Civilization 5 hints and tips: combat strategy
Civilization 5 hints and tips: combat.
Combat is perhaps the biggest area in which Civilization has changed. Gone are the days of creating super stacks and zooming them around your nation wherever needed. In fact, many Avalon Hill fans will love the new combat system as it’s very similar to the old Avalon hill games which were excellent hex based strategy games. The combat is really far more realistic and subsequently it’s a lot more difficult to conquer cities and you’ll definitely find a ‘war’ victory a lot harder but a lot more satisfying. Here are some general tips:
- The more technically advanced your troops the better. Back in Civ 4, you could find a little old spearman holding out against a stack of tanks – this simply wasn’t realistic and was very frustrating! Civ 5 has really made the difference between troops a lot more ’deadly’ so if you’re planning to win via combat, then you really need to build libraries and discover writing very quickly.
- Generals – this seems to be a little bit too powerful for me, but you get a lot of benefit if you can place a Great General next to as many units as possible. Keep your General in the back with one of your ranged units and then keep some strong units in front of the General.
Use of terrain is perhaps one of the most important aspects of Civilization 5 combat and can make the difference between winning and losing a battle.
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- Strengths – it’s important that you really know the strengths and weakness of your units. Some units don’t get defensive bonuses, so there’s no point placing them in trees – some units are faster so you can use them to try to quickly break down the resistance of a city before your main force goes in!
- Terrain – this is one of the most important and improved parts of the game – using the terrain is huge in battles. Attacking across rivers, up hills or into forests really is not a good thing to do and you will be heavily penalized. So, when defending, placing troops in these type of terrain will be a huge benefit.
- Surround – a little bit obvious, but if you can surround your enemy you get a decent flanking bonus. I would have liked to have seen some really powerful strategic moves, but at least there’s one or two!
- Cities – now that the cities can bombard enemies, attacking a city becomes a lot more difficult, especially if your enemy has built fortifications around the city, and has ranged troops in trees and on hills. It is essential that you time your attack so that all units can quickly move in and after being bombarded do some damage. Makes sure you make good use of any terrain that will allow for ranged attacks or give your troops some defense against the city. Siege engines are far more important as you really need to soften a city before attacking. If possible avoid being in the open – you’re simply going to get hammered!