Growing up as an only child, i never had anyone to play barbies with. My dad definitely wasn’t interested and instead i was dragged into the world of his xbox original. Over the course of the next few years the only games i ever played were shooters. COD, HALO, Battlefield, i’ve been there, and let’s be honest they are not that hard, (even for a girl).
I would never consider myself to be an elite gamer, let alone an enthusiast but i have managed to broaden my horizon past first person shooters, to Bioshock, Skyrim, Tomb Raider and Fallout. (I never thought it was possible for one game to give such a sense of euphoria, but that’s for another blog). Anyway, over the last few years i’ve been a gaming fan, but console only, and by that i mean i will never betray microsoft. Even if the xbox one failed compared to the 360, i am a loyal customer. Never have i ever thought of divulging into the computer gaming world, because quite frankly, it all feels there is too much going on, and i definitely don’t feel like my brain would be able to keep up with it all. But recently i was introduced into a game like no other. CIV 5.
Imagine an over complicated sims game, where rather than controlling people, you have to control a country. Starting from the early ages of barbarians. Every move has to be planned and every resource stretched. Well i have never played a game where so much brain power was required, and any games that i did need to think off my feet a bit, i probably got stuck and got someone else to do the mission. But you can’t do that with CIV.
It’s easy to pick up, and my gaming method is to build my country and protect or defend until the end. I don’t intend to win but i don’t want to lose, i’m still new to this so you can’t expect much. However the slight issue is that a CIV games takes a bloody long time and i am talking a good day or so to complete. I tend to lose interest after 4 hours and let others invade my country but in the meantime,the below points have helped me maintain my world.
If you are new to CIV and generally not that experienced in gaming, i recommend the following: explore before placing your city. If you end up next to barbarian encampments at the start you will spend more time fighting them off, then actually working on your country. Trust me i made that mistake, 30 rounds later, and 5 barbarian encampments destroyed and i finally started working on my land. It was a complete joke of a game, and i am a sore loser, so it’s fair to say i quit the game after accepting i would never catch up. Make sure you check nearby for any as they can be hidden under the cloud and not yet revealed. Secondly, having a strong army is important, but don’t feel the need to enhance each group of warriors every chance you get. A strong army costs money and if you have a big army which is upgraded this does all add up, eventually turning your money and happiness counter negative. Finally, make friends with other countries. This sets you up for better trade routes and therefore better items, and in the imminent chance of war, you will have support from your new pals.
All of the above i didn’t follow and it led to mistakes, cities were burnt down, workers were stolen and i was an easy attack. I can’t blame them, it was a pathetic attempt at trying to run a country. It’s fair to say i went almost bankrupt just from enhancing all my army, but at the end of the day i come away from each game learning new tactics and ways of working alongside my neighbours. CIV 5 is a fun and very competitive game especially when in a LAN night and you can secretly send spies to your friends who you know full well are plotting world domination, and destroy them just as they are at their strongest. I am yet to get the hang of the science side of the game or the social policies but it is still addicting either way and i do recommend it to those who want to broaden their gaming experience. Just watch out for those pesky barbarian encampments.
If you do have any tips or advice on how i can end the suffering and actually win for a change it would be much appreciated, just drop a comment!