Civilization 5 review.

What can I say about Civ 5?  If crack was a video game, it would be Civ 5!  Yup… that’s about it…

Ok ok… Civ 5 is just one of those awesome strategy games that you can’t put down.  Why?  Because you build your own empire and take out every other country!  Mwahahahaha!!!  That’s why!  It seems so simple, but that’s the basics of it and because of that simple structure, they’ve been able to make a whole lot of awesome editions.  The graphics are pretty good… good enough that low settings make my laptop cry a bit.  So I guess if you don’t have a decent setup, you’ll be cursing the lag.  Since my last Civ game was like 2 or 3, the difficulty of it has been majorly ramped up!  See, you can’t just attack other units or cities, you need to set up a strategic pattern of ranged and infantry units to bombard and storm the cities, or else you’ll get squashed instantly.  For me, once you get the stealth bomber, it’s game over!  Make a half dozen and you can take out a city every turn.  So probably the majority of the game’s difficulty will be trying to get to that point.

This is way different than my days in Civ 2… man I loved that game!  Cause you could not only build nukes by the dozen, but launch them into space and rain down hell from above!  (right, did I mention I was insane before?)  Of course, there would be fallout which would make black tiles you couldn’t use any more… and there was the risk of global warming which would cause the oceans to rise by 1 tile…  still… my tactic was pretty effective!  >)

Then again, my major problem with the game has always been with the inequality in combat.  See, when you have an F-16 and you attack a Roman Legionnaire, you’d think that it would be a little one sided… but when your F-16 dies because the swordsman had lots of experience, upgrades, and was from a city with all those barracks and stuff, it gets a bit frustrating.  I’m not sure if the pilots are flying too close to the ground or what, but they shouldn’t take damage.  At all!  Luckily, they’ve fixed this quite a bit in the newest incarnation of the game, but it seems that they can still take a few pot shots for a few hit points.  Ah well…  What can ya do?

Sooooo yeah… that’s Civ 5 for ya.  Great game if you have a few hours you don’t mind disappearing from your day.  Go get it at STEAM!  And please, keep an eye out for their sales!  I got this for something ridiculous, like 65% off or so.  You can also try out the demo too!

EDIT - looks like my caching system wasn’t set up right for my site, so it wouldn’t display the new comic… sigh… so I’ve fiddled around with a few things and we’ll see how it does.  The new method “should” refresh the cache every hour and clear it out every half day, but if that fails, I’ll have to manually clear it so you can see new pages… least, until I find a better system that will do scheduled caches.  If anyone knows of a wordpress caching system that can schedule, let me know!

Ok gang!
A few new things around here!  I’ve decided to go all out and cache the Coffin Comics site as well.  This will, in theory, make the site load MUCH faster and put a ton less strain on the server.  The problem is… it will also kill the polls.  Now, I’m not sure yet on how to deal with the old ones… I could probably post just the results and close them, or remake them from scratch… but I’ll be using a new polling system that’s compatible with the caching system.  If you find the new one doing anything weird, let me know!  And if you notice anything not working right anywhere else on the site, let me know that too.

I’ve got a big ol COSTUME CONTEST over at What’s Shakin’!!!  Go over to my site there for details… but the basics are: take a pic of you looking like one of my characters from WS for Halloween or whatever and send in the pics by Nov 7th for a chance win an AWESOME prize!  First prize is a real life coffin “shaker”!!!  3 more runners up will be chosen to get a choice of 2 buttons from my shop.  Wicked eh?  So don your finest purple robe or heavily cleaved blue dress and submit! (not sure I used that word right)  More details to come a bit closer to the deadline.