BY DEREMY UNDERHILL
Last week, Civilization 5 – the latest version of Sid Meier’s video game franchise – hit store shelves. Like many of my “Civver” brethren, I had waited in line since 5 am on Sept. 20 in anticipation of its midnight release that evening. It was a little creepy because most of the other people standing outside my local Best Buy with me were weirdo super-fans dressed up like leaders from the game, like Napoleon, Elizabeth I and Gandhi. Of course I didn’t do anything that crazy, besides put on a Marilyn Monroe wig and pretend to be George Washington.
For the most part, Civ 5 is getting solid reviews. Which makes sense, because any video game featuring big giant death robots has to score at least 9 out of 10. But there have been some criticisms, such the advanced graphics requirements, and the relative lack of gratuitous nudity (except for the Greeks’ unlockable “Great Bathhouse” wonder, but even then, the asses are pixelated).
Like most past versions of the game, Civ 5 will likely feature an expansion pack in the coming months to make it even bad-assier, including new military units, new world wonders and new civilizations. Accordingly, I have a few suggestions for Sid to consider for the update – five new civilizations that will make Civ 5 wackier than ever!
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