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Civilization V Official Strategy Guide Paperback – Sep 10 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: BradyGames (Sept. 10 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744012457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744012453
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #442,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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BradyGames, an imprint of DK and a division of Penguin Random House Inc., is the world’s leading publisher of strategy content for PC and console video games. BradyGames understands what gamers—both casual and hardcore—want and need from strategy guides. Every guide features in-depth content, detailed screen captures, quick-reference tips, and professional strategy. Prima Games is also a leader in the digital strategy realm, offering interactive maps, streaming video, searchable online guides and apps, and a full website at primagames.com.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e882384) out of 5 stars 39 reviews
136 of 139 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e694e34) out of 5 stars Basically a printed civilopedia, not worth $1. Oct. 1 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is basically a rewrite of the included (free) civilopedia which comes with the game. It describes all the items and empires in the game, along with basic game strategy-- all of which is included with the game already. Maybe you might want a printed civilopedia, rather than viewing in-game, and then, maybe you could find a use for this. If you're looking for a guide on how to actually play better, or you know, STRATEGY, look elsewhere, like on forums or whatever, because this won't tell you anything, in a game that is RIPE for help-- with lots of obvious questions that remained unanswered after reading this book.

It's like they didn't even play the game, just looked at the civilopedia and a thesaurus, and wrote this book.

Boo. Save your $.
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e69809c) out of 5 stars Not Really a "Guide..." Oct. 10 2010
By KamikazeKirin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reviewer Cory pretty much summed up everything I would have pointed out: It's like having a colorful, printed version of everything already mentioned in-game. Would have been nice to see some actual strategy included in this book, e.g. what Civs/buildings that will yield your desired victory, strategies for certain maps-types, how to fix your tactical blunders without having to start a new game, etc.

I know the only way to be good at a game like this is to become a better tactician through extended thought/practice--something just reading a guide can't give you--but this book is still a big disappointment. :\
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Sebastien - Published on Amazon.com
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Product is completely useless. It is basically the manual that should have been included in the game and contains information that you can figure out on your own playing the game in the first 4 hours.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e698480) out of 5 stars First Civ strategy guide that got it right. Nov. 5 2010
By Cruizer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have played all five plus versions of Civilization (including Alpha Centauri, Alien Crossfire, Colonization, several different versions of Civilization II, including one involving dinosaurs, Civ III Play the World & Conquests, Civ IV Warlords & Beyond the Sword and the disaster known as Civilization: Call to Power). I have read the strategy guides for all five versions of Civilization (Civilization, Civ II, Civ III, Civ IV and Civ V). This one is the first one that really analyzes the different civilizations and provides real insight into how to play, or defend against each. The other four only provided basic strategy and no real insight on how to improve from being good to being great.

The book starts out by explaining most of the options one has to choose before starting the game. Then it explains the basic mechanics of how to play the game. The book also explains the differences between Civ IV and Civ V. Next it give a very good description of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the basic Civilizations (the book does not mention the Mongolians or the Babylonians). Next comes the strengths and weaknesses of each military unit. Then it does the same for the buildings, Wonders of the World, National Wonders, projects, science (tech tree), and the land (tiles, resources and improvements). It then goes into the more advanced concepts, such as how and when to expand, maintaining happiness, specialists, great people, economics, culture, policies, golden ages, diplomacy, the art of war ...

I have enjoyed reading the book and I highly recommend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e698354) out of 5 stars Had a lot of basics, but didn't expand on things as much as it should have Oct. 17 2011
By MoonX - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Well I bought this for my husband so I'm just passing on what he's telling me. This guide is probably good for a new player who has never played the game before. It has a lot of very basic information but doesn't expand much further than the basics which is unfortunate because the guide is presented as containing this expansive information. i mean after all, the reason you're buying a strategy guide is to learn things, say 'strategies", outside of the basics that you can figure out with a couple hours of game play. Would only recommend this for brand new players. Players who are more experienced with the basics of this game will not find this guide useful.