It's fairly obvious which Civ
game the gaming press thinks is the best. A simple Gamerankings.com or Metacritic search will answer that.
I want to know which game you personally feel is the best, and which game you think the general fandom likes best.
I personally like Civilization IV
the best, although that's only because it's the Civ game I played the most. I started with Civ II after I discovered that it had come with my mother's old Windows 95 PC (this was a few years after Civ III was released), so I've played that game a good number of times, and from what I understand, that one's the fandom's favorite.
I pirated Civ III & IV and played them (Don't kill me! I deleted them later out of guilt and eventually bought them on Steam, so all's forgiven, right?).
I played a few turns of the first game on DosBox but lost interest, considering the fact that it lacks all the improvements of the later games.
I've also heard a lot of hate for Civ V. I'd like to know your thoughts on that.
For the record, I'm also counting Civilization Revolution
and Alpha Centauri
Any how, here's my ranking (which is incomplete since I haven't played all the games enough to fully compare them to one another).
- Civilization IV: It just seems to be the most refined in the series to me.
- Alpha Centauri: The whole "design your own unit" thing is very interesting, and I do kind of prefer the whole sci-fi setting to the admittedly boring history lesson thing the main games have got going on. Even better, it's also intelligent sci-fi that isn't dictated by Rule of Cool like so many films and video games nowadays. The factions stand out more, it's more exotic, and I can build cities on the ocean!
- Civilization III: Once again, I like the improvements.
- Civilization II: Ah, this game seems to be the Ensemble Darkhorse of the fandom. Of course, when I used to play this game, I didn't really know what to do, so I'll have to revisit it to give it a better judgment.
- Civilization Revolution: Bought it, played halfway through the tutorial... lost interest. Why would I play a console version of a game I already own on the PC? It was simply too childish and simple.
- Civilization: Only played a few turns before I lost interest for aforementioned reasons. Also, I like the computer telling me where a good place to found a city is, because I suck at reading and evaluating the terrain.
- Civilization V: Haven't played it. My cousin gave me a choice between this and StarCraft II for Christmas. I chose StarCraft because I was really curious about what the fuck Jim Raynor has been up to for the past twelve years. Judging from how the tame the Fan Backlash for Wings of Liberty was compared to that of Civ V, I'm going to assume I made the right choice. Also might of had something to do with the fact that everybody waited more than a decade for StarCraft II, compared to the meager four years waited for Civilization V.
edited 3rd Apr '11 4:15:48 PM by RL_Nice
A fistful of me.