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how does DS multiplayer work?

Discussion in 'CivRev - Multiplayer' started by bitonti, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. bitonti

    bitonti Chieftain

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    Sorry if this question is already answered somewhere else

    Im a long time PC gamer thinking about getting the DS civ revolution.

    my question is how does multiplayer work with a hand held? does it go through infrared or wifi? do you have to be in the same room as your opposition?

    any help appreciated.
     
  2. Some guy

    Some guy Warlord

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    I would like to know this too--does it even allow more than two human players?
     
  3. lindsay40k

    lindsay40k Emperor

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    I've been playing 2, 3 and 4 player matches online. You need to be within range of a wifi point that you DS has been set up to access. Players all take their turns at the same time, which keeps things moving but can lead to lags when people are involved in combat or diplomacy. (In fact, player to player diplomacy seems very odd - you'll often be told that the other party is unavailable - perhaps this is when they are watching a fight - occasionally even when you've not attempted to talk to them.) At the start of the game, you can set if turns will be fast, normal, or slow, which basically means that when one player declares their turn over everyone else gets a countdown to finish theirs - again, keeps things running, and also acts as a nice handicap for anyone lucky enough to build a massive empire.

    There is also a DS LAN option, which again uses wifi but only to directly connect a group of players with their DS consoles and no internet connection required. I've not tried it yet, but I do know that I've played on a DS LAN with a couple walls between me and my friend before. You get a little icon telling you your signal strength, so you can tell if you're too far away.
     
  4. lindsay40k

    lindsay40k Emperor

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    Also: you always have five nations involved, no matter what - the surplus are made up by AI's. And oddly, you can't sell units in this version... if your warriors don't die or get a Leonardo upgrade, they'll stay put in your cities forever and nothing you can do about it.
     

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