Sid Meier’s Civilization V is a turn-based strategy game that simulates the creation and expansion of an empire.
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Story & Themes
In Civilization V, players are given the opportunity to run a country from the earliest days of its formation to the postmodern age. Players begin by choosing a world leader to play as and selecting that leader's country as their own. The fledgling civilization is given a single city and players are free to develop their country from there. As the game progresses, players can explore new lands, claim territory, and encounter other civilizations that they may choose to befriend, ignore, or antagonize. Ultimately, players can choose what kind of country they'd like to control, be it peace-loving, militaristic, innovative, or otherwise. The possibilities are virtually endless, allowing for many different and unique playthroughs of the game.
The game includes multiple difficulty settings, the highest of which is not for the faint of heart. That being said, there are plenty of tips and tutorials to guide players through every aspect of the gameplay mechanics.
Violence Players can lead their country into war or skirmishes with antagonistic forces. Troops will battle one another and may occasionally cry out in pain, but no blood is ever drawn.
Strong Language The word "hell" appears once in the text.
Substance Use Players can encounter references to the opium drug trade in a Civilopedia entry.
The game can be played online with others in multiplayer mode.
- Which country did you choose to play as? Why?
- What areas or fields of knowledge do you like your country to focus on? Are you concerned with the activity of the other countries or simply your own country's well-being?
- Has Civilization V taught you anything about history or empires?