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Why are there ALMOST NO MULTIPLAYER civ 5 games?

Discussion in 'Civ5 - General Discussions' started by scooby_doo, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. scooby_doo

    scooby_doo Chieftain

    Oct 10, 2010
    Could somebody from civ5 staff explain me why
    THERE are ALMOST NO MULTIPLAYER civ 5 games( I see 2,3 sometimes),
    but there are plenty (up to 100) multiplayer civ 4 games?
  2. Frozensky

    Frozensky Chieftain

    Jan 6, 2011
    I'm no expert, but I'd assume it has something to do with CiV's multiplayer being rather notoriously half-finished.

    But it may also depend upon the time of day. If you check in the evenings (EST) you may find more games.
  3. smash9936

    smash9936 Chieftain

    Oct 26, 2010
    It also depends on the location you set in your Steam preferences I think. Try changing your location, head into multiplayer, and see if you get more peoples.
  4. Oerdin

    Oerdin Deity

    Mar 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA, USA
    The MP aspect is Civ5 is EXTREMELY poorly designed. In all likelihood there are a lot of games running in the background, and no we can't see them because the MP design is complete crap, but no one can see or join a game in progress so they effectively don't exist unless you were in the lobby at the time the game launched. This is especially bad when you're in a game and the game crashes (which happens ALL THE TIME) so that you can't rejoin the game unless everyone leaves and you relaunch from a save. Hell, you can't even see the ping of other players so you don't know who has good or bad ping and thus the game becomes even more likely to lag or crash.

    There is just so much which is standard and accepted practice in MP games which Civ5 doesn't live up too that Civ5's MP becomes a complete joke. It's very clear they rushed this game just to get it out before Xmas and said "Well, good enough!" thinking they'd just charge up more for expansion packs to fix the stuff they didn't bother to do correctly. There are so many problems that I honestly believe Civ5 is right down there with Civ3 as the worst Civ game of the series (and, yes, I've been playing since Civ1). It just seems that the odd numbered games (3, 5) come up with new ideas that get poorly implemented or which are broken and then the even numbered games (2, 4) fix those ideas and improve upon them resulting in really great games. Sadly, Civ5 is destined to be a test case rather then a really good game.
  5. Ermak-

    Ermak- Prince

    Aug 7, 2006
    I host 8-FFA games almsot daily and here are few things I know. Oerdin, u are incorect to say that u cannot rejoin if u got dropped. If you have any of the people inside in ur friend list, you click' join game' from steam friends list and you can rejoin. However there is 30% chance you crash the game by doing that. Also make sure you have ur steam timezone set at the most populous region (mine set to new york even thow i live in Minnesota) , so more games will appear in the list. Before lunch, everyone have to be checked in for 1 min or so -to minimize frozen lunches bug. The multiplayer interface is something pulled out of Sid's *ss and so are the game's bugs - so I am playing to keep sharp in the even they fix it, eventually.
  6. ipris

    ipris Warlord

    Aug 19, 2002
    I've heard this as well.
    To access this go..
    Steam > View > Settings > Downloads + Cloud and change the drop down location.

    That said I've considered changing mine to potentially less populous location as I'd like to see less users/games. I'm always going into MP with one friend to do a co op game vs AI. I always end up kicking out random people jumping into the game. I've had no luck with the private game feature (CTD on tab out).
  7. JohnnyW

    JohnnyW Gave up on this game

    Oct 8, 2010
    Yes, I prefer warm lunches myself. Far tastier. :mischief:
  8. Ajidica

    Ajidica High Quality Person

    Nov 29, 2006
    Because Civ5 multiplayer is buggy beyond hope?
    And I'm being nice here.
  9. m4gill4

    m4gill4 King

    Aug 8, 2007
    Things will pick up once they release the "lobby" DLC :lol:
  10. dj_morton

    dj_morton Chieftain

    Jan 2, 2011
    Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
    I usually get like 4 games open at a time....

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