Friday, October 15, 2010

Too many trips to the well, or am I getting old?

A couple of weeks ago, I bought the fifth installment of the Sid Meier Civilization series. I have played all four of the previous incarnations of Civilization, and I enjoyed them all. They are the type of game I like. My reflexes aren't good enough for fighting games or first-person shooters. Some real-time strategy games are OK, but at the higher levels I find I just can't keep clicking fast enough.

So the city builder and strategy genres are more my speed.

However, I have only spent a couple of hours with Civ 5. I really don't know what the problem is. The graphics are good, the tweaks in gameplay from the previous versions seem good in theory and it is not fundamentally different at its core than the previous versions. It isn't fun.

I don't know what to make of it. Personally, I reckon that the issue lies with me rather than the game. A couple hours into the game, I could not see myself sitting there four hours hence. It felt like busy work. Now to some degree the Civ games become busy work if you micromanage your civilization, but it was not like the feeling I got straight out of the box with Civ 5. Maybe I've outgrown the Civ franchise, or maybe the franchise itself is not different enough of interesting enough to hold my interest any more.

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