patch. The update also brings an observer mode, support for custom maps in multiplayer, AI tweaks, new terrain art, bug fixes, and more, making everything spick-and-span for the launch of the Brave New World expansion next week.

Read more: Standalone Pitboss server to follow later »

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Civilization 5 'Brave New World' launch trailer showcases human achievement

Civilization 5 'Brave New World' launch trailer showcases human achievement

Civilization 5's fast-coming Brave New World expansion focuses heavily on the late-game, according to the creators. A new launch trailer highlights that by showcasing several of the world's more recent events, like the advent of movies, tanks, airplanes, and rocket ships.

Watch: We humans are pretty great, right? »

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How Civilization 5 chose new cultures for Brave New World

How Civilization 5 chose new cultures for Brave New World

Civilization 5's next expansion, Brave New World, is introducing a host of new mechanics and cultures. But just what goes into picking which cultures make the proverbial cut?

Read more: Picking the number, then the cultures »

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Why Sid Meier's name is on his games

Why Sid Meier's name is on his games

Sid Meier's name is well known in gaming circles for the addicting "just one more turn" mentality associated with his strategy games. Of course, there is never any mistaking what his games are because his name is usually in the game's title.

It can't be because of ego, as colleagues say Meier is a very soft-spoken, unassuming man. "In the [13] years and all the people I've worked with at Firaxis," said designer Jake Solomon, "there has never been anyone who's had a personality issue with Sid, 'cause it's not possible. He's such a wonderful person."

So just how did it happen that the brilliant strategy designer's games get that title treatment? It started in Meier's days at MicroProse with partner Bill Stealey, as Meier was pitching the idea for a pirate game.

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Civilization V: Brave New World trailer highlights World Congress

Civilization V: Brave New World trailer highlights World Congress

While we were distracted gushing over horseback stealth and hair dragons last week during E3, 2K Games quietly released another Civilization V: Brave New World trailer. Now that we've had time to see it, hey, it's a short but interesting look at one of the expansion's big new features: the World Congress and its new diplomatic win.

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Civilization 5: Brave New World trailer shows off trade routes

Civilization 5: Brave New World trailer shows off trade routes

It's a testament to Civilization 5's thoughtful, historically-based gameplay that the addition of international trade routes is a major pillar of the upcoming Brave New World expansion. Firaxis has talked quite a bit about the new ideology and cultures, so it's time for trade to have its day in the sun.

Watch: Forge your own routes »

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Civilization 5: Brave New World trailer delves into new ideologies

Civilization 5: Brave New World trailer delves into new ideologies

The Civilization 5: Brave New World is bringing a new ideology system to the game, as well as adding some social policies. A new trailer for the expansion goes into a bit more detail on how these will make it easier to become ruler of the known world.

Watch: Aesthetics and Exploration policies »

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Civilization 5: Brave New World adding Indonesia, Morocco

Civilization 5: Brave New World adding Indonesia, Morocco

Firaxis has announced two more of the nine cultures being added to Civilization 5's Brave New World expansion. Indonesia and Morocco will join the set, joining Poland, Brazil, Assyria, Zulu, and Portugal, with two civilizations still remaining to be revealed.

Read more: Cultures' special features detailed »

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Civilization 5: Brave New World trailer highlights culture, tourism

Civilization 5: Brave New World trailer highlights culture, tourism

The Civilization 5: Brave New World expansion puts new focus on tourism and culture, including a new Cultural victory that lets you besiege other civs with just how cool you are with all the works of your new artists and composers. A new trailer goes into a bit more detail, including how the masterpieces will bring in the tourists.

Watch: Be the envy of other cultures »

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Civilization 5 'Brave New World' new cultures, ideology system detailed

Civilization 5 'Brave New World' new cultures, ideology system detailed

Firaxis is slowly unwrapping Civilization 5's next expansion, Brave New World, as we approach its July 9 release. Today the company revealed a large increase to the number of available civilizations, along with details on the new trade routes and ideology systems.

Read more: 43 civilizations, trade routes detailed »

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