Ranking the Civilization Games from Best to Worst

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Sid Meier’s Civilization was a game that started a revolution. Its formula of empire building, research, war and diplomacy kept gamers hooked for hours, at the expense of their social lives. The games that followed were just as good (or just as bad) when it came to making gamers keep playing into the wee hours.

And since these games are such classics of the strategy genre, everyone has their favourite and any argument about which is the best or worst could turn into a nasty affair. So without any offensive intent, here’s a list of the Civilization games, ranked from best to worst.

1. Civilization VI (2016)

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Civilization VI has the best-looking leaders of any Civ game to date, and plays great to boot too.

The latest iteration of the legendary Civilization series is certainly a superb game, as Civilization VI took everything that made earlier entries great to deliver a fantastic strategy experience. But perhaps the most striking feature of this latest Civilization outing is the fact that city buildings are not stacked in one city square but spread out in “district” tiles, meaning that players can specialize their cities by building a science district and construct buildings like research labs in it for instance.

Also, the fact that the leaders of other nations were presented more beautifully than ever made things even more personal, plus a bevy of little improvements, a great new musical theme and actor Sean Bean’s narration all add up to a Civilization game that is the best the series has offered to date.

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