Last Friday for our Play & Learn we wanted to play Star Trek Online … but, unfortunately, I am inadequate at remembering passwords two minutes after I create them. So, we played Civilization V instead.
Here’s our video of the Retrospective and Play & Learn:
While Katey took over observer mode, Austin and I played. An hour of game time flew by as we established our empires, conquered brutal bandits, and waged war on Germans who didn’t want to be our friend.
Here are some pros we found for the game:
- Animals move like real animals! We noticed that whales jumped from the surface of oceans and horses seemed to do horse-like things, too. These small details make the game play more realistic and fun.
- Viewer mode. The observer mode that Katey was on is similar to a feature we hope to implement in our own game. Like our Colony Cam, this position allows the person to look at the game play in a new and unique way.
- Automatically takes you to the action. This feature helps prioritize the big battles that occur during game play.
- The mini-map is clickable. Katey could click on where she wanted to go using the mini-map. (However, she had mentioned that clicking on the users’ names would be more helpful.)
- Enlarged images. These large-scaled images help players understand what to do. A huge group of cattle or giant glittering minerals give players a hint at what’s supposed to take place.
- Option to change pace. This is nice in that various personalities or gamers can play at their own speed.
And here are ALL of the cons we came up with:
- It can get dull if pacing is too slow. Sometimes I found myself clicking “Next Turn” just because …
- Observer can get lost. If you’re the observer, you won’t really know what’s going on with your friends. No info is available on them, and you won’t be able to see political relations. (But this may be a good feature because you certainly don’t want a spy helping out an opponent.)
Have you played Civilization V? What did you think?
Remember to join us next time when we do another Play & Learn on Twitch!