How accessible is this game for newcomers of the genre?

#1 Posted by essd0g (59 posts) -

So I've always admired these types of games from afar, particularly this series, but always felt intimidated by the interface and the level of control you're expected to exercise in order to be successful. I've read that this game is much more accessible than past entries so I'm thinking of giving this one a try. Do you recommend this entry in the series for someone who has never played a Civilization game or anything really similar to it? If not, what games do you recommend (it doesn't have to be a Civilization game)?

#2 Edited by eroticfishcake (7782 posts) -
@essd0g: While Civ4 is my favourite of the series (if you don't include Alpha Centauri), Civ5 is the most accessible of the lot due to streamlining of the game's mechanics as well as a cleaner, smarter interface.

In other words, very. In fact, it's the most accessible of any the 4X games.
#3 Posted by AngryRedPlumber (214 posts) -

I was a newcomer to the series and I didn't have any trouble getting accustomed to things. My brief review of the game actually touches on this topic. Reading that might help you out, so I hope it is alright that I plug that here.

#4 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6078 posts) -

It's definitely accessible, and the difficulty can be adjusted and tinkered with as you like in order to help slowly immerse you into the game.  It's really the best 4X game for a newcomer out there, even more so than Civ Revolution.  Give it a shot!

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#5 Posted by essd0g (59 posts) -

So I guess my natural follow-up question would be can I run this on my Macbook Pro?

2.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM

It's also worth noting that I primarily game on consoles so I'm not the most literate at deciphering system specs and knowing how to tinker with settings to get games to run smoothly.

#6 Edited by Sanity (1891 posts) -
@essd0g said:

So I guess my natural follow-up question would be can I run this on my Macbook Pro?2.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAMIntel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAMIt's also worth noting that I primarily game on consoles so I'm not the most literate at deciphering system specs and knowing how to tinker with settings to get games to run smoothly.

It should run but not sure how well, civ 5 as long as its not crawling at 5 fps its playable as its turn based but theres a demo on steam, download that and try it out.

Your graphics card is the only thing im worried about as its a onboard card and may not work well with it.
#7 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

Play it on easy, and it's on retard mode.  You'll be fine.

#8 Posted by admachina (188 posts) -

came into Civ 5 as a newcomer and i picked it up fine.  should run fine, graphics card only real issue if anything

#9 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Very, its pretty easy for new comers...unlike Hearts of Iron III...fml. 

#10 Posted by mracoon (4952 posts) -

Civ 5 is the most accessible game in the series.

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#11 Posted by CountMacula (234 posts) -

Civ 5 isthe first 4x game that I've played, it's very well designed for someone who has never played previous iterations before. Highly recommended.

#12 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

it tied me to a chair and fucked me


that's how accessible it is
#13 Posted by Red12b (9074 posts) -

If you know how to use a mouse, you know how to play the game.

#14 Posted by Kyreo (4600 posts) -
@mracoon said:

Civ 5 is the most accessible game in the series.

@Ahmad_Metallic said:
it tied me to a chair and fucked me

that's how accessible it is
@Red12b said:

If you know how to use a mouse, you know how to play the game.

These.  The game is easy and accessible but it WILL get you addicted.  It's like heroine.
#15 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
@Kyreo:  actually i was saying that.. it's not accessible at all ;p
#16 Posted by MistaSparkle (2148 posts) -

It's extremely accessible, and I'm a dumbass. You should play it.

#17 Posted by sickVisionz (1268 posts) -

It's very accessible, especially if you turn on all of the tutorial stuff for your first game.  You will be guided through the early stages and told why you should be doing certain things.

#18 Posted by Wuddel (2079 posts) -

@essd0g said:

So I guess my natural follow-up question would be can I run this on my Macbook Pro?2.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAMIntel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAMIt's also worth noting that I primarily game on consoles so I'm not the most literate at deciphering system specs and knowing how to tinker with settings to get games to run smoothly.

Well, I got the bit more amped up 15" model, but you still will be fine. You can always play this in the (board game like) strategic view. Which is what I do, because it is super fast and the notebooks fans don't even run at full speed.

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