CivRev demo review: I'm feeling kissed by Firaxis
I bought Civ4 at release day. Game one took 10h the first day, game two took 10h the second day. Game three was splitted up on 2h each afternoon for a complete week. I never touched the game after that.
Today I've completed the demo for the 6th time. Hence I played this demo (!) twice as much as I ever played Civ4.
Why did I quit Civ4? Let me put it this way. I'm 30, have two children. I was an avid Civ & Civ2 player when I was a youngster. At that time of my youth, I had nothing better to do. I played on my brothers computer or at a friend every day after school. I really enjoyed every moment. But sadly I grow up. Today, I don't have 10h to spare so often. So I might get 3h on some weekdays when my fiance is at work and after my children was put to bed.
My guess is that many of the old fans is having the same dilemma as me. The fast pace of CivRev is just magnificent. The length of matches is just perfect to keep me interested. Firaxis also did a great job selecting what features to remove. Going for less micro-management but keeping the essential Civ (2?) gameplay is just brilliant. I don't feel like I'm missing something. 16 nations/leaders should also be enough to keep me interested for a long period. More nations would just give me a sad feeling that I would never have the time to play each nation to the extend that I know their strengths & weaknesses.
Graphics is what I expected, nice & detailed. The music will however be turned off after a few more games (but I do some on most games I play).
I'm feeling kissed by Firaxis. They seem to have created the game I have waited and dreamed about for so long. CivRev is just a big big present to the oldschool gamers. But I also get the feeling that CivRev will reach a complete new & younger audience. And I hope they enjoy it as much as I do.
I don't speak English natively, so please ignore all my language faults...