Civilization is the flagship strategy game series and each new offering improves on its predecessor. World domination is at the game's heart, but it's the means, rather than the end, that matters. In Civilization IV you choose the time, the place and the culture you want to lead. If Napoleon is your guy, then rule as him and attempt to create some revisionist history. Whether you decide on a straight-ahead, military divide-and-conquer tactic, or a more passive and insidious one such as focusing on culture and religion or research and development, the goal remains the same. Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek's Spock) narrates, adding an air of legitimacy. Civilization IV is sophisticated, subtle and definitely not suitable for the novice gamer.
category: best of 2005