Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution for Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo DS - New Screenshots Here!

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2K Games is proud to announce that Sid Meier's Civilization® Revolution™, the latest entry in the award-winning Sid Meier’s Civilization® franchise, will be in stores beginning June 3, 2008. Developed internally at 2K’s world-renowned and award-winning Firaxis development studio, Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution will be available for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Nintendo DS™.

To celebrate this release date announcement, new screenshots are now available to Armchair Arcade members, below:

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Built from the ground up solely for console and handheld gamers, Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution features fast-paced, pick-up-and-play action involving strategic global domination and history's most intrepid leaders, as well as a highly competitive multi-player experience. Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution brings the renowned Civilization franchise to consoles for the first time, delivering the vast re-playability and unmatched addictive gameplay that has become synonymous with the works of Sid Meier. New graphical touches and a streamlined interface will transport the Civilization franchise to a level that fans have never seen before.

Obviously most of the above is Press Release-speak, but as a huge Civilization fan, I'm very much looking forward to finally kicking back on my sofa with a good console version of Civilization (the SNES and PS1 versions aren't bad, but can be sluggish, and I have yet to get the N-Gage version). I'll probably get both the 360 and DS versions (though maybe the latter first), though I'm not yet sold on the 3D map of the 360/PS3 versions...

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I never could get into CIV

I never could get into CIV much. Some of those screens look too cartoony for my taste

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I really loved Civ IV; that

I really loved Civ IV; that game truly was addictive as all get out. Can't *imagine* playing it with a controller, though. Good Lord. They must have substantially altered the gameplay to make it work without a mouse.

Wasn't one of the Civ (or was it a Sim game) one of the few titles that used the mouse on the SNES?

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There were only a handful of games that supported the first party mouse on the Super NES, Sega Genesis and PlayStation 1. I'd have to verify about Civ on the SNES, though it would be a logical choice.

As for the cartoony visuals, I think a consideration was made for playing on a TV from a distance. I still don't see how it will be playable even at ultra hi-def resolutions on the PS3 and 360 because it looks like it's difficult to make things out, which is of course a common problem with high detail strategy games. The DS version looks very playable because it retains the 2D map. We'll see. Unless there is a major flaw uncovered between now and the release, I"ll definitely be all over the DS version and at least give the demo a try on the 360. If the core mechanics of building a civilization to stand the test of time translates over in a modified console form - the first time that the formula has been modified when released on console - then we could be looking at something truly special. If not, well, there's always the amazing PC versions...



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The DS might actually be a

The DS might actually be a better choice--I can see how that stylus would work very well for this sort of game.

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The DS might actually be a better choice--I can see how that stylus would work very well for this sort of game.

I'm more concerned about perspective than translating mouse movements, though certainly that's a plus. The 2D perspective for usable maps/boards has always been my preferred viewing method. I even play electronic chess with the boring old 2D board simply because the 3D boards still don't give me what I consider the best view. The LucasArt's game, Wrath Unleashed, which was a modern reimagining of Archon for the PS2 and Xbox (and maybe PC), was RUINED because of an unclear 3D board. They could have very easily made a nice flat, 2D board and kept the combat elements 3D, but they just had to do it in 3D. While those Xbox 360 screenshots of Civ Revolution are quite beautiful (cartoony style or not), I'm just not sure how playable they are. Interface-wise, I'm confident it will be quite playable with a game-pad. Nevertheless, if most of the features are there and the hardware is capable of processing all that goes on in an hours-into-it Civ game, the DS could be the best console version.

By the way, the Wii version was scrapped because they couldn't make the 360/PS3 elements work properly on it. They said that they would need to make an optimized version specific to the Wii. I'm surprised they just didn't make an uprez'ed DS version, though I've found the Wii-mote a poor substitute for the the stylus, particularly in games like Cooking Mama and even Trauma Center, which I happen to own and enjoy on the Wii regardless.



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Civilization Revolution out today - Nintendo DS, PS3 & Xbox 360

I played and enjoyed the demo on the Xbox 360, but right now I had only pre-ordered the Nintendo DS version from Amazon, since I think it will be a more pleasant experience on that and I'll have more opportunity to play it.

Here is today's Press Release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2K Games Announces Sid Meier’s Civilization® Revolution™ Available Now

The industry’s leading strategy developer, Firaxis Games, revolutionizes global domination on current generation systems and handhelds

New York, NY – July 9, 2008 – 2K Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that Sid Meier’s Civilization® Revolution™ is now available worldwide for PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and in North America for Nintendo DS™. This is the first title in the award-winning Civilization® series designed and created specifically for current generation console and handheld systems. Developed by 2K’s renowned Firaxis Games studio, Civilization Revolution ushers forth a new generation of strategic global domination, streamlined for players covering a wide range of ages and skill levels.

“It’s really exciting to bring the Civilization series to the console and handheld market in a whole new way,” said Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis Games. “By starting the design from scratch, we were able to ensure Civilization Revolution has the fast paced aspect console gamers crave, while still delivering the strategic element fans of the series expect.”

In 1991, Sid Meier put computer gaming on the map when he delivered Civilization to the PC gaming world, launching the "God Game" genre and creating one of the most award-winning and addictive strategy series of all time. Built specifically for console and handheld systems, Civilization Revolution features the franchise’s fastest pick-up-and-play action to date and still honors the most beloved elements from the core series: strategic global reign and encounters with history’s most intrepid leaders. An intuitive tutorial has been designed to ease newcomers into the world of Civilization Revolution while varying difficulty levels are included that provide challenges to players of all skill levels. Civilization Revolution also takes advantage of the console architecture, providing a graphically and acoustically advanced experience that immerses players in the world of Civilization. Civilization Revolution for Nintendo DS delivers an experience that shares the same game core and features as its console counterparts

In the new streamlined and intuitive multiplayer component, players can log on to the PLAYSTATION®Network, Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network or Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection and challenge other fans worldwide to determine the greatest ruler. PLAYSTATION Network and Xbox Live users will also be able to download multiplayer maps and scenarios, and all three platforms support the Game of the Week online feature which provides new challenges every week after launch.

2K Games and Firaxis are proud to expand the Civilization tradition with Civilization Revolution which is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and older by the ESRB and is now available for the PLAYSTATION 3 system, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS.

For more information, log on to www.civilizationrevolution.com/

About Firaxis Games

Firaxis Games™ is one of the world’s premier game development studios, and home of legendary designer Sid Meier. Firaxis has developed some of the most successful and award-winning computer and video games on the market today including; 2005 PC Game of the Year - Sid Meier’s Civilization IV®, the expansions Civilization IV: Warlords®, and Civilization IV: Beyond The Sword™, the blockbuster Sid Meier’s Civilization® III series, Sid Meier’s Pirates!® (PC, Xbox® and PSP®), Sid Meier’s SimGolf™ and Sid Meier’s Railroads!™. Firaxis legacy titles include the Sid Meier's Civil War Series!™ (Gettysburg!, Antietam!, and South Mountain), and the Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri® series. In 2005, Firaxis Games was acquired by Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., joining its 2K publishing label. The company has just released Sid Meier’s Civilization® Revolution™ for console and handheld platforms.

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Civ Rev for iPhone; DS and Wii talk, etc.

They finally released (at least I wasn't aware of it) Civilization Revolution for the iPhone, and it's only $4.99, so I purchased it this morning. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to finish the sync, so I won't know how it is until I get home. This will join the Civ Rev's I have for my 360 and DSi, but of course you can never have too much Civ. I'm actually excited to get a "cell phone" version, as I've been wanting one since I've had smartphones for years. I wanted the Civ game for the N-Gage, but never got around to getting it, and the N-Gage QD was never really my cell phone anyway. I'll try to get that version eventually because it's supposed to be based off of Civ II.

I still find myself playing Baseball Stars 09 on the iPhone the most these days, followed by The Dark Spire on the DSi. I'm too time restricted for the short term to play much of anything else (though I did get a chance to test drive my copy of "Wii Sports Resort" and was not terribly impressed).

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