Wednesday, March 31, 2010

WAA - Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution

I was out of town last weekend, so posting has been sparse. But the gaming has still been going strong, as evidenced by my KICKASS new Gamerscore. Six digits? Oh hell yeah!

This week's WAA honor the finest iteration of the long-revered Civilization series to ever grace a console, Civilization Revolution!

The "One With Combat"Award: "Napalm in the Morning"
Take your first Warrior unit, explore the map, find a barbarian hut, and attack it. Presto…Achievement!

The "Mile High Club" Award: "That We May Live in Peace"
You have to beat the game before 1000AD on King difficulty or higher. This one is quite tricky, and pretty much requires a Domination victory (defeat all other Civs). I suggest using a military based Civilization that peaks early (Mongols or Aztecs) and pumping out military units as fast as you can. If you're lucky, you'll overwhelm a couple nearby competitors before they can get their defenses together. Then focus all your energies on building a massive army and unleash your horde!

The "Seriously..." Award: "Here’s Looking at You Kid"
For this one, you need to unlock every Great Person (famous people from history), which is annoying because there’s a lot of them and they appear pretty much randomly. You’ll get many of them in your first few games, but there will often be a straggler or two that never seems to show up for you. Try to concentrate on Culture as much as possible because it gives you more Great People and improves your chances of getting whoever you're missing.

The "Little Rocket Man" Award: "Absolute Power is Kind of Neat"
Win the game on King level or higher without changing government once in the game. Okay, so I’m a dictator. But I’m a BENEVOLANT dictator!

The Scientist Gone Gamer Award: "A Great Wind is Blowing"
If Russia’s great leader had actually looked like that, they would have called her “Catherine the Hottie”.

Achievement Set Rating - 4
The leaders aside, most of the icons are pretty crappy. Besides that, there's way too much emphasis on beating the game with all the different Civilizations and not enough on thinking up creative victory conditions. It's not a terrible set but it could have been much better.

Achievement Difficulty Rating - 3
Most of the Achievements can be earned on the lowest difficulty settings, although there are definitely a few tricky ones hidden among the others. You'll likely be searching for a specific Great Person to fill your roster for far longer than you'd prefer.


  1. Congratulations on the 100K gamer score; your achievements just hit a new tax bracket. I really enjoyed Civ Revolutions, but I agree with you that some of the achievements are just test of one's resolve, patience and luck. I personally had more trouble with "Curse of the Drinking Class" than the "That We May Live in Peace" achievement. But each gamer has his own cross to bear. Keep up the good work and I'll see you at 200K.

  2. The one that gave me fits was the Achievement for getting all the Great People. There was one guy that just WOULD NOT show up.