Summary: I was a big fan of the PS3 version of the game as well as the PC games so I wanted a portable copy to play on the move. While the gameplay is very similar to the PS3 version, the graphics and feeling of immersion leave much to be desired. I didn't have overly high expectations since the DS doesn't have the same capabilities as the PS3 or a PC, but it does feel as if the game *could* be better.
Pretty decent, but compared to the old classics...
1 February 2009
Conclusion: The game, in all fairness, is pretty decent. It runs really well and is a pretty enjoyable romp. Unfortunately compared to any other of the classic civs, even the very first one, it's a substantially watered down edition, or "Civ Lite" as the previous review says. Kinda makes you wonder why they don't just port Civ1 or Civ2 to the handheld consoles, as they're more than capable of handling them.
Conclusion: I love games that Sid makes and this one is no exception. To be able to take civ where ever you go is fantastic. Where things are not so great are some of the features that have gone since Civ 4. For me the first gripe was that you can not disband units. And related to this if you have fortified your units in a city, you can't see whats there until you activate them. This really slows things down.