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Sid Meier's Civilization IV

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Firaxis

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'Sid Meier's Civilization V' Free To Play On Steam This Weekend

by Rainier on June 6, 2013 @ 11:53 p.m. PDT

Sid Meier's Civilization IV is a bold step forward for the franchise, with spectacular new 3D graphics and all-new single and multiplayer content. Civilization IV will also set a new standard for user-modification, allowing gamers to create their own add-ons using the standard Python and XML scripting languages.

Civilization V takes this definitive strategy game series in new directions with the introduction of hexagon tiles allowing for deeper strategy, more realistic gameplay and stunning organic landscapes for players to explore as they expand their empire. The brand new engine orchestrates a spectacular visual experience that brings players closer to the Civ experience than ever, featuring fully animated leaders interacting with players from a screen-filling diplomatic scene and speaking in their native language for the first time. Wars between empires feel massive as armies dominate the landscape, and combat is more exciting and intense than ever before. The addition of ranged bombardment allows players to fire weapons from behind the front lines, challenging players to develop clever new strategies to guarantee victory on the battlefield. In addition to the new gameplay features debuting in Civilization V, an extensive suite of community, modding and multiplayer elements will also make an appearance.

Sid Meier's Civilization V is free to play on Steam starting today until Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 1:00PM PDT. In addition, as part of the celebration of the upcoming release of the second massive expansion pack, Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World, the entire Civilization V franchise will be 75% off from participating digital partners (Steam, Amazon.com, GameStop.com, Gamefly and Newegg.com) until Monday, June 10, 2013 at 10:00AM PDT.

Players who participate in the free to play weekend on Steam will have until 10:00AM PDT on Monday, June 10, 2013 to purchase Civilization V at 75% off and keep their progress of the game intact.

Additionally, Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World can be pre-ordered starting today at 10:00AM PDT. By pre-ordering Brave New World from participating digital partners (Steam, Amazon.com, GameStop.com, Gamefly and Newegg.com) before the game’s release on July 9, 2013 in North America and July 12, 2013 internationally, fans will receive 10% off on their purchase of the title.

Key Features:

  • Believable World: More than just a strategy game -- the expanded visuals and immersive audio invite would-be kings to take up the reigns of power and forge a mighty empire.  Civilization V offers a limitless variety of vast, realistic and diverse landscapes for players to explore, battle over and claim as their own.
  • Inviting Presentation: An intuitive interface eases both new players and Civ veterans into the game. Guided by a set of trusted advisers who will explain game functionality and provide counsel for significant decisions, even first-time players will be confident in the choices they make.
  • Huge Battles: Combat is more exciting and engaging than ever before. Wars between empires feel massive with armies spreading across the landscape. The addition of ranged bombardment allows players to fire weapons from behind the front lines, challenging players to develop clever new strategies to guarantee victory on the battlefield.
  • Live History:  Write your own epic story each time you play! Choose one of eighteen historical civilizations to lead from the stone-age to the space age on your quest to build the world’s most powerful empire.
  • Improved Diplomacy: Negotiate with some of history’s most cunning rulers, each with a well-crafted plan for victory. Successful diplomacy will depend on players carefully managing relationships with other leaders, trading items and land, plying them with gold, and deciding if they are friend or foe. City States will present a new diplomatic battleground on which the major powers of the world will vie for supremacy.
  • In-Game Community Hub: Compete with Civ players from all over the globe via the Internet and Play by Email, or compete locally in Hotseat and LAN matches, offering endless ways to rule the world. The game itself now serves as the hub of community activity, featuring the ability to share scenarios, compare scores, brag about achievements and visit one of the thriving Civ fansites without leaving the game. It’s now easier than ever for players to become involved in the global Civ Community.
  • Modability: With unprecedented modding tools, players will have unlimited options for modifying Civilization V any way they like.

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