Civilization Revolution 2 brings with it a visual overhaul, new leaders and some new units, but ultimately, it’s largely the same game that suffers with the same issues of older Civ games.

There’s no denying that Civ Rev 2 is a much better looking game than its predecessor. Civ Rev was largely a simply-presented game in order to function on the devices available at the time. The sequel jumps to 3D, with a bunch of cool new animations and better looking terrain to make for a more engrossing experience. The only trouble is, having reviewed it on an iPad 2, I ran into a few crashes, with the game slowing to a crawl on occasion too. But for the most part, it worked fine.

Naturally, the flow of a game is much faster than traditional Civ, and with that the tropes of the series intensify. Civ Rev 2 is far too militaristic, with about 90 per cent of my playtime being at war with at least two nations - it’s pretty tricky trying to build cities and tech when constantly focussing on military units. It seems that, once again, increasing difficulty means increasing intensity and frequency of conflict. It also appears as if the AI has a tendency to gang up on the player, with a lack of on-screen notifications of battles between other nations.

Civ Rev fits the format it’s on perfectly, but because of its pugnacious style, feels as though it can only be approached in a certain way. Thankfully, playing as a warlord is fun, and you can still focus on achieving other victory methods than domination, but it would be nice to not feel forced to constantly negotiate the terms of battle with leaders every few turns.

Although, I don’t think going to war with Chairman Mao and Winston Churchill is a bad way to spend a train journey or two.

Game tested on an iPad 2.

7 / 10

  • Far prettier than predecessor.
  • Animations are cool to watch.
  • Far too militaristic.
  • Pacing and structural issues.

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Dravon

Hortiez, that comment hurt my brain.
Posted 06:32 on 07 July 2014
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Hortiez

Hello, I just jumped through hoops to sign up for this site just to ask you, when you were writing this review, did you even play both civ Rev one or 2 and did you ever play ANY other civ game before making a review on a iconic Name in games????? Wtf, same game better graphics? You nuts,?? It went from 1st gen iPhone game into a clone of the Xbox 360 game!!! Civ Rev on Xbox is one of the greatest multi-player strategy console game ever, now on ipad!?!? , easy money taken from my wallet. If your as starved as I am for a good RTS game which the iPad seems a perfect fit, If your in for a deep Civ game that's right there on your iPad,look no further for our game has arrived. But, online multilayer is really what made the game on the 360 legendary,lets pray and hope they deliver the multi-player soon, if so it's a 9-9.5 for an ios game. Seems like this reviewer knows not the other versions of the game nor I believe really went through Civ Rev 2 into depth.
Posted 22:42 on 06 July 2014

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Civilization Revolution 2
7
Out of 10
Civilization Revolution 2 - No boxshot available.
  • Far prettier than predecessor.
  • Animations are cool to watch.
  • Far too militaristic.
  • Pacing and structural issues.
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Release Date: 02/07/2014
Platform: iPhone
Developer: Firaxis Games
Publisher: 2K Games
Genre: Unknown
Rating: TBC
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