Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution
is out in the PAL lands and reviews
on the "accessible," console-centric
interpretation of the epic franchise are coming in. The common thread running through many of the reviews (for better or worse) is that Revolution
isn't a console port of the PC's excellent Civilization IV
; a point the developers have been incessantly repeating
was first shown last year
. The Xbox 360, PS3 and DS versions of Civ Rev
will be available in North America July 8
- Xbox World 360 (85/100): "Away from the main single-player campaign you'll find a number of scenarios to tackle, there's the promise of a free downloadable 'game of the week' and the Live multiplayer options are comprehensive. While far from as deep as the PC games, Revolution is a fine achievement, extremely accessible and great fun to play."
- Eurogamer (80/100): "Unfortunately, I'd be lying, as the many punches Civ Rev pulls means its exhilaration is so often followed by slight dissatisfaction. An 8 may not be enough to convince cynical minds to suck it and see, which is a terrible shame. This slick new Civilization may be more reduction than Revolution, but it's easily one of the most distinctive games on 360 and PS3."
- NZGamer (75/100): "For new players, it may be a stepping stone to true greatness. Fans of the older Civ games may enjoy it for nostalgia. It may also serve as a 'nicotine patch' for megalomaniacs; a healthier alternative to wasting whole days taking over the world. The serious Civ fans, however, should keep to their PCs: this one isn't for them."