Summary: I have loved, and played all of the civilizations since being 8 years old playing Civ 1 on my dads crappy old pc. Civ 3 was historically my favourite, and thought 4 was ok. There are various changes to Civilization 5, some of which are revolutionary, and this is why many people are shouting from the roof tops. I read one review that said: NO religion, NO great people... etc...
Summary: I bought this game from Steam (as it was on offer), and have purchased 3 different copies of it (mainly for multiplayer). I mostly play the Mac version, which is identical to the PC version, except that you normally have to wait a bit longer for updates and the like. There are a lot of negative reviews of this game on Amazon, so thought I'd add my thoughts on it. Yes - it's different from some of the older Civ games but in a good way!
Summary: Though the steam thing is annoying, but most games now do something similar (even on ps3 games / xbox games [though I hope you don't have an Xbox, LOL]. But this game is brilliant, and I can't understand why it has had such bad reviews on this site. A step away from purely 'who has the larger army', after switching to a mac, it was the only game I got that was on my PC too.
Summary: There's a lot of die-hard fans all complaining about the lack of complexity in the recent releases. I've been playing since CIV2 in 1996 and actually welcome the simplicity introduced in revolutions (xbox360) and civ 5 (mac), its even got the wifey interested and with 3 screaming kids I don't need anymore headaches associated with micro management. So why the 1 Star Rating? Its a terrible mac port by Aspyr, I've got the latest MacBook Pro and its simply unplayable.
Summary: I love this game. Many people are complaining about the dumbing down of the francise but I prefer the game with much of the micromanagement stripped out. I haven't played the game too much yet, but it's looking good. One tip though - Do NOT buy the Mac version of this software. The game requires STEAM to activate (which is a brilliant service, but that for elsewhere). When you put in the serial code for the PC version in Steam it will unlock both the PC and Mac versions.
Summary: For those of you that have played Civilization IV please don't bother wasting your money on this very bad successor! The depth and complex engine of IV has been replaced by a basic and completey inferior phoney! For those of you that have not yet played a Civilization game, don't buy this one because it is truly very bad, but buy the best version yet called Civilization IV Complete. Also, what I found on Civ-5 is that around year 2000 the game constantly crashed!
Summary: Wow a chick writing a review for CIV 5!!!! So will be clear in a few words. The guys are right to complain about the lack of some cool features of the past versions, like trading maps, techs etc. To me the worst of all is the inability to stack units! It's a nightmare. However, I still love this game and still spend hours on it. Me and hubby seat besides each other with the two macs and have fun together. IT is still very worthy!
Summary: First of all: I'm a big fan of Civilization and have been since the first version. All I have to say is that Civilization V is so slow that it ruins my game experience. For reference my computer is a Mac Book Pro i7 with 4 GB RAM. IMHO It really shouldn't be a problem to run a game like this. I have tried to lower _all_ video options to the minimum but it doesn't help much.
Summary: All I can possibly say is that I should have heeded the warnings. This game is atrocious and i have been a fan of Civ for years. I can not fathom as to why they would change almost every enjoyable aspect of the previous Civ's to create this monstrous, cumbersome game. An incredible waste of money and time. AVOID!!!!!