Mohandas Gandhi is an asshole.
Who would have thought that a man known for peace would go to war because I claimed some land close to his? Is a batch of iron really worth the death and tax on two nations, Gandhi?
Well, even if historically inaccurate (Oda Nobunaga did not, in fact, drop an atomic bomb on Alexander the Great’s empire), Civilization V encompasses the life and possible death of your chosen civilization. The fight for land and resources can reach intense climaxes, whether you’re fighting with tanks or sword-and-board medieval knights. Even vying for diplomatic control or racing for the space age can wind up in atomic bombs being dropped and armies amassing on boarders. Each game is different every time.
Some fans of building their own civilization maintain that 2010′s Civilization V is a step back from Civilization IV, but you may find the hexagonal map shape and slightly streamlined gameplay more accessible than the games that came before.
It’s just a shame that murdering Gandhi and his war mongering people can’t be shared with friends. Well, you can share genocide (or one of several other less exciting victory options) with a friend, but you can’t save the online game. With the birth of a civilization starting before the common era and ending with laser robots, each game can take—understandably—hours.
But that minor misstep doesn’t make Civilization V any less addictive. If you’ll excuse me, then, Genghis Khan and I have to go destroy India.